Looking to impress your Valentine’s Day date with boundless knowledge on the latest and greatest new tunes? Well my friend, you’ve come to the right place. Thus far, music in the month of February has gotten off to a blazing start, and this week proves that it’s only getting better. On our latest SoundCloud playlist, we’re bringing you new music from Desiigner, a 24-minute dance club odyssey from Baltimore producer the Range, the debut single from GOOD Music member CyHi the Prynce, an unlikely collab between Lil Yachty and Carly Rae Jepsen, and much more!
Bonny Doon - What Time Is It in Portland?
Settle down from your next smoke sesh with “What Time Is It in Portland?” the latest offering from the Detroit folk rock group Bonny Doon. The band’s newest single is a nostalgic journey rummaging through a city that is changing against their will. Melancholic lines like “I act like I don’t know what to do/But only fools fight when they know they’re gonna lose” stretch out over the song’s cheerfully distorted lead guitar and acoustic jangling. The track provides a tranquil and placid atmosphere that will put the most troubled of minds in a sea of musical calm. Their upcoming eponymous debut album is due out March 3 via Salinas Records.
Jens Lekman - Evening Prayer
Looking for some disco-style vibes to help carry you through the work week? Swedish indie-pop artist Jens Lekman has provided a proper dose with his delightful dance number “Evening Prayer.” The uptempo tune tells the strange tale of a man who carries around a 3D printed model of a tumor he had removed. Packed with bright “do-do-do” harmonies, funky guitar strumming, and pronounced disco-fueled drums, this jovial cut will keep your feet tapping to the rhythm. Lekman offers us an optimistic lens for his friend’s tumultuous fight with cancer: “But I want you to know how much I cared/That you were in my evening prayer.”
“Evening Prayer” is the second single from his forthcoming album Life Will See You Now, due out Feb. 17 via Secretly Canadian.
Mike WiLL Made-It (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen and Lil Yachty) - It Takes Two
Renowned trap producer Mike WiLL Made-It and Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty find themselves on this week’s playlist once again, but this time in an unlikely collaboration with Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen. The trio recently teamed up to cover the Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock 1988 anthem “It Takes Two.”
Mike WiLL provides a crisp renovation to the old-school beat, while Lil Boat shines on the uplifting cut with enlivened lines like “King of the teens, I speak to all ages/We in sync while goin’ through all phases/Positivity is what made us famous.” Carly Rae throws down a slick rap verse of her own while her bright voice brings life to the classic “It takes two to make a thing go right” hook. This unique take was created for a Target commercial that aired during the Grammys last night.
Father - Hands
Atlanta rapper Father had a rather elusive stretch last year, dropping the gangsta lullaby “Heartthrob” in June and subsequently vanishing off from face of the earth. But the brazen rhymer has finally returned and is ready to start swinging on “Hands,” a shimmery banger produced by his close collaborator meltycanon.
His latest song revolves around an aggressively repetitive hook, which sways from “on sight” to “go off in they shit.” In his verses, Father staggers between mumbled machismo to crystal clear confidence. “Since birth been a no limit soldier/My momma told me I was the shit/Since then nigga I been killin it,” he spits. This bare-bones banger features rumbling bass and trickling bells, and will get you in the zone and ready to throw down with anyone. On Twitter, Father shared the song and suggested to his fans that someone “slap somebody to this and send it to me.” Do with that what you will.
Blac Youngsta (feat. Lil Yachty) - Hip Hopper
Known for flaunting cash on his Instagram and getting into disputes with strippers about not tipping, Memphis rapper Blac Youngsta has grown to represent the embodiment of meme rap. Both he and Lil Yachty, the renowned new age spitter from Atlanta, have received flack for their untraditional hip-hop style, and their latest collaboration seems to poke fun at all of the old heads who are hating on them.
The pair recently teamed up on the Mike WiLL Made-It-produced joint “Hip Hopper,” a stripped-down old-school beat constructed of bouncing bass and rickety trap drums. Blac Youngsta kicks it off with a catchy hook where the last word of each line is repeated three times. After a couple of ruthless verses, Lil Yachty chimes in with devious, playful lines about girls doing backflips on molly and riding through the streets of Bel-Air. While Mike WiLL’s minimalist production is uncharted territory for the two rappers, they proudly parade over the track while announcing to the world that “I do not fuck with no Hip-Hopper (Rappers!)”
Jay Som - 1 Billion Dogs
Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte has flourished in the lo-fi indie rock scene under her musical moniker Jay Som. Last year, her debut album, Turn Into, won over many music critics, and her forthcoming project, Everybody Works, due out March 10 via Polyvinyl, is sure to do the same.
After building hype with the single “The Bus Song” last month, Jay Som has resurfaced with “1 Billion Dogs.” The track depicts a fuzzy alt-rock dreamscape driven by layers of guitar distortion, rapid drum fire, and Duterte’s droning voice. The destructive instrumental rumble props up self-defeating lines like “I forget just like a kid/Can’t see straight/I’m tired and I’m alone.” Taking on the ’90s shoegaze spirit of bands like My Bloody Valentine, this jarring jam will wash over you like a thick cloud of haze.
CyHi the Prynce - Legend
You might not know much about the southern spitter CyHi the Prynce, but if you’ve listened to anything Kanye West has put out in the last five years, chances are you’ve been unknowingly graced by his presence. The GOOD Music signee has spent much of his time working behind the scenes, but his upcoming studio debut, No Dope on Sunday, is bound to change that.
To warm us eager hip-hop heads up, CyHi has released the single “Legend” and it’s a perfect introduction to his vast lyrics. The Georgia rapper gushes about his legendary status in both his hometown and the rap game on this fresh cut. The Mark Byrd & Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E.-produced beat provides shuffling drums and distant shouts of “louder” and “look at you,” both of which have been used by Kanye in the past. He might not have the commercial success of his peers, but CyHi knows his influence shines on the rap game regardless. “I been spittin’ real since real the real and floppy disk/I can see why all the copywriters tryna copy this,” he revels.
Desiigner - Outlet
This past week, Desiigner hopped on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show to debut his electrifying new single, “Outlet.” The Brooklyn rapper is best known for his chart-topping viral hit “Panda,” and his latest song features plenty of his beloved automatic gun ad libs and boastful rhymes. “I’m a king, welcome to the throne, nigga/Barreled up, hit you with the stones, nigga,” Desiigner brags.
Produced by SoundsByCT, Mike Dean, and Vinylz, “Outlet” is built upon monumental horns and relentless trap percussion. The skillful spitter wreaks havoc over the unabating beat, using a more earnest and well-seasoned tone than we’re used to hearing from the quick-witted mumbler. By the end of the booming banger, Desiigner concludes with hypnotic repetition that when you “ball like a champion” you “fall like a champion.”
iLL Brown (feat. Freddie Gibbs, BJ the Chicago Kid & G-Wiz) - Friends
While we find ourselves in the midst of turbulent political times, it may provide some comfort to reminisce on good times we’ve shared with old friends. This nostalgic vibe is the theme behind Chicago producer iLL Brown’s new joint “Friends,” a heartfelt hood anthem featuring Freddie Gibbs, BJ the Chicago Kid, and G-Wiz.
The TeamBackpack beatmaker’s latest is a soulful piece driven by classic boom-bap percussion and emotional piano keys. Gary, Ind., rapper Freddie Gibbs and his frequent collaborator G-Wiz recall friendships that were cut short by street violence. “Damn, my cognac trickles to the pavement/It’s fucked up his family making funeral arrangements,” Gibbs laments. On the hook, the Chi-town R&B singer interpolates a morose rendition of the soulful number “Friends” by Whodini. This sentimental joint is one of the few unreleased songs featured on iLL Brown’s EP Don’t Forget the Dope, expected out in Fall 2017.
The Range - New Lots
Not ready to let go of the weekend just yet? Pop on this new “New Lots Megamix” by Baltimore club legend the Range. Coming off of his third studio album, Potential, the East Coast electro producer and DJ has stitched together six previously unreleased or live mix version tracks to create an epic 24-minute offering.
The expansive mix offers a dark atmosphere comprised of soul-shattering bass, gleaming instrumentation, and a diverse cast of vocal samples that the Range masterfully situates upon his dance-ready beats. After opening with an ethereal and calm darkness, the “New Lots Megamix” slowly builds into excitable electronic saga. In addition to the new collection of dance cuts, the Range also dropped a 360-degree virtual reality music video for “Florida.”