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Happy St. Patty’s Day, guys and gals.
This week in music has been quiet, although we did get some new Frank Ocean fire and a little blink-182 for all the nostalgia-seekers out there. But, alas, it’s Friday—the day of the leprechaun, the day we start the partying. So, stand back and take in these five hot new jams before you get the weekend started.
There’s a lot I could say about Rozay’s new album Rather You Than Me—like how Chris Rock introduces several songs and calls Ross the greatest MC of all time (*thinking emoji*), or how Ross tears down Birdman on Lil Wayne’s behalf. But questionable statements and drama aside, the new record is unsurprisingly a star-studded affair (we’re talking Future, Gucci, Nas, Young Thug and more) that’s full of Maybach-fueled beats and this hazy, sax-backed jam. Think less “Careless Whisper,” more Pharcyde—a West Coast ’90s flavour that never goes out of style.
Canadian indie darling Leslie Feist is finally back after six whole years away from music. Today she released “Pleasure,” the guitar-driven title track which she calls “raw,” and we think might signal her return to grungier folk-rock basics. Fans of breakthrough tracks like “Mushaboom” and “1,2,3,4” might scratch their heads at this one, but I have no doubt the genius that is Feist has all sorts of magic up her sleeve for the April 28th release of this fifth album.
Today, some of Austin, Texas’ finest released their ninth studio album Hot Thoughts, and while I wouldn’t say it tops their previous effort They Want My Soul—they’ve still got it going on. Fuzzy gems like this one are the perfect example of Spoon’s undying ability to pull a whole whack of sonic elements together to make a polished scorcher unlike much else. If you’re looking for something more lowkey, you’re in luck—-Hot Thoughts also stretches the bands instrumental legs on over half of “Pink Up” and the moodier album closer “Us.”
Canada! What. Is. Up. The Doggfather casually hops on Canadian instrumentalists BadBadNotGood and producer KAYTRANADA’S dark, druggy new track “Lavender,” inducing all of the Canadian pride…in time for an Irish holiday? Either way, leave it to a bunch of dope Canucks to coax Snoop back to his real talk roots after a few lost years of average albums and, dare I say it, Snoop Lion.
Another Broken Social Scene alum alongside Feist is Lisa Lobsinger, the frontwoman who took over most of the band’s female vocals in the mid-2000s. Here, she takes the lead on Calgary duo Smalltown DJs starry new song “Erased The Night.” The 8os-soaked anthem is guaranteed to put you in a great mood whether you’re starting your day or ending your night, all thanks to dreamy layers of synth and Lobsinger’s silky vocals.