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Summer soundtrack courtesy of Popcaan and his sophomore album “Forever” which is out now via Mixpak.

First, there was the whisper of a brand new album for Chicago mainstay and independent poster boy Chance The Rapper. Then, at the speed of a tweet, there wasn’t. Chance runs an unconventional camp where distribution is concerned, but what fans got instead of a finished LP was literally ‘4 New Songs.’ Signs of life? Absolutely. Anything more than a handful of tracks cut from the ‘maybe’ pile of a recent A&R meeting? No. The more traditional sample work and conversational mannerism of ‘I Might Need Security’ make it the most interesting of this unsuspecting outbreak of material. ‘Work Out’ sounds like Wyclef on speed, ‘Wala Cam’ contemporary without charisma, and ’65th & Ingleside’ a crescendo-laden dose of electronic soul featuring some of the Chi legend’s famous vocal flare. Having not played the Apple Music exclusive card this round, all can hear the promising sounds of Chance (hopefully) getting ready to start gearing towards a formal follow-up to Colouring Book rather than blessing us with B-sides.

I don’t know who Becky is, but based on Bay Area bad boy Foolie’s latest, she was a dirty woman. Anonymous character assessments aside, this latest cut for Psycho Disco bucks the trend for ungroomed house records with a sense of finesse that we have come to expect from Sci-Fi afficionado’s clattering club arsenal.


Every now and then a song comes across my radar that no matter the mood I’m in, instantly cheers me right up. Today I discovered a song by Julien Earle called “The Ones.” It somehow has a feeling of animosity, while still providing an uplifting summer fondness.