We understand: With everything going on in the world, it can be difficult to give yourself time to discover new music. Industry-inspired tunes you can’t even hit like that could also keep you from finding something to pique your taste buds.
While new songs are generally released throughout the work week, the majority of new songs are released on Friday. As a music lover, I will be here every Monday to help you dig through crates, to make your energy and ears easier.
I guess I spoke too early last week about the praise of new music because phew chillayyy …it was not the best weekend for my ears. After sifting through some playlists and songs, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite songs and a few tracks and features that I would like to never see released.
A not too exaggerated production coupled with sweet but heartbreaking words on the fight against long distance relationships makes it a standout track this week. The light trumpets and piano keys that tinkle towards the end of the song are added for subtle and pleasant touches.
“Call your name” by Tora
After a few not so great launches with some of the other songs presented this week (more on that later), this new song in particular – which presents an catchy and heavy rhythm of brass to accompany the melodic flow of Tora –is certainly a welcome change from the typical R&B music of hip hop today.
Can I take a moment to thank the R&B singers for being so damn awesome? Phew. I think there are so many singers in the genre just waiting to be discovered and I’m glad they bring something unique to the table as well.
“Wrong Places” by H.E.R.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the talented H.E.R. It is only really placed in the “revisit” section this week because I think this song is sitting in its comfort pocket. In the beginning, “Wrong Places” (which was written by Raquel Castro, a participant in the show Songland) sounds like an amplified version of his song “Focus” from a production point of view. However, the H.E.R comfort zone is still a much better comfort zone than its contemporaries, as it sums up its ability to combine the soul and emotion of the genre’s past and present.
It was a bad weekend for rap feature films, namely Nicki Minaj and Tory Lanez
In fact, I complained in my group discussion of how my faith in hip-hop is decreasing every day. Throughout Beyonce’s stellar feature on Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” Remix “last week (which is not on the list this week because duh, you heard it, it’s a” replay ” ), Twitter got wind of Nicki Minaj soon- verse to appear on the remix of the disco-tinted “Say So” by Doja Cat. However, this did not improve the original song at all. Not only was there a completely unnecessary change of pace at the start of Nicki’s verse, but his words left a lot to be desired (“Tell Mike Jordan to send me my Retros, I was bi now I’m just straight … “Sis, what? Given the number of queer fans you have, was that the best you could find?)
Then, as much as I was delighted to see big names on JoJo’s latest album Good to know, King of Quarantine Tory Lanez completely pushed me away from the rest of his song “Comeback”. I wouldn’t call myself prude, I just don’t want to hear about the “type of cock that drives a white girl crazy”. There are so many smarter ways to rape sex in 2020 and that was not it. Also, when will this squeaky bed production effect cease to be used?
Hip-hop … let’s do better please.
“I Look Good” by O.T. Genasis
I think this song was meant to be a joke from the start. Because there is no way anyone could have lit it up if it was not supposed to be an “edifying and humorous quarantine survival anthem” (according to a press release I received from his label). From Borat’s song to repetitive crochet (?), This song is as stupid as possible and is literally one of the worst songs I have heard this year. It wasn’t funny either, fair boring.
Paging Kendrick and TDE, paging Pusha T: someone, anyone, come and save hip-hop. It may be the forties that make me lose my taste, but apart from a few songs, albums and artists, the genre has not hit this year.