The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week (feat. Prince, SZA, Phoenix and More) [Playlist]
Tomorrow will mark the 100th day of the Trump presidency. The thought is enough, but if you’re scouring the sky for silver linings, take note of the myriad L’s served to the executive branch in pursuit of unchecked dictatorship. Let the diligence of federal courts and judges embolden your purpose and hope for the world.
But let’s not waste the day on lamenting politricks-as-usual. There are some exceptional earworms to take in and score your contemplations. Take for instance, two sizable full-lengths from Mary J. Blige and Gorillaz respectively. Each has its share of blockbuster features and sure-shots standouts (MJB over Kaytranada and BADBADNOTGOOD is a wild treat that would hit just as hard in 1997.) They’ll get the headlines they deserve, along with Prince‘s Purple Rain outtakes, which were announced today with the release of the rare studio version of “Electric Intercourse.” But Cashmere Cat‘s get love, too. His debut full-length 9 is likely the year’s most star-studded affair. And SZA‘s new album campaign seems to be in full-swing now with Kendrick and DAMN. out of the way. Her new single “Love Galore” proves she’s polished and prepped for the big reveal.
SZA’s surprise transmission led a formidable charge in the week’s singles. The resurgent Phoenix is back with the first taste of their upcoming album, GoldLink‘s guest appearance on the new Falcons cut is not to be missed, and Mac DeMarco‘s out here throwing Dylan-esque ballads over ice-cold synth suites meant for strict poolside consumption. Hear all these things and more in the latest installment of The Round-Up below. Subscribe to our Spotify channel today for extended travels on the paths of rhythm.