There is an array of delightful tracks making their way to your ears this week, including stuff from Drake’s new ‘playlist’ More Life, a new one from the Gorillaz and a song from The Avalanches live guitarist Jonti.
Here is the weekly tune run-down:
‘Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)’ – Gorillaz:
This is my favourite from the four Gorillaz tracks released on Friday. I always have time for Vince Staples, and partnered with a glitchy atmospheric beat from the Gorillaz, they create a short but sweet tune.
‘The Heart Part 4’ – Kendrick Lamar:
This is supposedly the first cut from the highly anticipated follow-up album to Kendrick’s 2015 record To Pimp A Butterfly. It kicks off in a catchy neo-soul beat, before Kendrick gets into an isolated groove… then the beat drops. Kendrick’s warning on ‘The Heart Part 4’ is daunting: “My next album the whole industry on an ice pack.”
‘Sweets & Treats’ – Pipe-eye:
Pipe-eye is the solo project of Cook Craig from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s, and it is unmistakably obvious from listening to ‘Sweets & Treats’. The playful track is the first single from Pipe-eye’s forthcoming debut record Laugh About Life.
‘Has Anyone Ever Told You You’re Alive’ – Plastic:
This garage jam comes from Melbourne band Plastic. Kicking off in a fuzzy fashion, the catchy guitars echo through and will definitely make your head nod from side to side. The song will feature on Plastic’s sophomore EP Air Conditioning.
‘4422’ – Drake & Sampha:
This is the eighth track from Drake’s new ‘playlist’ More Life, and is a considerably more docile song compared to others featured on the collection; the impact that Sampha’s vocals induces.
‘Scrood (feat. Steve Lacy)’ – Jonti:
‘Scrood’ is Jonti’s first new track in five years. The Sydney artist has kept himself busy though, conrtributing to The Avalanches critically acclaimed 2016 record Wildflower. On ‘Scrood’, Jonti teams up with fresh-faced producer Steve Lacy, a member of American band The Internet. The pair create a disco-drizzled track that will have you fidgeting throughout.
‘Tell Me Why’ – vbnd
‘Tell Me Why’ is the latest from Canadian producer vbnd. The song picks up from where the electronic producer left off on his 2016 album things change, with the familiar bleeps and bloops being contained on ‘Tell Me Why’.
‘Summatime (feat. Wale & Radiant Children)’ – GoldLink
Prolific American rapper GoldLink is back with his third album in as many years, At What Cost. ‘Summatime’ is the highlight, with GoldLink teaming up with Radiant Children and fellow rapper Wale. The track consists of smooth vocals from Radiant Children and tight bars from GoldLink and Wale over a groovy, bass-heavy beat.
‘Slip Away’ – Perfume Genius:
‘Slip Away’ is the second cut from American artist Perfume Genius’ fourth album, No Shape, due to drop May 5. The song begins slowly with some tranquil guitar strings, coupled with the falsetto of Mike Hadreas, before exploding into a densely layered combination of sounds.
‘One Foot In’ – Ali Barter
Australian indie-rocker Ali Barter released her debut album A Suitable Girl last Friday, and other than the previously released ‘Cigarettes’, ‘One Foot In’ is a definite highlight. The fazed-guitars are the stand-out on the track and are perfectly couple with Barter’s flawless voice.