Essential Tracks This Week: Anteloper, Pusha T and more

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Another week down and a new batch of great new tracks to hear, including a duo of jazz musicians going for spacier electro sounds, some highly anticipated new music from a hip-hop MVP, and a whole lotta punk.

Plus listen to our ongoing 2022 Essential Tracks playlist.


Anteloper – “One Living Genus”

New York trumpeter jaimie branch has been one of the most exciting musicians to watch in the past few years, her pair of Fly or Die albums each among some of the boldest and most thrilling releases in contemporary jazz. As Anteloper, her collaboration with Jason Nazary, the music takes a less traditional turn into electronics and beats, in which she describes as “Acoustic musicians sun-kissed by electro-magnetism.” “One Living Genus” is an epic and awe-inspiring example of this, a dense and hazy blend of electronics with an almost doomy pulse, heavy music with weightless elements, an adventurous step into unmapped territory with an arsenal of dense and powerful sounds at their disposal.

From Pink Dolphins, out June 17 via International Anthem


Pusha T – “Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes”

The release of Pusha T’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2018’s DAYTONA has been a slow-leak rollout rife with its share of drama, particularly between Kid Cudi, who’s featured on one track, and Kanye West, who is credited as producing or co-producing six of its tracks. But putting that aside, Pusha’s longtime collaboration with The Neptunes, primarily with Clipse, have pretty much always produced nothing but gold, and “Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes” is no exception, a ferocious standout from It’s Almost Dry that’s heavy on bass and eerie, gothic samples that provide an incredible backing for Pusha’s characteristically steely yet unrelenting delivery. Together, they sound unstoppable.

Out now via G.O.O.D./Def Jam


Bad Breeding – “Prescription”

UK hardcore group Bad Breeding are not fucking around. The Stevenage-based outfit come out of the gates with a heavy dose of feedback and a chip on their shoulders with “Prescription,” a protest song of sorts against homogenous culture and a society controlled by capitalist forces. And it absolutely rips. From the first second, the group is charging ahead at full speed, guitars roaring, vocalist Chris Dodd breathlessly barking at the forces that keep us down by giving us only what we think we want. It’s pissed, and it’s loud, and it’s exactly what you might need right now.

From Human Capital, out July 8 via Iron Lung/One Little Independent


CLAMM – “Bit Much”

And well, you might need even more loud, angst-ridden punk rock, which Melbourne trio CLAMM provide in deafening doses. “Bit Much” is the first single from their sophomore album, and it feels like throwing yourself through a window, both out of a cathartic need for destruction and the sheer fun of it. The song itself is a cry of frustration in the face of both struggling mental health and the crumbling world around us. And this loud, fuzzy, shout-along anthem is at least a fitting temporary prescription for just such a problem. Turn it up and replay as often as needed.

From Care, out August 19 via Chapter Music


Viagra Boys – “Ain’t No Thief”

Of the countless bands to emerge in the past decade of post-punk revivalism, Viagra Boys are by far one of the most purely entertaining. “Ain’t No Thief” is proof enough of that, not so much a post-punk song as a thumping scuzz-disco groove that revolves around a central motif of vocalist Sebastian Murphy denying that he stole someone’s jacket: “We just happen to have the same stuff, motherfucker.” It’s hilarious, fun, nasty and tailor made for dancing yourself to exhaustion.

From Cave World, out July 8 via YEAR001


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