The second edition to Songs of the Week includes some notable gems that you cannot afford to miss out on. It’s been a relatively lowkey week for notable musical releases but I’ve managed to pick out the best of the bunch. So go ahead and discover them below.
Kicking things off on a sombre note, Kesha has returned to the music scene after fighting legal troubles that have personally affected her life and career. “Praying” represents a drastic turn in her musical style. In the past her music centred around auto-tuned, electro-pop chart tunes. But “Praying” is a powerful ballad with religious and personal lyrics that are delivered through excellent vocals that I didn’t think Kesha was capable of serving. It marks a new direction, hopefully leading to revived success.
Jay-Z’s thirteenth album 4:44 only came out last week, but the physical release has an additional three tracks added to it, one of which is “ManyFacedGod”. The 3-minute song packs a lot in; a reflective Jay, nostalgic vocals from James Blake, and an exciting beat change towards the second half. If you’ve already heard the standard edition of 4:44, it’s worth checking out this bonus track.
French Montana ft. Pharrell, “Bring Dem Things”
Pharrell brings the best out of French Montana on “Bring Dem Things”, a song off his new album Jungle Rules. He is the star of the show on the Montana song, just like Swae Lee is on “Unforgettable”. The beat style is unique for a French song, and not as generic as I initially anticipated. Pharrell raps a decent verse to kick the song off and French himself isn’t too bad either. It’s worth a listen.
Flatbush Zombies, “Lava”
Zombie Juice, of American experimental hip hop collective Flatbush Zombies, goes solo on this track and bring excellent lyricism and high energy over creative production. If you need a hip hop song centred around its traditional sound, be sure to check this one out.
Dizzee Rascal, “Wot U Gonna Do”
Dizzee Rascal is slowly making his comeback to the British scene. “Wot U Gonna Do” is a hip hop track with grime elements featuring classic Dizzee bars and numerous layers to the beat. It’s a refreshing change from the pop rap hits that he was churning out in the early 2010s, and encourages me to look forward to his new album.
Check out all these songs on your favourite streaming service. Next week there’ll be five more great songs that I’ll be introducing you too – be sure to not miss out!