Let me caveat this week’s playlist by saying that 21 minutes and seven songs, does not an album make, it’s an EP, let’s not front. Now that that’s out of the way: damnnnn this new Pusha T album is good! I have a lot of feelings about Kanye’s involvement in this and separating art from artists and the political views of artists and how that affects their work but right now my overwhelming reaction is that Pusha T is the most underrated rapper in the United States and everyone other than Gucci Mane needs to stop rapping about selling drugs immediately because this coke rap as high art. That was a long sentence. Here’s a shorter one: listen to DAYTONA right now. Is the album art questionable? Yes. Should we be listening to Kanye after all the MAGA nonsense? Who knows. Honestly, I feel bad for A$AP Rocky, he might have bagged Skepta, FKA Twigs and Frank Ocean but today is really not the day for a surprise drop.
Once you’ve listened to DAYTONA four times, or if Pusha T isn’t your thing (why not?!), there’s also lots of other new music out this week including Kamaal Williams, Clairo, Jorja Smith and a Jennifer Lopez single that is surprisingly good. Let’s get this bank holiday started.
A$AP Rocky – ‘Praise The Lord (Da Shine)
First Playboy Carti and now A$AP, it seems like Skepta has been spending some time in New York recently. It’s nice to hear a rapper like Rocky jumping on a Skepta-produced beat as well. It’s definitely not grime but it’s unlike anything being made in the US either.
Pusha T -‘Infrared’
Eughhh. Pusha sends for Drake, shouts Eazy E and bodies the Grammys in under three minutes on a track with no chorus. This isn’t a rap song, it’s a manifesto.
Kamaal Williams – ‘Salaam’
Kamaal Williams’ debut album The Return dropped today and it’s full of extremely well put-together futuristic jazz goodness. We got an early taste last week when he headlined our stage at the Great Escape and the full thing definitely lives up to our expectations.
Tyler the Creator – ‘435’
If Push can release a seven-track album then Tyler can drop a minute and a half song. It’s only a demo but it’s new Tyler so it’s worthy of inclusion by default.
Jennifer Lopez – ‘Dinero ft DJ Khaled, Cardi B’
When you get past the annoying intro and the Khaled ad-libs, this song is actually kind of good, which is something I never thought I’d say about a J-Lo song in 2018. Cardi’s verse is one of her better guest features as well.
Mr Eazi – ‘London Town ft. Giggs’
I don’t know if the coming fusion of road rap, drill and afroswing has a name yet but get ready because it’s coming and it’s all because of this song.
Clairo – ‘Hello?’
Clairo’s debut EP just dropped and I suggest you check it out because she’s going to be huge. This track is also a great reminder that Rejjie Snow sounds great on any kind of dreamy beat.
Cosha – ‘Do You Wanna Dance’
If Cosha looks familiar it’s because she’s secretly Mura Masa collaborator Bonzai, or she was. ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ is the first taste of her new EP R.I.P Bonzai, which drops later this year. We predict big things ahead.
Jorja Smith – ‘February 3rd’
Jorja channels some Lauryn Hill vibes on new single ‘February 3rd’. The minute this album drops she’s going to become the biggest thing on earth.
Jesse James Solomon – ‘Don’t Make Me ft ELIZA’
ELIZA and Jesse come through with a brooding duet off his new EP Strata. One for the small hours of Monday morning this bank holiday.
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