The Observer’s Playlist of the Week: 11/15

Jason Walsh, Staff Reporter

Peter Gabriel – “Courage”
“Courage” was originally supposed to be on Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album “So,” but it didn’t make the cut. Then, just in the last few weeks, Gabriel decided to finish up the almost thirty-year-old song and release it onto the internet. The track sounds like it was airmailed direct from 1986 to YouTube—it could easily pass for a Gabriel or Genesis song from the mid-80s. Which means it’s fantastic. Thanks, Peter Gabriel.

Lorde – “Royals” (Raekwon Remix)
Last week I put Rick Ross’s version of “Royals” on this list, and this week we’ve got Raekwon doing some verses over Lorde’s track. Raekwon puts a little more effort into it, with a “Cuban Linx”-style spoken-word intro and multiple verses. List most other things Raekwon-related, it’s awesome.

Raekwon – “It’s My Thing”
Yes, that’s right, another Raekwon song. A) Because this track samples the break from EPMD’s “It’s My Thing,” off of their absolutely classic 1988 debut “Strictly Business.” The Chef raps for two minutes over the break and then it’s over. B) Because it’s an excuse to talk about the new Wu-Tang album. “A Better Tomorrow” was supposed to be out back in July. The 20th anniversary of “36 Chambers” was earlier this week, and RZA gave an interview blaming the delay on Raekwon. According to RZA, everybody but Raekwon and Ghostface has shown up to do their verses. Who knows if “A Better Tomorrow” will ever see the light of day.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “The Feeling Kind”
San Francisco-based Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (formerly Thao with The Get Down Stay Down) have been turning out catchy, enjoyable folk and indie rock since the mid-2000s. “The Feeling Kind” is both a track from their earlier 2013 release “We The Common” and a promotional single for an upcoming EP titled “The Feeling Kind EP.” The track just got a video, which sees Thao and friends dancing across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. It’s a good time.

Busta Rhymes ft. Q-Tip – “Thank You”
Hip-hop veteran Busta Rhymes recently signed to Lil Wayne’s Cash Money Records and is set to release his tenth studio album sometime soon. “Thank You” is something like a record-label-signing victory lap. Birdman, Weezy and Kanye all show up for spoken-word cameos while Busta and Q-Tip trade verses for a couple minutes.