Y/N is a guide to the week’s music releases based on our very scientific, non-subjective Yes/No rating system. It’s very serious.
Y: Kamaiyah, “Build You Up” - Cali rapper Kamaiyah, who put out the insanely charming song “How Does It Feel” last year, is back with the effusively positive new single “Build You Up.” The glossy video and the song are both super cute, featuring a Tony! Toni! Toné! sample, with Kamaiyah urging you to love yourself, trust yourself, surprise yourself. - Hazel Cills
N: Rhye, “Please” - This is so dull, it’s like sex music for when your genitals are no longer working. Good luck, everyone. - Rich Juzwiak
Y: Haim, “Nothing’s Wrong” - I’ve been hearing people compare Haim’s new record Something to Tell You (which is out today) to Fleetwood Mac a lot lately and, to be quite honest, I don’t hear it. But the excellent “Nothing’s Wrong” actually might be the one song that is giving me serious Rumours vibes and naturally it’s one of the best from their new album. - HC
Y: Sevyn Streeter featuring The-Dream, “Present Situation” - Listening to “Sweat It Out” on the beach this weekend reminded me for the millionth time that The-Dream is responsible for some of the sweetest, most melodically satisfying R&B balladry of the past 10+ years. This collaboration with Sevyn Streeter is another one, albeit slightly less sweet than usual—the synth backdrop is a sugary rush but the snares here rattle and the bass drum pounds with such fervor they seem programmed to shoot down and bomb the very boundaries between ballad and uptempo. This off the long-awaited debut solo album from the perpetually underrated Streeter, whose limber delivery is more than up for the task of taking on such a multivalent track about that feeling when you’re between feelings. - RJ
Y: Dizzee Rascal’s “Wot U Gonna Do?” marks a return to grime, capital GRIME, for the East London superstar, ice-cold and leveling with you with no sympathy for a megalomaniac. It’s off his forthcoming album Raskit, an album that couldn’t have come at a better time during the grime renaissance. - Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
Y: Mura Masa featuring Bonzai, “Nuggets” - Eras and genres intersect on this track that was engineered to cold rock a party: a disco bass line, a late ‘80s hip-house delivery from U.K. singer/rapper Bonzai, a bounce akin to Timbaland’s “The Way I Are” via Guernsey producer Mura Masa, a little bit of a dancehall flavor. “I got, I got nuggets,” Bonzai claims. Well clearly. More, then please! - RJ