The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week - Ari Lennox, Kindness, Ghostface Killah, and More
A fresh bag of the week’s essentials.
Holy hell, it’s Friday. Happy cap on the week to ya. Without the storm of marquee releases, this week’s episode of The Round-Up is led by a righteous roster of need-to-knows. Ample fodder for new obsessions and catalog-scraping fits.
Leading the list of requisite long-plays, Jitwam‘s Honeycomb charts a world of funk through a jolted lens. Bobby Oroza‘s Crown Records debut, This Love, batters between psychedelic doo-wop and burrowing boom-bap. Tank and The Bangas floated off from their Tiny Desk breakout on the breezy, Glasper-bolstered, Green Balloon. MorMor, Bathe, and Still Woozy, each tap in with tender and twisted introductions.
Elsewhere, there are signals of a full-bloom spring-to-summer shift. Jachary announced his next studio outing with a propulsive dream suite. Young Nuddy and Pi’erre Bourne‘s upcoming joint project, Sli’merre, is filling out nicely with an assist from Lil Uzi Vert on their latest trap triumph. Kindness and Seinabo Sey conduct a floor-locked mental wellness clinic on their house-heavy link-up. Jakob Ogawa fluttered into the rotation with a kaleidoscpic r&b warp. Ari Lennox emerged as quiet storm queen on her latest slow-burn soul spectacle. And the official version of Nicole Bus‘ regal Wu-Tang redux is finally in the stream, Ghostface bars and all.
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