The Drop – Travis Scott, Robyn, & Gryffin
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”
Astroworld took music listeners by storm this past week, as Travis Scott released easily one of the best hip-hop albums of 2018. “SICKO MODE” became an instant favorite with the help of Drake on the track. A grimy transition into Travis Scott’s flow takes the song into a whole new direction, and circles all the way back to Drake again. This song and album are full of the kind of hip-hop I have been waiting for.
Robyn – “Missing U” (Pick Of The Week)
Electro pop queen Robyn is finally releasing new music again, and I am exploding with excitement. My love for this genre comes directly from Robyn, as she has such a heavy influence on the direction pop music has taken over the years. “Missing U” is the perfect elixir of synths and airy vocals, making it an easy favorite pick of the week for me. I will be dancing to this one for a very long time.
YG, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj – “BIG BANK”
Once again, we are getting an album with hip-hop music that I am ridiculously excited about. YG’s latest album, STAY DANGEROUS, is a solid reminder of the hip-hop that I have been craving the last few months. “BIG BANK” taps on 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj for back-to-back flows. A classic beat and a classic combination of well-known artists make this the song I am constantly playing from YG’s latest.
Gryffin & Elley Duhé – “Tie Me Down”
Gryffin fans actually have been waiting some time for this song to be officially released. The producer has been dropping this track in his live sets for a while, egging fans on that the official release was on its way—thank goodness it’s finally here. Elley Duhé has the exact vocals that I think match with Gryffin’s sound, and the song is a tropical future bass mix that feeds an electronic music soul.
Mura Masa & Nao – “Complicated”
Mura Masa is an artist I constantly gravitate to because there is no one else quite like him in dance music. He is an indie artist in an electronic genre that creates the most unique singles that completely draw me in and leave me hooked. “Complicated” features Nao whose vocals are also on Mura Masa’s hit, “Firefly.” She makes the song easy listening with the help of Masa’s tropical riffs. This track is a perfect end to summer music.
Mac Miller – “What’s The Use”
Mac Miller takes on a whole new vibe on his latest album, Swimming. Cool, calm, and collected takes over on Mac’s project, and it is a groove. “What’s the Use” brings bass riffs, keyboard beats, and a vibe of synths. This song could play on loop, and I still would keep dancing along to the catchy beat and easy going flow that Mac Miller has brought to the table. The album in full is another great project to throw into this week’s great hip-hop releases.
A R I Z O N A – “What She Wants”
If you haven’t heard of the electro-pop group A R I Z O N A, well, now you have. The trio keeps a new and fresh sound that continues to evolve with every release over the last couple of years. “What She Wants” is this high-energy sing along to at the top of your lungs kind of jam that I just cannot get enough of.
Illenium – “Take You Down”
Prior to the release of “Take You Down,” Future Bass DJ Illenium took to social media to open up about the meaning of this song. Since battling with addiction from a young age, he discussed his journey of sobriety and how the influence of something so life changing is the direct correlation to the music he makes. His music is full of emotional roller coasters that dig deep into the soul, and “Take You Down” is his most personal moment yet.