It's week four of the Wyoming rollout.
My eyes are bloodshot from reading Kanye West think pieces.
I've had a recurring nightmare where I'm trapped in a Reddit thread discussing Fantano's Kanye review scores.
I fear I've actually begun to like Kid Cudi again.
Luckily, even though KIDS SEE GHOSTS was very good, there is much more to hear that doesn't involve Kanye West. Which is why every week we bring you the 10 New Songs You Need This Week, filtering through hundreds of recent releases to give you the essentials. As always, you can listen via this simple Spotify playlist.
KIDS SEE GHOSTS (Kanye West & Kid Cudi) — “Reborn”
It turns out all Kanye needed was the stabilizing hum of Kid Cudi and some of his most adept raps over the past few years of his career to win back a majority of listeners. Perhaps that’s an oversimplification, but just one week after the divisive ye, Kanye appears in top form across KIDS SEE GHOSTS, another seven-track sprint, but one that feels more purposeful in it’s futuristic, yet soulful vision. Cudi similarly delivers his best effort in years, the album’s 23 minutes and split roles distilling his talents cleanly and efficiently compared to the 86-minute slog of Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’.
Every track delivers (“Grrrat-gat, gat-gat, gat, ga-gat-ga-ga-gat” included), but “Reborn” is the album’s emotional centerpiece. Kanye’s verse is candid and gripping (“I was, off the chain, I was often drained, I was off the meds, I was called insane”), while Cudi’s “keep moving forward” mantra acts as a cleanser and a needed reminder that life goes on.
Masego — “Lady Lady”
Having waited (im)patiently for a proper Masego full-length for three years, “Lady Lady” is an intoxicating, funky, and flirtatious reassurance from the TrapHouseJazz maestro. Produced by TDE's Sounwave, it’s another sign that the VA native’s debut is needed sooner than later.
Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ign — “The Light”
I think I speak for everyone when I say I’d be disappointed if a Jeremih and Ty Dolla joint single DIDN’T start with “Let’s have sex…” MihTy is already shaping up to be one of the premier late-night companions of 2018.
DeJ Loaf & Leon Bridges — “Liberated”
I can’t say I ever expected to see a DeJ Loaf x Leon Bridges collaboration. In fact, revisiting “Try Me” and “River” (both great), it seems even less unlikely. Yet here we are, and the Detroit-meets-Fort Worth pairing just released a vibrant, affecting anthem for equality and being yourself.
Melii — “Charlie’s Line”
Versatile Harlem rapper, and one of the most exciting artists out of New York, Melii follows up her breakout single “Icey” with another commanding performance.
Future — “Tie My Shoes” ft. Young Thug
At the risk of droning on about the slept-on nature of SUPER SLIMEY, I’ll just venture to say that “Tie My Shoes” would have been a worthy inclusion.
Mac Ayres — “Stay”
Mac Ayres’ Drive Slow EP was one of the most gratifying releases of 2017, and the “self-taught producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist from Sea Cliff, NY” is back with a new groove to serenade you during your downtime hours. Backed with production from ARIME label-mates Jack Dine and Chris Anderson, “Stay” is an enticing taste of Mac’s debut album, Something to Feel, coming later this year.
Jorja Smith — “On Your Own”
Jorja Smith has room for growth when it comes to translating her immense talent across the spectrum of an entire album, as her new debut Lost & Found rarely strays far enough from its standard R&B formula and lacks the highs of more distinctive efforts like “On My Mind.” Nevertheless, it’s a gorgeous full-length from the golden-voiced English singer, sultry as it is pained, and songs like “On Your Own” showcase why her voice is such a captivating presence.
Tierra Whack — "Hungry Hippo"
Tierra Whack's Whack World is a wonderfully surreal, must-see destination, and "Hungry Hippo" is a glistening, melodic first stop about biters of style. Actually, just go watch the entire 15-minute visual album right now.
Dreezy — “Where Them $ @“
Dreezy goes off over London On Da Track production for her latest in a line of great singles.
Album of the Week:
KIDS SEE GHOSTS — KIDS SEE GHOSTS