Drake is expected to release his new album Views From The 6 in April, but ahead of its release two unheard songs have appeared online.
The first is “Controlla”, a twinkling track that makes a lot of sense in these post-“Work” times. It features Jamaican artist Popcaan, a major (and underrated) inspiration in this current wave of dancehall-inspired pop music.
The second track is more intriguing. “These Days” is a cover of the breathtaking song popularised by cult musician Nico, and keeps things relatively simple with an organ, vocals, and very little else. Consider it Drake's response to Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s “Only One” last year.
It's not clear when the tracks were recorded, or whether either will end up on the final album at all — and given both are leaks, they don't necessarily represent the finished product. But they do suggest that Views could have a few surprises in it yet.
Listen to the two tracks below.
Update: “These Days” is in fact a song by Babeo Baggins of the Barf Troop rap crew. Baggins explains to Dazed over email that the song was originally recorded for a covers EP slated for release in May, and that the leaked track is an early version of their collaboration without her vocals. “Drake is a friend of mine,” says Baggins, “‘These Days’ is my favorite song in the world and I showed him the song because he had never heard it. He connected with it, which explains us doing the cover.” Baggins has since released the final version of the song — a duet between herself and Drake retitled “Things I Forgot To Do” — which you can stream below.