Anti-Flag, "A New Kind of Army"
Love that anthemic punk rock sound. This is a classic winning formula here, and it feels wrong to be listening to it on an earbud instead of through loud speakers.
matt pond PA, "Bring On The Ending"
Been a minute since we've had matt pond PA around here. This is from 2004's Emblems, a glossy, shiny pop album full of gentle but catchy songs. There's a real Shins feel to this, which is definitely a compliment. Anyway, they aren't exactly breaking new ground here, but it's a pleasant listen.
Pusha T, "Nosetalgia"
God, that loop is hair raising, it's so good. Almost every song on My Name is My Name has a guest artist on it, and because this one has Kendrick Lamar, that automatically makes it a top track on the record. The way he comes in is incredible, nobody has more flows than Kendrick. And let's remind you again that that minimal beat is still back there, letting the rappers take center stage but adding quite a bit of menace. This is such a great tune.
Ritual Chamber, "Void Indoctrination"
One-man death metal band Ritual Chamber put out one album, Obscurations (To Feast on the Seraphim), in 2016. This is one of the more effective songs on the album, with the variation in tempo providing some interest from just bashing away. Not that I'm opposed to just bashing away or anything, but it's nice to have some variety.
Helmet, "Give It"
And then we have Helmet, who were mostly about kinda just bashing away. And I love it! Just settling into a great groove and hammering at it until everybody stops moving.