With the sun high in the sky and the summer starting to blaze, it’s the middle of the month and time for us to share our musical picks, so far. You know… to keep you cool.
Birmingham native KD put out the banger “On Ma,” while The Bug got dark and glitchy with the “anti-industry” Death Grips. Bay Area production duo FRIENDZONE looped some chopped vocals, keys, and drums together for a calming and exciting result. Caribou begins a glorious return with the delightful “Can’t Do Without You,” which we clearly can’t do without.
SBTRKT shared “Temporary View,” once again featuring his talismanic vocalist Sampha; we plan on bumping it much more than temporarily. Ab-Soul makes another appearance on our list with the help of ScHoolboy Q. His upcoming album These Days is bound to be a monster. The mysterious Quay is still making our minds swirl with his “Physisicks” cut; you don’t have to listen to this one over voicemail.
Sasquatch took his own twist to Jay Electonica’s serene “Better In Tune With The Infinite,” making his own creative edit that simultaneously makes us want to dance and meditate. SLAVVE incorporates elements of punk, post-punk, screamo, and hardcore for the energetic “Out Of Mind.” Dev Hynes got sexy again as Blood Orange with “April’s Bathroom Bummer,” part of his original score to Palo Alto.
Canadian band Beliefs covered Duran Duran’s 1981 track “Sound Of Thunder” to benefit Amnesty International, while Brooklyn’s Shark? (yes, the question mark is intentional) provides the soundtrack for your “Big Summer.” Brooklyn’s One Tusk production team samples Blondie and Trey Songz on the mesmerizing wind down vibe “Let Your Hair Down (Remix).” Let the beat wash over you. Drake came through again, of course, with his banger “0 to 100/The Catch Up,” which samples James Blake and Frank Duke.
This week’s special guest contributor is Will Griggs, the founder of Cantora. Though best known as a record label, Cantora invests in and develops entertainment-focused starts ups and live events properties. They most recently released the Bear Hands album Distraction, featuring the incredible single “Giants.” His pick for this month is How To Dress Well’s “Face Again.”