CURRENT: Pusha T – “King Push”

Kanye West and Joaquin Phoenix walk into a bar. No, this isn’t the beginning of a bad joke, but rather a possible origin story for Pusha T’s latest great single, “King Push.”

“I’m King Push / still King Push / I rap nigga, ’bout trap niggas / I don’t sing hooks,” Pusha snarls on the track, giving way to hypnotic, distorted vocals and the rattle of a snare.

Pusha T’s latest, My Name Is My Name, is set for release on 8 October via GOOD Music / Def Jam.

QUARTERLY REPORT: Best Songs of 2013 (Part III)

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In just three months, we’ll be counting down the best tracks of 2013. But, as has been the case at the end of March and June, I’ve compiled a list of the best songs released these past three months. This quarter began with Jay Z’s corporate juggernaut Magna Carta… Holy Grail, and ended with Drake’s trademarked sadness. In between, we’ve heard brilliant new music from pop purveyors such as Katy B, Chela, Summer Camp, Postiljonen, CHVRCHES, AlunaGeorge, Annie, and HAIM. Relive the best of Summer 2013 as I unveil the 50 best songs from July – September.

Check out past Quarterly Reports here: (Quarterly Report I + Quarterly Report II)

top fifty tracks (Q3)

50 Kill Paris, “Falling In Love Again”

49 Ellery James Roberts, “Kerou’s Lament”

48 Lady Gaga, “Applause”

47 Justin Timberlake, “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)”

46 Cults, “High Road”

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CURRENT: Darkside – “Paper Trails”

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The love over here at OK West for Nicolas Jaar knows no bounds. After gifting us with wonderful Space Is Only Noise, as well as fantastic singles such as “Don’t Break My Love,” “And I Say,” and “The Ego,” he’s returned with musical partner Dave Harrington as Darkside to deliver more charitable offerings.

“Paper Trails” marks the second track released from Darkside’s upcoming LP Psychic, and is a surprisingly accessible record following the abstract “Golden Arrow.” Over one of the greatest guitar riffs this year, which is so bluesy and sultry, it almost feels like another person in the room. As beautiful as Jaar’s solo material is, in large part due to its striking minimalism, this collaborative material with Harrington gives his sound something to feed off of, helping give it added weight.

Psychic is out 8 October via Matador Records.