Dave Grohl is such a tease. Foo Fighters popped a countdown up on their website about a month ago, and while that countdown will expire this Monday, a song teaser has appeared online in advance of that date. The song it’s showcasing? Well, let’s just say it’s got an unrippable riff. The rest of the music world is thankfully giving it to us straight: The Beach Boys released covers of Bob Dylan and the Beatles, Chance the Rapper appears on a single by his younger brother Taylor Bennett, David Bowie’s 10-minute music video is strange, M.I.A. breaks out a new bad girl jam, ex-Stereolab members formed a new band called Cavern of Anti-Matter, Freddie Gibbs shared a smooth single with Gucci Mane and E-40, and Natalie Prass turned a Grimes song into jazz pop perfection. Thanks, gang.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time. Foo Fighters have shared a snippet of new music that’s on the way. Somehow, it’s even better than expected–and we were expecting some pretty raging rock. The band’s five-song EP is possibly called 2nd Century A.D., possibly comes out this Monday (if that’s what the countdown on their website is for), and possibly will be our favorite EP of the year. Well, at least based off what this sample sounds like. Consider us amped. [Uproxx] [Featured photo by Hayley Madden]
The only thing more admirable than Chance the Rapper‘s music is Chance himself. The Chicago rapper appears on a new song by none other than his younger brother, Taylor Bennett, where the two collaborate for the first time publicly. It’s a nice, modest move, letting his brother do the big step out instead of shyly bringing him on as an accompaniment. Family is family, after all, and that’s a place where everyone is equally important. [Rolling Stone]
Did you hear? David Bowie is back and he’s still reshaping himself into a dark, twisted, weird little ball of intrigue. The glampop god released a music video for “Blackstar” directed by Johan Renck, the man who directed episodes of Breaking Bad and music videos for Beach House. As such, it’s a clip ripe with Major Tom references, creepy aliens, and sci-fi-gone-horror. Yes, we’re trying to say it’s perfect. [Nerdist]
Bad girls do it well and M.I.A. does it best. The rapper released a short film shot in West India and Africa called Matahdatah Scroll 01 ‘Broader Than a Border’ this summer. Now it’s joined by a new single that keeps the travel vibes going. “Borders”, a four-minute smattering of horns and wonky beats, keeps surprises coming with left field yelps. It will tide us over until she announces when Matahdatah, her upcoming project, will drop. [SPIN]
There’s no chance lounge pop group Stereolab will reunite anytime soon, but there is new music from the band’s members you can latch on to instead. Tim Gane started a Berlin-based trio called Cavern of Anti-Matter which sees him joined by fellow Stereolab member Joe Dilworth and Holger Zapf. Their debut album, Void Beats / Invocation Trex, will be out in February of next year. The kicker? The album features Deerhunter‘s Bradford Cox, Spacemen 3‘s Sonic Boom, and Mouse on Mars‘ Jan St. Werner. Hear a sample of that combo glory in “Melody in High Feedback Tones” above. [Pitchfork]
Freddie Gibbs released his new LP Shadow of a Doubt this Friday morning. On it comes single “10 Times” featuring E-40 and Gucci Mane. The slow-roll track is perfect for car cruising or leaning back on your couch after an extra rough day. The three trade verses with admirable ease. Can we please be friends with them? Please? [Pitchfork]
Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Natalie Prass released a five-song EP called Side by Side that’s still hot to the touch. After all, it did only drop mere hours ago. On it comes a cover of Grimes‘ “REALiTi” where the Art Angels single gets stripped down to its poppy core. Prass’ vocals transform it into a hit for starting your Sunday morning or dancing in the evening, a difficult feat to pull off in a single cover. [Stereogum]
And with that cover, we hope you float up, up, and away into the carefree dance parties of this weekend (whether they’re in a city or in your bedroom, we don’t judge!). Do remember to come back down here on Monday for another Music Dispatch full of music news!