The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Waxahatchee, Archy Marshall


We spent most of this week with Erykah Badu’s But You Caint Use My Phone, but there were still a few other notable releases in the first week of what will likely be a slow month for new music.

We’ve got a new familial release from King Krule under his government name, the return of D-Block’s most folically challenged resident, a studio session from Algiers, and a guest spot from Queen Antony. But first, an excuse to watch Katie Crutchfield croon:

Waxahatchee – “La Loose”

Katie Crutchfield is well into her third year of touring behind 2013’s Cerulean Salt, and while we anxiously await new tunes, we’ll have to settle for new visuals, for now. In this clip for “La Loose,” she spends much of her time aiming her coquettish gaze at the camera, surrounded by the rural confines that her music often embodies.

Archy Marshall – A New Place 2 Drown

We’ve said our piece about Archy Marshall’s new multimedia collaboration with his brother Jack, but if you want to hear a sample of what the new songs sound like, you’ll have to head over to the website (no embedded streams to be found here). The 12-track companion to a documentary short and art book, A New Place 2 Drown sees Marshall blend the pastiche of styles he’s developed across his handful of side projects. To hear the music, hold down your mouse button when you click the link on the site.

Jadakiss – “You Don’t Eat (ft. Diddy)”

The premiere MC of former Bad Boy Band The Lox, Jadakiss has seen six years pass since his last LP, 2009’s The Last Kiss. This Diddy-featuring track features an gnarly Swizz Beat, and some curious shoutouts from Jada. He reminds us that he lives by Biggie’s 10 Crack Commandments, and also that Nas shouted him out on his legendary Jay-Z dis “Ether” (though it’s a curious association, since Nas referenced the fact that Jadakiss had to apologize after speaking out of line). Regardless, it’s good to have that voice back in the game, spitting bars, regardless of how ignorant they may be.

Algiers – “But She Was Not Flying (Mute Studio Session)”

Algiers supposedly has new songs already recorded and in the can, but this release consists of a few cuts from its self-titled debut, recorded live at a studio session for Mute. A good portion of Algiers compositions are pre-programmed samples, but there’s plenty of room for live interpretation; in these sessions, it’s mostly on the keys. Look for more from these guys in 2016.

Hudson Mohawke – “Indian Steps (ft. Antony)”

We’re huge fans of Antony here at Flavorwire, and this guest appearance on Hudson Mohawke’s “Indian Steps” serves as excellent supporting evidence. His voice has a quality of transcendence, equally at home on a smoldering piano ballad as it is on a high-powered disco track. This video, premiered by i-D, is directly inspired by Rodin’s “The Kiss,” and depicts an elderly couple locked in a sensual (and seemingly permanent) embrace.