Still recuperating from your hazy 4/20 celebrations? What better way to keep those vibes alive than with an eclectic array of new tunes from across the musical spectrum? We’ve sorted through SoundCloud to bring you the freshest tracks in hip-hop, indie rock, electronic music, and more. On this week’s playlist, Lil Yachty partners up with the Migos gang, Playboi Carti drops what could be the song of the spring, Flatbush Zombies enlist the expertise of Snoop Dogg on a cannabis-centric "G-Mix" of their classic stoner anthem "Palm Trees," and more.
Jónsi - Simple Gifts
While the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós may be busy venturing into the cannabis edibles business, their soft-voiced frontman Jónsi has found the time to contribute his ethereal sound to the upcoming James Ponsoldt-directed film The Circle, an adaptation of a Dave Eggers novel starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.
The iconic lead singer has released his own rendition of the Shaker folk song “Simple Gifts,” most notably interpreted by composer Aaron Copland in his Appalachian Spring compilation. But Jónsi manages to modernize the orchestrated composition into a song of his own, using his shamanistic harmonies and an EDM-style beat. Using a vocoder synth to take his majestic cooing deep within a robotic labyrinth, pulsating and arpeggiated synths transform this traditional ditty into an epically chill winner.
Lil Yachty (ft Migos) - Peek A Boo
As two of the hottest acts currently coming out of Atlanta, there’s no doubting that Lil Yachty and Migos have the potential to wreak havoc on a collab together. This past week, Yachty enlisted the help of the hip-hop trio on his new banger “Peek A Boo.” The four rappers lay some fire down, one verse after the other, each of them explaining how they’re not the type to play games.
Yachty kicks it off over the Ricky Racks-produced beat, which is comprised of blistering hi-hats and earth-shattering bass. “Versace frames, they be hidin' my vision/Make sure all my niggas eat, that's the mission,” Lil Yachty raps. After the red-braided rapper spits a twisted version of the childish game “Peek a Boo,” Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff boast about their immaculate street cred in consecutive order. While you might think Yachty’s cheeky style might not mesh well with the rapid triplet flow presented by Migos, the playful rapper sheds his feel-good style to match up the iconic Atlanta trio.
Bert Jansch (ft Johnny Marr) - It Don’t Bother Me
Back in 1965, Scottish folk musician and renowned guitarist Bert Jansch released a bluesy fingerpicked masterpiece entitled “It Don’t Bother Me.” Over 25 years later, the weathered tune was revisited this past week with a helping hand from guitarist Johnny Marr, best known for his work with the English rock band The Smiths.
While Jansch’s raspy and heartfelt vocals remain unchanged over the lengthy stretch of time, Marr’s feathery accompaniment provides the revitalized song with a wholly new dynamic. The added strings provide a subtle layer of brightness to this otherwise-cheerless cut, which is anchored by sullen lyrics like “I'm a thinkin' now/I would rather hide/Or turn my back/And stand aside.” The rare demo is included on Living In The Shadows, Part Two: On The Edge Of A Dream, a new compilation featuring unreleased material by Jansch in the later days of his fruitful career.
Dean Blunt - as long as ropes unravel fake rolex will travel
Over the years, experimental London producer Dean Blunt has managed to express his eclectic personality through a number of projects. From his genre-bending hip-hop production to his London rock band Graffiti Island, the underground art-pop maestro has remained unable to be categorized. This past week, a new song entitled “as long as ropes unravel fake rolex will travel” suddenly appeared on his SoundCloud page, once again showcasing Blunt’s unpredictable nature. Just a week prior, he subtly released the instrumental-heavy mixtape Blue Iverson.
Besides the R&B-laden mixtape, Blunt's most recent offerings have been on the darker and challenging side. But on his new six-minute number, the mysterious artist is surprisingly soothing and slumberous. Dreamy guitar riffs tear through almost non-existent synth chords, as a female voice warbles out a tranquil cadence of “do-do-dos," reminiscent of his work under the moniker Hype Williams alongside Inga Copeland. In contrast to his more abrasive work, “as long as ropes unravel fake rolex will travel” will have you floating past your own thoughts and into a placid sea of tranquility.
Gucci Mane- Coachella
If you were fortunate enough to be in attendance at this year’s Coachella, you might have caught the first-ever Indio desert performance by trap legend Gucci Mane. Apparently, Guwop had such a good time at California-based fest that he released an ode to the star-studded annual event, surprising fans thi sweek with the boastful banger “Coachella.”
Produced by !llmind, Murda Beatz, and TM88, Gucci Mane La Flare goes in over a lurching flute sample and slothy trap percussion. While he instantly kicks off the track with a line about his festival performance, the Atlanta rapper manages to find space for a shout out to Travis Scott, rhyming “Soft-top Rolls, I pulled out the parking lot/This bitch won't pick up the phone she must think I'm Travis Scott.” Gucci’s latest also includes a repeated triplet of “bur, bur, bur,” proving that he’s still the coldest motherfucker in the game, despite his budding mainstream stardom. “Coachella” comes just a few weeks after his relentless freestyle “DropTopWizop,” while his upcoming album, also entitled Drop Top Wizop, is due out later this year.
Cende (ft. Frankie Cosmos) - What I Want
Comprised of members from the sonically-different but equally-pioneering Brooklyn indie bands Porches and LVL UP, the new rock quartet Cende manages to mesh the expressive pop of the former with the latter’s indignant distortion. Following up on their debut single “Bed,” the DIY supergroup has just dropped “What I Want,” a smothering jam that features local indie darling Greta Kline, better known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos.
Cende’s latest offering features a shimmering guitar progression and backing strings that will make you reminisce of when The Strokes were in their golden days. The band’s frontman Cameron Wisch and Frankie Cosmos both provide vocals that seem to scramble up and down this wall of sound, creating a frantic duet that touches on the deterioration of a devastating relationship. Kline spills out lines like “I’m invisible/As if you care at all” over anxiety-ridden drums, leading to a whirlwind of hurt feelings and frustration that somehow comes together beautifully despite the rabid discontent.
Playboi Carti - Magnolia
While the whole world has been buzzing on about Kendrick Lamar’s latest album DAMN., Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti slyly dropped his long-awaited self-titled mixtape. The ASAP Mob-affiliated spitter's project features that standout track “Magnolia,” an emphatically catchy tune produced by PierreBourne. Ruthlessly tackling a victorious beat that is comprised of triumphant synths and the flute-like sample that has taken the rap game by storm, Playboi Carti takes his usual nasally tone to a whole new level of hotness.
Laying down reckless lines like “In New York I Milly Rock, hide it in my sock/Hide it in my sock, selling that rerock,” the boastful rapper has conjured up a drug dealing anthem that is already generating massive hype. This piece is inspired by classic southern style, named after the public housing project in New Orleans where legends like Juvenile and Birdman grew up. Having already amounted unprecedented hype with just a few sporadic singles, the up-and-coming rapper is poised to shine in the spotlight. “Magnolia” could draw some serious attention and radio play that will likely prop Carti up throughout the spring and into the summer.
Flatbush Zombies (ft Snoop Dogg) - Still Palm Trees (G Mix)
Right in the knick of time for the 4/20 holiday, Brooklyn burners Flatbush Zombies recently teamed up with the one and only Snoop Dogg to remix their 2013 smoker’s jam “Palm Trees” into the even smokier “Still Palm Trees (G Mix).” Interpolating the hazy, vocal sample-driven beat (produced by rapper-producer hybrid Erick Arc Elliott), the Doggfather provides a veteran presence to the timely remix.
Known for their psychedelically demonic cuts, Flatbush members Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Arc Elliott suddenly find themselves emitting their undying love for weed yet again — this time with one of the world’s most prominent smoker’s at their side. “So much grams, y'all blew my high the first time so I had to do it again/But still palm trees,” Meechy Darko and Snoop spit in unison, playing off of the original’s hook. Snoop finishes off the bloodshot eye-inducing remix with his impeccable wisdom, speaking earnestly about his “unbreakable bond” with trees. The G-Mix comes just a month before Flatbush Zombies hit the road with Snoop Dogg for his Mount Kushmore Wellness Retreat tour.
Waxahatchee - Silver
Since shedding the skin of her former band P.S Eliot, singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield has blossomed under her Waxahatchee moniker. Her first three albums showcased a potent sound that evolved with each release, venturing from her strictly acoustic 2012 debut American Weekend and finally settling on dynamic distortion on her latest project Ivy Tripp. Now, Waxahatchee is keeping the momentum swinging with the single “Silver,” a sonic journey into the indie rock artist’s destructive and ever-changing world.
As heavy-hitting guitars sway gently in the backdrop, Crutchfield layers her vocals in a slightly off-kilter manner, creating an effect that simultaneously vibes and splits at the seams. With lines like “The whole world keeps turning/I went out in the storm/I felt the house burning," this three-minute jam calmly examines surroundings that are completely falling apart. The song’s chorus revolves around a wordless harmony that ultimately creates a heavenly essence around this otherwise-cataclysmic track.