Catch up on a week’s worth of essential cuts.
Short on marquee releases, this week’s drops are more of a warm-up than the main show.
Still, the long-plays are not to be rushed through. J Hus is back with the polished and punctuating new piece, Big Conspiracy, featuring appearances from Koffee, Burna Boy, and iceè tgm. Okay Kaya bridges a two-year gap with the dreamy and deceptively somber Watch This Liquid Pour Itself. Slum Village co-founder T3, fresh off an appearance on Netflix’s Hip-Hop Evolution, puts one up for Motor City on the new solo project, Mr. Fantastic, featuring the very first posthumous verse from the late Baatin. Jon Bap digs up a batch of twisted old sketches. And sweetestcape’s 1-800-BOATTAXI is a guiltless house-heavy spell.
Meanwhile, the singles are a mountain in their own right. On the heels of recent contributions to critically-lauded albums from Earl Sweatshirt and Maxo, Liv.e has announced her next project with a warm and entrancing reintroduction. Frank Ocean and Solange collaborator John Carroll Kirby signals a debut album for 2020 (via Stones Throw) with an ivory-and-synth-soaked stunner. Freddie Gibbs laces a Colleagues-produced trap triumph with a razoring assault. Medhane and MAVI are brooding-as-ever on a gorgeously gritty new single. And R.A.P. Ferreira picks his pockets working through the lows on a spacious and searching stomp. But that’s just half the script.
Hear it all in the week’s episode of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to follow Okayplayer’s Spotify channel and never wonder what’s next in the rotation.