With carnival approaching, some artists are keeping the summer vibes alive, while others are finding their feelings again. This week's best releases are all here on the Notion Now playlist.
“WELCOME 2 MY STRIP” by Unknown T, ODUMODUBLVCK
Unknown T, ODUMODUBLVCK and JAE5 all on a track? Say no more. From Hackney to Lagos and Plaistow, the link up breaks from T’s drill and BLVCK’s Afrobeats to craft something completely new.
“2 die 4” by Addison Rae, Charli XCX
Taken off a selection of leaks from Addison Rae’s lost album ‘AR’, this Charli XCX collaboration is quite literally “2 die 4”.
“Notes From A Wrist” by d4vd
Keeping Gen-Z in their feels, d4vd is back with another tale of heartbreak. Running away from his loved ones aimlessly, the singer-songwriter croons over hollow piano loops and scant drum patterns.
“Booty Drop” by Doechii
“Booty Drop” is a Baltimore banger from Florida multihyphenate Doechii. The singer-rapper-actor-dancer continues to justify the hype with every release that passes.
“Hold Me” by Quavo
Quavo is surprisingly vulnerable on “Hold Me”. Leaving the braggadocio at the door, he’s asking: “Do you feel like you can get through the hard times? Do you feel like you can get on your knees and just pray to the Lord through the dark times?” The Atlanta wordsmith wears his heart on his sleeve over a minimal trap beat.
“Damage Gets Done” by Hozier, Brandi Carlile
Exploring youthful recklessness, Hozier's latest track analyses adolescent adventures and the potential consequences that come with them.
“The Dark Prince” by Eyedress, Mac Demarco
Longtime friends and collaborators Eyedress and Mac Demarco tap into ‘70s psychedelia on new track, “The Dark Prince”. The breezy love song encapsulates both artist’s signature styles, packing slacker guitar riffs and synths around their unique harmonies.
“Stay Blessed” by Genesis Owusu
Genesis Owusu released his highly anticipated sophomore album, ‘STRUGGLER’, today. “Stay Blessed” is the record’s third single and it’s as rambunctious as ever.
“Hood Rats” by Sexyy Red, Sukihana
Sexxy Red’s brazenly sexual lyricism is admirably carefree and funny. Nowhere is this more evident than on “Hood Rats”, where she combines with Sukihana - another artist poised for an all-out takeover.
“Right Here, For Now” by Bakar
Lead by fuzzy guitar grooves, “Right Here, For Now” sees Bakar sing with an understated euphoria. The earworm showcases his unique ability to meld introspection with self-discovery.
"If Only You Knew" by No Guidnce
Rising to prominence thanks to several viral moments, No Guidnce are back and in emphatic form. “If Only You Know” is a robust R&B track encapsulating the all-star team’s infectious energy.