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Music We Loved This Week: Avicii, Martin Courtney, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and more

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Miley Cyrus surprised us with a free 23-track album at the end of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, and we’re still not over it. In addition to Cyrus’s ode to out-of-this-world footwear, here’s what else we’re listening to in summer’s final days:

Avicii, “Pure Grinding”

The Swedish DJ dropped a pair of singles as August came to a close, and the more upbeat of the two offers a scratchy beat alongside a tribal thump. Not quite the full-blown rager we’ve come to expect from Avicii, “Pure Grinding” presents a happy medium of euphoric electricity and catchy hip-hop, falling in line next to his “Waiting For Love.” The dance track serves as the perfect wind down from hype summer club cuts. —DRF

Austin Mahone, “Do It Right”

The 19-year-old’s second single from his upcoming debut album sounds nothing like the sugary pop we’re used to from Mahone. Instead, the YouTube breakout star channels Chris Brown on “Do It Right,” a slow jam with Rob Villa that celebrates a woman who’s been “turning heads all night.” —DRF

Rick Ross, “Foreclosures”

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Regardless how his new album, Black Money, is received, Rick Ross is due for at least one fire track. “Foreclosures” earns that honor. Rozay rapping over soul-infused samples is a successful contrast over his gruff and brings the best out of him. —WR

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”

Okay, we’re cheating a little bit with this one. Unknown Mortal Orchestra released their third album, Multi-Love, back in May, and both it and the standout track “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” made EW’s mid-year best-of lists. But the video, which hit YouTube Friday, is just to good to ignore. It tackles a bevy of strange situations and phenomena, ranging from abduction to meteorite sickness, and ensures you’ll never hear that groovy bassline in the same way ever again. —ERB

Martin Courtney, “Northern Highway”

Jangle-pop indie band Real Estate broke out last year with their third studio effort, Atlas. Now frontman Martin Courtney is striking out on his own, releasing his debut album Many Moons on Oct. 30. He shared “Vestiges” earlier this month and returned this week with “Northern Highway,” which captures the same lazy suburban aesthetic of his primary band’s work. Courtney isn’t reinventing the wheel, but his crystalline guitar melodies and warm vocals will be a slam-dunk for Real Estate fans and anyone else who wants to soak in some of summer’s final rays. —ERB

John Carpenter, “Purgatory (Prurient Remix)”

A piece of John Carpenter score got remixed by an atmospheric doom metal band called Prurient. I didn’t know how much this was a thing I wanted until I heard it. —KA

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