This week brought us zero diss tracks, and quite frankly we’re mostly relieved, albeit a bit lost. Luckily, there’s been plenty of amazing, beef-free music to get us through this week. Most notably, 88rising announced their upcoming crew album with a seasonally-appropriate banger of epic proportions called “Midsummer Madness”. Lykke Li is unsurprisingly in top form on her just-released album so sad so sexy, and Jay Rock gave us another taste of his brilliance with “The Bloodiest”.
What else? Tove Lo’s “bitches” remix is the Spice Girls 2018-type beat we needed in our lives and Gorillaz drops another The Now Now single. All these and more make this edition of Best Tracks of the Week.
The most groundbreaking label of our generation is coming together for a compilation tape that is sure to be one of the year’s prestige releases. Our first taste of 88rising’s crew-cut features an absolutely delicious hook crooned by Joji and bars for days from the likes of Rich Brian, Higher Brothers and AUGUST 08. We could not be more ready for this.
Never doubt that power of Xtina when she is gearing up for a comeback. The previously released singles have been strong in their own right, but this Anderson .Paak-produced track is definitely the best collab off Liberation thus far. GoldLink sets a sultry vibe before Christina chimes in with her soulful voice floating between the bouncy beats like butter being spread on a warm biscuit fresh out the oven. Starting to feeling all hot and bothered? Same here.
Those that have been following the career of London’s GAIKA were treated to news that felt like Christmas morning this week with the announcement of his debut album Basic Volume. Even better is the project’s lead single, a track that effuses the blend of foreboding production, irresistible hooks, and breathtaking patois-flow that have defined all of the fiercely-talented MC’s work thus far.
The third taster from their surprise new album The Now Now seems to confirm beyond any doubt that Gorillaz’ sixth full-length is going to be a full-on, Italo-disco flavored groove-fest. “Hold on to your inner vision,” moans lead singer Damon Albarn before he gets swallowed in cavernous reverb and squelchy synths. If you needed another summer-smoke jam, look no further.
Jay Rock has caught yet another W this year with his latest track “The Bloodiest”. Backed by sinister beats on the same level as Three 6 Mafia circa 2000, Jay Rock gives it his all, basically repelling the devil with his voice. Like “WIN” and “King’s Dead” before it, this one goes incredibly hard, and is making us pretty certain his new album Redemption dropping next week is going to leave our brains scrambled for the rest of the year.
so sad so sexy has so many layers to it – and while the trappy tracks give you an instant rush, nothing compares to the heavy sensation of Lykke Li belting out a sad song. “last piece” is one of the best breakup ballads in recent memory, a raw and gut-wrenching outcry of someone who has gone to great lengths for love only to be left completely heartbroken as a fragment of the person they once were.
Help, we’re lost in the echoey haze of this song by Matty! His vocals seem to hover like a helium balloon gently drifting towards the stratosphere, with guitar, twinkling synth riffs, dusty drums, a casual wind section, piano, and more coming together to create a symphony worthy of a summer day spent thinking about your past relationships.
The avant-jazz crew that has caught the eyes of such patrons as Virgil Abloh have delivered the sonic interpretation of all those bleary-eyed pierogi feasts. A longtime landmark of New York’s East Village, the seminal Veselka – the infamous 24-hour Ukrainian diner – has proven to be a divine source of inspiration for Onyx Collective, and really, any other New Yorker who’s found themselves stoned and starving after hours.
“Can I make your favorite meal before you move out?” serpentwithfeet’s Josiah Wise pleads in his tremulous, otherworldly falsetto, effectively summing up everyone’s last moments of finally giving in to the collapse of a relationship. His debut album soil has – at long last – arrived, and with it, the much-needed soundtrack to all of our future ruptures of intimacy. May they all be this poetic and full of feeling.
Just when we thought Rita Ora’s “Girls” was the femme-centric anthem we needed, Tove Lo dropped this incredibly stacked remix of her song “bitches”. Featuring our perennial fave Charli XCX, Elliphant, ALMA, and Icona Pop, who refer to the group’s chemistry as “Spice Girls 2018,” we’re still processing the genius of the music video. In the meantime, we’ll be locked in the groove of those wavering synths and Tove Lo singing about getting eaten out.
Be sure to check out last week’s round-up of our favorite new tracks right here.