Thursday, September 10, 2015

Best New Track: Raury and Tom Morello Team Up on "Friends"

Best new track is a huge understatement here. This is a fucking anthem.

On my morning run today, The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Just Like Honey'" came on shuffle, and while it's in no way a running song, I took a hot minute to recognize the pure, uplifting beauty of a big melodic song like that 1985 classic. One of those timeless songs that sends you soaring, but doesn't come around all too often.

Within 20 seconds of the percussive opening and glittery first notes, of Raury's new single "Friends," I knew we had another one of those on our hands. And, thank goodness. Crafted by the 19 year-old boy wonder from Atlanta, who only released his first mixtape this time last year, the track features help from legendary Rage Against the Machine guitar god, Tom Morello. A thundering blend of soul, folk and global peace lyricism, "Friends" sounds like it will be the perfect intro to Raury's debut album All We Need which he has said will "aim to change the world and how the masses are listening to music, period." 

Raury appropriately credits Morello's history releasing progressive music in the 90s as why he wanted him on this kind of track. Similar things are happening with hip-hop right now (he cites Chance the Rapper and Joey Bada$$, specifically), and the rising star wants to make music that's equally "awake."

Amen. Look out for All We Need next month.

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