Best New Music 4/12
This week everyone decided to drop something, and there was just so MUCH stuff to listen to that I had to call upon my friends at DMM to help me out!
OFFWHITE - "BBHMM" (Self Released)
New remix from producer, OFFWHITE, of Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money." Can a good song get better? I think so.
Doja Cat - Amala (RCA)
"Doja Cat has had some buzz and bops but with her debut album she really took things to the next level. With summer (also feminist) party tracks like Go To Town and Cookie Jar to slowed down openly enlightened Roll With Us and Casual. You can’t deny the talent here, at 22 she’s found a base audience and sound to carry her to the next level, don’t sleep."
Janelle Monae - "PYNK (ft. Grimes)" (Bad Boy Records)
Every single Janelle Monae has released off her upcoming album, Dirty Computer, releasing April 27th, has been absolutely amazing. If you haven't watched the video for "PYNK (ft. Grimes)" yet then go ahead and watch it right now and soak in it's amazingness.
Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
"CARDI OVER EVERYTHING"
"In this week of extremely feminist music Drake teased an anthem for men. Which in my opinion, he delivered; of appreciation of women. With samples from Big Freeda and Lauryn Hill he told us not only are we beautiful and respected but we don’t have to be nice to anyone. Almost simultaneously dropping a video for the track filled with powerful women doing big things in the scene featuring Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Syd and many others."
This is probably the only my favorite single from this week. It's a fucking banger. Rich Brian's self awareness just really makes his music enjoyable for me.
Kali Uchis - Isolation (Universal)
"I've been waiting for Kali Uchis' debut album Isolation ever since I discovered her music, and am gratefully overjoyed at the genre-defying album she gave us. All songs were written by Uchis and reflect her growth as an artist since the 2012 mixtape Drunken Babble and the EP Por Vida (2015), while still honoring the general artistry, style and songwriting that has come to define her sound. The previously released singles "Tyrant (feat. Jorja Smith)" and "After the Storm (feat. Tyler, the Creator and Bootsy Collins)" still come out swinging as hard as they did upon first listen and are bolstered by songs influenced by synth-pop, reggaeton and dream pop.Bigger than any specific combination of genre descriptors, however, Uchis has only heightened her ability to make the idiosyncratic songs the showcase the best of her songwriting and vocal qualities. Other personal favorites on the album include "Miami (feat. BIA)," a sexy ode to a city worthy of nothing less. The lyrics reference her own rapid ascent to stardom with the lyrics "Live fast and never die/I'm moving at the speed of light/I'll take your money, raise the price/Blow up the spot like dynamite." "In My Dreams" is an indie-pop banger exploring the beautifully escapist paradise of your own mind. The oldest track on the album, "Killer" is a compelling damnation and catharsis of those from a past life. Isolation is a potent force from start to finish and my favorite 2018 release to date."