Here we are, coasting into another chilly weekend after a week of (more) new Lorde, alt-J, a Linkin Park/Kiiara collab and marathon Fleet Foxes reintroduction. While most of these singles came to a streaming service near you today, so did many, many other gems worth saying a little something about.
Get into these.
Young Money, back together at last. It’s one thing to wake up on a sunny Friday morning to one new Nicki Minaj joint, but three? Colour me unprepared. Alongside “No Frauds,” a scorching rebuttal to Remy Ma’s diss track that features old pals Drizzy and Weezy, Minaj also dropped the Wayne-assisted (equally Remy-jabbing) “Changed It” and “Regret In Your Tears.” As expected, Queen Onika doesn’t hold back on a single bar throughout all three, spitting lines like, “Lil’ boogie down basic bitch thinkin’ she back/ Back to back?/ Oh, you mean back to whack/ Back to back? Me and Drizzy laughed at that.” Oof.
Similar to the works of the aforementioned 6ix God, Charli XCX has pulled off the kind of impromptu mixtape that feels far more like a chart-ready album than anything less. Following last year’s Vroom Vroom EP, Charli’s Number 1 Angel is another vivid depiction of the 24 year-old’s “down time” between albums; her dainty coo unafraid to talk tales of drugs, sex and wild relationships over big, synth-packed beats.
Off the band’s fifth album Heartworm, “The Fear” is one of many genres you’ll hear the veteran indie-rockers dabble in this time around—and it’s perfect. An introspective Van Morrison-esque blend of subdued percussion, easy strums and strings, frontman James Mercer reflects on regrets and lost love all thanks to “the fear”—asking to “hit rewind” on the whole thing.
I mean, I don’t know what more there really is to say other than—it’s a vibe. Spoon together Ty Dolla, Trey Songz and Jhene Aiko’s creamy vocals, 2Chainz’s lazy rhymes and a slow, reggae-infused beat, and you won’t get anything lyrically groundbreaking—but you will get a damn vibe.
Fans of the late Leonard Cohen and Father John Misty’s dark, sprawling discographies will enjoy a similar spin from Tame Impala band member Cameron Avery’s debut album Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams. The orchestral arrangements and Avery’s echoey, romantic storytelling feel like something from yesteryear’s rock catalogue, making for a beautiful 12-song trip.