Best New Tracks: Clairo, RM, Vince Staples and More

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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 Clairo, Vince Staples and RM, who released the single “Sexy to Someone” and the albums Dark Times and Right Place, Wrong Person. Also joining this selection are offerings from J. Cole with Cash Cobain, PinkPantheress, HOMESHAKE, Carlos Niño, Southside with Lucki, Sexyy Red and Zacari.

Clairo – “Sexy to Someone”

Clairo announces her return with the single “Sexy to Someone” — the lead release from her upcoming third album Charm. The project is slated to release on July 12, almost exactly three years after her sophomore project Sling.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Vince Staples - Dark Times

Vince Staples is beginning a new chapter in his career with Dark Times — his eight and final studio album under Def Jam Recordings. Clocking in at 35 minutes, the 13-track record is a tightly-packed project filled with direct and introspective lyricism over more classic-sounding hip-hop beats. Staples effortlessly glides over production work from the likes of Cardo, Jay Versace, RAHM and more as he drops his reflections about his life as a 30-year-old who has spent the past 13 years balancing fame and his personal life

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

RM - Right Place, Wrong Person

RM may be serving his mandated military service at the moment, but that’s not stopping the BTS star from dropping his second solo album. Right Place, Wrong Person features guest verses from Little Simz and Moses Sumney and arrives about a year and a half after his debut solo effort Indigo, and “delves into the relatable sensation and moments of feeling like a stranger, out of place.” The album is further described as RM’s “portrait of universal emotions that anyone could have encountered at least once in their lives, delivering a message that resonates with those who strive to find answers in the face of these emotions.”

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

J. Cole x Cash Cobain – “Grippy”

Cash Cobain and J. Cole join forces for the former’s newest single, “Grippy.” Clocking in at almost four minutes, the latest track is an updated version of the rising NYC star’s hit 2023 song “Dunk Contest.” Cobain shines through and through as he elevates his subtle yet catchy signature sound, while Cole’s early presence on the cut hears him settle in with the track’s jumpy sonic space.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

PinkPantheress – “Turn it up”

PinkPantheress samples Selena’s classic cut “Dreaming of You” for her latest single “Turn it up.” This marks her first release of 2024 and follows up her 2023 record Heaven knows.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

HOMESHAKE – “Simple”

Peter Sagar’s HOMESHAKE drops his newest single “Simple,” taken from his upcoming record Horsie. “Amazing cameos from dear friends, I appreciate them very much,” he says of the music video. “The sequel to the previous video, Jim did such a good job revealing it. Anxiety and paranoia are close friends of mine.”

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Carlos Niño & Friends - Placenta

Carlos Niño debuts his latest album Placenta, which is billed as a record that “fully connect[s] to the spirit of family, birth, and ‘how we get here.’” he’s joined by the likes of Nate Mercereau, Sam Gendel, Jamael Dean, André 3000, Ariel Kalma, Photay and more for his newest effort.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Southside x Lucki – “Elegant”

Southside enlists Lucki for his latest single “Elegant.” The track arrives after his Ken Carson and Destroy Lonely-assisted cut “President.”

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Sexyy Red - In Sexyy We Trust

Sexyy Red’s newest mixtape In Sexyy We Trust is furthering her cause to #MakeAmericaSexyyAgain. The 14-track effort features the likes of VonOff1700, Lil Baby and Drake — the latter of which turns the tables on Metro Boomin as he raps over his “BBL Drizzy” diss track with finesse.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Zacari – “Lonewolf Stil”

TDE’s R&B staple Zacari unveils his newst track “Lonewolf Still,” produced by Oogie Mane, Kimchi from Working on Dying, Benny Bock and Zacari himself. “…Talking to myself in the middle of a storm. This song comes from a place of loneliness. There were a lot of emotions I had to work out on the mic in order to remember who I was,” he shares in a statement.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

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