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Well, it’s the end of the first full week of 2015 and we’ve already given up on most of our resolutions. Those being to stop asking people about updog and to never again reference a certain happy celebrity’s oversized headwear. We’re also still listening to music, even though we promised ourselves we would cut that shit out. Here’s what the Noisey editors were listening to this week...
HUMAN BODIES - "No Life"
This record cheekily popped onto my radar on the day it was released, and it was love at first spin. Caligari Records is one of my favorite underground tape-peddlers because they constantly and tirelessly unearth the best of what's lurking around the extreme metal fringes, and Human Bodies is no exception. The Boston cadre's debut LP, No Life, is a raw, nasty, OUGH-eriffic bundle of black metal with a huge boner for crusty hardcore, and I can't stop listening to it. It came out after I submitted all my year-end hoopla last month, but it totally would've topped my list had I heard it sooner.
Jason Aldean - "Burnin' It Down"
High on Fire - "Baghdad"
I'm seeing Matt Pike and the boys for the umpteen zillionth time tonight, this time with another favorite of mine, Windhand. The latter records are great, but I don't know if anything ever will hit quite as hard as the first time I heard the guitar tone on The Art of Self-Defense. It sounded like pitched chainsaws, especially the way that Matt Pike begins "Baghdad" with the slide into the chord. Fuck, it's perfect.
Crazy & The Brains - “I’m Rich”
The ironic rich person anthem. I look good forever and a day, baby.
Lapsley - "Falling Short"
Because this sounds like the teenage daughter of SBTRKT and Jessie Ware. And yeah, there's a little bit of Adele and Tracy Chapman in there too. And it's perfect for listening to while you gaze out the window at freshly fallen snow. Liverpool-born Holly Fletcher has been making internet waves for the past 12 months, but 2015 is the year she breaks. Having singed to XL Recordings this past October, this week the 18-year-old, recent high school graduate released her EP Understudy. It's svelte, somnambulantly sensual four-tracker. Curl up, stay warm.
Jahkoy - "vacay"
Drake's "How About Now" is popular partly because it's a song that has Drake on it, but it's also largely because of the beat. Jordan Evans flipped Jodeci's "My Heart Belongs To You" into an airy melody used by Drake in order to belittle his exes, but it lacks the bounce necessary for it to truly ring off in a public setting. Thankfully, Toronto artist Jahkoy enlisted the same Jordan Evans, with the aid of his production partner Matthew Burnett, to help him make "Vacation". The beat the duo came up with sounds like a disco remix of Drake's "How About Now", which is to say that it is an absolute slapper. The song is all about comparing falling in love to putting in work, but you'd be forgiven for not being able to hear the message through all the head-bobbing you'll be doing listening to it.
Slava Pastuk, Noisey Canada editor