The official score to your Labor Day Weekend, featuring productions from Kanye, Kaytranada, and so many more.
Happy final Friday of this scorched and scalded summer. Hope you’ve exited with your wits intact. But before we call it, here’s a little something to send you into the long weekend with no remorse and all the breeze.
The Round-Up is reloaded with a grip of the week’s most crucial cuts. Release day fell a little short on the full-length deliveries (though Rejoicer’s Stones Throw debut, Energy Dreams, April + Vista’s You Are Here, and SahBabii’s Squidtastic, are more-than-worthy weekending wonders.) But the returns of NAO, Theophilus London, Mick Jenkins (over a hard-hitting Kaytranada suite,) Sunni Colon, and Gallant, signal bountiful months ahead. And the singles speak volumes, decibels, and ohms.
Elsewhere, synth pop and edgy, at times epic, disco reboots from Cobra Man, MUNYA, and Viagra Boys, offer a fading glimpse of these last days of summer, while Doja Cat’s viciously viral “MOOO!” and Kanye West’s inherently problematic “XTCY” have finally made way to DSPs. Just in time pull the curtain on the warmest season on human record and remind you of just how right, and inversely, how wrong, an earworm can be.
Slip into the threekend with The Round-Up below. Hit the link to subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel and never wonder what’s next on the rotation.
Voodoo & Old Donuts.