Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, a Black Hippy reunion, a Sam Herring and Clams Casino, and some jangly weirdness from Heaven For Real.
Black Hippy, "THat Part" (Remix)
The best way to celebrate the release of new music? More music. ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face LP is finally here, but rather than sitting back and letting out a sigh of relief, Q rounded up and reunited the other members of Black Hippy and dropped a remix to his Blank Face single, "THat Part."
Clearly ScHoolboy is feeling pain and frustration over recent news.
"While Alton Sterling getting killed for nothing
Two cowards in the car, they just there to film
Saying black lives matter, shoulda died with him!"
Any time Kendrick, ScHoolboy, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul get together on a track it's magic, and this one's no exception. I'm still waiting for that Black Hippy album, though. Perpetually waiting. - Adam Pugsley
ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face LP is available now via TDE.
Clams Casino ft. Samuel T. Herring, "Ghost in a Kiss"
Without an official longform release to his credit, Clams Casino's dreamlike productions became a signature of early 2010s rap. Now, his debut LP is days away. In "Ghost in a Kiss," he recruits mercenary frontman Sam T. Herring, who intones in the register of Beelzebub over the atmospheric piano tune. By the time the cymbals sound, Clams has discovered new territory at the border region of ambient music, post-rock, doom, and hip-hop. And Herring once again shows he's the right guy to call for a collab. - Chris Hampton
Clams Casino's 32 Levels is out July 15 via Columbia. You can pre-order it here.
Heaven For Real, "Known Steps in Directions Unknown"
Halifax-based four-piece Heaven For Real embarks on a shaky jangle pop ditty, then hits a quick left into unknown waters with a jazzy swing. It communicates that feeling of both trepidation and excitement when charting an unfamiliar course. Sometimes you have to lose sight of your dock, if you wanna get somewhere new. - Chris Hampton