The Drop – Skrillex, Chance the Rapper, & The 1975
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.
Travis Scott – “SICKO MODE” (Skrillex Remix)
Before I even heard this track, I knew it was going to be the pick of the week for me. Subtle changes and Skrillex synths, making this number one track even more electrifying. A similar wavelength to the flip he did on Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” Skrillex makes a great song even better by giving it his grimy flare.
Chance the Rapper – “My Own Thing”
Chance the Rapper surprised fans by dropping two new singles last week titled “The Man Who Has Everything” and “My Own Thing” featuring Joey Purp. “My Own Thing” is spirited and fun, and is basically a reminder of everything I love about the music Chance creates. Gospel-inspired textures and a lighthearted beat, making this song another favorite of the week for me.
Gryffin – “Bye Bye”
Gryffin’s latest single features Ivy Adara’s pop ballad vocals on this emotionally charged dance track. The beat is as enticing as ever with Gryffin’s guitar fused synths that he has become so well known for. “Bye Bye” dropped just in time for Gryffin’s headlining show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles this past weekend, and his U.S. tour continues into the new year.
The 1975 – “I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)”
The highly anticipated new album from The 1975 has finally been released, and it really is a new era for the band. A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships is one big ballad put together on an album to tell what feels like a love story in today’s world. A complete 180 from their previous album, which was influenced heavily by ’80s pop/rock, and had hits like “Love Me,” “Somebody Else” and “The Sound.” The latest from The 1975 is much more melancholy and vulnerable, but still captures the vocals and essence that I love so much from this band.
graves & EZI – “I’m Fine”
I am obsessing over this new release from graves. It is big and grand, and absolutely smashes. It locked me in from the first drop to the last, and I am already feining to hear this song live. Graves is an artist that is gearing up for his climb to the top, and if RL Grime is your lane of dance music, then graves is your artist to listen to.
Alessia Cara – “I Don’t Want To”
Alessia Cara has also released her new album, The Pains of Growing, to follow-up her debut album, Know-It-All. Her new album takes on a much more R&B/indie vibe with its laid-back feel and simple beats, which lets Alessia’s vocals really shine. Her sound is much more matured, along with her lyrics, and this album is a big stepping stone to the future sound I expect to hear more of from Alessia Cara.
Halsey – “Without Me” (Illenium Remix)
If there is one thing Illenium does best, it is making a dance-heavy track that is jam-packed full of emotion. Halsey’s already vulnerable new single, “Without Me,” gets the Illenium treatment on his new remix. Creating a cinematic expose with Halsey’s lyrics, making this song charged and ready to tug at everyone’s heartstrings.