Parquet Courts and PC Worship – “Fell into the Wrong Crowd”

Can’t say I was expecting this: an 11-minute collaborative live recording from PC Worship and the New York post-punks over at Parquet Courts. Isn’t it “Parkay Quarts” now? Who knows? I certainly don’t know if the song at all works, especially with its disgustingly distorted vocal, but I’ll give it credit for being an interesting, left-field turn at the very least. Granted, it’s not nearly as profound as anything off that other garage rock/post-punk surprise from earlier this year.

Parkay Quarts has a new album on the way called Content Nausea. It’s out November 11 via What’s Your Rupture? and doesn’t feature this track. It’ll be the band’s second album this year, after Sunbathing Animal, whose review you’ll find below:

Joey Bada$$ – “Christ Conscious” (prod. Basquiat)

New York rapper and Pro Era member Joey Bada$$ drops the 2nd single from his forthcoming album, B4.DA.$$. With the great beat, and the increased aggression on all of Joey’s flows lately, I’m dying to hear this album. Not totally sure when that’s dropping, though. Why, Joey, why?!?!?! We can’t wait any longer!

Check out a video for this track below, and scope a review of Joey’s 1999 tape here.

Your Old Droog – “Hoodie Weather” ft. Prodigy

Your Old Droog! This dude’s a brooklyn rapper who’s been making the rounds on the Internet since this past summer, and his hype was based mostly off of the rumor that he was Nas. People were even upping the pitch of tracks on his lone EP just to try to prove to themselves that this was true. Now, I understand why people were feeling this way; I mean, he does sound a lot like Nas. Even my dude Apathy was fooled.

But now that this whole mess has been put to rest, Droog is just another rapper from New York. However, that’s no reason to count him out–especially after the release of the song embedded above. Not only does this song boast a stellar feature from Prodigy of Mobb Deep, but Droog hits upon a song topic that’s close to the heart of anyone from the North East: hoodie weather.

With leaves changing and temperatures dropping, “Hoodie Weather” is the perfect soundtrack for the fall. With his deep, grime-caked voice, Droog pens a sluggishly blissful hook that can go toe-to-toe with some of hip hop’s most classic summer anthems. Lyrically, Droog is on point, and addresses everything from germophobia to friends.

All I can say right now is keep it up, and I’m looking forward to whatever’s dropping next. Despite the disappointment I’m sure some felt after realizing Droog wasn’t Nas, the fact that he can write such a great tune and get a nod from a vet like Prodigy is proof enough he’s worthy of our attention for at least a little longer.

Ka – “Lost Prophets Report”

As you might already know, the good people at Adult Swim drop a series of singles every summer showcasing a wide variety of modern musical artists. This year has been an impressive one with new tracks from Run the Jewels, Machinedrum, Tim Hecker, Deafheaven, Future, Captain Murphy, and many more.

Now I’m incredibly excited to see New York rapper Ka thrown into the mix with the track “Lost Prophets Report.” Here, Ka is giving us his typically subdued lyrical delivery with an instrumental that features a strange synth groove. Murky, eerie, and ominous. That’s Ka!

Stream the song above and give a listen to Ka’s last full-length album, too. It was one of my favorite rap records of last year!

The Underachievers – Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium

Despite this being the commercial debut of this New York hip hop duo, the Underachievers are sounding a bit rougher than they did on their breakthrough tape Indigoism.

Kiddy Pool – Super Pony Perv Plus EP

I’m certain this debut EP of New York experimental rock trio Kiddy Pool contains the most batshit song title of the year: “I Guh Guh Got A$$bergers from a Toilet Seat.” Let that be some indication of what the band’s sound is like – unhinged, noisy (surf) punk laden with lasering electronics and skittering vocal samples. The threesome’s zany dial is turned to 11 most of the time, but they are capable of mellowing out quite a bit, like for the penultimate track “Voodoo or Dirty Mind no Let’s Stay Together,” or for the closing moments of “Mouth Bunker.” It’s a breezy albeit frenzied listen with its six tracks totaling about 12 minutes; give it a try above and happy listening!

Black Anvil – “Until the End”

New York black metal outfit Black Anvil has dropped a new single from its upcoming third full-length effort Hail Death. “Until the End” is the project’s third single and effectively confirms this new record to be the band’s most ambitious yet. Like the previous two singles, it clocks in at around seven minutes, longer than any song on their first two LPs; moreover, it contains beautifully harmonized guitar leads like  those within the disc’s nine-minute-long opener “Still Reborn.”

Give the track a listen above and look forward to Hail Death arriving on May 27 via Relapse Records.

Pharoahe Monch – P.T.S.D.

New York hip hop legend returns with P.T.S.D., following up the lackluster W.A.R. with a more solid project.

Flatbush Zombies – “Red Light, Green Light” ft. Espa (prod. The Architect)

New York’s Flatbush Zombies drop another song in a recent string of track’s they’ve been putting up on YouTube for a few weeks now. This particular one features some really pretty, atmospheric beat. As usual, Meechy Darko and Erik Ark Elliott prove to have two of the most gripping voices in the underground right now.

Hopefully, all of these songs lead up to a mixtape that’s just as enthralling as last year’s BetterOffDead! Enjoy!

Ratking – So It Goes

New York hip hop outfit Ratking is back with a new record and original sound that takes a modern approach to recreating the urban jungle they come from.