Welcome to Insult to Injury. This is where we, the Noisey editors, get together and talk about music and like, how dope it is. Because really, music is dope. Even musicians agree with us. And we know musicians. Some of them are even friends with us. We took a photo with Taylor Swift once. Here's what we've been listening to this week…
Violent Soho - "Covered in Chrome"
This is either the most obnoxious hook or the catchiest song ever. Either way, I’ve been listening to it all week. Rad video too.
The Weeknd - King of the Fall
If we’re being honest, I haven’t liked anything The Weeknd has put out since The Trilogy. Most of the KISSLAND album was derivative and felt neutered, especially when compared to Abel’s raunchy songwriting on tracks like the Dedication 5 Intro, and more recently on his vagina wall-stretching guest verse on “Or Nah”. That’s why “King of the Fall” might be the best track we’ve heard from Abel in a while — it blends that filthy degenerate songwriting with hummable registers that don’t quite reach that screeching falsetto that irritates some listeners. This is what I assume August Alsina is trying to do: sing about explicit content in an aesthetically pleasing way. I’d have to listen to an August Alsina song to confirm this, but I don’t want to, and that seems right, so I’m going with it.
Zoot Woman - "Don't Tear Yourself Apart"
So apart from listening to a lot of Nelly this week, because I was writing up an interview with him where he called me Shorty—yeah, career highlight guys!—I got very excited about a few new albums that are coming out soon-ish like Caribou and SBTRKT. None of which appear to be link-able. Anyway, then I found out Zoot Woman were dropping a new album too: Star Climbing, out on August 29. For those who don't know Zoot Woman were the band Stuart Price was in when he wasn't being Jacques Lu Cont in Les Rythmes Digitales, and before he got all up in Kylie and Madonna's grill and started trying to produce The Killers. Make sense? Zoot Woman's 2001 album, Living in a Magazine, was packed with wildly underrated sexy, synth-pop like "Grey Day" and the super-louche "It's Automatic." New single "Don't Tear Yourself Apart," with it's panicked kick drum thud is a little bit high camp euphoric for my taste, but I'm glad they're back anyway.
The Clientele - "As Night Is Falling"
It took much longer than it should have for me to give the Clientele a chance which is a shame because not only do I love them now but I've also realized that they make ideal hangover music–so many missed opportunities there. I've started with
because it was reissued earlier this year and it's the first album Clientele fans usually bring up. My favorite song on the album changes every few minutes but right now it's "As Night Is Falling." The song is so gentle, wispy, and pretty, it gives me a lot of feelings in the same kind of way Real Estate does–even though they sound nothing alike. It's also becoming my favorite song to wind down to at night.
Caribou - "Can't Do Without You"
In October, we will have a new Caribou record. It's called Our Love. This is important because that's when it will start getting a little bit chilly and we'll start thinking about it potentially snowing every day for the rest of our lives, and we'll just need to listen to some beautiful electronic pop that makes us feel like we're in love with our crush but somehow also makes us feel like we are the only person on the planet and that love is dead. Lucky for me, the new LP arrived in my inbox a couple weeks ago, so I've been playing it on repeat and can already hum along to the lyrics I can't really understand. But whatever. This record is everything I could've wanted from a Caribou record. With the first single "Can't Do Without You" as an indicator for the rest of the the record, Dan Snaith continues to make music that is so delicately full of humanity.
Eric Sundermann, Managing Editor
Danny Brown - "Clean Up"
I saw Danny Brown last weekend at Pitchfork Music Festival, which was probably the fourth or fifth time I've seen him. Danny is great live, but he pretty much sticks to his upbeat bangers and EDM shit, which is unfortunate because the very best Danny Brown songs are generally the ones where he gets really serious or personal or reflective. There are few rappers working right now who can develop an emotionally laden image the way Danny Brown does when he talks about watching a robbery happen or a crackhead burn his face on a stove or, here, feeling guilty about buying a designer T-shirt. "Clean Up" is basically about dealing with the insanity of touring, and it's searingly honest. Listen to this song, and let's all marvel at what a powerful rapper Danny Brown can be when he decides to turn up a little less.
World War IV Demo
I said it briefly in
my post about Mammoth Grinder
, but the latest World War 4 demo is nothing short of stupid-good. Made up of members of Floorpunch, Rival Mob, Mind Eraser, and more, on the live stage WW4 is similarly ignorant, in the best ways of course. Check it out, here and
at This is Hardcore this weekend
Catey Shaw - "Brooklyn Girls" (DJ George Costanza Remix)
What could possibly make Catey Shaw's "Brooklyn Girls" even better? DJ George Costanza has the answer, and the answer is "pretty much every style of club music, one after another." For more DJ George Costanza, check his remix of American Football's "Never Meant"