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Top 10 Songs of the Month: St. Vincent, Kamasi Washington, and Kanye West

on July 03, 2018, 12:00pm
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05. The Carters (Beyoncé & Jay-Z) – “Apeshit”

Release: From Everything Is Love, out via Roc Nation and Parkwood

There is nothing more I can say than to state that Beyoncé and Jay-Z are American royalty, in every sense of the word. The Carters dropped a surprise album titled Everything Is Love earlier this month, and audiences went wild. This is no doubt the most brash and open effort between the two, and the lead single, “Apeshit”, shows this in spades. The song, accompanied by a lush and palatial music video, details the success, happiness, and luxury of The Carters’ lives while celebrating how far they have come, a rap and hip-hop masterpiece that you can both dance and think to anytime. They can truly do no wrong. –Clara Scott

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04. Florence + the Machine – “Big God”

Release: From High as Hope, out via Universal

Leave it to Florence Welch to craft an utterly compelling and grandiose ballad from the seemingly small and trivial — in this case, the sensation of being “ghosted” via text message. “Big God”, a standout track from Florence + the Machine’s new album, High as Hope, effortlessly captures the sensation of internal emptiness that’s invoked by disconnection. The band’s natural sonic abilities are fleshed out through guest appearances from Kamasi Washington and Jamie xx, who add their own creative footprint to the track without detracting from Welch’s gripping vocal performance. Simply put, “Big God” is a track that’s hard to forget. –Lindsay Teske

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03. Kanye West – “Ghost Town”

Release: From ye, out via G.O.O.D. Music

“Ghost Town” has become one of the most recognizable tracks from Kanye West’s new solo album, ye, and this is in no small part due to its enriching collaborative component. West assembled an all-star roster of guest artists to join him on the track, including Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, PARTYNEXTDOOR, 070 Shake, John Legend, and Kid Cudi. Together, each artist’s stylistic flair effortlessly melds into a delectable musical cocktail. There may be many cooks in the kitchen, but they came together and created a feast. –Lindsay Teske

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02. Kamasi Washington – “Fists of Fury”

Release: From Heaven and Earth, out via Young Turks

“Fists of Fury” comes as one of many lush soundscapes on Kamasi Washington’s sophomore LP, Heaven and Earth, a brooding groove which twists and turns through choral and trumpet interludes to tell an instrumental story. Washington is a veritable magician when it comes to his craft, a virtuoso saxophonist in his own right and incredible composer, bringing sound to life through a mix of vocal, percussive, and horn arrangements. The musician is transcendent on this record, every song more cinematic than the last and a must-listen for any music lover. –Clara Scott

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01. St. Vincent – “Fast Slow Disco”

Release: Non-album single, out via Loma Vista

“Fast Slow Disco” would have easily been the best track on St. Vincent’s 2017 album, MASSEDUCTION. It’s a sped-up version of already-existing tune “Slow Disco”, and while technically similar, it sounds completely different. “Fast Slow Disco” is a dance anthem, accompanied by a music video depicting Anne Clark among hundreds of men in a gay club, a disco frenzy of glitter and love that mirrors the song’s elation. The song is a standout in St. Vincent’s catalog, a pure dance track that everyone can jam out to, everywhere from in the bedroom to an underground club. –Clara Scott

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