The Week Ahead: Today’s Top Tune 8/13 – 8/17/18

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We’ve got five, easy-peasy musical downloads for you this week, including a slice of Argentina’s Chancha Via Circuito, who will share the bill with Captain Planet at The Bootleg on August 17. We’ll also share new sounds from Natalie Prass before a night at The Troubadour in late September. We ask ourselves will Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears come to Southern California soon? The seductive sound of Cigarettes After Sex are on tour with Nick Cave, and they’ll be landing at the fabulous Forum on Oct 21! And finally, an exclusive live version from Mura Masa, who you can catch on August 24 at The Observatory in Santa Ana and August 25 at at The Novo.

Monday, August 13 Chancha Via Circuito “Alegria”

Argentina has been the epicenter when it comes to blending electronic beats with Andean folk music. A pioneer of this musical front is Pedro Canale, aka Chancha Via Circuito. Steady beats and pensive melodies abound, as we unfurl “Alegria”

Tuesday, August 14 Natalie Prass “Oh My”

After scrapping an entire album she’d recorded for release, Natalie Prass returned to the studio to work out the heartbreak caused by the 2016 presidential election. “Oh My” sounds like a dance-floor hit, yet packs a powerful political message.

Wednesday, August 15 Jake Shears “Sad Song Backwards”

Recently Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears has spent more and more time in New Orleans, where the pulse and musical traditions of the city inspired his initial work on his new music. Then he hit the road to Louisville, where he teamed up with Sturgill Simpson’s horn section, Jim James’ drummer Dave Givan, and VHS or Beta guitarist Craig Pfunder for further inspiration on “Sad Song Backwards.”

Thursday, August 16 Cigarettes After Sex “Crush”

Ambient pop outfit Cigarettes After Sex celebrate the one-year anniversary of their self-titled debut album with a new single. “Crush” features their signature cinematic sound, full of romantic moments and lush scenery.

Friday, August 17 Mura Masa “What If I Go” (feat. Bonzai) Live on MBE

UK producer Mura Masa stepped out from behind the scenes and into the limelight with his star-studded debut album, released last year. Stopping by the KCRW studios recently for a live session on MBE, Mura Masa left us with some insight and a lovely, exclusive version of “What If I Go,” featuring Bonzai.