As the week in music comes to a close, Hypebeast has rounded up the best projects for the latest installment of Best New Tracks.
This week’s lineup is led by Mac Miller and Nicki Minaj x Ice Spice, who each dropped the special 10th anniversary edition of Watching Movies with the Sound Off and the collab “Barbie World” for Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, respectively. Also joining this selection are offerings from Stormzy x Fredo, Lil TjayDominic Fike, Little Dragon, Louis The Child with Claire Rosinkranz, Albert Hammond Jr. and Lo Village.
Mac Miller - Watching Movies with the Sound Off (10th Anniversary)
The late Mac Miller’s sophomore studio effort, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, receives a special edition for its 10th anniversary. The 20-track album features the original tracklist and the three bonus tracks, plus the unreleased original version of the famed track “The Star Room,” which features Earl Sweatshirt.
Nicki Minaj x Ice Spice – “Barbie World”
“Princess Diana” collaborators Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice reunite for the Barbie soundtrack cut “Barbie World,” which samples Aqua’s original hit “Barbie Girl” and sees the pair as real life Barbies in the Hannah Lux Davis-directed music video.
Stormzy x Fredo – “Toxic Trait”
Stormzy and Fredo join forces for “Toxic Trait,” which features hard-hitting production from Dave and a theatrical music video helmed by Femi Ladi.
Lil Tjay – “June 22nd”
Lil Tjay revisits the traumatic day of June 22, 2022 — the day he was shot seven times and subsequently hospitalized — in the track “June 22nd.” The introspective cut also arrives with an accompanying music video that dramatizes the events of that day.
Dominic Fike – “Mama’s Boy”
Dominic Fike preps for his upcoming album Sunburn, which drops July 7, with the new single “Mama’s Boy.” The features a Rubberband.-directed video and is billed as a cut that, alongside “Dancing In The Courthouse” and “Ant Pile,” paints “the picture of the coming of age in Florida narrative that is vividly detailed by Sunburn.”
Little Dragon – “Tumbling Dice”
Little Dragon drops off their newest single “Tumbling Dice” ahead of their forthcoming Slugs of Love, which releases on July 7 via Ninja Tune. The cut is one “that urges the listener to savor the time they have” and arrives with the announcement of a 13-date headlining tour across North America this fall.
Louis The Child x Claire Rosinkranz – “Walls”
Chicago duo Louis The Child enlist Claire Rosinkranz for their brand new single “Walls,” which follows their latest single “Daybreak” that features Zachary Knowles. “We’re excited for you to hear our new song, Walls with Claire Rosinkranz! This is a fun, light-hearted indie dance tune and feels perfect to bring us into the summer,” the pair says in a statement. Claire Rosinkranz adds, “It was so fun teaming up with Louis The Child on ‘Walls’! For me, the song perfectly captures what summer feels like, and I can’t wait for fans to hopefully listen and dance to it all summer long.”
Albert Hammond Jr. - Melodies on Hiatus
The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. delivers his latest record Melodies on Hiatus, which features GoldLink, Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys, Steve Stevens and Rainsford.
Lo Village – “My Bag”
Lo Village officially announce their forthcoming album Yellow Brick Road, which drops July 14, with the new single “My Bag.” Yellow Brick Road almost marks a return for the trio as it serves as a followup to their acclaimed 2021 EP Lost In America, which was followed by signer Ama’s sudden diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. She soon lost control of her voice and was unsure if she could return to music, however her fellow members Kane and Tyler came together to support her — and this became the basis of Yellow Brick Road. “’My Bag’ is a realization that there are more important things in life other than money but it’s what you make out of life that matters the most,” the trio shares.