Kanye West kicked off the weekend with a new track entitled “XTCY.” After spending his Friday night in the studio with DJ Clark Kent – venerated hip-hop producer with Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt among his Hall of Fame-worthy credits – the pair decided to release their new piece of work nearly immediately.
“XTCY” is the first single to follow the high-profile release of West’s latest album, ye, but features some aftereffects of the Wyoming Sessions in its cadence and style. First, there is the abrasive, but definitively hypnotic production style from Kent. With flow added into the mix with lines like “We gon’ score 100 on this drug test,” and a racy opener about his sisters-in-law, the sardonic lyricism does something to the track as a whole that only Kanye West can accomplish — and it works in the most addicting way.
Producer and DJ Gryffin is known for his compelling take on dance-oriented pop music, with a slew of innovative originals and remixes under his belt. The “Love In Ruins” artist has now teamed up with Norwegian singer/songwriter Iselin for their emotional new collaboration, “Just For A Moment.” The new original work is the Gryffin’s second single of 2018, landing shortly after “Winnebago” which landed earlier this spring. On “Just For A Moment,” Gryffin forgoes a characterisitc hip-hop production for a softer, more sentimental melodic offering. Polished by Iselin’s smooth vocals, the full impact of Gryffin’s dynamic future bass synth arrangements come together as a vibrant collaborative piece that’s worth repeated listens this summer.
Disco funk legend Nile Rodgers announced mid-June that he and his storied band Chic had a new album on the way, the band’s first effort in 26 years. Modern day maestros of the genre — and a few unassuming additions — were enlisted for the making of the record, including Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa ,Stefflon Don, and Craig David and now, we’re getting a taste of the madness that’ll ensue with the LP’s first single, “Till The World Falls.”
A tantalizing and glitzy new disco track with a Vic Mensa verse and Mura Masa guest appearance; “Till the World Falls” is a meeting of glorious past and present funk extravagance. Anderson .Paak, NAO, and anaïs each had a hand in the track’s songwriting.
Nile Rodgers & Chic’s record is fittingly titled It’s About Time and will arrive September 7.
Hundred Waters have shared their first new music since last year’s Communicating LP, which found the band taking a deep dive into the intimate nature of their creation method and the struggle each of their personal connections to one another have endured as the band has evolved over the years. Now, the OWSLA-signed synth-folk trio has dropped off a new single, “Mushroom Cloud,” which was derived from the same studio sessions that led to their most recent album. The ballad is carried by weighty, melancholic piano chords and lead singer Nicole Miglis’ raw, expressive vocalizing, culminating into a cloud of textured white noise — appropriately setting the tone for the accompanying Communicating mini-documentary.
Releasing the new tour documentary between the band’s two Coachella appearances, and just a month ahead of their fifth annual FORM event, Communicating largely explores the six-year relationship between Miglis and her band mate and boyfriend Trayer Tryon. The relationship appears to be deteriorating as the band prepares to embark on a three-month road trip, with Tryon suggesting that Hundred Waters may even dissolve as a result upon their return home. Interestingly, the mini-doc is shot through a keyhole perspective, suggesting there’s more to the story than what meets the eye. And while Miglis, Tryon, and drummer Zach Tetreault have created a catalog of beautifully haunting electro-folk masterworks together at the expense of their now-strained relationships, perhaps Hundred Waters’ incredibly special run may sadly be nearing the end of its course.
RL Grime isn’t a one-trick pony. He’s the undisputed king of trap music, and while the genre has changed considerably since Henry Steinway’s second moniker emerged — RL’s creative output has impressively adapted accordingly. Now he’s preparing to deliver his sophomore studio album, and address the differences between the state of trap music at the time of Void versus where it’s going in the era of Nova. Bridging that gap on his latest, RL has linked with Daya on “I Wanna Know,” dropping off a melodic piece of future bass that’s primed for heavy rotations into the summer months.
Daya, whose breakout came on The Chainsmokers‘ “Don’t Let Me Down,” delivers another anthemic performance, this time complementing one of the most sonically diverse RL Grime compositions in recent memory. It has been almost a year since RL Grime first began teasing his new Nova concept. Now, as it continues to materialize, “I Wanna Know” suggests we’ll find a lot more than just standard trap music when the LP finally drops.
If Drake doesn’t make you smile, you’re either a hater or a psychopath. Fact.
The man has grown his brand to define a culture that surpasses the confines of hip-hop, and now he’s delivered on what he claims to be “the most important thing [he’s] ever done in [his] career” with the new music video for his dominating new single “God’s Plan.” The track is an enjoyable return to vintage Drake’s mister-steal-your-girl flow, but the real show stopper is the hit’s new video feature, which finds the OVO helmer spreading the love… and wealth, dropping the video’s entire $1 million production budget on a handful of life-changing good deeds. And damnit if it isn’t the most heartwarming thing on the Internet right now.
“The budget for this video was $996,631.90. We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label,” reads the feature’s title card.
The new “God’s Plan” video comes complete with Drizzy’s characteristically beaming smile and dad-cool dance moves, while he goes around purchasing people’s groceries, funding a University of Miami student’s education with a $50,000 scholarship, suprising total strangers with chunky wads of cash and impromptu shopping sprees. Instead of another big budget rap video, good guy Drake drops off an inspiring piece of content to match his latest sonic product that’s undoubtedly bound to make your day.
The producer has officially begun to deliver on his promise of a new moombahton album with the release of its lead single “Ven,” featuring Puerto Rican songwriter Arcangel and Dominican rapper Quimico Ultra Mega.
The album is expected to be chock full of culture-blurring collaborations, with Francis actively traveling over the last year to find the most authentic supporting cast possible for his sophomore LP.
In a note to fans accompanying his first release of 2018, Francis explains,
“For the last 18 months I’ve been spending most of my time between shows at the studio. My goal was to have fun, inspire myself, and make something amazing, so when I got time in the studio I focused on making moombahton records. I asked Toy Selectah to help me source some vocals and we got into an amazing rhythm and I kept writing songs. We went to NY, Miami, Dominican Republic and Mexico City to work and it was some of the most incredible experiences ever. So here’s the first song off my upcoming album…”
Clocking in at the moombah tempo sweet spot, “Ven” drips and drops at 108 beats per minute, roping in heavy hip-hop influences, and carried by sharp hi-hat flurries and sinister Spanish spits from Francis’ Latin co-stars. Last year the “Hello There” producer regained creative control of his music when he parted ways with Columbia Records and we’ve now seen the first fruits of Dillon’s labor.
In October of 2017, indie rock heroes MGMT finally gave fans the missing piece of the comeback everyone had been anxiously awaiting: confirmation of a new album due in early 2018. Following the release of the album’s titular track, “Little Dark Age,” MGMT’s first single in four years, the band shared a second preview with a melodic, morbid piece called “When You Die” in December. Now, as the group nears the arrival of their fourth studio album, they’ve shared a dreary, psychedelic new cut called “Hand It Over.”
Building off of the second single’s inky appeal, the new tune is an enticingly gloomy, downtempo blend of surf rock and syrupy synth-pop all wrapped up in distant, trailing vocalwork. As MGMT’s new album begins to take shape, Little Dark Agesounds to be a fitting title for the band’s upcoming work.
Hip-hop meets electronic music in “Drama” by IZII and Holly featuring Nic Tapper. Tapper raps to a classic hip-hop backdrop in the intro, and as his vocals continue, a subtle build in the background releases into an elaborate electronic drop. The drop transcends genres but could perhaps best be described as a trap-dubstep fusion.
Rising star IZII has garnered the support of Diplo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Borgeous among others since his debut single, “Echo (Let Go),” in 2016. IZII enlisted newcomer Holly to co-produce the track, and their styles combined make for a unique and punchy track in “Drama.”
Nineteen-year-old Joshua Brennan, otherwise known as Oshi, is back with a new single titled “lost.” The track opens with a combination of piano, drums, and bells that fall into synthesized vocals and a pulsing bass line that carries the listener into the crux of the track. “Lost” blends instrumentals, electronic, and bass while putting a refreshing twist on the combination.
The producer described his excitement for the release in the track’s SoundCloud description.
“holy smoly i have been gone for so fuckin long, but hey, guess what…. im back and my skin is clear, my mind is kinda fucked but it’s getting better slowly but surely, im just stoked to finally show you some of the stuff ive been working on, thank u for being patient and loving me, i love you all!!!!!!<3”
Oshi is certainly back, and “lost” is a track that will appeal to fans of many genres.