Kylie Minogue drops ‘Skirt’ and Schoolboy Q has a ‘Hell of a Night’: the best new music from the Bank Holiday

By , May 28 2013
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Post-holiday blues? Not to worry, we have just the ticket.

Since it was a bank holiday this weekend for both sides of the Atlantic, plenty of music dropped over the weekend without getting posted to the usual places. FACT have picked up some of the pieces and put together this short list of tracks that you might have missed while soaking up the sun (if you were in the UK) or sheltering from the snow (if you were unlucky enough to be in Vermont).

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SCHOOLBOY Q
‘HELL OF A NIGHT’

Schooboy Q’s forthcoming LP Oxymoron is really shaping up – ‘Hell of a Night’ follows the excellent ‘Yay Yay‘ and again pits Q’s urgent flow against some seriously horizontal production. There might be a 4/4 peering out from beneath the ethereal ‘Where Is My Mind?’ coos, but this is closer to Drake than it is Chris Brown.

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LIL BIBBY & LIL HERB
‘KNOW THEY ROLE’

Chicago’s Lil Bibby and Lil Herb are two of the Windy City’s brightest young hopes right now, and ‘Know They Role’ might be the hugest tune the duo have dropped so far. Set against a gloomy, cinematic backdrop and eerily chipmunked chorus thanks to local drill don C-Sick, ‘Know They Role’ is a heady blend of the thick, bass heavy thump of King Louie and Chief Keef and something altogether more thoughtful. Dark, and all the better for it.

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DISCLOSURE
‘GRAB HER’

It’s no secret how much love Disclosure have for legendary beatmaker J Dilla, and the brothers Lawrence have finally managed to shoehorn him into their music with ‘Grab Her’, even if it is just a snippet of his voice. The track itself is a jaunty club shaker that swings around Dilla’s assertion with a surprising lightness – expect to hear this one a fair few times over the summer.

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KYLIE MINOGUE
‘SKIRT’

It’s hard to write about this track without making the obligatory “Kylie drops Skirt” joke, but the tune probably deserves a bit more than simply a comedy header. Produced by Nom de Strip and co-written by FACT fave The-Dream, the provenance is there on ‘Skirt’, and her attempt at brash, squealing EDM-step definitely achieves what it sets out to. Whether that’s a good thing or not probably depends on your tolerance for honking mid-range synthesizer womps, or your age.

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MAC MILLER
‘GOOSEBUMPZ’

Produced by Diplo, ‘Goosebumpz’ is an offcut from Miller’s imminent new LP Watching Movies with the Sound Off, an album that so far is most notable for its seriously epic line-up of collaborators (Jay Electronica, Tyler, The Creator, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt and more). This track might not have any of those top-drawer features, but Diplo’s brassy upbeat rhythm frames Miller’s awkward sex rhymes competently, and ends up sounding a lot better than it probably should do.

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