Five Tracks You Must Hear This Week

There’s plenty of great new music for you to enjoy this week, with fresh tunes from Timbaland and Grimes, an early, raw-sounding Kurt Cobain demo, an offcut from the latest Dr Dre album, and another slice of pop perfection from Ellie Goulding.

Timbaland – Them Jeans

Fans have been waiting for what seems like an eternity for Timbaland’s fourth album, Textbook Timbo, to drop. The famed producer, who has worked with the likes of Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and countless others, has been responsible for some of the most influential music over the past two decades – and the second song he’s put out in as many months shows he’s not lost his Midas touch. A collaboration with Atlanta rap crew Migos, Them Jeans is a bumping party track that is sure to get plenty of radio play.

Ellie Goulding – Army

The pop princess said earlier this week that Noel Gallagher told her he’s a fan of her music – but not to tell anyone. AAA likes a bit of Ellie Goulding now and then. And unlike Noel, we’re not too ashamed to say it. The Hereford-born chart-topper’s newbie, Army, is a kitsch ballad that’s easily the finest moment from her recent third album, Delirium. Inspired by her new best friend, the track sees Ellie fondly reminiscing about getting wasted and revelling in “how you cringe when you sing out of tune”. We all do, Ellie.

Dr Dre – Naked

Aired via Dr Dre’s Beats 1 radio show, Naked is an unreleased track that features Marsha Ambrosius and Sly Piper and is believed to have resulted from the recording sessions for his recently released Compton album. Don’t expect too many more Compton offcuts to be pulled from the vaults, with Dre saying recently, “The majority is not for sale. If you are a recording artist – or any type of artist – everything isn’t for sale.” Naked is signature Dre – a banging track with a monster beat. Enjoy.

Kurt Cobain – Been A Son (early demo)

Much has been written about the release of Montage Of Heck. The film was one thing, but many were against Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings soundtrack being released. Defending his decision to do so, director Brett Morgen said: “Just like The Bootleg Series furthers your understanding of Bob Dylan’s process, I find that Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings furthers not just our understanding of his process but represents yet another angle, another side of Kurt [Cobain] — an artistic outlet that he was not necessarily able to work with in the context of a three-piece band.” Meanwhile, it was reported this week that the cardigan Cobain wore during Nirvana’s appearance on MTV: Unplugged has been sold at auction for £93,000 – so it’s not like his allure has been lost.


Grimes – Scream

The eagerly-awaited new Grimes album dropped last week and her people did a good job of keeping it under wraps until then – no easy feat in this day and age. It was worth the wait, but before rushing out to get a copy, check out the excellent Scream, which features Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes. Coming in at just over two minutes, it’s a powerful song with a 60s-inspired surf guitar riff, a banging bassline and a tribal drumbeat, over which Aristophanes raps in Mandarin. As you do.