Originals

The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Knxwledge, Snoh Aalegra, Nick Hakim, and More

Anchored by sleek and sweet r&b anthems, spaced-out soul alchemy, lo-fi pop experiments, and so much more.

Tame Impala and Justin Bieber may share today’s major label marquee with respective studio outings, but there’s a grip of notable long-plays that won’t get the sprawling benefits of big-league backing.

READ: The Making of Run-DMC’s Classic Debut, According to Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels

Navy Blue’s debut album, Àdá Irin, blasts glitchy, spaced-out soul with ace penmanship and off-kilter melodics. Blvck Spvde’s Svmthngz & Nvthngz Sessions is another interstellar transmission from one of R&B’s most vetted and venerable alchemists. Rejoicer enters the decade with his own spacious synth-driven suite on the new album Spiritual Sleaze. And zack villere’s Carboard City plays host to a playful and heart-bearing batch of lo-fi pop experiments.

The singles carry their share, as well. Knxwledge puts a title and a date to his sophomore Stones Throw studio album with a pair of polished lead-offs. Snoh Aalegra and Pharrell connect on a sleek and sweet two-stepper. Nick Hakim and Onyx Collective put a ghostly spin on a beloved Valentine’s Day anthem. Kota The Friend keeps the streak alive with a hazy and introspective loosie. Zeroh beams in with a warped wonder. Joël’s latest is a late-night vibe incarnate. And that’s just half the script.

WATCH: Janet Jackson and The Roots Remix “Runaway” with Classroom Instruments

Hear it all in this week’s episode of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to follow Okayplayer’s Spotify channel, where the notes are always true and the plug is never hidden.

SUBSCRIBE

zo

Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

Share
Published by
zo

Recent Posts

In His Own Words: Albee Al on Getting Another Chance at Rap Success

In his own words, New Jersey rapper Albee Al talks about staying out of trouble,… Read More

September 30, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Smino, Freddie Gibbs, and More

The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop… Read More

September 30, 2022

Keke Palmer Introduces Her Own Digital Network, Key TV

On Friday, Nope actress Keke Palmer announced new digital network Key TV, aiming to spotlight “a new… Read More

September 30, 2022

Snoop Dogg Once Auctioned Off His Blunt For 10k

To support Alzheimer's nonprofit Hilarity for Charity, Seth Rogan and Lauren Rogan Miller claim Snoop… Read More

September 30, 2022

Ed Sheeran Slapped With Lawsuit That Claims He Copied Marvin Gaye

Ed Sheeran is heading to trial following accusations that he used parts of 1972 Marvin… Read More

September 30, 2022

Kid Cudi Hints At the Just-Released ‘Entergalactic’ Being His Final Album

While visiting The Zane Lowe Show on Apple Music, Kid Cudi suggested that the Entergalactic soundtrack would be… Read More

September 30, 2022