The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week - ft. Pete Rock, Anna Wise, Jorja Smith and More [Playlist]
New week, new heat.
Happy Release Day, good people. Summer’s surely (hopefully?) making its last stand, but the drop rate doesn’t appear to be dipping off any time soon.
The week’s standout long-plays include a smattering of trap tricks from Young Thug on his “debut” album So Much Fun. Curren$y extended his hit-streak with his fifth (?!) blast of the year. A$AP Ferg tapped into a distinctively New York rap vein with his Floor Seats project. Taylor McFerrin delivered a batch of sophisticated, veering on symphonic, R&B with his sophomore album, Love’s Last Chance. And Shura slipped into the spotlight with her dazzling, dream pop-dotted debut, forevher.
As for the singles side, Skyzoo and Pete Rock connect on a full-glide feel-good special. Stones Throw’s Peyton strikes again with a tender, two-sided simmer. River Tiber returns to the world with a warm shot of rhodes and reverb. Jorja Smith and Burna Boy take aim at the reggaeton/afrobeats cross-sections with an intoxicating cross-up. Anna Wise’s turns up with an air-clearing pulse of potency. And a recently-discovered French soundtrack composition from the late John Coltrane finally surfaces. But that’s just half the script.
Hear it all in this week’s episode of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel and never miss another note.