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Interscope Duckworth ★★★★ The closing track from Kendrick Lamar’s Damn album tells a strange tale of two young men in late 1980s Compton: Anthony, a gangster, and Ducky, a former hood gone straight, now working in KFC to support his wife and son. Ducky knows Anthony has a reputation for robbing fast food restaurants. So every time he sees the gangster in his restaurant, he slips him free chicken and extra biscuits in order to curry favour. Anthony duly robs the KFC and, in a decision that will have ramifications decades later, opts to spare Ducky’s life. The closing twist, which I won’t reveal, is both extraordinary and, according to producer 9th Wonder who worked on the track, completely true. “Life,” as Lamar concludes, “is one funny motherf*cer.”
FATHER JOHN MISTY
Originally appearing on the Velvet Underground’s 1970 swansong Loaded, Who Loves
The Sun was Lou Reed’s curmudgeonly riposte to The Beatles’ Here Comes The Sun. The song hasn’t aged especially well, so it’s surprising that this Josh Tillman cover, recorded for the soundtrack to Eddie O’Keefe’s Shangri-La Suite last year, replicates the original quite so faithfully.
NOMBE ft. NEW MYSTICS
German-born, Californiabased producer Noah McBeth originally wrote Can’t Catch Me for a Toyota commercial that was never made. Two years later, the 1960s garage rockinfluenced track has been selected to open Pharrell William’s HBO doc Outpost.
THIS SIDE UP
Citog Studios Based on the title, you’d be forgiven for assuming this single by Irish hip-hop trio This Side Up’s was a mischievous diss track about someone they know. Quite the opposite. Billy
No Mates is actually an olive branch to society’s friendless and marginalised. (A plot twist as dull as it is commendable.) The Sligo natives play Dublin’s Grand Social tomorrow.