Chance the Rapper – “Angels (feat. Saba)”
“I got my city doing front flips when every father, mayor, rapper jump ship,” raps Chance the Rapper on his latest song, “Angels.” Hailing from Chicago, Chance has always shown love to his city, and while a lot of rappers and media focus on the violence going on, he continues to try and promote change through positivity. “It’s too many young angels on the Southside/get us scared to let our grand momma’s outside,” but despite this the city still makes him feel like Alexander the Great. The song is said to be off Chance’s upcoming third mixtape, and while there is no word when that is supposed to be out, “Angels” should tide you over until the full offering is shared.
El VY – “No Time to Crank the Sun”
The collaboration between The National’s Matt Berninger and Menomena/Ramona Falls’ Brent Knopf, EL VY, have finally released their full project, Return to the Moon. The album features the trademark vocals and poetic lyrics of Berninger, but instead of the serious indie that has made up The National’s discography, Return to the Moon bounces from the garage rock sounding “I’m the Man to Be” to the psychedelic influences of “Silent Ivy Hotel.” One of the early standouts on the record is “No Time to Crank the Sun,” which contains dramatic harmonies and airy synths that show while a lot of music can fall under the “Alternative” category, it doesn’t mean they sound the same at all.
Karen O – “I Shall Rise”
Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontwoman Karen O has made a name for herself for her work on films like Where the Wild Things Are, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Her. She is now adding video games to her repertoire, having recently unveiled the theme to the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider video game. “They wanted drama and high-stakes and melodrama,” she told Rolling Stone. “That was very appealing to me because I love making music connected to a storyline.” The end result is a song that starts off with just Karen and a guitar but turns into a grandiose mission statement: “I shall rise, again and again,” she sings. The videogame is not due out until November 20, but the song is already available to be enjoyed.