CURRENT: A$AP Rocky – “M’s” [ft. Lil Wayne] / “Fine Whine” [ft. Joe Fox x Future x M.I.A.]

A$AP Rocky’s great new LP At.Long.Last.A$AP features many songs deserving of recognition. But the songs I keep gravitating towards include the new version of “M’s” – which features Lil Wayne in an appearance that harkens back to the rapper’s prime – and “Fine Whine” – a collaboration with the previously obscure Joe Fox, as well as the previously very […]

CURRENT: Class Actress – “More Than You”

Class Actress and Elizabeth Harper return with “More Than You,” her first single since the still-wonderful 2011 album Rapprocher. The song is backed by one of Harper’s strongest melodies to date, and the way the production blends and melts her vocals together help further the blurred aesthetic of her 2011 release. “You got me overthinking / New York City […]

CURRENT: Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood” [ft. Kendrick Lamar]

In the context of 1989, “Bad Blood” always stood out, considering the song was placed next to the Haim-inspired “I Wish You Would” and the moonlit glow of “Wildest Dreams.” “Blood”‘s cheerleader stomp and vocal chants share more in common with “Shake It Off” and “Hollaback Girl” than it does the pop sheen of “Blank Space” or “Style.” […]

CURRENT: Destroyer – “Dream Lover”

There aren’t many better ways to thwart audience expectations than how Destroyer does it on the just-released “Dream Lover,” the first single from the first Destroyer album since Kaputt (2011). Where that album floated and glided, “Dream Lover” jolts and shakes, right from the very beginning. Dan Bejar doesn’t allow the breakneck pace to slow down, somehow […]

CURRENT: Hudson Mohawke – “Scud Books”

Hudson Mohawke made a name for himself with his collaborative EP as TNGHT alongside Lunice, and since then, his pummeling, sledgehammer electronica has left stars such as Kanye West and Pusha T to insist on spending some studio time with the budding electronica artist. Thus far, the tracks from Hud Mo’s forthcoming Lantern has shown the producer […]

CURRENT: Jamie xx – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” [ft. Young Thug]

Jamie xx and Young Thug team up for this In Colour track, following the release of “Gosh” and “Loud Places”. Jamie xx hasn’t delved into rap often, with the use of his reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s “I’ll Take Care of You” on Drake’s “Take Care” being the most prominent occurrence. “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” is […]

CURRENT: Jeremih – “Planes” (Lido & The Social Experiment Remix) [ft. Chance The Rapper]

Jeremih slowly made the way from budding R&B superstar to an underground R&B sensation, thanks to the outstanding “Bo Peep (Do U Right)” released in 2013 with producer Shlohmo. Just last year, he released one of the year’s best radio singles, “Don’t Tell ‘Em” featuring YG. That song – along with the J. Cole-assisted “Planes” – is set […]

CURRENT: Mac DeMarco – “The Way You’d Love Her”

Mac DeMarco is still riding high off of last year’s very good Salad Days, yet the young artist is set to release a “mini-LP” on August 7. Another One is set to feature “The Way You’d Love Her,” the first teaser released from the new disc. The song is essentially a two-and-a-half minute pop compostion, yet DeMarco successfully […]