The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Noname, Kelela, Jon Bap and More [Playlist]

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Reloaded with loosies and deep album cuts from a fruitful week

Top of the bottom of the week, good people. Release day is ripe with anxiously-anticipated low-to-no-hype reveals. So let’s get right to it.

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One time for Noname. Chicago’s word-weaving wonder has delivered a lush, at times hilarious, new album with the arrival of Room 25. Atlanta’s got a new ode in 6LACK‘s FREE 6LACK follow-up. And electronics gloriously glitch on the cryptically-announced, freshly landed, new suite from Aphex Twin.

Beyond the new album shuffle, there’s a grip of crisp cuts. Georgia Anne Muldrow officially announcing her BRAINFEEDER debut with “Aerosol,” Jon Bap and Anna Wise reaching beyond the lovelorn experiments of their surprise summer release with “Stevie,” Kelela recalibrating her Take Me Apart lead-off alongside Princess Nokia, Junglepussy, cupcaKKe, and Ms. Boogie, and Swizz Beatz signaling the blaze ahead with his surprise single “Pistol On My Side” featuring a full-force Lil Wayne. Meanwhile, yet another gem from the upcoming Prince collection, Piano and a Microphone ’83, has arrived to pull at all of the heart’s frayed strings.

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Hear it all and more in a new installment of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel and never wonder what’s next on the rotation.



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

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