It’s Friday, festival season looms ahead and the whole Kanye-spree is in full effect so of course, there’s plenty of new music to talk about in this week’s playlist. Notable highlights include the long-awaited debut of Jorja Smith, the return of Lilly Allen and Tove Lo’s outlandish new video for mob cut ‘Bitches’ which gets right everything Rita Ora’s ‘Girls’ got wrong.
BADBADNOTGOOD – ‘I Don’t Know ft. Samuel T Herring’
Kanye and Cudi might be filling the headlines when it comes to collaborations this week but as pairings go it’s hard to beat a BBNG/ Herring team-up. The Future Islands’ frontman just sounds so good over a BBNG instrumental I’m surprised they haven’t merged band yet and created a hip hip jazz electro supergroup. ‘I Don’t Know’ is another win.
Jorja Smith – ‘Lifeboats (Freestyle)’
Jorja Smith’s debut is as lush and soulful as you’d expect but I can’t help but miss the garage vibes of ‘On My Mind’. That’s exactly why ‘Lifeboats’ stands out, seeing Smith come through with a politically-charged freestyle between typically gorgeous bursts of singing.
Lily Allen – ‘Trigger Bang’
Lily Allen is reborn on her new album No Shame. ‘Trigger Bang’ is an early highlight of her newish sound, enlisting Giggs for a dreamy Thames-beat meets UK rap gem.
Tove Lo – ‘Bitches ft. Charli XCX, ALMA, Elliphant, Icona Pop’
Tove Lo singing about sex is pretty hard to beat (no pun intended) in the pop world. Her videos have always been outlandish but ‘Bitches’ takes it to a new level with Tove and her gang kidnapping a couple for some extreme oral sex training. It’s a lot funnier and a lot less graphic then it sounds.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Hunnybee’
For a single from an album titled Sex & Food, ‘Hunnybee’ is remarkably charming. It’s got a gentle funk structure, a pretty wholesome animated video and one of the prettiest melodies around.
The Internet – ‘Come Over’
Speaking of gentle funk, The Internet have shared the latest taste of their upcoming album HIVE MIND. Sweet and understated as any of their best work, ‘Come Over’ is a smooth but slightly dorky tale of a band on the chirpse. The video is a pastel coloured liberated dreamworld. Out to Steve Lacy’s ‘piercing ass solo’ too, fuck your vibrations.
Whinnie Williams – ‘Violet’
Whinnie Williams takes a trip on her psych-pop new single ‘Violet’. It’s a sugar-coated hallucination of a single with a Kevin Parker-esque beat rippling under Williams’ powerful vocal.
LATER – ‘All The Things’
LATER unlead a hazy late-night R&B track on their latest single ‘All the Things’. Some very heavy-hitting synths on this one.
Rejjie Snow – ‘Charlie Brown ft. Anna of the North’
Rejjie has never been your average rapper but even by his standards ‘Charlie Brown’ is out there. There’s mother-fucking, father-punching and heroin-taking all within the first two minutes of the track but still one of the catchiest tracks I’ve heard this week.
Kids See Ghosts – ‘4th Dimension ft Louis Prima’
G.O.O.D Fridays are back in a big way. Whatever you think of Kanye’s recent behaviour (for the record we’re not exactly thrilled he’s on the Trump train) there’s no denying that his production has been impeccable lately. Ye might have been hit and miss but Kids See Ghosts is really something, and I’m not even a huge Cudi fan. Anyway, ‘4th Dimension’ is the best track on the album on samples alone, a Louis Prima Christmas song, terrifying cackles and that closing monologue, oooff! Someone keeps Kanye behind the boards and off Twitter and we’ll be golden.
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