Hello hello, we have officially made it to Friday, and can anyone tell me if we are still doing Halloween stuff this weekend? Personally, I think it feels stupid to. Like, Halloween was Wednesday. You can’t celebrate Halloween after Halloween—seems like that should just be a rule. That being said, people are still doing it. Personally, I will be practicing self-care all weekend. And by “practicing self-care” I mean drinking wine and watching The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon on Oxygen and applying a face mask or two. Whatever you’re getting into this weekend, you’re going to want some new music to listen to. Or at least, I presume you do, because that’s why you’re here. There’s tons of great new music that dropped, and a lot of good albums—not just singles. Here’s what you should be listening to this weekend.
“Feel Me” by Nawms feat. Adrian Daniel
I’m just going to stream-of-conscoiusness my actual impressions. Yooooo who the f*ck is Nawms because this beat is fire?? Also like, wow, holy sh*t, I have yet to hear Adrian Daniel sing a more up-tempo song, but I am super f*cking into it. Wow this song is so good and my exact personal taste in music if you had to capture it in one song. Hi-hat rolls? Check. A pitched-up almost chipmunk-like sample? Check. An underground R&B crooner? Mothaf*ckin’ check. I can die happy now.
“Insomnia” by Takeoff
First of all, I love that Takeoff’s new album is called The Last Rocket, because let’s be real, he’s the least famous member of Migos. And I think the last one to release an album, LOL. I like “Insomnia” because, unlike a lot of other songs on The Last Rocket, this one doesn’t have a very long, slow intro. It just gets right to the beat, which is what I want with a song. Don’t waste my time with a slow build-up. This song is also pretty much everything you’d get from a standard Migos song: lots of autotune, repeating the last word of every other line, random ad-libs, shouts of “Mumma!” It makes me wonder… do the Migos even need each other? I literally cannot tell that Quavo and Offset are NOT on this track.
“Broken” by THEY. feat. Jessie Reyez
Here we f*cking go. My two favorite men in the world combine forces with Jessie Reyez (who has a dope voice, btw) for this slower, more personal track. It’s a lot more pop-y than THEY.’s usual stuff, but I will continue to include them on all of my lists until the day I die.
“FUN!” by Vince Staples
Vince Staples released his new album, FM! today, and I highly suggest everybody listen to it right now. Vince is criminally underrated, IMO. “FUN!” is, to put it simply, fun. The production is pretty stripped down, but it bangs in its simplicity. This is like, the exact song they’re going to use on season 3 of Insecure during a backyard BBQ scene. Mark my words. But tbh the whole album is so good, so go listen to it.
“10 Freaky Girls” by Metro Boomin feat. 21 Savage
I almost made this column just the best albums to listen to this week, but I didn’t because 1) I don’t have the time to listen to more than three whole albums today and 2) there are so many new singles that I also want to show love to. Metro Boomin’s new album, Not All Heroes Wear Capes, is one you should listen to in full. It’s got features from 21 Savage, Drake, Offset, Swae Lee, and others, so any given song on it is a banger. I like “10 Freaky Girls” because… idk I just like it. I like 21 Savage, ok? Sue me.
“Baby” by Clean Bandit feat. Marina and the Diamonds and Luis Fonsi
Not gonna lie, I mostly included this song because Luis Fonsi is on it. I loved your work on “Despacito”! This song obvi has Latin influences and it reminds me of back in the early 2000s when we all listened to Spanish music. Nostalgia alert!
“Know Me” by NAV
NAV is like, going to be the next Travis Scott in the sense that you can put him on any song or hook and he will kill it. And also in the sense that his vocals are autotuned and his sound, to me, is Houston-inspired. “Know Me” just came out today, and it’s a solid bop.
“Willie Lloyd” by Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs, and The Alchemist
Shouts out to Demario Jackson’s Instagram story for this rec, because otherwise I would not have found out about Fetti, the new joint album from Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs, and The Alchemist. The whole album is pretty diverse in terms of sound. I like “Willie Lloyd” because it’s dark and kind of creepy, and it reminds me of Tupac’s “Hail Mary” in that way. Fun fact about me: “Hail Mary” is my favorite Tupac song. So by the transitive property, I am including “Willie Lloyd” on this list. Thank you.
“Emoji” by Galantis
I can’t believe we’re really making songs about emojis in 2018, but I guess it’s better than The Emoji Movie, so I’ll take it. If you can get past the fact that the prevailing lyrics to Galantis’ new song are “oooowee, send me an emoji let me know how you feel”, this song has a solid beat and a good drop. Tbh this is the kind of song that you’ll sing ironically at first, and then slowly, bit by bit, you’ll stop singing it ironically and you’ll just genuinely like it.