Noname: Room 25

After her wildly impressive 2016 mixtape Telefone, Chicago-based slam poet/rapper, Noname (aka Fatimah Warner) has released her highly anticipated debut LP, Room 25—and it’s everything we’ve been hoping for. The record (which Warner funded and released independently) feels effortlessly laid-back as it bounces from intimate and evocative, to minimal to infectious, groovy, seductive and soulful. Her flow is polished yet nuanced, and the entire album is quite mesmerizing—from …

Kelela feat. Princess Nokia, Junglepussy, Cupcakke and Ms. Boogie: LMK

Kelela‘s sublime 2017 album Take Me Apart is getting a full remix version—out 5 October on Warp Records—and from it comes quite the star-studded update on “LMK.” The new version, titled “LMK_WHAT’S REALLY GOOD REMIX,” features the likes of Princess Nokia, Junglepussy, Cupcakke and Ms. Boogie, and builds in its smooth fierceness with each moment. Concurrently divine and nasty, this remix is wildly infectious.


A song for your younger self, a rap-dance hybrid, and more in this week's musical wrap up

Louis Cole feat. Genevieve Artadi: When You’re Ugly With some of the most sage advice we’ve heard (“Fuck the world and be real cool”) Louis Cole’s new track “When You’re Ugly” is funky, playful and kooky—in the the best ways possible. Singer/songwriter/producer/instrumentalist Cole (Knower band member, Thundercat collaborator) is set to release his third LP Time this August, and it’s sure to be as infectious …


Kendrick Lamar and SZA collaborate, as do BØRNS and Lana Del Rey, plus more new tunes

BØRNS feat. Lana Del Rey: God Save Our Young Blood The fourth track to be released from BØRNS’ soon-to-be released album Blue Madonna, “God Save Our Young Blood” features Lana Del Rey on backing—or more like accent—vocals. It’s a swirling, at times dreamy, synth-pop number that’s bright from start to finish. Francis and the Lights: Morning At the tail end of 2017, Francis and the …

Rapsody: Sassy

From Rapsody (aka North Carolina MC Marlanna Evans) comes a fresh, powerful video for “Sassy,” her Grammy-nominated turn—for best rap song. It’s a joyous party track, from this year’s Laila’s Wisdom album, and the video not only matches expectations but over-delivers with nothing short of sassiness.