If these first two weeks of 2018’s new songs are anything to go by, it seems like this will be the year of unparalleled excellence in posse cuts. Case in point? The return of Jay Rock with Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake in tow. Or Kali Uchis rounding up Tyler, The Creator, Bootsy Collins and BADBADNOTGOOD on the same track. Or Stefflon Don remixing her hit “Hurtin’ Me” to include Sean Paul, Popcaan and Sizzla.
It may sound too good to be true, but look no further than this year’s first edition of Best Tracks of the Week to find all of those posse cuts and more below.
Børns – “Blue Madonna” ft. Lana Del Rey
Our girl Lana links up with labelmate Børns, and once again it’s a match made in heaven. We’re loving the dreamy synth pop vibes on this one, and the duo’s breathy vocals have us drifting off somewhere far, far away.
cupcakKe – “Crayons”
cupcakKe absolutely delivered on her sophomore album Ephorize, and “Crayons” is one of many reasons why it unsurprisingly bangs. Over a syncopated beat, the Chicago rapper denounces homophobia and transphobia left and right, and sums it all up with a zinger that is definitely going to be part of our 2018 manifesto: “Like who the fuck you like, fuck the world.”
Jay Rock – “King’s Dead” ft. Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake
Jay Rock has roared back into the game with “King’s Dead,” a track that – despite boasting a trio of A-list guests – is first and foremost a welcome reminder of Jay’s supreme prowess behind the mic. The track is set to appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Black Panther movie, which makes perfect sense; production this bombastic deserves a multi-million dollar blockbuster to match.
Jorja Smith – “Let Me Down” ft. Stormzy
Two of Britain’s best link up for an epic ballad that’s anything but boring. As per usual, Jorja belts it out like it nothing, and Stormzy shows his softer side. If you’ve ever had your heart broken, be warned, you might find yourself curled up in a ball, weeping your eyes out.
Kali Uchis – “After the Storm” ft. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins
Name a more iconic trio. Our clearest offering yet from Kali Uchis’ hugely-anticipated album Fool’s Paradise finds the burgeoning star reunite with longtime pal Tyler, The Creator and make a new friend in the form of living legend Bootsy Collins. Sprinkle in production work from BADBADNOTGOOD and you have a song warm and funky enough to make you forget we have another two months of winter to go.
Lil Uzi Vert – “Mood” produced by TM88 x Southside
After a crazy 2017 which involved the release of the incredible Luv Is Rage 2, a Grammy nomination, and receiving accolades from his idol Marilyn Manson, Lil Uzi Vert reminds us he’s still here, and he’s still pumping out the hits. On his latest track “Mood,” Uzi reveals that he’s immortal (we knew it) and adorable (duh) over another sublime beat produced by TM88, along with Southside and Supah Mario.
Marshmello x Lil Peep – “Spotlight”
We’re very grateful Lil Peep’s mom has been encouraging producers to share their unreleased collaborations with her late son, the most recent of which is Marshmello and Lil Peep’s “Spotlight.” There’s more than enough going on over the generic trap beat – a simple, wandering guitar riff, a warbling bass line, and Lil Peep’s perfectly emo delivery of his heartbroken lyrics.
SahBabii – “Watery”
SahBabii is starting the year off strong with “Watery,” his first release since signing to Warner Bros. While it may not have the robust melody that anchored last year’s breakthrough hit “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick,” it more than excels in both pristine production and hilarious lyrical asides. “Charge for the dick like a gigolo / Might change my name to Deuce Bigalow” is already a contender for couplet of the year.
Stefflon Don – “Hurtin’ Me” Remix ft. Sean Paul, Popcaan & Sizzla
Stefflon Don’s “Hurtin’ Me” was already a standard in our playlist dedicated to bugging out dancehall tunes, but this remix truly takes the already-fire track to another dimension. A verse from the legend that is Sean Paul is an all-too rare find in music nowadays, and his unmistakable cadence meshes perfectly with the bubbly sonic world of Stefflon.
Troye Sivan – “My My My!”
It might be coincidence that Troye Sivan’s look in the magnetic visual for his phenomenal new single “My My My!” is reminiscent of Bad-era Michael Jackson, but regardless, the comparison isn’t unwarranted. Sivan has expertly tapped into a quality that few since Michael have been able to command with such mastery: the use of dance-pop to express the wild, rapturous, abandon of a new love that equally hinges on self-love.
Take a look at our picks for the 50 Best Songs of 2017 right here.
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