The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Marvin Gaye, Roy Ayers, Phonte, and More [Playlist]

Featuring appearances from Kaytranada, GoldLink, Jean Grae, and more.

Happy first spring-ish feels, good people. This week’s Release Day is a cross-generational haul, brimming with brilliance from distant, albeit linked, eras.

Pieced together from the Motown vault, a retro-fit (and slightly recalibrated) batch of rarities from the late Marvin Gaye‘s catalog arrived this morning. Duking it out with Gaye for the day’s crown, Roy Ayers‘ increasingly hard-to-find (and freshly reissued) Silver Vibrations, has finally blessed us with the opportunity to burn the disco-jazz giant’s Windy City anthem until our Achilles snap. On the contemporary side of soul, Phonte snuck out a svelt four-track project, featuring Kaytranada, BOSCO, and Devin Morrison. Meanwhile, Quelle Chris and DJ Muggs held down the underground with their respectively rugged releases.

Leading the loosie campaign, Rejoicer plumed into the rotation with a kush-kissed cut. Ciara tried her hand at purple pop. Ric Wilson stretched out on a sedative quiet-storm special. Saba laid out the Pivot Gang studio manifesto. Bibio slipped into psyched-out ’70s soul. And IGBO zapped the sequence with a high voltage funk anthem.

Hear it all and so much more in this week’s episode of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel, where the heat’s running all year long.



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

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