Three new tracks to get lifted to, with a very special verse from Juicy J.
Rae Sremmurd – Powerglide (feat. Juicy J)
Juicy J famously ad-libs most of his verses, and it really works for him. While it’s hard to believe the Three Six Mafia member is 42 now, there’s something timeless about his jumping on a track and co-opting the sound for himself. On the new Rae Sremmurd single “Powerglide”, Juicy does just that.
The beat here is delicious — a Mike WiLL Made-It co-production that is dark, shiny and over the top all at the same time. It delivers for four verses and a five-minute run time, where many other beats would get tired. Swae Lee is the bigger star out of the Rae Sremmurd guys here, and gets the majority of the run time. The track hits its peak when Juicy takes over, though, as he gets explicit, stays on brand, and gives a huge track some lines to remember. You’ll be hearing this one all summer.
Luttrell – Intergalactic Plastic
Another major track in a very different space, Luttrell’s “Intergalactic Plastic” is a genuinely affecting introduction to deep house. Recently named BBC trend-setter Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record in the World”, The M Machine alum combines a swirl of dreamy synths with a dark and deliberate bottom end to create some amazing bedroom dance music. Luttrell has been coming on strong for a year now in the deep house space (he was more of a techno head with The M Machine), and “Intergalactic Plastic” brings him to the promised land.
Bicep – Opal (Four Tet Remix)
Four Tet, meanwhile, is no stranger to hypnotic, emotional dance music. Kieran Hebden in a relatively prolific period in his career — he released New Energy in September to rave reviews, and has put out some incredible remixes that build on that sound you can lose yourself into. His remix of Bicep’s “Opal” is a great example of that — I actually lost track of what I was listening to over its 8-minute run time. It shifts shape slowly, building on the edges of the original instead of making it something entirely new. Four Tet never disappoints on remixes like this — taking a track in unexpected directions, for brilliant results.