Best Songs of The Week: ft. Nick Hakim, Ab-Soul and More

The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set features new music from Nick Hakim, Ab-Soul, MAVI, Blood Orange, and more.

Scroll through selections from this week’s sequence of the best songs below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.

Nick Hakim – “Vertigo”

Nick Hakim delivers another whirling glimpse at his next album, COMETA, which is due October 21st via ATO Records.

Blood Orange – “Something You Know”

Dev Hynes slips into a phased-for-days bedroom pop ballad on this selection from Four Songs, his first project as Blood Orange in nearly four years, which is out today via Domino Records.

Ravyn Lenae featuring Doechii – “Xtasy (Remix)”

Kaytranada adds his signature bounce to a new edit of a standout from Ravyn Lenae‘s stellar debut album, HYPNOS, which is out now via Atlantic Records, featuring appearances from Steve Lacy, Mereba, and Fousheé.

Little Dragon featuring JID – “Stay”

The JID streak continues on this bubbly mid-tempo cut from Little Dragon‘s new three-track EP, Opening The Door, which is out today via Ninja Tune.

MAVI – “Baking Soda”

MAVI announces his long-awaited sophomore album, Laughing So Hard It Hurts, with sobering ruminations over a stomping, country-funk-tinged Monte Booker production. The album arrives on October 14th.

Vic Spencer and August Fanon – “Hell is Overcrowded”

Vic Spencer muscles through a breezy horn riff and a mean shuffle on this hazy highlight from his latest project, Psychological Cheat Sheet 3, which is out today via Old Fart Luggage.

Ab-Soul – “Moonshooter”

Ab-Soul reignites hopes of a follow-up proper to his 2016 album, Do What Thou Wilt, with a searching standalone dispatch, his first in two years.


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

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