Last month, Young Veej blessed you with his March Picks of the Month, and here we are at the end of a highly eventful month in music. With Kendrick’s DAMN and Gorillaz star studded albums dropping off recently, there was a plethora of great music to drop – here’s our picks from April.
Abjo is consistently unleashing heat on our Soundcloud feed, dropping off a number of projects in the past year, and not letting up with a flip of K.Dot’s “DNA”, one of the introductory tracks to his recent album DAMN. Abjo takes the rambunctious tune and sprinkles in some catchy keys and whirring percussion over the sensational verses brought by Kendrick.
Coming off the heels of Full Court Press Vol. 1, Sporting Life unveiled a remix to Sampha’s transcendent “Plastic 100° C” from the singer’s debut album Process. Sport manages to mold the piano into an ascendent staircase of euphoria as intermittent spurts of layered drums and snares sound off throughout the track.
Just a few days ago, Oakland legend Goapele unveiled “Power”, marking her first release since her 2014 album Strong As Glass. The track enlists an incredulous bassline that is the foundation for the singer/songwriter’s reflections on the power that one can find within, all the while silkily skating over the track. Be on the lookout for more music from her to come, this break from her hiatus is much welcomed.
Trackademicks is a name that Bay Area natives very well recognize, putting in a mad amount of work over the years by lacing some of the Bay’s finest with his production. Fans of Kamaiyah will definitely have heard the man’s work as he produced “Freaky Freaks” and “Come Back” from her debut project A Good Night In The Ghetto; on 4/20 Track paid tribute to Frisco legends RBL Posse’s classic “Don’t Gimme No Bammer Weed” with a flip. The feelgood remix is a marriage of jazz and house the likes of which many struggle to craft – be sure to give Track’s recent Aaliyah flip a listen while you’re at it.
SF native Mars Today is gearing up for the release of a new EP entitled Bits & Pieces and dropped off this incredibly sultry cut earlier in the month. “Cool It” is that grown folks music, where some enticing horns lead into the track to lay the landscape for Mars to softly serenade his lover; the instrumentation on this track just arranged phenomenally (not that we would expect less from Mars). Check out his most recent drop from the EP (which arrives May 19th) “Wait Too Long” and watch him perform “Debbie Quest” with rich iyala on an episode of our series “For The Record”.
SZA damn near broke the internet with the release of her visuals for the Travi$ Scott assisted “Love Galore” the other night. The track itself is magical, a great follow up to “Drew Barrymore” that hopefully provides the spark needed for TDE to finally give us a release date for her album.
Oakland based producer Cam Others unveiled this tune just a few days ago, an emotional listen featuring vocalist Astu. Though it’s an unfinished track, “Ghost Rain” (an aptly titled track) is the perfect accompaniment to a late night. Sift through Cam’s Soundcloud and zone out to his mellowed out compositions if you’re feelin this one.
D.R.A.M. had a hell of a 2016 with his “Broccoli” serving as the theme song to suburban kid’s Snapchat stories (get that money bruh) nationwide and followed up with his debut album just a few months back. For his first release after the album, Big Baby D.R.A.M. brings Juicy J and ASAP Rocky on board for an energetic cut that’s only intensified by Juicy J’s nostalgic adlibs.
I first discovered Yeek through his track “The Left” which brought DUCKWRTH on board, and the L.A. based musician just delivered his project Sebastian just the other day. “Beach Funeral” is a great introduction and origin story to Yeek who blends rock sensibilities with hip-hop flavor, and here croons about the blessings of living near the beach on the West Coast as a Florida native.
Cousin Stizz is ever consistent with the heat, the Bostonian has been on tour a large part of the year following his MONDA release and returns with his highest profile feature to date. “Headlock” is the prototypical Stizz track, bare bones gritty production matched by catchy verses as Offset lends his efforts to the track as well. Zane Lowe ran this back 10 times on Beats 1 Radio, so you should know it’s a contagious track.
YMTK popped up on many people’s radars last year with his collaborative cut alongside Elujay, “Flagrant” that took on a life of it’s own. Since then he unveiled All The Right Places, a project alongside producer Ekzakt who’s been infusing some of the Bay Area’s finest with his sounds and continues to carve out their own with YMTK. Co-produced by Wax Roof, “Undivided” features some earth rumbling bass and quirky synths where YMTK captures the attention of his companion. Listen to his 3 track release Zeeky Minaj Vol. 1 here, a drop to hold over fans until his next release.
This track is one of the first times we’ve heard Robert Glasper since his 2016 Miles Davis tribute album, Everything’s Beautiful for which brought together Stevie Wonder, Phonte, Hiatus Kaiyote, Illa J and many more. And just look at the lineup on this record. I shouldn’t have to say anymore.
By now you’ve definitely heard this joint, but nonetheless it’s magical. Frank’s been coming out the woodwork with new music, following this Jay-Z and Tyler collaboration up with “Lens”, dropping a version with and without Travi$ Scott and “Slide on Me” with Young Thug. Stay tuned to his Apple Music show to hear more from him which is sure to come.
Little Dragon’s latest album Season High is out now. They dropped yet another psychedelic video for their track “Celebrate” from the release, check that out below.
Bruh, this is a banger!! Juanes returns with his latest, “El Ratico” that brings on board the amazing Kali Uchis, as the Colombian songstress sounds heavenly singing both in English and Spanish on this record. Can’t wait for Kali Uchis’ upcoming album, and this record is the perfect track for the warm weather that’s hitting the Bay Area right now.