Now that we’ve rolled through to the middle of April, Spring has most definitely sprung and we’ve got your soundtrack on lock. This week, we’ve got a balanced meal of shadow rap, house, techno, hip hop, indie rock, and more. Frank Ocean goes “Biking” with Jay Z and Tyler, the Creator, Mac DeMarco gets hazy and introspective, and The xx get a banging house remix courtesy of Four Tet, to name a few.
Feast your ears on those and more below in our picks for Best Tracks of the Week.
Arca – “Desafío”
The enigmatic producer dropped fresh new visuals for “Desafío” off his self-titled album that was just released last Friday. Conceived by himself and longtime collaborator Jesse Kanda, the video is bathed in sublime darkness with S&M leather abound.
Chief Keef – “Kills”
Chief Keef continues serving up the heat with the release of his new D Rich-produced track “Kills.” Sosa Baby is up to his usual antics in the video, stunting in his mansion in California accompanied by his pals, smoking up, dancing on pool tables and popping champagne in the lavish, Benny Flash-directed visuals.
Clark – “Butterfly Prowler”
Signed to Ninja Tune, Clark’s soundscape is something between Blade Runner and post-Brexit Britain, and it’s utterly brilliant. On “Butterfly Prowler,” the warm, jittery groove is an exceptional, club-friendly standout on the solid LP.
Frank Ocean – “Biking” ft. Jay Z & Tyler, the Creator
“Frank Ocean’s third single of 2017 finds him ruminating on the act of riding bicycles. As a ubiquitous form of solo transportation in many parts of the world, the subject might seem banal. But Frank, alongside Jay Z and Tyler, the Creator, work their magic to transform two simple wheels into something both sonically and thematically sublime.”
Read the rest of our track review right here.
Mac DeMarco – “On The Level”
Mac DeMarco has delivered another excellent number from his upcoming album This Old Dog. His latest track “On The Level” finds the 26-year-old musician exerting his usual blend of hazy, palm tree-synth chords and raspy vocals. But his lyrics find him in a much more somber and reflective state than we’re used to.
Shay Lia – “Blue”
“The first time I heard the demo, I cried,” Montreal singer/songwriter Shay Lia recounted to The Fader. “There’s this mix of excitement and stress: Will I find a good melody? If I can’t then there’s no song!” Get lost in her smooth, effortless R&B vocals, with stellar production by Kaytranada and BADBADNOTGOOD.
$UICIDEBOY$ – “Pictures” ft. MAXO KREAM
This shit downright evil.
The xx – “A Violent Noise” (Four Tet Remix)
Four Tet’s re-envisioning of The xx’s “A Violent Noise” extends the track over eight minutes, adding a banging house rhythm, melodic harps and focusing on the guitar riffs, while subduing Oliver and Romy’s vocals.
Tracy T – “Shining Like My Rollie” ft. Dej Loaf
Earlier this week, Highsnobiety had the exclusive on Tracy T’s latest video for “Shining Like My Rollie” featuring Detroit’s very own Dej Loaf. The visuals, directed by iNightLyfe, feature Tracy and Dej trading lyrics while showing off cash and jewelry in front of a luxurious Maybach.
Umfang – “Weight”
After a slew of stellar releases on underground labels 1080p and Phinery Tapes, Discwoman co-founder Umfang is readying her debut album, named Symbolic Use Of Light, out on Technicolour June 16. The first single “Weight” is a haunting jam, showcasing the New York DJ and producer’s machine drum prowess.
Catch up on last week’s best tracks right here.
- Text: Bianca Giulione, Jacob Davey
- Cover Image: Jason Kempin / Getty