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NXWorries – ‘Yes Lawd!’

You already know the name. In February 2015, singer/rapper Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge released a song called “Suede,” a brash, shit-talking ode to good smoke and fine women, set atop a looping Gil Scott-Heron sample.


Mndsgn – ‘Body Wash’ (Stones Throw)

Even when it’s conjuring visions of an early ‘80s roller rink, “Body Wash” feels distinct. “Body Wash” is his second album for Stones Throw, a full set of realized songs that were only hinted at on “Yawn Zen“.


The Nativist – ‘Various Options’ (Paxico Records)

The medication. The legendary Jamaica Queens born and raised producer, The Nativist, schools us on some of what he has to offer. At times brutal and heavy, his music reflects his deep appreciation for sound system pressure and the subtleties afforded by the tempo.


Noname – ‘Telefone’

The voice you know. When Noname (fka Noname Gypsy) raps, she swims in the bleakness of a life that’s seen a lot of death and change. But even while reliving heartbreak her voice is soothing—resigned but optimistic, weary but hopeful.


Mo Kolours – ‘Version Like Sun’

Nothing is out of bounds. The half-Mauritian, half-English producer, singer and percussionist, Mo Kolours, returns with loosely jumbled grooves, gentle hooks and earthy percussion will get you humming or nodding along without a thought.