The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Thundercat, Nick Hakim, Amber Mark and More
Updated every Friday, The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best new hip-hop and R&B songs. This week’s set features new music from Thundercat, Amber Mark, Nick Hakim, Fly Anakin, Smino, Frank Ocean, and more. Scroll through selections from the sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.
Thundercat feat. Zack Fox – “Overseas”
A little levity and blissful displacement to wade through heavy tides. The planet-hopping bassist’s new album, It Is What It Is, arrived today via BRAINFEEDER. Grab your copy today.
Nick Hakim – “QADIR”
Brooklyn’s psyched-out soul bandit announces the follow-up to his breakout 2017 album, Green Twins, with a warm and entrancing prayer.
Fly Anakin feat. Medhane – “Lattice Method”
A pair of buzzing MCs, each hitting their respective stride, deliver blistering cinematics over a twisted jazz loop.
Quelle Chris and Chris Keys – “Sacred Safe”
The Chris’s can’t miss. Four-for-four in a collaborative campaign, their latest dispatch is a heavy-swinging send-up in the key of Dilla.
Smino – “Tempo”
Another one for Magic City’s grand reopening.
Amber Mark – “Heart-Shaped Box”
The grunge classic gets a sultry r&b rework.
Conway The Machine & Alchemist – “The Contract”
The Griselda star lights up a dramatic library loop from Uncle Al on a standout from their newly released collaborative project, LULU.
Evidence – “Unlearning”
A smokey fit of introspection from the West Coast rap vet.
Yves Tumor – “A Greater Love”
A shifty late-night r&b scourge from the genre-destroyer’s new album, Heaven to a Tortured Mind.
Frank Ocean – “Dear April”
Nearing six months since they went up for sale on his website, Frank’s formerly vinyl-exclusive singles are officially on streamers. It’s unclear whether he’d always intended to drop this in the track’s namesake month amidst a national crisis, but all things considered, this just hits different.