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Welcome to Crystal’s Track Stop, where every week I bring you a selection of the raddest tracks from my record collection and also from the internet. All killer no filler.
“Master Hunter” – Laura Marling
Laura Marling’s first single of the year was pretty swell, however in my opinion “Master Hunter” is her best release yet. But then I prefer music with some edge. This song sounds like defiance, it thrills. I love the crashing drums, the lyrical nod to Dylan, the way Marling riffs hard on her guitar. I love her intensity, how she wears pissed off so damn well. I just love it.
You want a woman who will call your name. It ain’t me, babe.
“Over the Love” – Florence + The Machine
New Florence! “Over the Love” is the first release we’ve heard from the Jay-Z- produced The Great Gatsby soundtrack, which looks incredible. In many ways, this is everything you’d expect. It’s lovely sounding, it’s slow burning. It’s a soundtrack song. Somehow, Welch’s voice sounds more epic than ever before. You’ll wanna listen right up ’til 3:30, when the whole piece spectacularly explodes.
“Girls Love Beyoncé” – Drake
Feelings by Autostraddle’s resident Drake specialist, Carmen Rios:
Bear with me here: there is a Drake that sounds like summer. If you peel through Drake’s recent tracks it’s sort of buried, but when he first started out most of his work sounded like rolling down the car windows, heat waves on black pavement, getting free for the first time. I heard “Girls Like Beyonce” and I said, out loud, “this sounds like old Drake.” It sounds like So Far Gone. It’s real talk about fine women, quips about a meteoric rise to fame; it’s kind, gentle, sensitive, and authentic. The music is slow and harmonious and the vocals are smooth and sort of intimate.
Also, it samples “Say My Name.” So.
“Tiff” – Poliça (with Justin Vernon)
Every band and musician whose name I cannot correctly pronounce got together and recorded a song! “Tiff” is a collaboration between Poliça and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, the stand-out being Channy Leaneagh’s smokin’ vocals which I could listen to for days. If you dig this then I recommend Poliça’s debut album, Give You The Ghost; the sticker on my review copy asked me to imagine “Fiona Apple fronting TV On The Radio” and I wasn’t confident that music could live up to that kind of promise but it kinda did! It was one of the more interesting albums I heard in 2012. “Tiff” will be on Poliça’s sophomore album, out later this year.
“I Touch Myself” – The Divinyls
This past fortnight we’ve lost two truly great musicians. Vale Chrissy Amphlett.
“Change (In the House of Flies)” – Deftones
Want to tell me about a great track you’ve heard? Shoot me the link via @trackstop or crystal at autostraddle dot com (please write “track stop” in the subject line).