The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Pete Rock, Flying Lotus, Dam-Funk, and More [Playlist]

A scan of the week’s most essential earworms.

Happy Friday, folks. Release Day’s arrived with a healthy haul of new sounds for your weekend rotation. Let’s dig right in.

ScHoolboy Q has returned with a grizzled follow-up to 2016’s Blank Face LP. Matt Martians commenced the charge of solo releases from The Internet. Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats joined forces for an enthralling collaborative fit. Kevin Abstract broke off from the BROCKHAMPTON brigade with a potent solo outing. Ezra Collective proved the UK to be fertile ground for jazz’s next phase. And Pete Rock pulled the curtain back on his earliest pad-pounding moments.

The singles side lines up with a fruitful summer forecast. Ahead of his new album, Flying Lotus tapped into a tender tone with a lightspeed Little Dragonassisted freakout. Dam-Funk turned the page with a glimmering ride-out suite. FKA twigs floated in through the windowsill with an ethereal pop ballad. Mndsgn signaled his own quiet storm on the horizon with a smoldering synth-funk spectacle. The Visions yearned for yesterday on a buzzing dream pop dagger. And the week’s trap block is loaded with contributions from DJ Snake, Young Nudy, and their respective rosters.

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 skip a beat.



Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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