The Round-Up playlist is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set features new music from Madlib, Alchemist, Knxwledge, Theravada, Brent Faiyaz, and more.
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Theravada – “The Deepest Sleep”
Theravada throws a fit of SP-404 wizardry on this gorgeously minimalistic shape-shifter from his new project, Xenophone.
Khruangbin – “Dearest Alfred (Knxwledge Remix)”
Brent Faiyaz featuring Tyler, The Creator and DJ Dahi – “Gravity”
Madlib – “Hang Out (Phone Off)”
Madlib and Four Tet‘s first collaboration proper, Sound Ancestors, is officially on digital and physical shelves (pre-order your copy on vinyl via The Shop.) And while it’s certainly a showcase of the Beat Konducta’s range, on “Hang Out” the producer is sitting somewhere between r&b’s past, present, and future, building an unshakeable mid-tempo groove with charged guitar licks, a bed of rhodes keys, and all the space in the world.
Alchemist – “Intermission”
Alchemist breaks up the library music madness on his new BORN X RAISED collaboration, Carry The Fire, with a jolt of mid-70s synthesizer soul. Clocking in at just 0:35, it’s the perfect amount of time to break off and flip through the project’s exclusive line of merch.
Allmos featuring Paul Grant and CARRTOONS – “Amelie Emily Emi”
Alan Cole (one half of The Stuyvesants production duo,) returns to Fresh Selects as Allmos, hosting Paul Grant and CARRTOONS on a smooth-as-can-be loosie for the Portland-based indie.