The Drop – James Bay, Tyler, The Creator, & Billie Eilish
The Drop is us cutting through the massive jungle of new music that’s been released over the last seven days. We sharpen our proverbial machetes and cut through the shit to get you to the content that you need to be listening to.
This is The Drop.
James Bay – “Us”
James Bay is one of my favorite storytellers in music. His vulnerability in music and the simplicity he creates with his acoustics has me gripping at every new release until his new album drops. Electric Light will be the sophomore album from the crooner, and it has already dove into new aspects of his voice. “Us” is a belting vocal and a true confession of being in love. His newest album, Electric Light, is due for release this May.
Tyler, The Creator – “OKRA”
Any release from Tyler ends up being my favorite, and “OKRA” isn’t any different. This is the second release from the rapper since his album, Flower Boy, was released. From telling Timothée Chalamet to get at him about his Grammy nomination, Tyler cruises through a plethora of topics glossed over a swampy bass. With this song also came a Tyler directed music video that creates a more extensive story of the track.
CHVRCHES – “Never Say Die”
“Never Say Die” is the third single released from the indie pop group’s upcoming album, and it is one of my favorites so far. A slow tempo with a big electronic build, makes for a dramatic and theatrical track. The theme of heartbreak is splattered all over this song, and according to the title, this seems to be the lane of their album, Love Is Dead, that will be released in May.
Zak Abel – “Love Song”
Despite the title of the song, this is anything but a love song. Zak Abel lays down a funky beat over the lyrics, “You probably think this is your love song, baby,” turning it into an energetic and wavy breakup song.
Billie Eilish – “bitches broken hearts”
The fifteen-year-old singer displays an astounding amount of maturity with every release. The slow-burning beat over her smooth whispered tone, makes her musicality way beyond her years. I could go on and on about this artist in general, but her music speaks for itself. This is another great release from the rising artist, Billie Eilish.
Grace VanderWaal – “Clearly”
Another young rising force in pop music is Grace VanderWaal. Her rasp and strength in her voice takes her to a new caliber, and once again to a higher maturity level of sound. Grace VanderWaal captures a new view of Johnny Nash’s classic, “I Can See Clearly Now,” and delivers it in a delicate, yet powerful way.
Snakehips, Jeremih, & Aminé – “For the F^_^Of It”
Snakehips is known for their numerous hip-hop collaborations, and in their latest release, they called upon Jeremih and Aminé. A bouncy track that feels like summertime, keeps it light and playful– which ultimately makes it an easy listening song. This is another release that will be featured on Snakehips upcoming EP, Stay Home Tapes.