AWGEST continues to deliver the goods. A$AP Ferg and Migos just dropped one of our favorite rap tracks of the summer with “Nasty (Who Dat)” ahead of his Still Striving mixtape out next Friday. Alice Glass returns with another solo stunner “Without You,” keeping things dark but showing a more pop-savvy side. Stefflon Don teams up with French Montana for a heartbreak banger, Lil Wayne revels in the joys of being a male, Cut Copy unleash pure vibes, and our girl K Á R Y Y N is back with another otherworldly anthem.
Check out these picks and more in our latest edition of Best Tracks of the Week.
If Ferg’s upcoming project Still Striving wasn’t on your radar until now, then “Nasty (Who Dat)” should cement its place among this month’s prestige releases. This may be the catchiest hook Ferg has ever laid down on tape, and he naturally enlists Migos for added measure, a guarantee ingredient for success in 2017.
The former Crystal Castles frontwoman is back to haunt us with her second solo single “Without Love,” and her voice is as clear as ever. Though not as dark as “Stillbirth” from 2015, she’s serving us 2017 pop-meets-witch house realness, and we’re extremely down. On top of this madness, she just released a Floria Sigismondi-directed visual accompaniment and announced she’ll be touring with Marilyn Manson. Alice, you’re doing amazing sweetie.
Few of us will be sleeping on Ant Beale for much longer, particularly when considering this man is collecting cosigns from some serious MVP’s in today’s hip-hop landscape. Rich the Kid has hopped onto the lead single from Beale’s stellar debut EP, and the result is a perfect late-summer banger.
The Aussie synth-pop wizards Cut Copy have just announced their long-awaited new album Haiku From Zero. And though this track is the second taste we’ve been given from the upcoming record, it’s the one that’s really sealing the deal. Pure. Vibes.
A key member of Chicago’s Teklife crew, DJ Earl has a knack for creating footwork tracks that are equal parts booty poppin’ and sublime. His new track scatters all over the dancefloor in the best way possible but everything is beautifully held together with those soaring strings.
If you’re getting signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, chances are you’ve got something special going on. Iglooghost, making his debut release for the lauded label, has indeed got something special, arriving with something frenetically and deliriously dancey, an abrasive sound that calls to mind peers like PC Music. Keep your eyes on this one.
K Á R Y Y N has been one of our favorite musical discoveries of the year. Her Björk cosign definitely peaked our interest, but we soon learned she occupies a sonic universe of her very own. It’s hard to believe this song is just over two minutes long, as we’ve found ourselves blissfully lost in her galaxy of voices; overlaid vocal constellations connected with gorgeous strings and piano.
You’d be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into a time machine and traveled a decade into the past upon hearing that Lil Wayne has shared a song about the joys of being a male. But it seems, like always, Weezy F Baby is full of surprises. This EDM and dancehall-inflected gem is no exception, giving the feeling of, as he raps, making a “trap house in the Hamptons.”
Stefflon Don has been steadily ascending into the stratosphere since she dropped her Real Ting mixtape last year, and her latest “Hurtin’ Me” is proof she belongs amongst the stars. It’s perfectly suited to the unravelling of summer, and whether it’s the end of your warm weather fling or the state of the world that has you hurtin’, may we suggest you turn this one up to 11, dutty wine, silently sob, repeat.
Sometimes summer comes through with a new boo instead of a sunburn, mosquito bites, or heatstroke. “Little Things” is the soundtrack to those wonderful falling-in-love feels. Kick back on that deck chair, press play, and let Kaytranada’s funk waft through the air along with Sunni Colon’s silky-smooth vocals.
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Best Tracks of the Week right here.