A fresh haul of grime-and-grit cinematics, beach-locked trills, and late-night r&b hooks.
Happy Friday, good people. And congratulations for fending off the sun’s hellish hold for another week. It’s Release Day, after all. And there’s a good grip of new (non-solar) heat for your weekend rotation.
Dev Hynes rallied the troops — Toro y Moi, Ian Isaiah, Project Pat, Starchild & The New Romantic, and Kelsey Lu — for Blood Orange‘s surprise mixtape, Angel’s Pulse. Brooklyn funk aficionados, IGBO, toured the genre’s myriad forms and phases on their debut album, Attitude. Nathan Bajar, the borough’s intrepid photog-turned-R&B-psychonaut, delivered his own introduction on the haze-for-days breakout, playroom. And Big K.R.I.T. finally unleashed his declarative, long-teased triumph, K.R.I.T. IZ HERE.
PLAYLIST: Okayplayer’s Songs of Summer 2019
The loosies were as ample as the long-plays. Hether tacked one on to the beach sequence with a glimmering lo-fi ballad. Sampa The Great muscled up with a frenetic frequency. Black Milk connected with BJ The Chicago Kid for an icy, trap-treated resurgence. Yellow Days came through with another warped and warm r&b wonder. dvsn snuck out a two-sided quiet storm suite. And Taylor McFerrin’s officially back with an ear and a foot to the dance floor, premiering a propulsive pop-leaning single. But that’s just half the script.
Hear it all in this week’s episode of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to follow Okayplayer’s Spotify channel and never