Only 18 years young, Internet member Steve Lacy compiles a soulful and mature project, Steve Lacy Demo, that is filled with rich drums, bass and guitars. Fans of easygoing feel-good tracks need to look no further than the 6-track project created incredibly on an iPhone. Standout single “Dark Red” is hauntingly uptempo with a rhythmically appealing and unforgettable hook. Listen to the work below via Soundcloud.
The Internet‘s frontwoman, Syd, takes a hiatus from the group to drop a more Pop-infused project, Fin. Filled with soft and sultry tracks, her solo work is still gorgeous, but wouldn’t have fit the band’s trademark sound. “None of these songs would have made sense as Internet songs,” she explained.
Though Matt Martians will also drop a solo album, Internet fans need not worry as the band has expressed taking time off to mature and reunite. Listen via Spotify below.
Kanye West and Solange collaborator Sampha wows with his debut studio album, Process. The self-produced gem was written while his mother was ill and passed away. His grief is expressed through his haunting voice over sublime keys and drum pads that flawlessly accompany the brilliant project. Listen to the album below via Spotify.
It’s official. The Gorillaz have finally made the overdue comeback they’ve been recently hinting at.
Using their platform to bash America’s shameless love for currency, “Hallelujah Money” stars British poet and singer Benjamin Clementine bashing Donald Trump‘s inauguration. The group’s disdain for capitalism and discrimination permeates the powerful video filled with movie clips and animation over 808s and anomalous production.
Watch the video to the group’s first song in 6 years below.
Donald Glover continues to create his own lane with his new 1970s R&B-inspired Awaken, My Love! Soulful elements of George Clinton, Funkadelic, Tower of Power and The Isley Brothers can all be heard on the stunning project. Rapping is noticeably absent from the album, but the harmonization over twangy electric guitars, electric pianos and flutes on its 11 tracks provide a breathtaking and dream-like experience for the ages. Stream via Spotify below.
Earlier this year, “Through The Late Night” (off Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight), marked Travis Scott‘s first time dream collaboration with his biggest influence, Kid Cudi. La Flame teams up with his idol again on “Baptized in Fire.” The two croon over a bass-heavy dark and interstellar production that will be included on Cudder‘s upcoming album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ expected December 16. Listen here.
Update: You can now enjoy the captivating video to the track directed by Andre 3000 below.
$ilk Money (of group Divine Council) is the latest to get blessed with a godly verse from Andre 3000 on the “Decemba (Remix).” According to $ilk, the rare appearance over the synth-heavy track came together due to 3 Stacks’ admiration for the group.
“That *igga flew from Texas to New York just to see us perform. He was saying how we remind him of Outkast because he ain’t never heard anything like us,” he to Rolling Stone. Listen to the song here.
Freddie Gibbs is finally back in action with his first song release since January. The Gary rapper was exonerated from sexual assault charges in September and is now back on his infamous grind. Listen to the rhythmic “All Day” produced by Brooklyn’s Harry Fraud below on SoundCloud.
After Childish Gambino‘s FX series Atlanta recorded the biggest cable debut since 2013 , the rapper/actor/writer/director makes his return to music with the fantastically retro “Redbone.” Donald Glover strays away from the current landscape with outlandishly Funky production and no hint of rapping. Check for it on his Awaken, My Love! album on December 2. Listen to the cut and his other psychedelic single “Me and Your Mama” below.
Known best for killing freestyles and her appearance on Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly, Rapsody is back with her Crown EP. Now signed to Roc Nation, the MC catapults back into the game with her first project since 2014. Features include Ab-Soul, Raphael Saadiq, and Anderson Paak with production by 9th Wonder, Nottz, Khrysis. Listen below on AudioMack.