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The Agony & The Ecstasy: music news

Kelis's comeback, Grimes vs Steve Buscemi, Beyonce live, the Daft Punk cover + Hyuna's K-Pop banger

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Grimes vs Steve Buscemi

Having Easter Brunch with Seymour From Ghost World is my idea of bliss. Just cover me in batter and dust me with icing. But not so for Grimes in this incredible sketch (something to do with AmEx), where she declines Buscemi's invitation to go to the Easter parade with the words: "there are so many children… It's very loud." No dice, Steveo.

COMEBACK OF THE WEEK: Kelis - 'Jerk Ribs'

Those horns though. An epic, parping comeback with a string-backed elysium chorus. This is how to do taut, retro-leaning R&B in 2013 (take note, The 20/20 Experience) After the pulsating disco thrill of Flesh Tone and the minimal beats of her Skream collab 'Copy Cat', it's a thrilling curveball and herald of what's to come from Kelis this year.

SONG OF THE WEEK: Lil Durk - 'Dis Ain't What You Want'

In the current issue of Dazed, we explored the Drill scene of Chicago's mean streets, of which Lil Durk is one of the frontrunners alongside Sasha Go Hard and perennial juvey-dodger Chief Keef. The booming 'Dis Ain't What You Want' answers those that focus the violence of the scene, as Durk resignedly intones "I can't do no shows 'cause I terrify my city… they say I terrify my city." His most interesting song to date – and Drill may have just found it's most reflective voice.

COVER OF THE WEEK: Daughter - 'Get Lucky' (Daft Punk Cover)

An unsettling and pared-down version of the fastest-selling track of the year from the London three-piece on 4AD. Vocalist Elena Tonra delivers lines like "She's up all night 'til the sun/ I'm up all night to get some" with dark-eyed resign, taking the track from light-up tiles to a lonely boulevard, searching for connection.

K-POP SONG OF THE WEEK: 4minute - 'What's Your Name?'

Hyuna's girl group 4minute released one of the best K-Pop singles last year in the synth banger 'Volume Up', and return this week with the addictive 'What's Your Name?' With a rubbery hip hop beat a little like GD & TOP's Diplo-produced 'Knock Out', a 'Starships'-aping hook and skatergal styling a whisker away from a Comme De Fuckdown beanie, it's the kinda video Nicki Minaj throws together in-between Idol auditions - colourful, cheery and with a lot of thigh. Oh-wey-oh-oh-way-oh!


We are quite excited. Beyoncé takes over London's O2 arena for six nights this week with her 4-heavy new concert. At the Paris date, she debuted the rhythmic, hair-flipping 'Grown Woman', with Foxxy Cleopatra visuals and a steel drum-soundtracked dance breakdown. Amazing! Much like her H&M exclusive 'Staring At The SuVideon', ‘Grown Woman’ is clearly not her big comeback – but Bey seems to be going for a more organic approach with the Mrs. Carter campaign, debuting new tracks in the environment she was raised in - the stage.