We've got a good selection for you this week: from Blanck Mass's sludgy, twisted 'Dead Format', all the way through to the heartbreaking 'No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross' by Sufjan Stevens. It's not all doom and gloom though: we suspect that Vanessa Carlton cover might provide a few smiles.



5. Blanck Mass - 'Dead Format'

It's a brutal, damaged electronic track that features a hefty, bellicose beat and sharp daggers of synth that swirl around and cut through all of its low-end sludge; chopped FX'd samples rise up twisted and unintelligible, like an extreme tidal recession on a beach to reveal incomprehensible alien sea creatures writhing and stranded on dry land.



4. Drake - 'Legend' (y2k Remix)

The refix is in stark contrast to the original version, which features a drawl sample of Ginuwine's 'So Anxious', produced by fellow OVO artist PARTYNEXTDOOR. No doubt this will be one of many remixes and edits of Drake's latest cuts to come, but y2k nails it with this one.



3. Vanessa Carlton - 'A Thousand Miles' (MNEK Cover)

With its audience friendly clap-happy introduction right through to its key-changing bridge and bouncy pre-chorus, it simply oozes pop perfection; almost to the point where it makes me a little bit sad that it's not his own song.



2. East India Youth - 'Turn Away'

There's something dystopian about it, mainly in the thumping gallop of the drums as a guitar/electronic riff marches over the top, icy cyber-melodies raining down on the future-facing scramble – as a result it sounds a bit bleak, and is despite the intensity not exactly uplifting, but then everything isn't made to lift your spirits. Who cares about your spirits? And it is called 'Turn Away', so perhaps it's a sense of abandonment that's effusing from the track. Listen to it below.



1. Sufjan Stevens - 'No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross'

"There's blood on that blade / Fuck me, I'm falling apart."