New Music Friday - Surprising Holiday Leftovers
Travis Scott — 'JACKBOYS'
Travis Scott has ended the year on a high note with a debut compilation project on his new Cactus Jack label. The seven-song EP 'JACKBOYS' features a star-studded guest list with contributions from Sheck Wes, Quavo and Offset, Young Thug and a new remix of “Highest in the Room,” —Scott’s one-off single from October that now features Rosalía and Lil Baby.
Stream the EP here
Mac DeMarco — “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
Like every year, Mac DeMarco releases a cover of a Christmas classic with his classic aesthetic—his past ones included “Wonderful Christmas Time” and “White Christmas.” And to celebrate the holidays this year, DeMarco released a lo-fi indie pop version of the Christmas classic “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” he recorded in his Jizz Jazz home studio.
Tyler, the Creator — “Best Interest”/”Group B”
Another surprise that came early this week was the former Odd Future leader releasing two new songs from the 'IGOR' vault, that were leftovers from the album’s recording sessions. “Best Interest” was accompanied with a home-style video (you can checkout below) that carries the same sonic elements that embodied 'IGOR' with Tyler crooning over some soul samples. “Group B” shows Tyler flexing his classic self with his lyrical wordplay over a barebone beat.
Drake — “War”
Drake released his third official single “War” to close off the year. In the freestyle, Drake references his rocky relationship with The Weeknd, but confirms there is no bad blood between them. In one of the verses Drake raps, “And the boy that sound like he sang on Thriller…We just had to fix things, family, 6 tings, we can’t split up.”
Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir — 'Jesus Is Born'
Kanye didn’t make fans wait this time around on Christmas Day when releasing his new album with the Sunday Service Choir 'Jesus Is Born.' The new release furthers Yeezy’s gospel-rap direction that mostly features gospel renditions of his own songs like “Ultralight Beam” and “Father Stretch.” However, Kanye doesn’t rap on the new album. Instead he served as the executive producer, which was similar to the Sunday Service performances he carried out to preview his last album 'Jesus Is King.'
Stream the full album here.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — 'Distant Sky (Live in Copenhagen)'
As an early Christmas present to fans, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have released the entirety of their fantastic 2018 concert film 'Distant Sky Live in Copenhagen,' which was previously screened worldwide for one night only. Cave posted the full-concert on Twitter and wrote: “I’ve been getting many letters on The Red Hand Files asking about access to the Distant Sky Live in Copenhagen movie. Here it is! With Love at Christmas, Nick.” Along with the film, Cave also released a four-song EP from the concert.
Stream the four-song EP here.
Bring Me The Horizon — 'Distant Sky Live in Copenhagen'
Bring Me The Horizon also surprised fans this week with an EP titled 'Music to listen to~dance to~blaze to~pray to~feed to~sleep to~talk to~grind to~trip to~breathe to~help to~hurt to~scroll to~roll to~love to~hate to~learn Too~plot to~play to~be to~feel to~breed to~sweat to~dream to~hide to~live to~die to~Go to.' No joke, that’s the actual title for the eight-track EP that’s even over an hour. Continuing their experimental affair with ambient electro-pop music, the album features numerous guest appearances including Halsey and Lotus Eater.
Stream the EP here.