Yes, JoJo returned with a tringle (?), but that’s not all that happened in music this week. Here’s what we’ve been playing on repeat the past few days.
The Atlanta alt-rockers kicked off their seventh LP cycle in a very haunting, weird, sort-of-discomforting-but-mainly-awesome way when they dropped “Snakeskin” and its video this week. An old skull, a confused dog and its unusual dream, and lots of facepaint and snakeskin makes for one very bizarre trip — don’t be too cool to go along. —MV
The Dead Weather, “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”
The supergroup — featuring Jack White, The Kills’ Alison Mosshart, and members of The Raconteurs and Queens of the Stone Age — roars back next month with its third album, Dodge and Burn, and “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” proves they haven’t lost any of their high-octane groove since 2010’s Sea of Cowards. Mosshart howls over a characteristically badass riff in this cut that provides plenty of reasons to get excited for the group’s return. —ERB
The Neighbourhood, “R.I.P. 2 My Youth”
As kids on the internet might say, the boys of the California-based band will make you feel all feels with their latest single. The Neighbourhood, which is set to release its sophomore studio album in October, groove on growing up in the mellow track, and tease an impressive future with the upcoming Wiped Out! —MB
Kip Moore, “Backseat” music video
You know that emoji where the little yellow dude’s eyes are basically popping off his head? That’s sort of how this video makes a gal feel. Moore has been playing this song live for a few years but it just got a video treatment and is currently available on the deluxe edition of Wild Ones, which EW loved and dropped on Friday. —MV
Boots — the producer who has lent his talents to Beyoncé’s recent self-titled record and the new FKA twigs EP — announced his first solo full-length on Thursday with the title track “AQUΛRIA.” The album includes co-production from Run the Jewels’ El-P and this cut features the rapper’s signature skronk. Bonus points to Deradoorian, the former Dirty Projectors singer who released a solo debut of her own on Friday, who adds soulful backing vocals to the track. —ERB
Mac Miller, “Break the Law”
Mac is back, teasing his upcoming GO:OD AM album with an expectedly smooth and NSFW single. With an assist from Juicy J, the Pittsburgh rapper promises to “get money, f— the system, break the law” and proves that his last two years in the studio have been spent well. —MB[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/220075077" params="visual=true&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]
Nimmo, “Dilute This”
Before they kick off a U.K. tour next month, Nimmo released this electro-pop track, complete with a backbeat that makes you feel like you’re in a videogame. And the London-based group makes their warning abundantly clear, repeating “Don’t love me vacantly” throughout “Dilute This.” When the instrumentation changes just past the halfway mark, the lo-fi dance cut asks, “What have we become?” We’ll probably have to wait until Nimmo’s debut album drops in 2016 to find out. —DRF
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