Kehlani chills in a corner, Chance the Rapper gets jazzy with a sex jam and Ariana Grande gets remixed for our new monthly playlist
Between some of the most idiosyncratic and complex releases of the year so far in the form of Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan’s latest mixtapes and Tyler, The Creator’s mellow (-ish) Cherry Bomb, the past month has been a strange one for new music. Some of the biggest pop tunes we’ve been bumping – from Kehlani and Alessia – are all about switching your phone off and chilling in the corner at parties; Chance the Rapper has teamed up with his jazzy friends The Social Experiment for a languid take on a Jeremih sex jam; and mystery-shrouded producer MssingNo has remixed – of all people – Ariana Grande. That’s not even mentioning the recent Awful Records Soundcloud takeover, which saw the Atlanta label unleash a slew of new music that included a seriously disturbing edit of Sam Smith. We’ve collected it all below for your listening pleasure; settle in, because things are about to get weird.