It's a good day to update your playlist. And you're in luck, because it's Friday and a new edition of Highsnobiety Soundsystem 50 is here! This iteration of HS50 is packed with the hottest new releases, bangers, big chunes, and good vibes. Tune into this 50-track-strong musical treat below, and while you're at it, learn a bit about just what makes this week's releases so extraordinary via our curator's top picks:
The Best New Music You Need to Hear (& Why)
1 Nigo - Arya (ft. A$AP Rocky) - Nigo's back with a single from his first solo album in 17 years. The BAPE-founder recruits A$AP Rocky to flex over the piano-punctuated beat (his friends Pharrell and Cudi also star in the video). And in style, Nigo premiered the song at first show as creative director of Kenzo. Suave.
2 YG - Scared Money (ft. J. Cole & Moneybagg Yo) - YG, J. Cole, and Moneybag Yo, that's a constellation that you need to hear and it's as impressive as you think. And the catchy hook of the track says it all: “Scared money don’t make no money.”
3 Quavo - Shooters Inside My Crib- My favorite Migo just shared a new solo track. Quavo skates over the Ayo-B-produced beat effortlessly teasing us about an upcoming project.
4 King Von - Don’t Play That (ft. 21 Savage) - We've got another gripping King Von track, this time featuring 21 Savage. The song comes ahead of his posthumous album, What It Means to Be King, and over a year after King Von's death. He previewed the cut on Instagram back in October 2020, just a month before he passed.
5 Pinkpantheress - Reason - Jarreau Vandal Remix - Leave it to Pinkpantheress to surprise drop a remix version of her celebrated debut album with a brilliant curation of DJs and producers. This updated version of "Reason" by Amsterdam-based wunderkind Jarreau Vandal gets a punching beat and more grit is my personal favorite.