See the New Music section for full selection of tracks and albums featured this week.
Central Cee, FKA Twigs
Measure Of A Man
The answer to what would it sound like if FKA Twigs and a drill rapper did a Bond Theme.
It’s from the soundtrack to Matthew Vaughan’s The King’s Man, the third in the Kingsman spy trilogy.
Kanye, Andre 3000
Life Of The Party
A deluxe version of Donda with four extra tracks, taking the album to well over 2 hours was released this week, and this one has been heard before via Drake beef leaks and the fan community.
Andre’s verse is the most maternally-focused on an album named after Kanye’s mother, and was left off after Andre didn’t believe the curse-laden verse would work in beep-assisted format, but here we are.
It’s an affecting cut on Andre’s time, yet Kanye shows his loss of focus once again, as his verse denigrates his rivals highlighting his lack of sticking to themes on Donda. The track ends with audio of the recently-deceased DMX and his daughter.
“Hey, Miss Donda
You run into my mama, please tell her I said, “Say something”
I’m startin’ to believe ain’t no such thing as Heaven’s trumpets
No after-over, this is it, done
If there’s a Heaven, you would think they’d let ya speak to your son
Maybe she has in the form of a baby’s laugh
I heard passing by in a stroller remindin’ me, “Hey, keep rolling”
R.A.P. Ferreira released one of my favourite albums of 2020, and the Chicago rapper is following it up next week with the Light Emitting Diamond Cutter Scriptures, and ‘East Nashville’ is a fine reintro to his unique style.
It wouldn’t take much to turn the French electro producer’s latest into a smash with The Weeknd on it. Cautious Clay is on vocals.
Freddie Gibbs, Jadakiss
A glimpse into Freddie Gibbs’ forthcoming album which may possibly feature production from Pharrell, Madlib, The Alchemist and Hit-Boy.
And speaking of Black Noi$e, the Detroit producer provides this glittering bed for Earl to go off.
And speaking of Black Noi$e, Marking the passing of DOOM around this time last year, this remix of the Shape Of Broad Minds cut marks 20 years of Lex Records.
Kildare producer Samuel Powell teases another track from his forthcoming EP release on Shall Not Fade.
“It was a bit of an experiment in putting limitations on the sounds that I could use, so it’s all made synthetically, white noise and saw waves,” he says.
Who pulled the curtains?
Who broke the screen?
Who told my brother that his kids are gonna die from this vaccine?
Good man Alex, you delightful oddity.
Thundercat isn’t going anywhere on this sparkling and minimal cut from the new EP from Kaytranada.