Are you ready to get holy? It reads like a headline from The Onion, but we swear to god (heh) it’s real: Pope Francis is dropping an album. If you’re looking for music that’s a little less biblical, try out any of the other samples we have listed. Amy Winehouse’s documentary is helping drug addicts in Thailand, Sam Smith’s theme for Spectre is here, Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott dropped a new song, Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a barbershop quartet rendition of Rhianna with Jimmy Fallon, Kendrick Lamar rapped over a Funkadelic track, four excellent new albums are streaming in full, and Broken Bells have a disco track to send you dancing off into the weekend.
We weren’t kidding when we said Pope Francis is releasing an actual album of music. The awesome prog-meets-pop rock songs were created to spread messaged of hope, faith, and unity. The album, titled Wake Up!, comes out this November, but you can stream lead single “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” right now. Thank the lord. If the rest of the songs are as Godspeed You! Black Emperor sounding in their titles, we will be very happy students. [Rolling Stone]
This year’s cutting Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, is brutal, even if—or rather, especially if—you’re not a big fan since the singer-songwriter had an awful run-in with drugs. As the film illustrated, it shows how drug abuse can get out of hand quickly. A juvenile detention center in Thailand saw the opportunity in Winehouse’s life lesson and has taken to screening the film to incarnated youth to urge them to break their habits. Smart move, Thailand. [Consequence of Sound]
Those who get to create a James Bond theme are some of the luckiest musicians in the world. For the upcoming Spectre film, Sam Smith was chosen to perform the theme. After plenty of debate over whether or not he was the right pick, the actual song is here for your listening pleasure. Big band jazz and luxurious strings sweep up the music while Smith’s Grammy-winning voice dazzles the retro sound. Old school, meet the new school. Give it a listen here. [Nerdist]
Janet Jackson‘s highly anticipated LP Unbreakable drops next week after plenty of hype. If you weren’t already excited, her new single with Missy Elliott should do the trick. “Burnitup!” is a punchy, creeping, somewhat industrial dance number that’s more for steamy clubs than it is party grooving, though time will probably see it embrace both situations. [Pitchfork]
Possibly the greatest clips to come from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon are his epic lip-sync battles with famous actors and celebrities. Fallon just upped the game, though. Joseph Gordon-Levitt returned to the TV screen to sing for real this time — as part of a barbershop quartet. The group sang Rihanna‘s “Bitch Better Have My Money”, certainly giving it more retro pizzazz than its terrifying music video ever did. [Rolling Stone]
Funkadelic are revising their status as legendary funk icons with their three-disc album First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate and the new remix of “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?” with Kendrick Lamar. Listen as he gives it his all. Then again, who wouldn’t? When in the presence of greatness, you too must raise the bar to match their level. [Pitchfork]
It’s Friday, which means another slew of album streams are up on the internet. For the better picks of the bunch, turn to NPR. The radio masters are streaming Wavves‘ V and Deafheaven‘s New Bermuda, both of which are highly enjoyable listens. Over at Apple Music, you can check out the brand new New Order LP as well as Disclosure‘s enjoyable but not memorable Caracal. [NPR]
Broken Bells resurfaced this week with a brand new single titled “It’s That Talk Again”. The groovy number sees James Mercer and Danger Mouse return with another helping of disco. If you loved Tame Impala’s new album as much as we did, then this is a welcome treat. [Stereogum]
Now go enjoy the weekend! We will see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!
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