We’ve somehow stumbled into mid-March, and although we’re still not over Vince Staples’ “GTFOMD” and its lead up, we have indeed managed to find a fresh batch of new music to share with you this week. 21 Savage and his cousin Young Nudy linked up for a fairly laid back but still bangin’ track called “Since When.” Junglepussy continues to give us life with her post-Pregnant with Success singles, this time with the slick R&B of “Showers,” featuring her 3 year old cousin on backing vocals.
Flying Lotus also blessed us with a whopping 7 new songs this week, Vic Mensa and Valee come together on the delicious “Dim Sum,” Yxng Bane is back and Snoop Dogg dropped a gospel album. A lot has gone down in the past 7 days, to say the least.
All of those and more can be found in the latest edition of Best Tracks of the Week:
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Just yesterday, Four Tet posted a mysterious image via Twitter – a Spotify screenshot of a track featuring a weird configuration of symbols. This isn’t the first time he’s used this strange moniker to release new music, in fact, he’s done it 6 times before. Yet again, he’s delivered a beautiful, shuffle-y, and sublime banger just in time to help us reset before weekend.
21 Savage x Young Nudy – “Since When”
21 Savage delivers a serious cosign to his actual cousin on “Since When”, the first offering of a potential collaborative project for the family-members. It’s technically nothing we haven’t heard before, but 21 reminds us that there really is no one else delivering his signature blend of murky, globulous club rap. Issa vibe.
Bishop Nehru – “Get Away”
Bishop Nehru’s just-dropped album Elevators: Act I & II is incredible on the whole, but alas, we must select one mere track from the full-length. We’re going to go with “Get Away.” Yes, it’s got our forever-favorite Kaytranada on production, but what makes this one a must is the casual choral arrangement drifting through the song’s blue sky backdrop and Nehru’s undeniably uplifting flow.
Charlie Puth – “Done for Me” ft. Kehlani
As per usual, we’ve got a fair amount of rap on our list of weekly best tracks. Thank goodness we stumbled upon this absolute bop courtesy of Charlie Puth, with none other than Kehlani coming through with a feature. It’s bouncy, it’s a little sassy, and basically anything Kehlani touches these days is pure pop gold. The dynamic duo has done a lot for us with this one.
Flohio – “Bands”
It first surfaced during her phenomenal visit to the COLORS Berlin studio in January, but now Flohio has finally delivered the proper studio version of her new single “Bands”. Let’s just say it was well worth the wait, serving as yet another reminder that if this MC is not on your radar, best get on it.
Flying Lotus – “Choo Choo”
Flying Lotus blessed us with a bounty of seven (!) new songs this week, fulfilling all of our experimental ambient needs in one fell swoop. Six of the seven were taken from the short film Blade Runner Black Out 2022 that he scored – expertly interweaving samples from the original 1982 classic into his busy sound – but the seventh is a real stunner. “Choo Choo” is an ornate bit of ambient work punctured by a mellifluous string section, evoking the rich quiet of being alone in nature.
Junglepussy – “Showers”
Junglepussy returned not with a whimper but a bang in the overtly political single “State of the Union”. For the second offering from her upcoming album, “Showers,” she keeps things significantly more mellow. An R&B jam lined with plush layers of hazy guitars, it’s an ode to taking a shower with your chains on, and it happens to feature backing vocals from her 3-year old cousin. Suffice to say, it’s way more tame than we’re used to from the chanteuse, but we’re here for it nonetheless.
Snoop Dogg – “Always Got Something to Say”
Whether or not you’re a believer, Snoop Dogg releasing a gospel album is pretty intriguing. Clocking in over 2 hours with 32 songs, Bible of Love has got some bible-thumping jams that might convince you to dust off your Sunday best this weekend. “Always Got Something to Say” is our pick because it doesn’t stray too far from Snoop’s tried and true formula of West Coast boom bap and clearly-delivered verses, but with the addition of soothing church choir vocals. Amen.
Vic Mensa & Valee – “Dim Sum”
Vic Mensa has teamed with fellow Chicagoan Valee for “Dim Sum”, a track that boasts some surprisingly robust rhymes for a song inspired by dumplings. Over a lilting line of flute, the duo deliver memorable musings such as “I don’t use Tinder, all I do is swipe”, a boast that somehow becomes more impressive the more you think about it.
Yxng Bane – “Vroom”
The star of London’s Yxng Bane continues to rise wit his latest single “Vroom”, a dub-inflected trap anthem for all the girls with “a body like a motor”. It’s the latest in a recent string of auto-inspired tracks that has included Migos’ “Motorsport” and Rae Sremmurd’s “Powerglide”, but Bane’s stands unique in its breezy, laidback attitude behind the wheel.
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Best Tracks of the Week here, and let us know what you think of our picks in the comments below.
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