10Trax – Hail Justin Timberlake, robot overlord

It's been a cinematic start to the year to say the least.

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A new year has dawned, and with it a comes a glimpse of a horrific robot future led by none other than Justin Timberlake (more on that below). Welcome to 2018 everyone, who the fuck knows what’s going to happen this year. Here’s some music to listen to while you wait to tentatively step out of your New Year’s bunker.

Justin Timberlake – ‘Filthy’

JT just did a full three hundred and sixty-degree spin on everyone with ‘Filthy.’ Having announced his new album Man of the Woods with a very Bon Ivery teaser trailer a couple of days ago he has, for some reason presumably only known to his android alter-ego, followed it up with the (big air quotes)Futuristic(close big air quotes) new track ‘Filthy.’ As anyone who has already heard this song will have commented, it sounds like a bad remix of a Future Sex Love Sounds album cut and has almost nothing to do with the woods. The video is something else entirely, with Timberlake starring as a Steve Jobs-esque tech guy controlling a dancing robot that proceeds to get ‘sexy'(?) with some dancers before he turns into a hologram? What happened Justin?

Dream Wife – ‘Hey Heartbreaker’

The second music video this week to feature robotic versions of its artist comes courtesy of Dream Wife. Starring a trio of faceless animated robots that break free of the bar where they’re forced to perform this is essentially the antidote to ‘Filthy’.

MGMT – ‘Hand It Over’

Kevin Parker who??

Hudson Mohwake – ‘Foxy Boxing’

Sure it might be over five years old ut ‘Foxy Boxing’ has finally made it out of the LuckyMe vault and into the public domain. Truly, a late Christmas miracle.

Billie Eilish – ‘idontwannabeyouanymore’

In a move that will horrify cinematographers and arouse nothing more than a shrug from teenagers (“bastard teenagers with their phones and their portrait lock!” someone over the age of 30, is saying somewhere) Billie Eilish’s new music video is designed to be watched ‘vertically’ on a phone screen. That said it’s a good video and even better song so we welcome our upcoming obsolescence at the hands Billie and her 15-year-old army.

SiR – ‘Something Foreign ft. ScHoolboy Q’

SiR’s new one has a luscious film noir, jazzy vibe underlying it all, even the normally aggressive Q mellows it down for this verse on this cut. Laidback but with enough bounce on it to get heads nodding as well, ‘Something Foreign’ has me very excited for SiR’s new album.

Not3s – ‘My Lover (Mabel Remix)’

Two of our cover stars unite on this remix of Not3s’ top 40 smashing ‘My Lover.’ Mabel takes the catchy track and injects a little more flair into it, her and Not3s playing off eachother nicely in the chorus.

Bruno Mars -‘Finnesse (Remix) ft. Cardi B’

They’re having a fun time in this one aren’t they? If you need to show your mum who Cardi B is, show her this. She’ll like this.

Jay Z – ‘Family Feud ft. Beyonce’ 

Jay Z and Beyonce take home best collaboration this week, obviously. The video for ‘Family Feud’ is nuts, starting off with a futuristic Game of Thrones-esque battle for the throne and travelling back into the present day where Jay, Beyonce and Blue Ivy sit in church, performing the song from the pulpit and confession booth. Oh yeah, and it’s directed by Ava DuVerney and scored by Flying Lotus.

Shirt – ‘Flight Home’

Shirt is the first rapper to sign to Jack White’s Thirdman record label. Fans of Wiki, YourOldDroog and other down to earth New Yorkers take note.

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