With spring arrives a fresh blossoming of seasonal metaphors to suggest new birth. A sprouting of unheard music arriving after months of cultivation. Proverbial butterflies crawling out of their cocoons. Bears stretching after deep sleep. In the immortal words of
So it goes in late April, with the arrival of young music throughout the marketplace, the best of which is gunning for song-of-the-summer punch, making early moves toward July ubiquity.
Below are five good ones that hint at a pending summer bounty.
Prince, "The Breakdown." Question to ponder: Had Prince not announced a repaired relationship with his former label and longtime nemesis
Jamie XX, "Girl." A loping midtempo track about "the most beautiful girl in Hackney" with the kind of massive echo, a dubby bass-line and manipulated vocals that's come to define British blue-eyed rhythm & blues, Jamie XX's new single is heavy on the bottom-end and haunting throughout. As with the group he cofounded,
Quite the publicity stunt, yes, but with the song's muscle to back it up, the maneuver worked. "Lazaretto" is as beefy and funky a song as White's ever done, one that offers his typical way with both guitar and lyric lines. Red flag: This is also the closest White has ever come to sounding like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, even if he's been edging this way for a while now.
Listen here -- but be forewarned, it contains cussing: "No Rest for the Wicked (Remix)."