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Best Songs of The Week: Erykah Badu, The Last Shadow Puppets, Yuck

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The world lost a legend, David Bowie, this week. In the midst of the greatest hits playlists, video round-ups, and memorials it was easy to miss new jams. Take a spin, though: here are the best songs of the week.

Erykah Badu, “Trill Friends”

For the second time in four months, Erykah Badu has remixed one of hip-hop’s hottest tracks and for the second time in four months, she’s delivered a gangbusters result. Like her “Hotline Bling” cover from October, “Trill Friends” — released mere days after Kanye West dropped the original, “Real Friends,” as part of his revived G.O.O.D. Fridays series — is more homage than reimagining, keeping West’s masterful production largely intact. But Badu’s soulful vocals and somber reminder that “friends” is a “word we use every day, but most of the time we use it in the wrong way” are entirely her own. —Eric Renner Brown

The Last Shadow Puppets, “Bad Habits”

After eight years out of the spotlight, the English group — comprised of Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, The Rascals’ Miles Kane, and Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford — return with a lively, irresistibly chaotic track that calls for full attention — and that will surely stand out at the band’s future live shows. —Ariana Bacle

School of Seven Bells, “On My Heart”

With each release from School of Seven Bells’ new album SVIIB, Alejandra Deheza shares a little more of the project she spent 2012 working on with musical partner Benjamin Curtis, who died of lymphoma in 2013, and this track – the second one she’s put out – is a steady synth-pop heartbeat with tender lyrics like, “With me you’re lovesick.” — Jessica Goodman

Explosions In The Sky, “The Wilderness”

The beguiling instrumental post-rock group continues to impress on “The Wilderness,” the title track from their forthcoming seventh studio album. Somehow both ethereal and focused, staccato guitars and booming drums coalesce for a heady swirl that demands repeat listens. —ERB

The Strumbellas, “Spirits”

The Canadian six-piece shared the first song off their album Hope, due out April 22, and it’s as airy and ethereal as the title would suggest. —Madison Vain

Woods, “Sun City Creeps”

Psych-folkies Woods announced their ninth album City Sun Eater in the River of Light earlier this week and shared the record’s opening track “Sun City Creeps,” a song that’s simultaneously quintessential Woods and like nothing they’ve done before. Like their last album, With Light and With Love, “Sun City Creeps” features plenty of crunchy, Stephen Stills-inspired guitar solos, but the band augments its traditional style with tense horn arrangements that up the dramatic ante. Time to unearth your lava lamp. —ERB

Yuck, “Hearts In Motion”

When it comes to ’90s indie rock revivalism, few bands do it better than Yuck. The band has churned out riff-heavy tunes in the spirit of Built to Spill and Dinosaur Jr. since 2011 and, if new single “Hearts In Motion” is indicative, they seem poised to keep up the trend on their third record Stranger Things, due out Feb. 26. —ERB