Loaf Muzik - “The Munchies” - A Tribute to J Dilla
I saw Loaf Muzik open up for Le1f in Brooklyn this week, and they blew my mind. Filling the stage with 10+ people for their performance, they delivered energy and flow from beginning to end. Their mixtape tribute to J Dilla is pure excellence.
MIA - “Foreign Friend”
MIA is back to her usual tricks–this time with a track about Mexico. Familiar samples (including some from the Lion King) paired with MIA’s always interesting vocals is catchy enough to have us welcoming her back with open arms. Where “Foreign Friend” really shines is in the bridge, with MIA spitting out “most of the things I do they banned it / but imma still do it / i’m a bandit.” And we’re glad she does.
Charles Bradley - “Changes” (Black Sabbath Cover)
A true political anthem in itself, Bradley strips “Changes” from its original heavy composition to a slow, soulful jam. Bradley’s vocals are top notch (per usual), bringing a sorrow to the composition. Met with dreary horns and guitars, we are reminded that the spirit of “Changes” is as relevant today as the day it was written. The video partnered with the song is gut-wrenching, focusing on one long, powerful shot of Bradley.
Wet Paint - “Setting the Stage”
“Future-bass” east coast producer duo Wet Paint dropped their newest single, which brings a melodic blend of vocals and beats. As enjoyable via headphones as it is the loudspeaker.
Exit Someone - “Sydney, the List Goes On”
The slick and funky debut from Montreal’s Exit Someone is as smooth as it is fun. Groovy vocals make it dancey, but still an easy and calm listen.