Madame X is among us. After endless Instagram teases starring Madge in an eyepatch, Madonna’s 14th album is here – and it’s way weirder than the pre-album songs led us to believe. In the best possible way, the Queen of Pop is letting her freak flag fly and following her muse down whatever circuitous rabbit hole it darts into. On this week’s Must-Hear Music podcast, we talk about “Dark Ballet,” a dark piano ballad that morphs into an Auto-Tuned, synth-y interpolation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and wraps with some thoughts about Supreme hoodies. We also talk about the equally bonkers “God Control,” a ballad-turned-disco suite with Catholic choir shades that features a brilliantly off-kilter spoken word section about how Madonna’s brain is her gun, which is why she doesn’t smoke dope. Huh? Yes, exactly.
Aside from Madame X, we listen to Monsta X, who are in full late ’90s boy band mode on the French Montana-featuring “Who Do U Love.” And the late Mac Miller delivers an affecting verse on Free Nationals’ “Time,” which also boasts Kali Uchis’ silky voice.
Plus: We look at Bastille’s craftsmanship on “Another Place” from Doom Days, and Shura returns with the sexy, disco-tinged “religion (u can lay your hands on me).”