This week’s best new songs feature a hugely talented roster of rap’s best linking up for some unexpected, but incredible, collaborative cuts. Grime wise, it doesn’t get bigger than Dizzee Rascal and Skepta, making their duet an instant banger. Tommy Genesis rung up Charli XCX and got pop’s dark princess to spit some bars on a remix, while Cakes da Killa linked up with LSDXOXO for a ballroom stomper that will read your ass for filth.
Not to mention the arrival of Kilo Kish’s out-of-this-world good EP, an insanely wordy outing from Logic, and a brief but oh so sweet tease from Octavian’s hugely anticipated Spaceman mixtape.
All those and more make this edition of Best Tracks of the Week.
Cakes da Killa x LSDXOXO – “Bed Rest”
You know that life is good when Cakes da Killa and LSDXOXO join forces on something this flawlessly vibey. This marks their second collaboration together, and it’s an absolute banger that deserves all the praise that this world has to offer. Somebody please drag my lifeless body to the outskirts of a vogue ball so that I may be resurrected to this song! – S
DAWN – “Jealousy”
For a song that brutally reminds you of how shitty people can be in relationships (“I know you feel he may be coming back to you/ he won’t”), this track abounds with absolutely radiant joy. DAWN’s vocals are a geyser of power, nailing every cascading melisma with aplomb. When paired with her unflinchingly real lyrics, you’re left with a work that takes the relatable, mundane irritations of love drama and blows them to epically huge proportions – essentially mirroring the way all those pesky emotions tend to go. – J
Dizzee Rascal – “Money Right” ft. Skepta
Grime’s biggest power players basking in their excellence, not much more we really need to say other than “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah sssshhhhhit!” – J
Kilo Kish – “Void”
As we discovered in chatting with her, this is the most energetic track off Kilo Kish’s newly released MOTHE EP. The pulsing vocals sort of fade to the background as the racing beats make you feel the urge to break out of something, whether it’s on a mental, physical, spiritual, or emotional level. Sometimes, you need a little push to let go and let grow. – S
Logic – “Everybody Dies”
Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s hard to dispute the notion that Logic is, objectively, very good at what he does. Coming off what will be his second-full length this year, “Everybody Dies” is an astounding display of verbal acrobatics and wordplay; when he raps that he’s “got more verses than the Holy Bible,” that’s hardly an exaggeration. Not sure if the rap game truly “owes” him as much as claims here, but they can certainly pick up a few tricks from this guy. – J
Men I Trust – “Seven”
I have never been more ready for summer to be over, but when this hazy song comes on it makes me want to run away to sleepaway camp in the woods and never come back. (In a press release, the band said that the song tells a true story that took place in a lakeside cabin located in the countryside of Quebec so I wasn’t too far off…) All eyes and ears need to be on Montréal right now because there is something special happening within the music scene there. Men I Trust is cold hard proof of this theory. – S
Octavian – “Revenge”
Is promoting one of the year’s most hyped, prestigious rap releases with a less than two-minute track cruel? Yes, to a Dickensian villain degree. But damn if we aren’t still stan-ing for this like fools. Octavian has spent the year cresting the wave of anticipation like a pro, which wouldn’t work if the tiny morsel he’s given us from the upcoming Spaceman mixtape was anything less than scrumptious. But it is indeed scrumptious, leaving us to sit helplessly and ask ‘please sir, can we have some more?’ – J
Ryan Hemsworth – “Special Girl” ft. SK & Tomggg
The tropical flavors on this sweet collaboration will send a rush of blood to the head. This is what happens when you put a London-based Afrobeats artist, a Japanese composer, and a Canadian producer together. Ryan Hemsworth has always been experimental with his material, but this might be his most exotic sound bite yet. – S
Silk City x Dua Lipa – “Electricity” ft. Diplo & Mark Ronson
Who knew that it was time for this generation to have their own “Electric Slide” – certainly not me! I had no intention of obsessing over this joint effort between Dua Lipa, Diplo and Mark Ronson, but it’s one hot bop that can’t be denied. Find the nearest dance floor and bust a move to this track immediately. – S
Tommy Genesis – “100 Bad” Remix ft. Charli XCX
“100 Bad” was already essentially a perfect song. Tommy Genesis’ bravura club cut from her upcoming album drips with sexiness, made all the better when remembering that its subject matter is all about subverting the male gaze and keeping things squarely in the female empowerment zone. But then she went and levelled up by nabbing Charli XCX for this remix, coming close to making us spontaneously combust with joy. Welcome reminder that shit yeah, Charli can spit when she wants to. – J
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of our Best Tracks round up right here.
- Words: Jake Boyer & Sydney Gore