The Drop – James Blake, Maggie Rogers, & Zhu
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 Blake – Assume Form
James Blake is an absolute enigma as an artist. His lyrics are the dreamiest of concepts, and his features with other artists range from genre to genre. His new album titled Assume Form hones in on the James Blake that listeners have become accustomed to, along with a fresh side that features artists like Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, and André 3000. It is a journey of indie sounds composed with elegance and a splash of despair— from beginning to end this album is everything.
Sofi Tukker & ZHU – “Mi Rumba”
The combination of Sofi Tukker and ZHU is a collab that I did not know I needed, but I now could use a whole album of it. The late night house sounds from ZHU blended with the seductive tones of Tukker make this a jungle house monster.
Hikaru Utada – “Face My Fears” (English Version)
The Kingdom Hearts III theme song has officially been released from Hikaru Utada, and with the help of producer Skrillex, the song is pure magic. Originally Skrillex was only set to produce “Don’t Think Twice,” which is also a featured track on the EP release. However, after working with Utada, they collaborated on something completely original that is now “Face My Fears.”
Maggie Rogers – Heard It in a Past Life
Maggie Rogers is one of my favorite new artists I have discovered, and if you don’t know who she is, here is your crash course in the form of her debut album. She forms a bridge between indie pop and R&B to create an addictive sound that I have fallen in love with. This is going to be a big year for this breakout artist, and along with her debut album, she can be found on this year’s Coachella lineup.
Slushii & Sofia Reyes – “Never Let You Go”
Slushii has teamed up with Sofia Reyes on his latest pop-infused release. Normally known for his candy coated drops and colorful singles, Slushii is slowing it down on this tropical release that has me reminding myself of sunshine filled days.
The Japanese House – “Maybe You’re the Reason”
The Japanese House is set to release her first upcoming full-length album this March, and has given us the first taste of what is to come. “Maybe You’re the Reason” channels her dream pop persona on this lovey-dovey single that pulls at all the heartstrings. Along with her new album, The Japanese House will be setting out on tour this March.
Peking Duk & Jack River – “Sugar”
Summertime is here on Peking Duk’s new single, “Sugar,” featuring fellow Aussie, Jack River. Like most Peking Duk and Jack River tracks, the song is upbeat, playful, and fun. The track takes us on a wavy ride full of synthy beats and electric drops, making this song one of my absolute favorite releases from this week.