The Round-Up playlist is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs of the week, in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set features new music from Black Thought, KAYTRANADA, Liv.e, Boldy James, AKAI SOLO, and more. Scroll through selections from our latest sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.
Apollo Brown and Che Noir – “12 Hours”
Che Noir lights up a burly Apollo Brown beat on this haymaker from their new collaborative project, As God Intended.
Boldy James and Alchemist feat. The Cool Kids and Shorty K – “Pots and Pans”
Boldy James and The Alchemist extend the runtime on one of the year’s best albums with this sleek, synth-and-swing-soaked gem, featuring bars from The Cool Kids and Shorty K.
Black Thought – “Black Thought vs. Everbody”
AKAI SOLO – “Barbatos”
There’s no stopping AKAI SOLO. The NYC-based rapper threads wobbling keys and dissonant drums on this lo-fi standout from his new project, Eleventh Wind.
SahBabii – “Ready to Eat”
Squidtastic Atlanta transplant, SahBabii, returned this week with the surprise release of a shame-free, and frankly, hilarious, third studio album in Barnacles. Right at the top of the project, this one-liner-loaded sets the tone.
Kaytranada feat. Lucky Daye – “Look Easy”
Kaytranada is easing his way back into the world, linking with RCA labelmate Lucky Daye on a house-anchored track that demands a dance floor. Whenever those become safe again, that is.
Sinead Harnett feat. Masego and VanJess – “Stickin'”
New wave R&B darlings, Masego and VanJess, join Sinead Harnett on a simmering cross-pond collaboration meant for late nights and big smoke. This is one of the best songs of the week.
Liv.e – “I Been Livin”
Liv.e follows a four-pack of warm and spacious weirdo soul with a quivering ballad, floating over detuned piano licks and sparse percussion in one last glimpse at her upcoming debut album.