We couldn’t get enough of Prince when he was alive, and we certainly can’t get enough or Prince now that he’s been taken from this planet. The iconic singer has a posthumous LP out this year and with it came a single that nobody had ever heard… until now. If you need a second to catch your breath after hearing it, stick around to hear Car Seat Headrest’s reworked song for The Sims 4, a semi-reunion tune from the Spice Girls, Metallica’s intense but intimate show to 600 fans in London, and a surprisingly composed single by Odd Future’s own Hodgy as a newly-minted solo artist.
November 22nd saw the release of the highly-anticipated Prince album Prince 4Ever. It’s the first posthumous collection from the musician and, as such, includes some never-before-released tracks. One of such songs is “Moonbeam Levels,” a downtempo but funky song from 1982 during the 1999 sessions. In a freaky look into the future, Prince actually sings the lines, “Please send all your moonbeam levels to me/ I’m lookin’ for a better place to die.” Needless to say, you may get chills listening to it. If you haven’t purchased a copy of the LP, check out ABC News for a live-streamed video where they premiered the song during a listening part in New York City. Scroll ahead to the 00:45 mark to hear the song from the start. [Consequence of Sound]
Car Seat Headrest has been making headlines for plenty of reasons this year. The indie rock group have done incredible covers, released fantastic original albums, and just about knocked us to our butts with their live sets. Now, they’re hopping over to the digital world. The band rerecorded “Not What I Needed” off their LP Teens of Denial so that it’s in Simlish—yes, that nonsensical language from The Sims. Car Seat Headrest will now have a song in the upcoming game from that series, The Sims 4: City Living, and you can bet we’re going to play that one on repeat until our little human character gets a headache. [Consequence of Sound]
Spice Girls are reuniting… sort of. Three of the original five members have formed a supergroup called GEM. Geri Horner (Ginger Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), and Mel B (Scary Spice) combined their names to roll out pop that isn’t quite as catchy as their past work, but it rings true to their sound nonetheless. Lead single is “Song For Her” which may not stick in your head the way most infectious pop songs do, but it’s pleasant all the same. Check it out above and stay tuned to see if they’re going to go full-blown reunion under the GEM moniker. [Stereogum]
Metallica released their 11th studio album this month. Hardwired… to Self-Destruct sees the band at quintessential new Metallica, meaning it’s exactly what you might expect. Last Friday, they flew to London to celebrate the release of the record by playing an intimate show to 600 fans. The show went down at House of Vans London. It lasted for over two hours. They plucked songs from the ’80s on through to today. Now, we wouldn’t mention all of this just to dangle it over your heads. Video of the performance is online and can be watched in full above (it starts about 17 minutes in). Hurry, though. It will only stay online for one week. [Consequnece of Sound]
What was once a group of loose, energetic rappers is now a title for a crew of impressive acts, each taking their turns in the solo spotlight and, almost always, each impressive as they tackle hip-hop on their own. We’re talking about Odd Future, the rap group with people like Tyler the Creator, Frank Ocean, and Earl Sweatshirt. They were the first to peel off towards their own careers. Then it was Syd tha Kyd as The Internet. Then it was Domo Genesis. Now, it’s Hodgy who’s trying out the solo act life, and based on the lead single, “Barbell,” from his upcoming debut solo album, Fireplace, it seems he’s learned how to be more than a beat maker. The song is smooth and easy-going, the type of beat he would usually create, only his freestyle over it all is relaxes and personable. Is there anything the members of Odd Future can’t do on their own? [Stereogum]
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