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An unusually subdued M.I.A. pays tribute to Amy Winehouse and other members of the “27 Club” in this unfinished, previously unreleased demo.
The underrated Baltimore rapper (and former member of Young English) drops a slightly less fiery follow-up to his should-have-been-a-breakthrough single, “Changed My Mind.”
Cross Metric with any number of ’90s nostalgists, such as Yuck, and you might come up with something like Ume (pronounced “ooh-may”), the Austin-based trio responsible for this barnburner of a track.
Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean and Curren$y: “Flowers”
Think of it as the anti-“Watch the Throne”: With a minimum of fuss and a maximum of chill, Khalifa and Co. have assembled an upcoming mix tape (whence this new track springs) chronicling their obsessions with weed and retro R&B, in that order.
Meat Puppets: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana cover)
In commemoration of the 20th(!) anniversary of “Nevermind,” Spin magazine commissioned a tribute project, “Newermind,” featuring this croaky standout from the one-time Nirvana compatriots.