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KENDRICKLAMAR

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.

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