The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Yaeji, KAYTRANADA, Lil Wayne, and More [Playlist]
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Yaeji’s buzzing melancholia, Kaytra’s Kelela twist-up, Weezy’s return, and so much more.
Happy Tha Carter V day, good people. The chronically-delayed colossus is finally here and at 23-tracks-tall it’s a mountain of new one-liners to absorb. But the week’s singles were its stars, and there’s maybe 24-hours of clear, unriled, computing left in the collective consciousness before this Kavanaugh vote and whatever Kanye’s YANDHI ends up being. So let’s get to it before the feed lights up again.
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Wayne’s surprise release is sure to get the bulk of the release day chatter, but please don’t sleep on Victoria Monet‘s Life After Love Pt. 2 (bottom-heavy, earworm r&b) or Illingsworth‘s You’re No Fun (the post-Dilla beat tape fix) for supplementary, if not primary, consideration. One-offs and loosies arrived in heaps, lead by Yaeji and her electric confessional “One More,” Breakbot‘s high-octane euro-disco bop “Devotion,” Little Simz‘s rugged and raw “Boss,” and Kaytranada‘s hypnotic recalibration of Kelela‘s “Waitin,” as well new heat from Ghostface Killah, Yellow Days, Little Dragon and BADBADNOTGOOD.
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Savor the week’s best sounds in these fleeting unsensational moments with The Round-Up in your ear. Hear the latest installment below. Hit the link to subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel, where the aux is always in safe hands.