No genre, no rules. Songs we love that we think you will too.
“Cash Out” / Calvin Harris, ScHoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR, & D.R.A.M.: With a project that many people claim to be the Summer Album that ends all Summer Albums, Calvin Harris brought together a star studded cast for each song on Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. The second track, “Cash Out,” features Schoolboy Q and his west-coast bounce over signature Calvin Harris production. An infectious chorus by OVO signee PARTYNEXTDOOR paired with a serenade by the ‘Mr. Eat-Your-Vegetables’ himself solidifies this track as a must-hear.
“911/Mr. Lonely” / Tyler, The Creator: After a two year hiatus, Tyler the Creator is back with a 2-song EP he released suddenly this past week. The track “911/Mr. Lonely” is thoughtful and friendly, featuring a shoutout to Elon Musk and a Frank Ocean feature you need to hear.
“Blinds” / Aminé: After a string of very impressive singles released this past Spring/Summer, Aminé strikes once again with “Blinds,” a follow up to his past release, the very mature “Turf.” Famous for his song “Caroline” that earned him the reputation of a one-hit-wonder, the Portland based MC continues to defy those that doubt his longevity in the game.
“Fuck Ugly God” / Ugly God: A true SoundCloud rapper, Ugly God is back with his signature ignorance on his latest release, “Fuck Ugly God.” The heavy hitting, distorted 808 is characteristic of the not-so-new wave of ‘mumble rappers’ that manage to bring extreme energy and liveliness to audiences. This is far from a classic, but definitely a song to throw on at the pregame.
“G.O.A.T.” / Princess Nokia: Representing New York City and a new class of very talented female rappers, Princess Nokia owns every second on the hookless “G.O.A.T..” The song is her first release on Rough Trade Records, one of hopefully many to come. Try not to blow up your sneakers.
“You and I” / Toro y Moi: Oakland based singer, songwriter, and producer Toro y Moi has a way of reaching listeners through his own unique sound that many artists struggle to do. “You and I” stands out on his new project, Boo Boo, as a song that sends positive, uplifting energy through dramatic yet simplistic production.
“Like a Woman” / Kacy Hill: “Like a Woman” is a signature Kacy Hill song: dramatic, gentle, and to the point. The G.O.O.D. Music artist extends a soft and light sound in this track, with simple but effective lyrics.
“Hericane” / LANY: A standout track on the L.A. trios self titled release LANY, “Hericane” is a soft ballad about realizing the destructiveness of a certain woman. They mourn, “Pacing through the back of my mind / Maybe you’ve been a storm all this time, a hericane.”
“Watch” - Billie Eilish: “Watch” is an easy-going track released by female artist Billie Eilish. Eilish asks her subject, “When you call my name, do you think I’ll come running? / You never did the same, so good at giving me nothing.”
“’93” / Youngr: Known for his fresh and, well, young sound, Youngr is back with a future-pop smash that you NEED to hear. The track reflects on all of the differences our generation faces from the previous, calling for today’s youth to put down the phone, explore, and connect with each other.
“Zeltron 6 Billion” / Denzel Curry: Featuring Lil Ugly Mane, the song “Zelton 6 Billion” is a step away from the rappers typical style- but a step in the right direction for sure. Curry’s new EP 13 is easier on the ears and more experimental than his previous music, and is definitely worth a listen.
by PJ Walshe