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Arcade Fire ft. Mavis Staples, “I Give You Power”
If, like much of the country, you’ve spent the days since last Friday preoccupied with thoughts of resistance, let Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples’s collaboration push you over the edge. Their anthemic rallying cry was released on Inauguration Eve in likely anticipation of the descent into chaos that everyone feared would begin with the new transition of power. For the moments when citizenship and the basic human right to matter feel meaningless and threatened, Mavis will be here to snap us out of defeat. Even if the people did mathematically give those who occupy the highest office of this country the power to run it, she and Arcade Fire won’t allow us to fall for the trap that we don’t have the power to strip them of it. “Watch me!” Mavis grunts. Get angry, get active, and get to agitating the powers that be right along with her. —Dee Lockett (@Dee_Lockett)
Odd Future alumna Syd is going solo. She’s been fronting The Internet for the past few years, but is breaking off now with her new album, Fin, and in advance of its release, we’ve been given “Body.” It’s slow, crawling like honey down a cold knife, and very sexy. Syd practically channels Aaliyah as she coos over a plodding, spare beat about a teasing bedroom back and forth: “If your friends could see you right now, not lying girl, I bet they’d wanna be you right now. Your body’s taking over you.” It’s like “Rock the Boat” for a 2017 audience, with Syd putting the seduction on a woman and telling her to say her name. The artist told Zane Lowe on Beats 1 that she hopes “Body” will be the “baby-making anthem of 2017.” There are 11 months left in the year, but Syd’s new slow jam is the one to beat. —Jordan Crucchiola (@JorCru) Read more