I’ve always appreciated the alternative R&B stylings of THEY. The duo’s newest EP is my highlight of this #NewMusicFriday starting with Track 01: “What I Know Now”.
The Wiz feature is on repeat but not because of Wiz’s verse. The song’s guitars, melodies, and chorus doesn’t need a rap feature – it’s strong enough on its own and perfect to ride to in the whip. Hey, at least Wiz’s verse will grow on you too. Not mad at it.
You’ll notice a ton of features on here in fact. One on each track. Jessie Reyez on the “Broken” follow-up is a nice vibe also. Chicago’s Jeremih and Vic Mensa follow, but the Ty$ and Gallant records stand a little more powerfully for me. All in all: a quick 6-track listen that’s well worth your time.
Lookin’ for more new music for a late night drive? Similar to Koda’s nighttime vibes below on the homepage… but it’s the opposite tone, SG Lewis provides some bumpin’ beats and vocals to match to up the energy.
Dark is more of a darker, naturally, mood than SG’s typical lighter tones and it works just the same. “Again” really gets things going and the previously released “A.A.T” follows up stronger than how it stands on its own. Take this one through 5 tracks the next time you’re on the highway…
It’s been amazing to see the U.K.’s synthpop duo Empathy Test continue to grow since we discovered them way back in the 2015 NBA Finals. Their music then still stands the test of time now (I play their first EP all the time and get a lot of “Who is this?!”) and their long-awaited latest drop would fit right in.
“Holy Rivers” and “Incubation Song” also get some remixes, per Empathy Test’s usual style. Where this really shines is with “Incubation Song” because the longer version is a great zone and the length of the track really works here. No excuse for not checking out this out above!
You know we’ve been rockin with Koda here at GWHH the last couple of years in LA. The singer/producer is a treat to see live and we just caught him perform much of this album this summer.
Alas, now we have the official EP release Same as it EverWas and it’s a great fit for your late night lonely drives. I gravitated a lot to “Meditation”, “The Drowning Machine”, and “Ghosting” but the entire 8 tracks is an experience. Listen listen!
Hit-Boy graces us with some new tracks and it’s a quick-hit listen with a couple of intriguing features on the lead single: Pusha T and Quentin Miller. Hopefully for the latter, he’ll step out of the shadow of being Drake’s “ghostwriter” and a couple features on Zoomin below should definitely help that. Listen here:
UPDATE: Hit-Boy also reveals that Pusha’s first verse on “Bussin Moves” was actually originally intended for “Clique”.
One more from Marcus Shadden this weekend that’ll certainly help set off your weekend (and beyond) is his fresh new EP, The Back Burner.
Here, he produces 4 fresh, upbeat productions for 4 oldies but goodies. All hits, but in their own niche way at the time, and now creatively flipped for a mix of modern sounds and nostalgic feels. My favorite is a tie between Ashanti’s “Rock Wit U” and Pharrell & Gwen Stefani’s “Can I Have It Like That”. Can you guess the other 2 flips? Listen below.
And if you’re reading this at posting time and live in the L.A. area, this message is fate. You should go to The B-Side and see Marcus spin live from 3pm-8. Details are below for a guaranteed good time.
Just popped it in the iTunes, and uploaded it to Soundcloud for ya’ll! Back with more thoughts soon (below.) Enjoy!
EDIT: 1st listen thoughts… Whoo, nothin’ but bars. With everything Lupe, you gotta digest this as one entire piece multiple times but if you’re lookin’ for individual tracks, “Valleys”, “Pyramid”, and “Schemes” were the 3 that especially jumped out to me. Lu saved the best for last too. “Schemes” had so much to rewind with some ever-changing production across the 5+ minutes (outro excluded). Looks like we all have some new weekend tunes, huh?!
If you’re wondering, Lupe did splice in the Metal Gear Solid V trailer into the intro. What a way to start it.