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Add of the Week: The Kills, ‘103’

Every Monday, Add of the Week unveils all the new songs going into the 88Nine on-air playlist, with one hand-picked selection put in the spotlight by a member of our music team.

So we have this rotation we use for our “Add of the Week” feature wherein a different member of the 88Nine on-air staff you know and love gets to pick that week’s song. Then, occasionally, they open up the hatch to the web department bunker, and I shield my eyes to the unfamiliar sunlight before doing the honors.

I give you this background because not one month ago, I plucked The Kills’ “New York” from the weekly batch. As you may have divined from the headline, I’ve decided to return to that particular well for the band’s latest track, “103.”

You’d think that would indicate me being a massive fan of the duo, but in all honesty I had overlooked them prior to making that first selection. I knew of vocalist Alison Mosshart from her contributions to The Dead Weather and that she had this primary project with guitarist Jamie Hince. But I never got around to digging into their discography, which currently stands at five studio albums and will grow to six when God Games drops Oct. 27

Like “New York” (and “LA Hex,” which I covered briefly in that initial post), “103” is part of the new LP and is a similarly swaggering entry. Both the song and the visuals in its accompanying video overflow with confidence. They are brash. They are bold. They exhibit an attitude that goes right along with what the band described as “a dark twisted love song” accompanied by the climate incredulity Mosshart experienced driving between L.A. and Nashville during the pandemic:

You don’t know what you got
Or what you want but L.A.’s hotter
Seems to make you so damn slow

You don’t know what you want
Or how to stop what L.A.’s got
What you seen in me before

You can listen to and watch the video for “103” at the top of the page, and catch the song as part of the 88Nine playlist. God Games is also available for pre-order right now ahead of its Oct. 27 release.

This week’s other adds

  • Inhaler, "Just To Keep You Satisfied"
  • Chemical Brothers (feat. Beck), "Skipping Like a Stone"
  • Squirrel Flower, "Alley Light"
  • Tré Burt, "Santiago"
  • Gareth Donkin, "Whenever"