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Weekly Leaks May 18

In celebration of our annual beer issue I’ve only really been listening to Mean Jeans’ still-perfect party record On Mars . Having said that there was still some amazing new content to hit the world wide web this week. Here’s a little taste of what’s new.

JEFF the Brotherhood “Sixpack”

In theory I should hate this. In addition to having a truly embarrassing name JEFF the Brotherhood enlisted the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach to produce their upcoming Hypnotic Knights EP and you should all know how I feel about the Black Keys by now. As a producer though Auerbach brings out the best in this fuzzy two-piece further exemplifying just how great they are at Weezer-meets-Ramones summer anthems.

Nü Sensae “Swim”

Speaking of two-pieces… well Vancouver’s Nü Sensae aren’t a duo anymore. Shitty writing transitions aside however their decision to add former Mutators axe-man Brody McKnight to the lineup was a smart one as their upcoming album Sundowning is packed with new ideas and just as much bone-crushing heaviness as anything they’ve done before. Give the track “Swim” a listen and then have nightmares for days.

White Lung “Take the Mirror”

Before Nü Sensae release Sundowning however their BFF band White Lung will drop their anticipated sophomore longplayer Sorry . You may have already heard lead single “Take the Mirror” but now it’s been treated to some flashy black and white visuals that has frontwoman (and occasional Fast Forward contributor) Mish Way acting like a badass in Vancouver’s fabled ALF House.

Death Grips “Hustle Bones”

By now you should have heard The Money Store the debut album from Sacramento aggro rap crew Death Grips. If not the visuals for “Hustle Bones” should serve as a decent introduction because it’s a little bit scary and a lot of fun.

El-P “Stay Down” (featuring Nick Diamonds) (live on Letterman)

Death Grips’ fascinating sound is a clear evolution from the highly experimental teeth-baring work championed by El-P. The legendary producer and rapper will return with his long-awaited new solo album Cancer4Cure next week and he stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman to preview the track “Stay Down.” With some help from Islands’ Nick Diamonds it’s a dynamic performance that’s definitely worth a watch or two.

Chief Keef “Understand Me” (featuring Young Jeezy)

Thanks in part to a high-profile G.O.O.D. Music remix Chief Keef is blowing up despite his status as a newcomer. So much so in fact that dude is able to get some seriously high-profile collaborators. On his latest track “Understand Me” Young Jeezy stops by to drop some bars. It’s not the most amazing song ever made but it definitely highlights Keef as an artist to watch.

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