'100' – The Game ft. Drake
Whilst The Game still strikes me as a pretty generic rapper, there’s no denying how cool Drake’s passive aggressive sighed guest verse is: ‘I would have all your fans if I didn’t go pop and I stayed on some conscious shit’. The beat is also bloody gorgeous.
'That Instead of This' – Toro y Moi
Continuing to dabble in new genres, singer and producer Chaz Bundick AKA Toro y Moi goes down a brooding electronic route with this new instrumental made up of sinister bass and screeching synths. I wasn’t all too keen on the musician’s recent indie funk endeavours, but perhaps there’s hope with this new darker sonic direction.
'When I Was Your Age' – Mammoth Penguins
Being a twenty-something millennial I’m constantly aware of how little I’ve achieved at my age compared to what my parents did. I don’t have my own house. I don’t have my own car. I’M NOT EVEN POTTY TRAINED (just kidding - or am I?). ‘When I Was Your Age’ is a song that any twenty-something feeling unaccomplished can relate to. Here’s hoping this Cambridge alt rock band continues to put out songs of this calibre.
'Freedom' – PharrellPharrell Williams has dropped his surname and started getting political. 'Freedom' is a far cry from the cheerful sound of 'Happy' (Pharrell even sounds a bit angry as he's screeching the hook) and whilst it isn't quite as catchy as previous releases, it's interesting to hear the singer pushing his lyricmanship.
'Finna Get Loose' – Puff Daddy ft. Pharrell Williams
I was constantly waiting for Puff Daddy to stop rambling over the beat and start rapping. Pharrell's constant yelping in the background is also prety damn annoying.
'Are You With Me?' – Lost FrequenciesZzzzzzzzzzzz``