Friday Heat Check: Curtis Waters, Clairo, Kodak Black & More 

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BAD MOOD by Curtis Waters

As Curtis mentioned, he made the records on this short two-track EP in an agitated mood, and you can tell. “BAD MOOD” is an auto-tuned contemporary pop banger with the help of Brevin Kim, making for a high energy record. You can hear the anger in the production, especially the overpowering bass. This is a record I recommend to play at high volumes! 

Blouse by Clairo

Clairo is one of my favorite musicians of all time. So I’ve been waiting for her follow-up to her masterpiece Immunity. Finally, we get the first single off Clairo’s upcoming album “Blouse”. This is a folk-inspired ballad that’s soft delivery is reminiscent of Phoebe Bridgers’s latest project. The lyricism is personal and thoughtful, an elevation of her writing since her last project. The strings are beautifully overwhelming; I can’t wait for the album. 

Amber Rolls by Kodak Black

Kodak Black is back with a four-track birthday EP, and this thing has some phenomenal music on it. However, my favorite record is “Amber Rolls”, featuring Rylo RodriguezYo Gotti, and Lil Keed or could be known as the Trap Avengers. Everyone gives solid performances on the record, but Kodak’s fun hook is what sells the song, in my opinion—hitting one of his classic flows that are perfect for the summer. 

HETEROCHROMIA by Hadji Gaviota 

Is it too early to say the song of the summer? I have a strong feeling that “HETEROCHROMIA” could be it. Hadji gives a charismatic performance with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and high energy; over the rolling guitar chords and thumping drum patterns. SAIAH is an excellent addition to the record showing a more laid-back delivery and change of pace. 

Faster Please by Seeyousoon 

“Faster Please” is another high point of the past singles the rap collective Seeyousoon has been dropping this year. I can see they are in rare form on this record; each member seems more hungry than ever and gives a breathtaking verse. This summer looks like it will be a big turning point for them, and I’m excited to see where they go next! 

White Walls by Goldlink

Goldlink has been dropping some music that wasn’t connecting to me recently, but “White Walls” is a reset. This record is raw and candid, from the production to the lyrics. We even get a blatant Shek Wes Diss with Goldlink saying, “Fuck Shek Wes”. I love the sample that comes into the forefront on the latter half of the track. The distorted nature of the track adds a lofi quality that I’m digging. Check this out, and let me know what you think! 

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