Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, Jessy Lanza collaborates on a sultry electro-R&B slow jam, The Weeknd gets funky, Travi$ Scott pulls a Kanye.
Jessy Lanza, DJ Spinn and Taso, "You Never Show Your Love"
At last summer's Supercrawl, we pointed to Jessy Lanza as one possible musical future for Hamilton, Ontario. In the meantime, though, she's still the secret weapon of global electronic music. Her latest offering is a collaboration with her Hyperdub labelmates DJ Spinn and Taso. But they bend to her, rather than vice versa. This is as sultry an R&B slow jam as we want, crave and need from Lanza, jazzed up with plenty of frenetic percussion from her two collaborators.
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"
The Weeknd has come a long way from his days existing only as mysterious streams and shadowy .jpegs. Now he's the kind of singer to not only show his face in public, but at a freaking Apple launch. That's where he premiered "Can't Feel My Face," which takes the Michael Jackson influence that has always been lurking beneath all the drugs and sex and grit and pushes it right to the forefront. Now he doesn't have to grim up his MJisms like he did on his "Dirty Diana" cover. He can just funk it right up. The first Weeknd song you can call a summer jam. - Richard Trapunski
Travi$ Scott, "3500"
It looks like Travi$ Scott is trying to pull a Kanye with his latest, "3500." The ambitious, over seven-minute track features a slew of prominent producers; Metro Boomin, Mike Dean, Zaytoven, Mano and Allen Ritter. It's not unlike what Mr. West did with "All Day." Both 2 Chainz and Future offer loopy vocals, adding to the Atlanta-inspired trappy vibes. It's sure to make your head spin. - Ebyan Abdigir