As a crowded week of new releases winds down, here’s your guide to the sounds that we recommend circling back to.
Juiceboxxx – “Alone and Insane on a Friday Night”
Off-kilter rapper Juiceboxxx releases his Highway to the Heartland mixtape next week on the Thunder Zone label. True-school, Eric B-esque drum loops meet distorted bedroom vocals reminiscent of early Beck on this decidedly downbeat anthem. Juiceboxxx has also cited classic albums by Guided By Voices and Beastie Boys as inspiration for the upcoming project.
Nosaj Thing – “Cold Stares” (ft. Chance The Rapper)
In the lead-up to Nosaj Thing’s new album, Fated, out May 5 on Innovative Leisure, he’s released this collaboration with Chance The Rapper. The track is driven by a Curtis-Mayfield-like falsetto hook and gives off lurking, creepy lullaby vibes. Chance, for his part, offers a wordy, cinematic horror tale of a verse, conjuring The Exorcist.
Kelela – “A Message”
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Kelela, the LA by way of DC singer, delivers sparse R&B on this Arca-produced song. It draws from dance music’s palette and features a refrain that recalls Prince’s “If I Were Your Girlfriend”. Kelela’s Hallucinogen EP is out May 5.
Toro Y Moi – “Buffalo”
Playing off Steely Dan and Kool and the Gang classics, Toro Y Moi returns with the second single from the upcoming What For? album. “Buffalo” deftly balances groove against songcraft with sunny and catchy results. The full-length is due April 7 from Carpark Records.
Tink – “Ratchet Commandments”
“Imma write you hoes a manual”, Chi-town rapper Tink declares at the outset of her latest track, and she more than keeps this promise. Her bars and hardness are undeniable, even if her anti-promiscuity tract is less than revolutionary. Timbaland’s latest protégé has amassed a good deal of hype for her debut album, even though its details haven’t yet been announced.
About the author: Luke Bradley is an arts and culture writer living in Toronto. He’s written for The Classical Magazine, Esquire.com, Myspace, Consequence of Sound, DJ Mag and This Recording. Tweet to him @Sloganear.