This week, Justin Timberlake released a perplexingly mediocre single from his upcoming fifth album, and Kendrick Lamar collaborated with SZA on a soundtrack song for Marvel’s “Black Panther” film.
Here are the 5 best songs from the past week that you can stream right now:
Justin Timberlake — “Filthy”
After promoting his upcoming fifth album, “Man of the Woods,” as a “personal” LP with an apparent country bent, Justin Timberlake pulled a 180 and dropped “Filthy,” a Timbaland-produced lead single with cringeworthy lyrics. Sounding like a rehashed outtake from 2006’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” the song’s music video features Timberlake as a Steve Jobs-like character unveiling a provocatively dancing robot at a technology conference.
MGMT — “Hand It Over”
“Hand It Over” – the third stellar single from MGMT’s upcoming fourth album, “Little Dark Age” – effectively channels the drifting rock ballads of the 1970s through the band’s singular psychedelic sensibility.
Hudson Mohawke — “Foxy Boxing”
Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke released the anticipated studio version to “Foxy Boxing,” a vibrant, densely-layered instrumental that became a fan-favorite bootleg after Mohawke started playing it at live shows in 2011.
Flying Lotus — “Quarantine”
Flying Lotus debuted an eerie and eccentric jazz piece, “Quarantine,” at the end of a new 45-minute SoundCloud mix from his Brainfeeder label. The song starts at the 43-minute mark in the mix below.
Kendrick Lamar — “All the Stars” (feat. SZA)
Kendrick Lamar puts in a standard-issue verse over an “808s and Heartbreak”-style beat on “All the Stars,” which features a well-sung but generic pop hook from Lamar’s TDE labelmate SZA. It’s the lead single off the Lamar-curated soundtrack to Marvel’s upcoming “Black Panther” film.