“9th Inning (with Timbaland)” I Missy Elliott
After producing a string of songs that instantly conjure images of cringe-worthy middle school dances for the majority of college students, Missy Elliot and Timbaland are back with Missy’s first work in seven years. This time around, synth horns and dark hooks will make for better brooding than awkward grinding.
“Blue Whale” | Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean’s summer album channel ORANGE received widespread critical acclaim, but that didn’t stop him from churning out new material. Though autumn is certainly in the air, Ocean’s tropical vibe is perfect for imagining a relaxing day by the water while ignoring the crushing weight of midterms.
“Three White Horses” | Andrew Bird
Pluck-along guitar, haunting harmonies and stirring lyrics seem to mark Andrew Bird’s newest track. The stripped down instrumentals, which include a trembling Thereminand a subdued drum beat, make this track stand out. Like any respectable folk artist, Bird recognizes the need for an equine ballad in his repertoire.