Summer Sixteen – Drake
After having ridden the hot line bling wave well into the new year, Drake finally gives us something else to work with. Cue Summer Sixteen – Drake’s way of letting us know that he still resides on top of the rap game.
While re-kindling his longstanding feud with fellow rapper Meek Mill, the Canadian also advises fellow Toronto up and comers to stay in their lane. We’re looking at you Tory Lanez.
The track premiered on OVO Sound’s 14th episode as part of their show on Beats1 radio. Drake also used the platform to announce the release month of his forthcoming album – ‘Views From The 6’ due in April. The artwork for the track was designed by Filip Pagowski who helmed Comme Des Garçon’s iconic heart logo.
Pillow Talk – Zayn
Leading the pack into solo terrain, the former One Direction member released his anticipated first single. The track explores the spiritual and physical elements that come with sex and intimacy while tapping into an uncensored and raw sound, which Zayn aims to explore.
His debut solo album ‘Mind of Mine’ will be out later this year.
Smoke And Retribution – Flume
While this marks the first collaboration between Flume’s Harley Edward Streten and California native Vince Staple, the track was originally a beat conceived in the back of a van bound for Vegas. After having heard of Staples ‘Summertime ’06’ offering, Streten sought out the young rapper and showed him the beat. The rest is history.
Albums Of The Week
Nine Track Mind – Charlie Puth
The debut album from up and coming artist Charlie Puth. Featuring his breakthrough single ‘Marvin Gaye’ as well as the forthcoming single ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ featuring Selena Gomez
Islah – Kevin Gates
Named after his daughter of the same name, Kevin Gates debuted his first studio album – Fourteen mix tapes later. Featuring the single ‘Jam’
Forest Hill Drive Live – J. Cole
Released on his 31st birthday, Cole allows his fans to revisit his inspirational album, live. Following a mini docu-series for HBO, the live album was recorded simultaneously at his show in Fayetteville North Carolina last August. The album recounts the story of Cole leaving N.C for New York City in persuit of his dreams.
Don’t You – Wet
The debut album by the electronic trio. Featuring our favourite track ‘Deadwater’.
Not to Disappear – Daughter
The second album from the British indie folk band. Including the haunting single ‘Numbers’ as well as ‘Doing the Right Thing’.
Wait And See – Majic Cloudz
The Montreal duo graced us with a surprise five track EP, inspired by the elements of our deepest dreams.
HYMNS – Bloc Party
Having not released any music since their critically acclaimed album ‘Four’ in 2012, Bloc Party are back. Marking their fifth album and the first project sans members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes whom have respectively left the band,the album acts as the inception for new band mates – Justin Haris and Louise Bartle.
Purple Reign – Future
With a sole tweet acting as the marketing campaign and an eleven hour notice, Future presented us with yet another fire mixtape entitled Purple Reign. Produced by longtime collaborator DJ Esco and Metro Boomin
Moth – Chairlift
Dubbed a “New York” album by frontwomen Caroline Polacheck, the songs encapsulate experiences associated with the city. We’ve had these electronic heavy hits on repeat all week.
Anti – Rihanna
After years of rumours, speculation and delays, Rihanna finally released Anti for free (on Tidal). Marking her eight studio album and her first with Roc Nation, Riri shows us a whole new side to her craft. Stripped down and raw, the tracks explore her growth as a human being and an artist, as she takes back the narrative of her life. Turning her back on the traditional offerings we’ve came to expect. Featuring guest vocals by SZA and Drake as well as a beautiful cover of Tame Impala’s ‘New Person, Same Old Mistake’. The album will hit retailers and Apple Music on February 5th.