It turns out the mobile version of the site looks as shitty as this warning. It still works but some of the music players are still flash based and mobile browser Jesus hates my favorite CSS tricks. I suggest you take a look at this on a desktop at some point.OK!
The year's other great rap album also has the year's other summer jam I'm trying to make happen even though I should probably know better. The Full Retard is pretty firmly in the realm of jams since it's opening sample/chorus is "So you should pump this shit like they do in the future." It's even got a surprisingly summery vibe for the lead single off an album of dark, paranoid raps about modern society and surveillance.
The problem is that Full Retard doesn't sound like it comes from this summer it genuinely sounds like shit they are going to pump IN THE FUTURE. Like the soundtrack to some Favela Chic barbecue scene in an unwritten Bruce Sterling novel. It's a brilliant song that keeps ending up on my playlists but I can't shake the feeling that it doesn't belong on those playlists for another half a decade at least.
The Shins new album is so low key, even for them, that I'd kinda forgotten it happened until Jane reminded me. Which is a shame because despite not jumping out at you the album is really good. Like Bloom the album isn't exactly awash with high energy tracks, but when it does decide to kick up the energy level it manages to make a respectable jam or two.
Certainly the best Jam on the album is Simple Song, the first single they released a few months back that manages to live up to its name without being boring. In another year it'd probably be my winner for best all around summer jam since it's hard to find a song that's this great to chill out to that's even more of a jam.