Friday, May 13, 2016

5 New Songs (I Think) You Need to Hear Now

After working from NYC most of this week, I'm just bursting with new songs to share. There's far more than this, but here's a mess of beautiful music that should send you off properly into the weekend. Back to regularly scheduled programming on Monday!

1. No Problem - Chance The Rapper (feat. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne): Today, my beloved Chance The Rapper released his third mixtape Coloring Book, or Chance 3, to already widespread acclaim. Part gospel, hip-hop and dance album, it's brilliant, but I need so much more time with it. So, here' a single that he dropped in advance (yesterday), which proves Lil Wayne isn't done just yet, 2 Chainz is 2 Chainz, and Chano is just killing. the. game.

2. In A Drawer - Band of Horses (feat. J. Mascis): This sunshine-packed new BOH single comes ahead of their fifth album Why Are You OK and features Volkswagen enthusiast and Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis on the backing vocals. It's a sweet mid-tempo ballad that no doubt will lend well to sticking your head out a car window down an open road.

3. Survive - Mistah F.A.B. (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Crooked I and Kobe Honeycutt): Get Top on the phone! Kendrick joins TDE labelmate Mistah F.A.B. on this triumphant new cut from his forthcoming album Son of a Pimp 2. Kendrick opens the song with (obviously) powerful words about the cycle of youth street violence and crime, before F.A.B. follows up with equally compelling lyricism.

4. True Love Waits - Radiohead: If there's one album I've been playing on repeat up until today (the drop of Coloring Book) it was Radiohead's ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool. "True Love Waits" has existed in Radiohead's live songbook for over 15 years and this long-overdue studio recording is perfection. Reminiscent of my favourite live Radiohead cut "Fog," this soft, tinkering piano ballad is devastatingly human. It's begging someone to stay, but saying that if they do go, true love will wait. (Here's the live acoustic guitar version - but I highly recommend getting your ears on the studio version over at Apple Music.)

5. Acid Test - River Tiber: Toronto R&B boy wonder Tommy Paxton-Beesley dropped the lush, instrument-packed first single from his forthcoming June LP Indigo yesterday via Zane Lowe's Beats1 show. Lowe's enthusiastic verbal praise of the young artist's efforts to date are all the indication one needs to know that River Tiber is no longer Toronto's best kept secret.

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