New Music Roundup: Travis Scott, Felix Snow, Green Day and Koncept

  /  08.16.2016

Travis Scott, “Hooch”

The release of Travis Scott’s Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight is near and “The Hooch,” the LP’s second single, is so inconceivably catchy. Much like “Pick Up the Phone,” Travis once again demonstrates his sonic irresistibility and does so over dark, distorted production courtesy of Vinylz, Boi-1da, Mike Dean, and Allen Ritter. Stupidly catchy, the record displays La Flame’s knack for creating an intoxicating pop tune cloaked in hip-hop clothing (see “Antidote”). “No this not Goose, it’s the Hooch.”—Ralph Bristout

Felix Snow, “Those Nights”

I’ve been seeing Felix Snow’s name pop up for years now as a producer on some of my favorite EPs: SZA, Gallant, Kiiara. So I’m thrilled to see a release under his own name. He still recruited five artists to guest on this though and that can always run the risk of sounding crowded but RaShaun, TYSM, Reckless, Croosh and Sean Roxs each get their own uninterrupted chance to shine. So if you’re like me and hadn’t yet heard of any those folks, this is the best kinda of blessing: it’s massive music discovery jam-packed into three minutes. Snow’s beat is full of twinkly keys, finger snaps and horns and, much like how it was recorded (as a group in a bungalow), it lends itself really well to being played at a house party, too.—Danielle Cheesman

Green Day, “Bang Bang”

Punk rock gods Green Day are back. Often imitated, never duplicated, their new song “Bang Bang” reminds you why you screamed along in middle school to their every word. Grungy guitars, wicked drums, Billy Joe Armstrong’s unmistakable voice — this tune is a rambunctious dose of “f*ck yeah!” Listen loud and tear stuff up.—Driadonna Roland

Koncept, “Understand Me” Feat. Mike Two

Koncept gets deep into his feelings with his latest single “Understand Me,” featuring Mike Two. The song is relatable and epitomizes the “F’ my ex” feeling that many of us go through post-breakup. Sometimes love can get the best of people and bring us to an all-time low, whether in anger or at the bottom of a bottle. The production work is sorrowful but Koncept’s verses and Mike Two’s hook still shows that even when you hate that person who took your heart, a part of you truly can’t.—Erin Ashley Simon


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