Whether you were wrapped up in the BET Awards or took yourself to the beach last weekend, we’re here to update you with the tracks that might have passed you by last week. With the nice weather (all the time now), you probably haven’t had a chance to listen to much, so we’re here to catch you up to speed. This week, we’re featuring new tracks from Vic Mensa (alongside Le1f, Halsey, Lil B and Malik Yusef), The Tallest Man On Earth, Sigur Rós, Palmistry and Shovels and Rope.
Bless Vic Mensa. The rapper, along with Le1f, Halsey, Lil B and Malik Yusef, dropped a track in honor of the Orlando massacre in support of LGBT rights. The track glows with acceptance for everyone and everything, while honoring the victims of the mass shooting. With lyrics like “Whatever happened to free love” and “You can fuck who you wanna fuck/You can love who you wanna love,” it’s nice to see the hip-hop industry supporting the LGBT community.
A sad, shimmering single just dropped from The Tallest Man On Earth. It’s a stripped-down folk track that really goes back to the original ethos of The Tallest Man On Earth. Nothing fancy, just a beautiful, somber ballad of sorts, perfect for Bon Iver fans.
It’s been a minute since we heard new music from Sigur Rós, so we’ll take their latest single as hope that there will be a follow-up to 2013’s Kveikur soon. “Óveður”sounds like a somber and beautiful fever dream that we don’t want to escape.
Benjy Keating, a.k.a. Palmistry, may have dropped one of the best albums of the year this past week with Pagan. The British dancehall-pop artist has made the sound of summer in the love-soaked “Lifted.”
Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope will release their third record this fall, and judging by lead single “I Know,” the album is looking to be a gritty one. The playful song is an Americana rock tribute to their own relationship, and it’s pretty much perfect.