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New Music From: Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Flying Lotus and More

Just because you blinked while you were thumbing through your apps doesn’t mean you should miss one of the many musical gems that come out every single day. We’re here to make your life a little easier and to make it sound a whole lot better with “The Listening Room,” our daily roundup of the new songs you need to hear.


Travis Scott
“Green & Purple” f/ Playboi Carti
Producer: Sevn Thomas

The Carti and Travis collab was always going to happen, it was just a matter of when, and it arrived late last night in the trippy anthem, “Green and Purple.” When Travis vacillates between reverberating, hollow snarls and the high-pitched, staccato cadence that characterizes tracks like “Sweet Sweet,” he’s at his best: unpredictable and liable to start a riot. —Khari Nixon


Flying Lotus
“Night Grows Pale”

Shout to Freddie Mercury on this new Flying Lotus single, “Night Grows Pale.” Built around a sample of Queen’s “White Queen (As It Began),” FlyLo does what he does best, presenting us with a spacey beat that’s both jazzy and full of warmth. Given yesterday’s jittery Twin Peaks rework and today’s Queen tribute, it’s clear that someone’s been feeling a bit nostalgic. Should we be expecting some summer heat from the Brainfeeder producer? —Kyle Petreycik 


Snoop Dogg
“Go On” f/ October London

Missing from the crop of singles that Snoop Dogg supplied us with in anticipation of Neva Left was the flirtatious juke-jam groove. You know the one. From “Beautiful” in ’02 to “Peaches and Cream” in 2015, Uncle Snoop has never had a problem executing a fluttery BBQ anthem; and with the Earth, Wind and Fire-y October London handling chorus duties with retro vocals, Snoop delivers some of his best recent work. —KN


Swade
“Basement”
Producer: Thelonius Martin

So it’s Tuesday evening and I’m about to really piss off my neighbors with this one. Earlier this morning we were gifted with “Basement,” a certified floorboard-rattling track by Swade, produced by Chicago’s own Thelonius Martin. Over a chest pounding instrumental, Swade puts in serious some work. In the words of Thelonius himself, “LET THE TOP DOWN AND PLAY THIS LOUD.” —KP 


Liana Bank$
“People Like Me” f/ Ayo Jay
Produced by Yobo

The green-braided, Queens-native Liana Bank$ has been putting a stamp on our brains since her debut as an artist last year. It all started with her house party video “LVLUP” and kept going full circle around the sun with a string of quality tracks. The releases came as a solo artist, but also notably as co-writer for PNB Rock’s gold-certified “Selfish.” Today she dropped some more heat out of the blue with a collaboration alongside one of afrobeats’ top shotta’s, Ayo Jay of “Gimme Kiss,” which also recently got the gold treatment. With a voice that’s powerful because of its coyness, like a whisper in the ear, Bank$ gives fair warning about people like her, reinforced by different pitched versions of herself. The entreaty/advisory is delivered over a drifting marimba melody and shuffling snares until the subs start to oscillate and her harmonies kick in, all courtesy of Yobo. Jay’s verse clearly lays out the specifics of what would happen if they got up and he pleas to not be pushed away. It’s an unexpected track, but a more than welcome one. Welcome to the new world. —Mike Steyels


Morimoto
“Music for Physical Therapy”

One of Chicago’s most talented artists to come out of its underground hip hop scene, Morimoto has returned to Soundcloud with an instrumental track, “Music for Physical Therapy.” It’s a chilled out track supported by his talented skills as a multi-instrumentalist. As one of the members of the odd indie rap collective, Dark World, Morimoto’s sound is expectedly different. The genre-bending, jazzy hip hop makes it perfect music to mellow out to. I highly recommend also checking out “People Watching,” which highlights his skills as both a musician and MC. —Lei Takanashi

 

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