Yung Lean - Princess Daisy (produced by Yung Gud)
Tropics - Popup Cinema
Repetitive chords can…OK, I won’t joke. This is a very laid-back tune from England’s Tropics, off of the compilation album Seriously, Eric? #5. I’m running out of adjectives to describe the feeling of “chill” but you get the idea. See you all at Coachella.
SZA - Childs Play (featuring Chance the Rapper)
Off of 2014’s Z on TDE. Produced by XXYYXX and Dae One. Monday night, feelin’ alright.
Point Point - Life In Grey
No one knows who this artist is. But I’ll be damned if this beat doesn’t rule.
Todd Terje - Inspector Norse
It’s been well over a year since this track dropped and it is still a malicious ear worm. The video is also one of those rare instances where the visuals not only compliment the sounds spectacularly but it also resonates on a whole new level that the song alone couldn’t have. Fuck you Todd. I wish I made this.
Aaliyah - Rock The Boat (JELANI Remix)
Yet another Jennifer pick. I remember being younger and breaking down the lyrics to this song. I made the astute observation that Aaliyah wanted to rock the boat with me in the most explicit ways. I should’ve called back. Anyways, this remix is slickk w/ the double K.
Saffire D’soul - Soul Type (Menik Remix)
Another Jennifer pick. This slow grind.
The Hics - Lines
The South London sextet the Hics met when they studied classical music and jazz together at school, so it makes sense that their music would amalgamate those influences with those of some slightly more modern genres and hometown inspirations. Part London Grammar, part the xx, part Disclosure, the band’s electro-inclined, jazzy, intricate breed of R&B is all the Hics.
Bishop Nehru - You Stressin’ (produced by Disclosure)
If J Dilla was the starting point for Disclosure’s Settle, beats like this might be that influence being actualized (in their own voice).
BANKS - Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)
While the T-E-E-D production goes for mood, Snakehips’ remix goes for dance vibes.
Kanye West - White Dress
Featured off of the soundtrack to RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists.