Where to begin with this week’s best songs? Gucci Mane, St. Vincent, and King Krule all released their highly-anticipated new albums, and we can’t get enough. Elsewhere, our track premiere of ABISHA’s vibey debut stunner “All That” makes the cut, as does the hard in the paint, Kendrick Lamar-featuring “The City,” by fellow Compton rapper YG Hootie.
Twitter sensation Kailee Morgue makes her dive into the music industry with her first official single, the arresting “Medusa” and underground electronic mastermind Call Super dazzles us once again with his new psychedelic banger “I Look Like I Look In A Tinfoil Mirror” with an equally lysergic accompanying video.
Stream our picks in the playlist below, and keep scrolling to see our 10 picks for the Best Tracks of the Week.
ABISHA – “All That”
ABISHA is just 22 years old, which is ridiculous. Not only does her voice carry the wisdom and maturity of someone far her senior, but this is her debut single – like, ever. Boasting production from FKA twigs collaborator Mike Chapman, this rising wunderkind seems on track to be a household name within the next few years. And if it wasn’t clear already, this track is a mini-masterpiece of electro R&B.
Baths – “Out”
Making a welcome return to the spotlight after his masterful 2013 LP Obsidian, Baths has clearly picked up some new tricks in the interim. The same richly layered and delightfully buoyant production is still on display, but “Out” showcases a newfound sensibility for – dare we say – the pop song. Adding a beat has done wonders for packaging his sound, suddenly making his upcoming Romaplasm a last-minute highlight of the year.
Call Super – “I Look Like I Look In A Tinfoil Mirror”
As with the rest of his musical output, Call Super keeps things strange and sublime on his latest track. It’s as if you’re aboard the USS Enterprise in a parallel universe where Captain Picard encourages his crew to microdose. With wavering synths, skittering spaceship bloops, and a bassline that sounds like it’s keeping a secret, “I Look Like I Look In A Tinfoil Mirror” bears repeated listens.
Dave – “Question Time”
If we have learned anything from living in 2017, it is that the personal has never been more political; and we expect our artists to acknowledge this fact. Enter Dave, one of grime’s most promising rising rappers, with “Question Time,” a song that begins with “A question for the new prime minister / How’d you have a heart so sinister?” By song’s end he will tackle Brexit, gentrification, the Israel/Palestine conflict and the Grenfell Tower fire to name a few. This is taking agency with urgency; this is the kind of music that we need to uphold.
Gucci Mane – “Enormous” ft. Ty Dolla $ign
By the third verse of “Enormous,” Gucci makes it crystal clear what sort of equipment he’s working with, while singing the highest praises for his wife-to-be Keyshia Ka’oir. It’s just one of many collabs on the Atlanta rapper’s highly-anticipated Mr. Davis, and for this track he enlists Ty Dolla $ign, who comes through with soaring vocals on the chorus.
King Krule – “Logos”
The lead up to King Krule’s new album The OOZ has been incredible, from the surf rock meets jazz “Dum Surfer” to the echoey groove of “Half Man Half Shark.” With a whopping 19 tracks, it’s hard to choose a favorite amongst the new cuts, but the lingering smoke of “Logos” is coalescing in our lungs in a beautiful way as our boy Archy Marshall narrates an intimate encounter.
Kailee Morgue – “Medusa”
Although the song evokes a Greek myth, “Medusa”s genesis is a true millennial Cinderella story. Back in January, Kailee Morgue uploaded a demo version to Twitter, singing in her bedroom. The tweet went viral, and by June she’d signed a deal with Republic Records. It’s not hard to understand why, with a voice that’s absolutely unreal, providing the backbone for a track that’s as catchy as it is spooky.
Rex Orange County – “Loving is Easy”
Over a piano line enriched with delicate string orchestration, Rex Orange County delicately croons about just how easy falling in love can be if you just shut up and relax. Even the iciest, most barren, frozen wasteland of hearts will melt within this song’s first minute. And if the song itself doesn’t work the stop motion puppets in the video should do the trick
St. Vincent – “Pills”
All of the promotional art and music videos surrounding MASSEDUCTION has demonstrated an aesthetic evolution for St. Vincent that hinges on blindingly bright, Technicolor shades too bright and poppy to ever exist in the natural world. And while the whole album reflects this plasticine artifice, “Pills” in particular is perfect audio equivalent of this style. Infusing a TV commercial jingle melody into her reliably-warped, monstrous guitar-shredding, the end result is what a Xanax-induced purgatory must sound like.
YG Hootie – “The City” ft. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar could cough in the background of someone’s track and we’d probably put it on this list. Luckily, we get a whole verse from Kung Fu Kenny on fellow Compton rapper YG Hootie’s “The City.” Kendrick might be flexing, but he still manages to find time to sneak in an anti-police brutality quip, while YG Hootie goes hard in the paint for his hometown over dope beats courtesy of DJ Fu.
In case you missed it, check out the previous edition of Best Tracks of the Week right here.
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