It's Wednesday, which means a brand-new roundup of the week's best tracks. This time around we have rockers from No Age and Neko Case, chillers from Washed Out, Solar Year, and Smith Westerns, and a drug anthem from two of the best rappers around. Enjoy!
"It Feels Alright"
Chillwave king Ernest Greene is back with a new psychedelia-inspired track. Its title pretty much sums up the vibe: It's summer and things are good.
Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar
Our two favorite Black Hippy Crew rappers are together again for a stoner anthem of epic proportions. Before you take their advice, though, do your research.
"Seeing the Same"
Montreal's Solar Year have a knack for creating hypnagogic melodies from layers of beautiful vocals. "Seeing the Same" starts with a stuttery beat, but an unusually catchy hook soon emerges from its frothy surface.
Idol, the first single from Smith Western's upcoming third record, Soft Will, continues with the pillowy guitar music the band is known for. After hearing it, we're feeling weirdly inspired to make some daisy chains in the park.
L.A. punks No Age have been making fuzzed-out musical experiments for, well, ages at this point. Still, it's never released anything quite as rambunctious as the pop-punk whirlwind that is "C'mon Stimmung."
Neko Case's new album is titled The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, which is a pretty good indication of where her head is at. "Man" is a raucous country-tinged rocker with Case coming out with both barrels blazing: "I am the man in the fucking moon," she sings, defiantly.
Clockwise from left: Smith Westerns, Washed Out, Schoolboy Q, Neko Case