After a steamer of a week in the music world, featuring new releases from Charli XCX, The Strokes, 22Gz, and Joann Fabrix, as well as a fiery Part 3 to our Quarantune series, it’s time to dive into Part 4. Check out these songs plus a few bonuses on Apple Music and Spotify.
Yves Tumor — Kerosene!
Need a highly flammable guitar riff to spice up your quarantine? Yves Tumor has exactly the remedy. The young genre-bender’s new album “Heaven to a Tortured Mind” has hit-you-in-the-face energy all over it, but his effort is most focused on this one. “Kerosene!” is characterized by a rock-your-soul electric guitar selection that energizes the track’s sleepy vibes over the first half. It’s almost a moment of “Hey! You better be listening!” from Tumor.
Mac Miller’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert
Mac Miller’s Tiny Desk concert should be considered one of the best of its kind. Perched on a stool surrounded by friends, most notably the skillful Thundercat, Mac’s personality is given a beautifully fitting spotlight. Descriptions of his character as a goofy, fun-loving creative mind come to life in such a small concert venue, projecting the beauty of NPR’s most intimate aspect: the ability to see into artists personalities in a rare way. Watch him perform “Small Worlds,” “What’s the Use (featuring Thundercat)” and “2009.”
Mac Ayres & Chris Anderson — Waiting
Switching gears to another very talented Malcolm, we have Mac Ayres’s “Waiting” off of his 2018 neo-soul beauty of an album, “Next to You.” The album’s cover art features Ayres on a sandy hill, rocking out with his guitar, and no other song embodies this energy as well as “Waiting.” The track soothes with the same gentleness as Ayres fans are used to, but with a braggadocious undertone that’ll have you coming back for more.
The Isley Brothers — That Lady, Pts. 1 & 2
If you’re a Kendrick fan, listen to the track before reading any further. Now that you’ve done so, let’s share a moment. Isn’t it such a funny feeling to hear a sampled instrumental section from one of your favorite songs when you’re not expecting it? I love it. But of course, The Isley Brothers are so much more than just samplers of Kendrick, and “That Lady” is a prime example.
Chief Keef — Stuntin’ Like My Mama
A youthful batch of TNT ready to explode at seemingly any moment, Chief Keef is wonderful for his high banger-coefficient, and “Stuntin’ Like My Mama” provides just that — an energy-booster in any scenario with goofy lyrics to match. The beat, a certified trunk-knocker, features high-pitched comic relief amidst Chief Keef’s madness, making the track vividly entertaining at every moment.
Deetranada — GEEKIN! (feat. AVERAGE JOE)
Following up from the Quarantunes pt. 2 pick of “ATTITUDE!” is another track from Deetranada’s recent breakout tape, “DEEvsEVERYBODY!” On top of a slow beat that combines the vibes of R&B and trap, Deetranada and the featured AVERAGE JOE spit smooth bars and a captivating chorus to keep the song moving. Give this track and Deetranada’s latest project a listen.
And keep an eye out for an exclusive Sideline interview with Dee in the next few days.
Mac Ayres — I Just Need Love
Mac Ayres has the voice of an absolute angel, and when you provide an angel with a goofy bassline, you get “I Just Need Love.” It’s an extremely smooth track that could jumpstart a party, as the harmonious combination of Ayres’s silky voice and a joyfully danceable bassline is infectious in its very nature. “I Just Need Love” promises to be a crowd-pleaser.
Kaytranada — Gray Area (feat. Mick Jenkins)
Sandwiched between the dance-inducing “Go DJ (feat. SiR)” and the energized featureless “Puff Lah” on Kaytranada’s 2019 project, “BUBBA,” is “Gray Area (feat. Mick Jenkins)”. Starring a thumping otherworldly beat and sweet, smooth flow from Mick, this two-and-a-half-minute track is oozing with nasty funk. With a catchy chorus a bassline to die for, bump this tune and find yourself a new favorite song.
Guapdad 4000 — Platinum Falcon & Peanut Butter Pootie Tang
One of Reddit’s newest users, Guapdad 4000 is on a roll. With many appearances on last year’s “Revenge of the Dreamers” cult classic, the young rapper is caramel smooth in his delivery and silly in his lyrics. And his most recent batch of singles will only propel him further, highlighted by “Platinum Falcon” and “Peanut Butter Pootie Tang.” The tracks feature Guapdad in a mood equally liable to spit some very personal information or just complete nonsense. From “Platinum Falcon”: “Feminist love me, I know how to treat the hoes / White people love me like avocado toast.” And on “Peanut Butter Pootie Tang,” he raps, “if your granny didn’t smoke crack / Don’t fix your lips to try to tell me ’bout none of this.”
BJ the Chicago Kid — Feel the Vibe (feat. Anderson .Paak)
BJ, known best for his feature game being strong as hell, has been putting out reliable — if not mind-blowing or envelope-pushing — albums for years now. He released “1123” to little critical acclaim in early 2019, but “Feel the Vibe” is amongst many reasons to get excited about the album, as BJ and .Paak link up with beautiful harmony and alluring vocals.
SBTRKT — Pharaohs (feat. Roses Gabor)
Ready to get off your ass and dance? Pop on “Pharaohs” ahead of whatever queue you have cooking, and be prepared for the jolt of energy you’re looking for. It’s a track that wears its influence on the sleeve — the dubstep movement of electronic music in the early 2010s is strongly present on the track, and it’s that nostalgia combined with a charismatic performance from Roses Gabor that makes “Pharaohs” such a remarkable song.