The weekly column returns with tracks from Lloyd (featuring Andre 3000 and Nas), The View, Yoriyos, Of Montreal, and an EW.com exclusive from Dalek (featuring Rob Swift)
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”Download This” is back! Every week, we’ll scour the Web and bring you the hottest tracks from new and established artists across genres. Expect plenty of EW.com exclusives and pre-release previews so fresh you’ll wanna slap ’em. And now, without further ado, it’s time to get your playlist on with these five must-hear tracks.
LLOYD FEAT. ANDRE 3000 AND NAS, ”You (Remix)”
This slow jam from R&B up-and-comer Lloyd’s second record (due March 13) sounds remarkably sharp, considering that it’s built around a sample of Spandau Ballet’s Reagan-era lite-pop hit ”True.” (What’s next, Ne-Yo covering ”The Lady in Red”?) Nas contributes some snappy bedroom boasts, but the real reason to check this one out is the guest rap from OutKast’s Andre 3000, who wittily describes a flirty encounter at Whole Foods. Andre’s masterful minute-long cameo is sure to reignite fans’ hopes that he’ll return to rapping full-time. (Stream it from Universal Motown)
THE VIEW, ”Wasted Little DJ’s”
No, Rosie and Barbara aren’t leaving their daytime talk-show sofa behind for a career in indie rock. (Not yet, at least.) The View, in this case, is a quartet of Scottish youths who have been showered with media attention in their native land. This scruffy anthem from their debut album — which will cross the Atlantic next month — makes it clear what all the fuss is about. We dare you to try getting the chiming Britpop chords and heavily-accented Pig Latin hook out of your head. (Buy it from iTunes)
YORIYOS, ”If All Else Fails”
According to press reports, this publicity-shy London folkie is the 20-something son of Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens. This low-key gem from his upcoming debut shows he’s learned a lot from his old man: ”If All Else Fails” does a better job of recalling the peaceful, powerful melodies of ’70s classics like Tea for the Tillerman than anything Yusuf came up with for his own recent comeback attempt. (Stream it from Yoriyos’ MySpace page)
OF MONTREAL, ”Suffer For Fashion”
Formed in 1997 as a Sgt. Pepper-worshipping psychedelic pop band (and member of the Elephant 6 collective), Of Montreal has since evolved into a synth-based solo project for frontman Kevin Barnes. Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, Barnes’ latest, greatest, and most personally revealing LP, opens with this track’s breathless invitation: ”If we gotta burn out, let’s do it together!” Consider us RSVP’d. (Download it from EW.com)
DALEK FEAT. ROB SWIFT, ”Paragraphs Relentless”
New Jersey duo Dalek is usually classified as a hip-hop act, but they test the genre’s limits anew with every release. Abandoned Language, due Feb. 27, is a typically dense collage of beats, rhymes, and avant-garde noise; thanks in part to the tricky turntable maneuvers of former X-Ecutioners member Rob Swift, this ominously grinding track is a particular highlight. We’re happy to offer it as an exclusive free download. (Download it exclusively from EW.com)