“honey baby (SPOILED!)”

Kali Uchis

Song, released April 24

Kali’s back, baby! The Columbian-American singer released a short but satisfying extended play titled TO FEEL ALIVE this Friday, telling her fans on Instagram that she wanted to give her fans something before her second studio album.

This EP consists of both new material and remakes of old unreleased songs, the latter of which “honey baby (SPOILED!)” belongs to. First heard on the trailer to her first project Por Vida, the song never had an official release, only being uploaded to Kali’s personal SoundCloud in April 2015. Five years later, “honey baby” has now been revamped and re-recorded during the COVID-19 quarantine period, boasting a whole new instrumental produced by Kali herself and a mixture of old and new lyrics. The track was one of Kali’s first singles to blow up in popularity, so it’s great to finally see this track be worked into an official release. While I do say that I enjoy the original cut a bit more, this new, sultrier version is definitely not to be missed.


Charli XCX

Song, released April 24

Charli XCX has released a second teaser track off her upcoming quarantine project, how i’m feeling now, and it’s polarizing. “claws” is a glitchy pop record with an industrial touch, a sound Charli has been perfecting with her recent releases. The track is produced by Dylan Brady of 100gecs, an electronic-pop duo known for her zany production.

I’ve recently become a fan of Charli after her metamorphosis from a one-tone-one-sound British rookie sound to a genre-bending, experimental pop star. Personally, her first two albums pale in front of the staggering recent release Charli has come out with, such as her third studio album, Charli, or her collaboration EP with disruptive electronic producer Sophie, Vroom Vroom. I am loving Charli’s continuation of experimenting with the pop genre and I can’t wait to finally hear what she’s been cooking up with this new quarantine album.

What Kinda Music

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes

Album, released April 24

As a big fan of Tom Misch, I was ecstatic to hear that he was finally releasing a new project following his 2018 Geography album, this time with a mysterious newcomer: virtuoso drummer Yussef Davis. I had loved the jazzy inflections and smooth vocals on Geography and was excited to hear a continuation of this well-crafted sound.

However, What Kinda Music is not like anything Tom has released before. With tracks like “Nightrider” featuring Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs and “Last 100,” Tom and Yussef have created a new wave of experimental jazz and electronica, a strange yet alluring sound that Tom’s audience has not heard from him. I am loving this new creative direction Tom has taken with this record and the collaborative effort with Yussef. Both artists are thriving off each other’s sound and its synergetic energy is infectious and inspiring.

“Chicago Bae”

Ric Wilson & Terrace Martin

Song, released April 24

Ric Wilson is a rising Chicago standout with a plan to conquer the industry with party-ready hip-hop and funky disco infusion. Voted second best, this incoming singer is making waves with his fun and ambitious sound.

To introduce a new brand EP titled They Call Me Disco, Ric has released his collaboration single with legendary jazz producer Terrace Martin, “Chicago Bae.” The upbeat track features fellow Chicagoan singer BJ the Chicago Kid and gloats a jazzy instrumental meant to dance to. This was the first song I’ve heard from Ric Wilson and it has left an impressive impact. I look forward to hearing this new EP and all of his future endeavors. 

Make sure to listen to Ric Wilson’s They Call Me Disco EP on March 8th!