The best new tracks, picked by our staff
Rated by THE FACE: a playlist featuring Aminé and Kaytranada, Bambii and Lil Yachty.
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Aminé and Kaytranada (feat. Pharrell Williams) — 4EVA
Kaytranada and Aminé have made their decade-long bromance official, uniting as Kaytraminé, their new shared moniker and the title of their upcoming collab album. A taste of what’s to come, 4EVA is a harmonious blend of Kaytranada’s signature bouncy beats and Aminé’s breezy flow, as the latter pronounces the happy couple with “This KAYTRAMINÉ, we don’t need no DJ”. Topped off by Pharrell’s sunny vocals over the chorus, 4EVA is destined to soundtrack balmy afternoons at the park all summer long. OP
Bambii — One Touch
Blending dancehall, reggae, jungle and garage, Bambii’s One Touch and its sprawling sonic influences qualifies the track as one of this summer’s feel-good anthems. The Toronto-based DJ, producer and underground legend runs the queer club night Jerk, and had a hand in producing Kelela’s latest album alongside Kaytranada. If anyone’s got the credentials to run up a proper banger, it’s Bambii, and she’s certainly done it with this one. JW
Between Friends — Bruise
Los Angeles-based purveyors of giddy indie pop Between Friends (made up of siblings Brandon and Savannah Hudson) return with Between Friends, a yearning song about craving romantic reciprocity. “I’ve been running in circles /You’re bruising up my heart, and /I wanna show you /I’ll say it like /Please stay, ’cause I really want you to want me” the pair sing against catchy, pared back acoustic guitar. JW
Drake — Search & Rescue
Thanks to a sample of Kim talking about getting divorced on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Search & Rescue caused a bit of a stir – although probably not as much as Drake would have liked. More interestingly, the track’s actually pretty good, thanks to emotive production from Yeat collaborator BNYX and one of Drake’s stronger melodies in recent times. DR
Lil Yachty — Strike (Holster)
Lil Yachty’s curveball psych rock odyssey Let’s Start Here is one of the best albums of 2023. Reassuring his day one fans that he’s not abandoned rap entirely, he’s dropped the full version of this spacey trap track that he initially teased last year. DR