The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week - ft. Knxwledge, Devin Morrison, MonoNeon, and More [Playlist]
Cap the week with a fresh batch of cerated bars, elastic hooks, and high-fidelity frequencies.
The first week of 2020 probably won't be remembered for its musical output (with an entire continent ablaze, looming tensions with Iran, and the end of the British monarchy as we know it collectively dominating feeds.) But there's plenty to keep your brain busy while those powers sort themselves out (or, more likely, don't.)
On the album front, MonoNeon rings in 2020 with a blast of purple melodies and super-swung drum programs on his new project, Toxix Wasteland 2: The Hills. Unheralded Atlantian, Joe.D, gets the year started with the waves-for-days Alphonsa tape. Chicago's Mick Jenkins chimes in with an abbreviated set on his new The Circus EP. And Tha God Fahim extends a prolific stretch into 2020 with the grime-and-grit-loaded Live and Let Dump.
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Loosies and one-offs fill out the week's sequence. Knxwledge announced his Hud Dreems follow-up with a spirited two-headed stomp. Fellow Stones Throw producer, Rejoicer, returns with a full-float suite. Illingsworth taps into his hometown's house haunts with a propulsive four-to-the-floor specimen. Elaquent links with Oddisee on a slow-burning spell. And Moses Sumney's back with a buzzing new ballad. 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 our Spotify channel for deep cuts, endless dives, and, of course, true notes, past and present.