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We got a lot of debut album singles this week, whether it was well-scrubbed garage snot from Bass Drum Of Death, Maggie Bjorklund’s staggered guitar stomp or Joey Bada$$ reminding us how great he is. Oh, also Lil Wayne and Drake just dropped a collab like an hour ago.

Maggie BjorklundMissing At Sea

This Danish damsel played on the new Jack White album. Her own rural guitar squall explorations sound authentically eerie and distressed. This layered pedal steel instrumental would fit great into a Coen brothers backwoods noir scene. It’s the first single off her second album, Shaken, out October 14 on Bloodshot. – Eric Davidson


Joey Bada$$Big Dusty

Big Dusty is the first track we’ve heard off Joey Bada$$’s upcoming debut, B4DA$$. It’s a nostalgic brag track with gritty, rippling production from Pro Era affiliate Kirk Knight, and it makes me very excited for whatever’s coming next. “Can’t be second greatest, I’m the best and def your favorite.” This week, Joey’s right. – Lizzie Plaugic


Lil WayneGrindin Feat. Drake

I don’t live by many hard and fast rules, but if there’s one thing in life worth sticking to it’s that any new Weezy/Drizzy collabo is automatically my track of the week. Grindin is the latest of the bunch and is allegedly for Wayne’s much hyped, oddly cryptic Carter V release, which at this point has somewhere around a 60% chance of actually existing. Until its release, this woozy Auto-Tune fest will be a solid addition to my Wayne and Drake Spotify playlist somewhere in between “HYFR” and “The Motto” (Don’t judge me). – Max Lefkowitz


Nick HakimI Don’t Know

“I don’t know” is by far my most well-worn response to questions. It frustrates everyone, including me. But I have a feeling if I could sing it the way Nick Hakim does, my perpetual uncertainty would go over a lot better. – David Velásquez


Salt CathedralHoly Soul

With a new EP due the last week of August, Brooklyn’s Salt Cathedral gave us a preview of what to expect with Holy Soul. Breathy and sweet vocals fold and twist over themselves, creating a sense of yearning as finger snaps and handclaps add a catchy staccato to accompany the pulsing drums. Ethereal electronics and the quiet reverence of an organ work together to create a slow build in urgency and ache that sounds like distant memories of a lover floating away from you in some blue-green sea. It’s the perfect antidote to the muggy August heat. – Carrie Brothers