Ratatat, “Shempi”

The ferocious “Seventeen Years” will always hold a special place in my heart, but sometimes you’re in the mood for a space carnival. Like when you’re working and words are far too distracting to hear in songs.

It’s fascinating how ridiculous so many aspects of this song are. The organs are like what you’d hear if you went into a church on Halloween and an evil priest was playing before you launched into battle with him. The guitar is complete pop. The beat is danceable. The best part is that all of the instruments sound like different voices— I am well aware that this is a very cliched statement, but it really does feel like you could sing all of the parts.

Put on some headphones and close your eyes.

djDOYOU, “I’m a Lion King (Simba vs. T.I.)”

Even though “Stuntin Like Mufasa,” from the same album, is getting a ton of attention— this is the best song from djDOYOU’s love letter to Disney.

Dropping in a Jay-Z verse and some Busta Rhymes and Lady Gaga samples for good measure, he has completely built upon the original beat and added a sick drum line. Also, the key change in the last chorus is just so wonderful to hear for the exact same reason that “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” was already awesome. Even though the Hova part isn’t the greatest rhymes, the stomping “I’ma kang” throughout the choruses makes up for it.

everybody wanna be the kang of the South, when they ain’t runnin a damn thang but they mouth