Every Friday, we gather together the best new tracks of the week for your listening pleasure.
This week saw some star-studded singles off upcoming albums, some intriguing debuts in the form of Soccer Mommy and DJ Taye, and some overall cool shit.
Here are the best songs of the week, according to me.
Swae Lee – “Hurt To Look” (ft. Rae Sremmurd)
Rae Sremmurd, the Tupelo, Mississippi brothers who have lit the hip-hop world up with their party anthems, released a grip of tracks this week off their upcoming triple album.
This solo effort from Swae Lee sees him dipping his toe into a more groovy, soulful R&B sound. It’s fire.
Skepta – “Look Alive” Remix ft. Suspect
Skepta, fresh off his wild British GQ cover with Naomi Campbell, dropped a remix to Blocboy JB and Drake’s “Look Alive”. It might just be better than the original.
Skepta is a real problem in the game right now.
Moby – “The Ceremony Of Innocence”
Electronic gawd Moby released his 15th (!) album today, Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt. It’s a whole bunch of ambient, muted, soul-crushing music. Moby is a genius.
A$AP Ferg – “Kristi YamaGucci” (ft. Denzel Curry & IDK)
Ferg, who is very quietly one of NYC’s best MCs, enlists upcoming rappers IDK and Denzel Curry for this banger.
The track kicked off Ferg’s Mad Man Tour last Wednesday, opened by… IDK and Denzel Curry.
Soccer Mommy – “Cool”
Soccer Mommy, aka Sophie Allison, released her debut album today and it’s some wildly impressive indie rock music.
On “Cool”, Allison bemoans another girl who makes life seem easy and how she just wants to be that cool. Listen to Soccer Mommy.
Smokepurpp – “123”
One of South Florida’s most intriguing hip-hop talents, Smokepurpp, has seemingly not stopped working since his debut mixtape Deadstar last year.
The latest, with Murda Beatz, is hot.
DJ Taye – “Smokeout”
DJ Taye is a young Chicago footwork artists on the come up. Signed to Teklife, a Chicago record label dedicated to the genre made famous by the late great DJ Rashad, Taye’s debut album is a study in modern footwork.
Shit is fun as hell. It’s as easy and smooth of an introduction to the world of footwork as there is.
The Lovely Eggs – “I Shouldn’t Have Said That”
The Lovely Eggs, the two-piece psychedelic rock band from Lancaster, United Kingdom, have a bizarre, sludgy, badass, kind of goofy sound on their most recent album This Is Eggland.
It’s pretty weird, but these two can rock.
Chief Keef – “Tats”
Today, Chief Keef, the patron saint of drill music, released The Leek 4, a collection of tracks recorded back in 2013 when Keef burst onto the scene with an unparalleled urgency.
It’s great to go back in time to Keef’s origins. This dude has an endless amount of music.
Diplo – “Worry No More” (ft. Lil Yachty, Santigold)
Diplo dropped another single off his upcoming California EP. This time, Diplo tapped up Lil Yachty and Santigold for a fun, feel-good track.
Diplo definitely keeps looking for new sounds to craft his brand of dance music. California will be interesting one way or another.
Been listening to a lot of UGK recently, especially Ridin’ Dirty, the 1994 album that brought the H-town duo into the spotlight.
Is there anything better than Pimp C’s opening bars on “Murder”? No, no there is not.
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca remains a truly great album to do menial tasks to.