EACH WEEK, CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC SELECTS THE BEST MUSIC FROM THE WEEK. ALL KILLER. NO FILLER.
Oscar Key Sung – ‘Club Mate’
Melbourne’s Oscar Key Sung dropped the No Disguise EP on Friday. Days prior, the future-pop artist teased the EP with the infectious ‘Club Mate’, following on from ‘Simple Luv’ earlier this year.
‘Club Mate’ is a stunning piece of warped piano-led electronic, centred around the singer’s gentle falsetto as he sings “I hope that you love like you dance.” Oscar’s been continuously building towards something big recently and he’s finally hit the nail on the head with this track.
The atmospheric synths and rattling percussion keep ‘Club Mate’ bubbling throughout, but it’s Oscar’s soothing vocal performance that makes this track great.
A$AP Rocky – ‘Hun34rd’
All year, A$AP Rocky has been teasing a new project with a bunch of singles. Finally, the American rapper released his sophomore album, Testing. The record follows the 2013 LONG.LIVE.A$AP mixtape and his 2015 debut album AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP.
‘Hun34rd’ provides A$AP enthusiasts with exactly what was needed on Testing: a stirring piece of psychedelic RnB production from Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, reminiscent of the material on A$AP’s previous album. The stylised spelling of ‘Hun34rd’ is homage to Manhattan’s 143rd Street where A$AP grew up, which makes up for much of the lyrical inspiration behind ‘Hun34rd’.
It might not be what hard-core rap fans were hoping for, but ‘Hun34rd’ is a dreamy masterpiece.
RUFUS DU SOL – ‘No Place’
With a new name in tow, you would imagine somewhat of a new journey. But that’s not the case for RUFUS DU SOL, FKA RUFUS. The electronic trio are back with an almighty bang, bringing their bright and brimming electronica that we’ve come to expect from the group.
The first taste of a not-yet-announced third album, ‘No Place’ is familiarly RUFUS, but sees the trio experimenting in influences not heard in their music ever before. Following the suspense-building introduction and elegantly textured chorus, the instrumental becomes draped in the minimalism of two-step percussion patterns.
Maggie Rogers – ‘Fallingwater’
After bringing Pharrell Williams to tears with her breakthrough track ‘Alaska’, Maggie Rogers is back with yet another stunner in ‘Fallingwater’. Generally dealing in uplifting folk-pop earworms, the American continues her affinity with adding an electronic flair to the mix on her new song.
Written and produced in collaboration with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmangij, Maggie says ‘Fallingwater’ is about the rapid change in her life over the past two years, particularly since ‘Alaska’ catapulted the songwriter to unlikely stardom.
‘Fallingwater’ builds anticipation even further for Maggie’s major-label debut.
Pusha T – ‘If You Know You Know’
DAYTONA, the Kanye-produced Pusha T ‘album’ finally arrived on Friday. The seven-track, 21-minute project hits its peak on the opening track, ‘If You Know You Know’. DAYTONA is the follow-up to 2015’s King Push: Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude. Originally, this record was intended to be titled King Push ever since Pusha’s previous album, but was changed to DAYTONA last minute.
Pusha doesn’t necessarily change anything up on ‘If You Know You Know’. The American rapper is still stringing rhymes together about what he usually does: drugs. Here, Pusha brags about his knowledge of the drug game and his hefty stance in trap music. The upbeat, vocal-chopped production is covered in Kanye’s fingerprints, making ‘If You Know You Know’ a track to remember.
Check out the week’s best new music in the playlist below: