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This week, Lorde and The xx remixed tracks from their respective 2017 albums, and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij released his first solo album.
Here are the 5 best songs from the past week that you can stream right now:
The xx — “On Hold (Jamie xx Remix)”
The xx’s 2016 single “On Hold” found the English trio sampling Hall & Oates to forge the most upbeat and accessible song of its career. In a new remix of the song, Jamie xx, the band’s producer, breaks the track down into fragments and recombines them in the form of a jittery and electric house track.
Ariel Pink — “I Wanna Be Young”
Sounding like an unhinged, lo-fi Steely Dan, psych-pop artist Ariel Pink waxes nostalgic on the funk-influenced “I Wanna Be Young,” a standout track from his 11th studio album, “Dedicated to Bobby Jameson.”
Rostam — “Don’t Let It Get To You”
The ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij’s first solo LP “Half-Light” doesn’t come anywhere near the greatness of his former group’s three albums, but his song “Don’t Let It Get To You” does show flashes of that same pop-rock brilliance.
King Krule — “Dum Surfer”
English singer-songwriter Archy Marshall (King Krule) seems to channel The Clash, one of Britain’s great punk-rock bands, on “Dum Surfer,” an emphatic track with hazy, guitar-led production and a surrealist music video.
Lorde — “Homemade Dynamite – Remix” (feat. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA)
New Zealand pop singer Lorde recruits three of modern R&B’s most idiosyncratic artists – Khalid, Post Malone, and SZA – for a slightly more tolerable and dynamic take on her “Melodrama” song “Homemade Dynamite.”