While the year is drawing towards its final quarter, those eager for new music still have plenty of things to be excited about. Whether you’re into hip-hop, post-hardcore or punk, there are still great things to be heard in coming weeks for those whose most anticipated album has yet to see the light of day. Regardless, here are three tracks from albums not quite in our hands that have me excited to hear the final product when it hits the streets in the coming weeks.
1. “Marvin’s Room”- Drake
Drake is kind of the Jekyll and Hyde of hip-hop. On one side, we have a clever wordsmith who has shown he can flow with some of the biggest names in the rap game, while on the other side we find Drake about to pour out soulful melodies take us further into the Rn’B realm than anything else. And while the other tracks surfacing from Take Care find Drake spitting more than swooning, “Marvin’s Room” is an emotional, albeit blunt ride through getting someone back. Though many prefer Drake to rap instead of sing, count at least one person who wouldn’t mind if Drake kept doing songs like this one, as the beat and lyrics make it a solid mix for a song meant to stir the emotional pot.
2. “Edward Benz, 27 Times” – La Dispute
Topping the emotionally epic Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair might be tough in the eyes of the droves of fans this band has won over since its release, but after a couple solid tracks surfaced through the past couple weeks, this track appeared through my Tumblr this afternoon. Possibly heavier lyrically than anything the band has penned before, the story of a man and his son is told through fits of twang-lined jamming guitars and a steady rhythmic attack. The track progresses with the story, adding bits and pieces musically as the band weaves through subtle melodies and strong drumming. Jordan Dreyer’s emotional vocals pair with the wandering arrangements as the track apexes with his shouts of ‘That’s all I can offer, that’s all that I know how to give.’ Showing their growth in songwriting maturity since Somewhere, this track is lyrically and musically a seamless, natural progression for the band.
3 “Black Mass” – This is Hell
Though This is Hell released Weight of the World last year, Travis Reilly and company sound rejuvenated in the title track to their upcoming LP by the same name. After a simple, haunting opening, the track shreds through double-bass laced riffing that seemingly never lets up until Reilly’s howl hails the verse into your ears. Armed with sludgy riffs and a chorus based around the haunting opening riff (all topped off with a gong!), the track pairs gritty metal with the band’s punk undertones to hint at this record being a contender for hardcore album of the year.