The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week - ft. VanJess, Tame Impala, Elujay, and More [Playlist]
A fresh haul of heat to cap the week.
With most of the country hitting historic lows, Release Day’s here to relieve some of that (literally) interplanetary cold.
New albums for G Herbo (Still Swervin’,) Emily King (Scenery,) Aaron Abernathy (Epilogue,) and Elujay (Adojio,) fill the queue of necessary long-play rotations. The Chicago rapper’s latest arrives with little warning (announcing the coldly confident Southside collaboration just two days ago,) while King’s third studio album lands with every bit of blissfully-plotting pop precision you’d hope for. Abernathy (a First Look alum) makes heartbreak feel jarringly good on Epiloque, a maximalist r&b manifesto with trimmings of Jai Paul’s funk futurism and D’Angelo’s infinitely-layered vocal arrangements. Elujay opts for sparse, dreamy suites on his seven-track project, working his way through a range of spacious melodies and infectious, mid-to-late-90s r&b hooks.
On the singles side, sisterly Cali-via-Nigeria duo VanJess rereleased their 2018 standout “Addicted” as a maxi-single with a grip of extended edits and remixes. Swarvy shared his own edits, releasing a muddied and soulful flip of Spote Breeze‘s “Broke.” Instagram guitar great, Melanie Faye, dropped her slow-burn debut with an assist from Mac DeMarco. Theophilus London reconnected with Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker for another round of lo-fi/mid-tempo, synth-stained disco. Meanwhile, Gunna, Lil Pump, and Yung Lean, serve this week’s helping of trap anthems. And that’s hardly the full script.
Hear it all and so much more in this week’s episode of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel for an endless supply of aux cord fodder.