As the world continues to head head into uncertain times, the one constant that has carried over from 2016 into the new year is consistent, high-quality new music. Last week, we ended the year with a festive collection of SoundCloud tracks from across the sonic spectrum. On this week’s playlist, we’ve got a wide range of songs touching on every genre, from garage rock to gangsta rap. Check out new tracks from Chris Brown, Tory Lanez, Kaytranada, Dirty Projectors, and many others!
Chris Brown (feat. Trey Songz and Young Thug) - Dat Night
After a number of widely publicized run-ins with the law, R&B star Chris Brown ended 2016 on a high note, dropping a new track with Trey Songz and Young Thug, “Dat Night.” The unexpected trio spit silky smooth lines about their various promiscuous relationships.
Trey Songz croons about his sexual escapades in the song’s catchy chorus: “I can get the pussy eyes closed with a blindfold.” After Brown throws a number of punches with his restless and unfiltered lines, Young Thug jumps onto the track with his unpredictable vocal melodies and otherworldly rhymes. On Twitter, Brown described “Dat Night” as something that he did strictly “for the fans.”
Brown is also expected to take part in a celebrity boxing match against rapper Soulja Boy following an onslaught of online beef between the two.
BANANA - Banana C
This unique and bright collaborative ensemble, which is fronted by producer and session musician Josiah Steinbrick and known for backing up Welsh singer Cate Le Bon on tour, just released the surreal jam “Banana C.” The six-minute track features scrambling vibraphone notes, a roaring saxophone, and gleeful marimbas. There is a lo-fi backdrop to the jazzy jam session, featuring subtle sounds of footsteps, voices, and breathing as the song continues to unravel. “Banana C” is an expressive and unpredictable audio experience that will leave your feet tapping and mind racing.
Bonny Doon - I See You
With roots in Detroit’s close-knit garage rock and punk scene, the rising indie rock band Bonny Doon has discovered its own voice within soft-sided melodies and classic rock-inspired guitar work. Their latest song, “I See You,” is an anthem for those looking to sail the calmer seas of rock ‘n’ roll.
While the twinkly guitar progression carries the slow-paced song to completion, Bonny Doon frontman Bill Lennox shares solemn lines like “Another year’s gone by/Hell, I’m still alive.” The track is perfect for those looking to escape the rapid pace of life and wind down with some relaxing indie tunes.
Dirty Projectors - Little Bubble
Best known for their majestic vocal harmonies and confounding instrumental progressions, the idiosyncratic indie rock group Dirty Projectors has returned with this new digital ballad. The ethereal and softly glitchy track features frontman Dave Longstreth crooning over a well-mixed stew of sporadic organ, delicate strings, and heartfelt horns.
The song itself is the ideal way to start your day, as Longstreth begins the track by singing, “How did you sleep?/What did you dream of?” The heartfelt tune goes on to offer lyrical insight into the uncertain state of the world and the current lineup of the band, which has been in question since their 2012 album Swing Lo Magellan.
Palberta - Why Didn’t I
If you’re looking to start your week off with an experimental audio journey, East Coast indie trio Palberta has just what you need. Their latest song, “Why Didn’t I,” from their forthcoming Wharf Cat Records release, Bye Bye Berta, features a slippery guitar progression and unhinged vocal harmonies that will send your mind soaring to new sonic heights. Reminiscent of the experimental indie jazz icons Deerhoof, Palberta members Lily Konigsberg, Anina Ivry-Block, and Nina Ryser keep the weirdness alive with “Why Didn’t I,” which is a perfect and playful introduction to their surreal, mysterious sound for the uninitiated.
Tory Lanez - Proud Family
Tory Lanez got off to a fast start in 2017, dropping a tandem of projects on New Year’s Day, Chixtape 4 and The New Toronto 2. One of the smoothest and most memorable tracks from the Toronto rapper-singer’s two new projects is “Proud Family,” a seductive and enticing offering about gratification and love.
The track features a sample of Solange’s vocals from the theme song of the Disney Channel’s show The Proud Family, adding a hint of nostalgia to the intimate love song. Produced by the trio of Tory Lanez, Play Picasso, and CoopChardonnay, “Proud Family” showcases the artist at his most vulnerable: “Baby, I should have listened when you told me/I would do better as the homie, yeah/Right there, I should have took a note/But pride was buggin’ on me.”
Jazz Cartier - Tempted
Ascendant Toronto rapper Jazz Cartier has built a dedicated fan base with his last two mixtapes, Marauding in Paradise and Hotel Paranoia. Now, after dropping “Tempted,” the first single off of his upcoming project Fleurever, the quick-witted rhymer is preparing to take over 2017.
Produced T-Minus and Lantz, the track showcases Jazz Cartier on a ruthless lyrical rampage about the throes of temptation: “Girl, we’ve been mixin’ too much/All my emotions are numb/Feel like I can’t get enough/Nah, if you keep dancin’ on me.” Throughout the rambunctious song, Jazz Cartier interpolates the hook from Rupee’s hit 2014 song “Tempted to Touch.”
Kaytranada - Flippin On You
Few hip-hop producers have garnered as much recognition last year as award-winning Canadian producer Kaytranada. The accomplished beatmaker dropped his debut album, 99.9%, back in May, and followed it up with an hour-and-a-half long mixtape entitled 0.001%. This past week, Kaytranada delivered “Flippin On You,” a fresh cut sliced from last year’s massive arsenal of tracks.
The funky producer’s track offers an elegant house music vibe sprinkled with vocal samples from the classic TLC track “Diggin On You.” The soulful song is comprised of pitch-shifted vocals, ethereal synths, and groovy percussion that will keep your feet moving.
DJ Snake (feat. Young Thug, Jeremih, and Swizz Beatz) - The Half
Since releasing his latest album, Encore, back in Aug. 2016, French producer DJ Snake has been rolling out new videos to keep his trapped-out electronic beats in heavy rotation. He recently dropped a visual for “The Half,” a bouncy dance track featuring Young Thug, Jeremih, and Swizz Beatz. The song is a certified banger that includes modulated vocals and a house-inspired synth progression that will put your mind on the dance floor regardless of where you listen. Jeremih and Young Thug slay the track by detailing a lavish lifestyle about which us everyday folk just “don’t know the half.”
G Perico - Ain’t My Fault/Big Pimpin
One of the hottest new rappers from Los Angeles, G Perico solidified his place in the West Coast hip-hop circuit with last year’s breakout mixtape Shit Don’t Stop. The gangsta rapper has continued to build off of his hype in 2017, recently dropping the “G-Style” series. The South Central rapper freestyles over two classic tracks originally made famous by Tha Dogg Pound and Silkk the Shocker.
With a nasally tone and careless Californian attitude that resembles the likes of DJ Quick and Too $hort, G Perico goes in on the two old-school beats, rhyming about his undying loyalty to two main things: his set and stacking dough. “The survival of the littest/Live from the hood, in the race for the millions,” he rhymes in “Big Pimpin’.” All in all, the tracks showcase the versatility and talent that has made G one of the Southern California’s most hyped rappers.
Written on January 09, 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.