A fresh bag of essentials, anchored by ghostly loops, gritty vice raps, and stormy 90s R&B revivals.
As democracy and climate stability fall into a feedback loop of disrepair, Release Day’s officially one of the last things we can count on with any measure of certainty. And this week’s drops are a testament to one of the only institutions left standing.
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Leading the list of requisite long-plays, Brent Faiyaz returns with a targeted and tempered blast of stormy R&B energy on his new project, Fuck The World. Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats are an unholy duo on their brooding and experimental, UNLOCKED. Meanwhile, Boldy James and The Alchemist extend their own collaborative catalog with a little help from Benny The Butcher, Freddie Gibbs, and Vince Staples, on the full-length link-up, The Price of Tea in China. Raveena glides in with her spacious four-track Moonstone suite. And lojii’s lo&behold is a crown in its own right, finally free of Bandcamp exclusivity.
On the singles side, there’s one-offs and loosies galore. King Krule relinquishes another growling glimpse at his forthcoming album, Man Alive!. Young RJ puts one up for the late J Dilla in celebration of the production legend’s birthday. Quelle Chris and Chris Keys are united in more than name on a sweet and spirited new standalone. Stones Throw announces a new project from The Twilite Tone with a neck-cranking instrumental from the Chicago beatmaker. Jay Worthy wrangles Boogie and Jake One for a warbling lo-fi funk specimen. And that’s just half the script.
Heat it all in this week’s episode of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to follow Okayplayer’s Spotify channel, where the plug is never hidden.
Voodoo & Old Donuts.