The Round-Up playlist is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set features new music from Liv.e, A.K. Paul, Swarvy, Action Bronson, Chris Crack, Makaya McCraven, and more. Scroll through selections from our latest sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.
Liv.e feat. Akeema Zane – “Watchu Need Reminded by Akeema Zane”
Liv.e signals the curtain call for her expansive debut album, Couldn’t Wait to Tell You…, with a brief shot of head-clearing harmonies over trilling piano riffs.
Chris Crack – “I Know A Place”
Chris Crack delivers a blistering performance on this glitchy ’80s boogie chop from his new album, Good Cops Don’t Exist.
Action Bronson – “Latin Grammys”
Returning with his first single of the year, Action Bronson takes on a svelt new form on the funk-fueled anthem “Latin Grammys.”
JPEGMAFIA – “living single”
JPEGMAFIA extends the singles campaign, stitching a timeless Mariah Carey hook into a long drag of stormy, trap-laced pop.
A.K. Paul – “Be Honest”
A.K. Paul slips back into the fold with a crawling late-night ballad fit with all of the purple and paisley trimmings. It was the first of three new singles to arrive from the Paul Institute roster this week. Head over to the label’s site for exclusive streams.
Jorja Smith – “By Any Means”
Jorja Smith’s unpacks the weight of a pivotal moment in history with a sobering meditation on observing social and political transition.
Ambré feat. Smino – “Gucci Slides”
Ambré goes bar-for-kush-kissed-bar with Smino on a simmering standout from her newly expanded Roc Nation debut, Pulp.
Swarvy – “BONES”
If it wasn’t already clear, Swarvy is not-so-slowly building out his solo catalog. On his third standalone single, the LA-based musician washes over wide-pan keys and twangy guitar strums with a rich and elastic baritone. His upcoming album, SUNNY DAYS BLUE, is out next Friday, August 7th.