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Migos came through with a fresh track from their highly-anticipated new album Culture II just in time to make our list, and it comes as no surprise that “Motor Sport” goes off, indebted to its incredible verses from Cardi B and Nicki Minaj. Lil Wop, Gucci Mane’s undead protégé, also dropped his spooky mixtape Wopaveli 3 with Halloween just around the corner and “Paid in Full” featuring his Wopster mentor unsurprisingly goes off.

Majid Jordan released their sophomore album The Space Between, L-Vis 1990 dropped a globally-minded mixtape called 12 Thousand Nights, and the likes of Tinashe, Duckwrth, Stwo and Jeremih unleashed killer singles this week.

Check out these picks and more in this edition of Best Tracks of the Week.

Aminé – “Squeeze”

Contrary to what some might think, making a short song – one that clocks in at under two minutes for instance – can be far more challenging than cranking out your standard pop song. Aminé however, makes it sound as easy as pie. Weaving deft wordplay over a sinister yet enticing beat, the Portland-rapper embodies an essential tenet of showbiz with this track: leave them wanting more.

blackbear – “up in this” ft. Tinashe

Highsnobiety Magazine Issue 15 cover star Tinashe linked up with LA’s blackbear for a club-ready banger “up in this.” Aside from the incredibly turnt-up sounds, we appreciate that Tinashe opens the chorus with “Shawty got a booty, let it hang out,” because if those aren’t words to live by on the weekend, I don’t know what are.

Brian Eno & Kevin Shields – “Only Once Away My Son”

We don’t know how or why this track possibly exists; god among mortals Brian Eno linking with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields for a nine-minute ambient odyssey produced by Adult Swim?! Much like the sprawling, haunting track itself, the beauty of this experience lies in its unfathomable mystery.

Duckwrth – “Tamagotchi”

We were lucky enough to premiere Duckwrth’s “Tamagotchi” this week, and it’s quickly become one of our favorites. This certified Wavy Banger™ is a fitting homage to the digital pet, being one of the most infectious rap songs we’ve heard in a while with wailing guitar, Tamagotchi bleeps, a sick beat, and a healthy dose of sarcasm.

Lil Wop – “Paid in Full” ft. Gucci Mane

Your new favorite undead rapper Lil Wop, who we recently photographed and interviewed, dropped his Wopaveli 3 mixtape today. The Atlanta via Chicago’s mentor Gucci Mane decided to surprise Wop with a guest feature on “Paid in Full,” interrupting Wop’s zombified creaky cadence with an icy verse.

L-Vis 1990 & Mista Silva – “121”

Because we got to spend some time with L-Vis 1990 and Mista Silva for an interview ahead of the release of L-Vis’ 12 Thousand Nights mixtape, we might be incredibly biased when it comes to our love for “121.” But the fact of the matter is, it goes off. A truly global dance track, the London duo bring together Afrobeat and Japanese New Wave for a love song we actually want to listen to.

Majid Jordan – “OG Heartthrob”

October’s Very Own have had a strong namesake month with releases from dvsn, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Majid Jordan.
Much of the latter’s sophomore album The Space Between has the duo doing what they do best – making sensual-ass love songs. With its on-point old school beats and smooth vocals courtesy of Majid, “OG Heartthrob” will definitely soundtrack our late-night DM slides this cuffing season.

Migos – “Motor Sport” ft. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj

Oh Lord, where to begin? As the most concrete proof that Migos will indeed be releasing a sequel to their smash-album Culture, “Motor Sport” is a promising sign of things to come. But let’s be real – this track is going to go down in history as a clash of the titans. Over a haunting, bell-chime beat, we witness the two most colossal female emcees of the decade spitting utter fire. And how did it take this long for someone to make a pun about turning Offset on?

Stwo – “Neither Do I” ft. Jeremih

Maybe it’s because Halloween is just around the corner and our minds are functioning on a spookier sensibility, but there is something distinctly unnerving about “Neither Do I,” a track that has pushed STWO to the forefront of today’s producers. Jeremih sounds haunted enough already, but it’s the Parisian’s beat that sets the mood, one thicker than the velvety fog of the club’s decade old smoke machine.

Tune-Yards – “Look at Your Hands”

Even in the crowded music scene of 2017, there is no one making music that sounds like Tune-Yards. Her signature blend of art-rock, synth-pop, folk and rhythm & bass has now been given a layer of disco, making her return after a three-year hiatus all the more groovy.


In case you missed it, check out last week’s best tracks right here.

Associate Music Editor

A “multi-hyphenate” Cancer Sun, Aquarius Rising, Virgo Moon, whom loves matcha.

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