5 For Friday: Mick Jenkins, Jenevieve, Cadenza & More

It felt like it was all good just a week ago, and we know it ought to get better with time. While the transition from reality to the virtual space has us binging on social media and Netflix and the red circle makes its full sweep across the screen, digital fatigue looms in and we are hit by a lethargic bullet. With more time on our hands than we’re used to, it only makes sense that we collect 5 new songs for you to dabble in. The music doesn’t stop so we don’t either, and here’s some new sounds with love from the Nation.

Jenevieve – Baby Powder

At the genesis of her musical journey, the stars begin to align in Jenevieve axis and light up her path. ‘Baby Powder’ traverses the realms of modernistic funk and indie-pop as the fresh-face of a ‘genre-less’ generation. In cahoots with Jean Beanz on the boards, the duo go through the motions of love and heartbreak in a full sweep.

Trudging on a slow rhythm ‘Baby Powder’ rouses the ear with sharp, swirling keys treading lightly in and out of a tangling electric and bass combo. Jenevieve croons over the ruins of a lost love crumbling before her own eyes. Her soft-sung vocals are cloudless, radiating with the bonny joy of a child.

Mick Jenkins – Snakes feat. Kojey Radical

It might be the least of your worries right now, but Mick Jenkins keeps his head above the grass on his foreboding collaboration ‘Snakes’. He connects with Kojey Radical on IAMNOBODI’s densely layered cut which makes for a rather eery showing.

‘Snakes’, in other words opportunists, are called out by the rappers who chop it up over looping piano keys. Mick Jenkins’ off-the-cuff delivery finds the rapper shed blunt truths while Kojey Radical knicks away with head-nodding insights. “Same bruddas that will smile with ya, quick to put the pistol to your pearly whites”, Kojey raps with a poetic touch. Peace of mind is the end goal and on this foretelling joint we are reminded to stay guarded at all times.

Giveon – Favorite Mistake

Credit where credit is due, Giveon has the vocal boom of an old era crooner and the icy confidence of a hardened lover. Drake redirected eagle-eyed fans upon the release of ‘Chicago Freestyle’ and placed the young singer on a worldwide stage.

Today, the California hailing R&B charmer released his EP ‘Take Time’, on which he revisits ‘Favorite Mistake’ with the final pieces to the audible puzzle. As the title suggest, the moody cut is carefully layered with thinly-veiled wails amidst melancholic piano trails and buffered drum strokes. You would think the singer would be a sadist considering his oxymoronic urge to return to his vices. ‘Take Time’ is filled with multiple sonic layers which range from slow burners to edible rhythms to enjoy.

Fonzie – Champagne Skies

Fonzie has been eyeing up 2020 as his year, leaving a small footprint of songs en-route to the top. He adds ‘Champagne Skies’, an atmospheric vibration which finds the artist reminiscing on a romantic situation.

Distinguishing himself from the rest of the competition with set apart lyricism and personal observations. Fonzie gets deep and searches the crevices of his psyche in hopes of breaking out of a mental rut. The Roche production weaves an otherworldly vibe in which sharp strings play an agonising tune over stargazing sonics, eventually shifting into an unfinished drum-riddled end. With an ending as sudden as this, we can only imagine that there is more yet to come from Fonzie.

Cadenza – Dead Set feat. Kasien, Ms Banks, Flohio & Killa P

Cadenza drops off his newest project with all four tracks rolled up into one motion picture. ‘Dead Set’ EP houses an array of collaborations from the rapid-shooter Killa P to the rising rapper Ms Banks.

Cadenza opens with Kasien belting a menacing hook to a rapturous end over haywire production fleeting between looping bells and strident drum booms. Embracing the hustle, the off-center rapper races to the money with unflinching confidence. Flohio battles against a flurry of distorted horns and strings with her no-nonsense delivery in which she calls out the fakes, while Ms Banks hops on a booming dancehall score providing a distinct tropical flavour. Get yourself stuck in and treat your ears to something fresh from the studious producer.