A look at our top 5 latest songs of the past week plus a couple of extras because 5 wasn’t enough with the volume of this week’s releases. Let us know what you think in the comments. Soundcloud playlist available.
1. Bryson Tiller – Honey
Welcome back Bryson Tiller. On this sweet and sticky, boom-bap supported track ‘Honey’, we are reminded of Bryson’s promise, talent and the exciting prospect of his second album ‘True to Self’ which will be released 23 June 2017.
2. Rejjie Snow ft. Joey Bada$$ and Jesse Boykins III
Typically smooth and increasingly consistent, Rejjie Snow has shared this jazz-infused hip hop banger ‘Purple Tuesday’ featuring Joey Bada$$, fresh off the success off ‘ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$’ and the legendary Jesse Boykins III. To me, this has to be Rejjie’s lane. This is sound that has been so prominent in his work since Rejovich way back in 2014, he would be silly to abandon it in favour of commercial success.
3. Quavo – Paper Over Here
Fresh from starring at Rolling Loud, Quavo has added ‘Paper Over Here’ to his growing body of work in 2017. ‘Paper Over Here’ is boastful, flashy with a melodic hook which interpolates Craig Mack’s ‘Flava In Ya Ear’. Right now, Quavo, the most visible of the three Migos, is resting at Number 1 on the Billboard charts for the second time this year. His verse on DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m The One’ follows Migos’ ‘Bad & Boujee’, which by some measure makes Quavo the most prolific hitmaker of 2017. After all, nobody else has hit Number 1 twice this year.
4. Lil Yachty – Bring It Back
With only a matter of weeks away from his official debut album, Teenage Emotions, Lil’ Boat has released this 80s influenced pop jam ‘Bring It Back’. The dread top red head is always happy and the video to ‘Bring It Back’ is evidence of that as he yearns for what can only imagine is his teenage love. In the Millicent Hailes-directed clip, we see Lil Boat having all the fun in the world as he takes squad pics and dances atop a refreshment table as he croons his lackadaisically delivered, but heartfelt version of a love song.
5. Nick Murphy ft. Kaytranada – Your Time
Australian singer and producer Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker) has released a number of projects and gained recognition under his previous alias but last year, he decided to rebrand himself as Nick Murphy — his real name.
This week, he dropped his first project under the rebrand, Missing Link. ‘Your Time’, owes its smooth, soulful, electro-future-pop sounds to Canadian producer Kaytranada and is Murphy’s furtherest step so far into the realms of R&B.
Bonus ting dem..
Playboi Carti ft. Lil Uzi Vert – wokeuplikethis
Last week Uzi jumped off a stage and Playboi Carti was played during every meaningful set during Rolling Loud, it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge this new wave of rappers this week’s bonus section.
Letherette – Sweeter
If you get stuck for a song at summer BBQ, play this. Vibesy and up-tempo throughout, couldn’t be ‘Sweeter’. Future funk meets 2012 Cyril Hahn vibes.
Burial – Etched Headplate
This song is a sign of a time for me, whilst dubstep was reigning supreme between 2009 and 2012, I was confused. Dubstep was a sound I found too raw and aggressive. Cue Burial. Burial was way ahead of his time, sampling rare R&B classics and bringing them to life with a mish-mash of tempo, bass and treble. On ‘Etched Headplate’ Burial uses Alicia Robinson’s ‘Angel’. Have a listen.
French Montana ft. Swae Lee – Unforgettable
Much maligned for his rapping prowess, French Montana has found a winning formula here on ‘Unforgettable’. In conjunction with Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, Karim (French Montana) has probably made the soundtrack to your summer.