The unpredictable weather making you feel a little miserable? Hopefully this week’s picks will make everything better.
1) Tory Lanez, “Tim Duncan”
Tory Lanez seems to have a thing for Uber. After his “Uber Everywhere” remix last week, he’s back to referencing the app again in this song. The Toronto rapper comes through with auto-tuned vocals over a trap-beat, featuring piano and chimes courtesy of C-Sick. As the title suggests, the lyrics are dedicated to San Antonio Spurs legend, Tim Duncan.
2) Jean Deaux ft. Smino, “XYZ”
Chicago-based singer Jean Deaux teams up with up-and-coming rapper Smino to deliver this sultry collaboration. The song is as suggestive as it gets, with teasing lyrics, a slow tempo and a sensual hook. Their chemistry shines through in this track, with Jean’s vocals setting up a seamless transition into Smino’s verses.
3) Wu-Tang Clan ft. Biggie Smalls, “3 Bricks (Phoniks Remix)”
Phoniks, the producer from Maine, is back at it again with a new track – one of the many he’s been putting out over the past few months. This smooth number is part of his 2015 album, Shaolin Summer: The Remixes, which revisits 12 of Wu-Tang Clan’s classic tracks and blessing them with the Midas touch.
4) Lincoln Jesser ft. Yuna, “Baby Boy”
This is a fresh drop from Los Angeles-based Lincoln Jesser, featuring none other than the popular Malaysian songstress, Yuna. She switches up her usual soft indie style for this house-pop beat, and the result is pretty damn magical. The smooth bass drop at the beginning offers an indication of just how great this track is, and you have to listen to believe it.
5) Goldwash, “Need To Hear”
When someone says he dabbles in a genre called “existential funk”, you can’t help but be a little doubtful. But Goldwash, the very person who coined the term, clearly knows what he’s talking about. This track is the kind of mellow upbeat tune that’s great for for lazy afternoon drinks by the pool, if you ever plan on going out to catch some rays. The percussion and the funk helps to tone down the garish sounds that electronic dance music can sometimes give off, and the vocals complement the African thumb piano used in the song, making it a great piece of work overall.
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Tira Lee is Straatosphere’s resident aux cord heaux. She’s in-charge of pulling together nifty mixes each week to spread dope tracks and good vibes to the public. In her free time, she partakes in something distressingly referred to as academia and often experiences an existential crisis of sorts. She’s also paid to put pretty clothes on pretty people sometimes.