As if A Tribe Called Quest wasn’t already perfect. The hip-hop group just dropped a music video for “We the People…” and it’s exactly what you’d expect the video to be. That’s not the only news that will make you smile heading into the weekend. Daft Punk teamed up with The Weeknd for another single, Animal Collective shared a song they wrote for Red Dead Redemption, The Magnetic Fields dropped five songs at once, and Bruno Mars’ third LP can be streamed in full right this instant.
If you haven’t listened to the new album by A Tribe Called Quest, stop what you’re doing and put it on. We Got it From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service is a reminder of what made ’90s hip-hop great, what makes politically-charged anthems relevant, and why we can all get along if we try. Lead single “We the People…” just got a music video and it illuminated why this album, and the band at large, are making a much-needed comeback this year. In the clip, they take to the streets to gather people of all races to speak out for what they love. There’s also graffiti tributes filmed throughout the clip that honor the band’s late member Phife Dawg. Watch the video above and then head over to your streaming service of choice or a record store to hear their album in full. [Consequence of Sound]
One week remains until The Weeknd drops Starboy, his Prince-influenced album that has fans curious about what to expect. The crooner dropped two tracks back-to-back, and both give you reason to groove. “Party Monster” was supposedly co-written with Lana Del Rey, but we’re stuck listening to “I Feel It Coming,” the collaboration between him and Daft Punk. Listen to it above and then wonder if Prince gives it a grin of approval up there in heaven. [Consequence of Sound]
Back in 2010, the world said hello to one of our favorite games: Red Dead Redemption. It’s since garnered a cult following of sorts, but it looks like the game came close to having a different type of cult following. Animal Collective recording music for the video game that wound up not being used. On November 17, the band shared a previously unreleased song that was recorded for the game called “Mountain Game.” It’s whimsicle and slow, but then sees their voices come crashing in, turning it into a classic, strange, delightful Animal Collective number. Give it a listen above. [Nerdist]
The easy road isn’t worth taking. Well, at least not if you’re The Magnetic Fields. The iconic indie folk-rock group love taking on impossible projects, like the 69 Love Songs LP which was exactly what it sounds like. Frontman Stephin Merritt announced a new full-length was on the way that saw him playing 100 instruments. That album is called 50 Song Memoir which is, again, exactly as it sounds. The band has shared five singles off that album, all of which are quaint, comical, and moving in their own way. The abbreviated years before each track title refers to the year of his life it addresses. Out of the five songs released, we chose to highlight “’86 How I Failed Ethics” because, well, it may be more relatable than some of us wish it to be. [Consequence of Sound]
For all the fame, radio slots, and singles he’s released, Bruno Mars makes it hard to believe he’s only just now rolling out his third album. 24K Magic comes out today, Friday, which means you can now hear it in full. From new singles “Versace On the Floor” and “Chunky” all the way to new cut “Calling All My Lovelies” which features Halle Berry, it’s an album of jams and moves that fill the void left in the four years since 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox. Check it out above via Spotify.
Enjoy the weekend! We’ll see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch.
Image: Epic Records/A Tribe Called Quest