Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, an all collabs edition, ft. Rihanna & Kaytranada, BADBADNOTGOOD & Colin Stetson, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Death Grips & Les Claypool, and Pusha T & Jay Z.
Rihanna, "Kiss It Better" (Kaytranada remix)
Kaytranada turns his midas touch to ANTI-, sculpting Rihanna's writhing, downtempo "Kiss It Better" into a bouncy uptempo R&B house banger. Summer DJs, be ready for "Can you play 'Kiss It Better?' No, the Kaytranada version." - Chris Hampton
BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Colin Stetson, "Confessions Pt. II"
BADBADNOTGOOD and Colin Stetson both vaguely approach the jazz realm, but from very different directions. You wouldn't think the athletic, compositional sax style of Stetson would meet up with BBNG's throwback grooves. But not only is it a neat Venn Diagram, it's also super smooth. The low, circular tones of Stetson dance with resident blower Leland Whitty's in the give and take horn battle of a lifetime. BBNG became known for their hip-hop collabs, but they're proving their style can mesh with just about anyone. - Richard Trapunski
BADBADNOTGOOD's IV is out July 8th release date via Innovative Leisure.
Death Grips feat. Les Claypool, "More Than The Fairy"
This feels like a match made in some gross, quasi-legal corner of the deep web. Virtuosic weirdo and Primus bassman Les Claypool lets his fingers go for a run and the Grippers build an acid house hellstorm overtop, MC Ride cheerleading in multiple registers, "Go make that face, go make that bass." - Chris Hampton
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, "The First Time"
Last Saturday was the one-year anniversary of Surf, The Social Experiment's fantastic jazz/neo-soul/hip-hop record that I still keep in heavy rotation. In honour of its anniversary, Chance The Rapper, Donnie and friends have shared some pieces of that project that never quite found a home. Just shy of 11-minutes, "The First Time" is a fluid, changing landscape that moves between twinkling keys, soulful vocals and gliding synth melodies. Just let this one soak into your skin. - Adam Pugsley
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's SURF is out now.
If you want a Jay Z verse nowadays, expect it to be a Tidal exclusive. That doesn't seem to bother Pusha. The two coke-rap kingpins have linked up to trade verses over an ominous DJ Dahi beat. There's no hook, just rhymes, including Jay's kind of funny, kind of cringey "damn Daniel" reference. "Daaaaamn Daniel / FBI keep pulling them all white vans through." Well... at least he's trying. - Adam Pugsley