Summer ‘17 is in full swing, and the only thing hotter than the sweltering June sun is the bombardment of fresh tunes that are rumbling out of SoundCloud. To help get your next music mix in order, we’ve sourced the top tracks from across the sonic spectrum, bringing you the most hyped tracks of the past week. On this week’s playlist, we’ve got a certified banger from the Trap Lord A$AP Ferg, a jazz-infused jam from the chillwave stalwart Washed Out, a standout cut from West Coast hip-hop revivalist G Perico’s latest album All Blue, and more.
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - "When I Dance With You"
When Kip Berman started up his indie pop band The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart a decade ago, the New York City singer-songwriter built a cult following by fusing the sound of lo-fi bedroom pop with shoegaze. While the group’s past work was youthful and hopelessly romantic (as their bandname would suggest), their forthcoming project showcases them in a more mature light.
The evolved vibe is plenty noticeable in the group's latest “When I Dance With You,” which opens with sultry harmonies from A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Jen Goma. The singer seems to wax poetic about feeling split between the responsibilities of adulthood and the desire to live in the moment, with lyrics like, "I don't know how I'll make money / Just want enough so you never have to worry." The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s forthcoming album The Echo Of Pleasure will drop on September 1, courtesy of the band’s own Painbow record label.
Denzel Curry (ft. Lil Ugly Mane) – "Zeltron 6 Billion"
Back in 2013, Dade County rapper Denzel Curry dropped the mixtape Nostalgia 64, an ecclectic project that helped jumpstart the young artist’s career and even earned him a spot on XXL's 2016 Freshmen Class. Although he’s been relatively quiet since last year’s release Imperial, Curry resurfaced last month to build up hype with a slew of brief demo tracks.
His latest banger, “Zeltron 6 Billion,” is the Florida rapper’s first real-deal release of the year, and features a verse from Richmond's cult-favorite weirdo rapper/producer Lil Ugly Mane. Producer and regular Denzel Curry collaborator FNZ cooks up a sub-heavy beat with a fiery flute sample reminiscent of Wu-Tang. Curry lays down third-eye opening lines packed with wit and unbridled consciousness, rhyming “Sometimes I’m a butterfly, mostly I feel like a moth” and “I’m murdering everything inside my allegory.”
Majid Jordan (ft PARTYNEXTDOOR) - "One I Want"
Over the past few years, the Toronto rap superstar Drake has been putting together a solid lineup of fellow Canadian crooners under his October’s Very Own record label. This past week, OVO affiliates Majid Jordan and PARTYNEXTDOOR came together on the certified baby-making jam “One I Want.”
This lustful cut takes a fresh look at the ageold saying that money can’t buy happiness, especially when it comes to throes of love. "Fifty bands later you the one I want/ Hundred bands later you the one I want. Look at what we did/ Young and restless with/ Millions here to spend," PARTYNEXTDOOR coos in a whimsical tone. The smooth R&B beat is fittingly set to the rhythm of a heartbeat, and is surprisingly tame compared to the dance-infused sound found on Majid Jordan’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut. “One I Want” is the first single off of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman’s forthcoming sophmore effort.
Washed Out - "Hard To Say Goodbye"
Widely recognized as an OG in the late-aughts chillwave microgenre, singer-songwriter Ernest Greene has continued to push his solo project Washed Out to new heights. It’s been nearly four years since his sophomore album Paracosm graced the airwaves, but the Georgia bedroom pop savant is finally returning with his long-awaited follow-up Mister Mellow, due out June 30 via Stones Throw records. (Yes, the label behind Madvillainy and Donuts).
On his latest offering “Hard To Say Goodbye,” Washed Out showcases a noticable shift in musicial direction, substituting lo-fi indie for a sound that is inspired by free jazz, house, hip-hop, and psychedelic music. This glittery summer number features funky percussion, fluttering synths, and tastefully interjected strings. Greene’s tranquil vocals move slowly across the wavering track, helping to merge the laidback style of Washed Out with a more high-energy vibe. “Hard To Say Goodbye” is the second single from the upcoming project, coming right on the heels of his previously released cut “Get Lost.”
G Perico - "Bacc Forth"
While a majority of contemporary hip-hop artists have been busy cooking up feel-good bangers packed with cheeky lines and autotune overload, West Coast rapper G Perico has focused his talents on reviving the G-Funk style made famous by fellow Californians Snoop Dogg and NWA. Back in April, the rapper released his album All Blue, and this past week he blessed us with an old-school visual for standout “Bacc Forth.”
Long Beach-native beatmaker Westside Webb provides some hard-hitting percussion and a slippery pan flute sample, allowing G Perico’s retro persona to bloom at full strength. “They said G you better live it up/Cause you only live once/hustle hard and go and get everything you want,” he rhymes with a flow reminiscant of Eazy-E. If you’re an oldschool head looking for West Coast rap in the vein of revivalists like YG or Cousin Fik, check out G Perico’s entire project on SoundCloud.
A$AP Ferg - "Nia Long"
Last month, the Harlem hip-hop collective A$AP Mob revealed two singles “Wrong” and “Raf,” both which will be included on their upcoming joint album Cozy Tapes Vol. 2. Led by co-founders A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg, the crew has made it clear that they intended to take the remainder of the year by storm.
This past week, A$AP Ferg surprised fans by releasing four new tracks, including the heater “Nia Long,” named after the cult-favorite actress from Boyz n the Hood and Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. The Trap Lord spits rambunctious bars over a heady trap beat, chunked by the unfortunate-but-irresistable hook, “Pretty bitch like Nia Long/She swing along on my ding-a-long." Ferg also gives lyrical daps to Tupac and Biggie over the booming bass and record scratch samples. The barrage of new tunes seems to hint that the A$AP Mob MVP's upcoming solo LP, Still Thriving, will be arriving any day now.
Written on June 17, 2017 by
Tyler Koslow is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer with an intensive focus on technology, music, pop culture, and of course, cannabis and its impending legalization.