The only thing better than a good record, is a good record and a joint. Here’s a selection of new tracks that are guaranteed to elevate your 4/20 experience. Keep it lit.
1. Kamasi Washington‘s newest effort “Truth” is another jazz masterpiece–14 minutes of sublime, consciousness expanding, spiritually woke grooves. Watch the video below.
2. Shay Lia teams with BADBADNOTGOOD and KAYTRANADA on an insanely smooth R&B jam. It’s the lead single off her forthcoming debut project.
3. New York producer Tobias lays the foundation of a lo-fi ambient piece before flipping the beat to soulful, Voodoo-era R&B vamp.
4. loji & Swarvy‘s Due Rent LP is the latest release on Fresh Selects (home to Jon Bap, Kadjha Bonet, and Braxton Cook). The duo serve up one of the dopest collaborative hip-hop records of the year.
5. “Alexys” is the standout track on Freddie Gibbs‘ new record, You Only Live 2wice. In a similar fashion to their work on Ghostface Killah‘s 2015 LP, Sour Soul, BADBADNOTGOOD lay down a grade-A hip-hop instrumental with the help of KAYTRANADA.
6. The infinite chill cultivated on Little Dragon’s new record Season High is a response to their maximalist pop efforts on their last album Nabuma Rubberband. “High” is the best execution of this new minimal vibe.
7. Multi-instrumentalist, electronic producer, and rapper/vocalist Bastien Keb is one of the rare solo acts who create worlds within his records. 22-02-85 is a wavy, late-night urban escapade, as musically diverse as a bustling city center.
8. New Jersey underground sensation Donna Missal is sure to pop off any minute. Until then, revel in this new single. (To borrow the words of Frank Ocean, “Rolling marijuana, that’s a cheap vacation.”)
9. New Zealand dub and soul producer Lord Echo makes music that easily could’ve been recorded four decades ago. It’s a compliment of course. Listen “Just Do You” featuring Mara TK off his newest album, Harmonies.
10. Toronto pop artist Bernice takes cues from the freewheeling acid-tinged beatscapes of Animal Collective and Adult Jazz. She’s on tour with Charlotte Day Wilson this summer.
11. Cende debut album #1 Hit Single is shaping up to be one of the year’s finest pop-punk efforts. Listen to the angsty guitar jam “Bed.”
12. Finn and Fox make magic overseas on this delightfully bangin’ lo-fi dance record.
13. Butcher Brown drummer DJ Harrison is dropping his debut solo effort on Stones Throw this summer. The instrumental hip-hop record was recorded straight to tape in the Butcher Brown house.
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15. Another left-field electro pop hit from the mysterious new rising artist Goss.
16. The newest track from NYC collective House of Feelings features production from Dale Eisinger of Yvette and vocals from GABI.
17. Yaeji is one of the most exciting and unexpected voices in house music right now. Her self-titled, GODMODE-released EP is straight fire, but “Noonside” is exceptionally lit.
18. New York’s Leuca supplies positive vibes with the serene soul of his newly released EP, soul[o]. Get uplifted with “Change The World.”
19. Brooklyn producer Soft Glas returns with a brief but beautiful psychedelic soul cut by way of Khruangbin.
20. This slinky R&B guitar jam was left off of Steve Lacy’s Demo EP.
21. New York’s Elbows delivers a deeply weird jazz-R&B cut. The risk pays off. Stream the single ahead of his Corduroy EP, out May 19.
22. The Cactus Channel & Sam Crocker make alternative soul magic on their forthcoming EP, Do It For Nothing. “Sorry Hills” is the crowning jewel of the six-track release, a new vintage pop classic.
23. Mal Devisa has fallen ill, so this might be the only new track we hear from her for a while. The Show Me The Body cut rocks a simple, calamitous cool made more heavy by Mal’s powerful vocals.
24. Lower East Side rapper Tripp Jones taps producers Tony Seltzer and Tobias on the seven-track EP, Shadow Stories. It’s a good time.