Every week, Buro. selects the best new music of the week so you don't have to deal with the white noise.
Lion King On Ice by J. Cole
J. Cole is not one to rest on his laurels. Since his release of KOD (which came out in 2018) the Fayetteville native appeared on various songs, including many of the tracks on Dreamville’s 2019 compilation album, Revenge Of The Dreamers III. Now, he is finally back with some of his solo work. The Climb Back, which he produced, and Lion King On Ice, which he co-produced with T-Minus and Jetson, will be listeners’ first look into the new record. With Lion King On Ice, fans have wasted no time unpacking the lyrics — and believe that he's directly addressing Lil' Pump. The two previously had a one-sided back-and-forth in 2018 that led to Pump taking issue with the North Carolina native. Cole effectively warned Pump to watch out for the perils of falling off or becoming a one hit wonder. Fans believe Lion King on Ice is Cole telling Pump he didn't heed that warning. Diss track or not, J. Cole flows line after line with his signature lyrical delivery and chops over a staple trap beat and falsetto vocal samples.
Cabin Fever by Jaden
Jaden Smith is the latest in a long list of music artists to take inspiration from COVID-19. His latest single Cabin Fever, is said to be a "quarantine love song". Produced by BURNS (Lady Gaga, A$AP Rocky, PARTYNEXTDOOR), the track sees Smith pining to be near the person he cares most about. The single follows the announcement of his upcoming collaborator with New Balance for his signature Vision Racer sneaker, made of sustainable, vegan-friendly materials. Cabin Fever kicks off his next major release, the third installment of his The Cool Cafe: Cool Tape series. It will be his first full-length since 2019's ERYS.
Central Time by Vansire, Mick Jenkins
Vansire, composed of Minnesota natives Josh Augustin and Samuel Winemiller, describes the track as “something of a love letter for the Midwest.” It marks Vansire’s first collaboration with Chicago-based artist Mick Jenkins, and the group’s first step in the direction of creating genreless music. With each release, Vansire has developed a reputation of creating tracks that are equal parts rhythmic and melodic, tracks that are sure to make your head sway and put you in a groove. This dance-oriented single is no exception — the culmination of a lot of dancey, funk-imbued music that has been influencing the band.
supercuts by Jeremy Zucker
Having introduced his debut album love is not dying following the release of not ur friend earlier this year, Jeremy Zucker has now dropped his latest single titled supercuts. In the summer tune, the Brooklyn singer-songwriter highlights the feeling of being in a love story that would eventually fail. Further explaining the meaning behind the song, he describes supercuts as “the fear of being complacent and ending up where you started, which for [him] was a small town in the suburbs of New Jersey.” The tune features a repeating drum sample motif, four part guitar chord progression and a bright hook — in direct contrast to Zucker's lyrics filled with self-loathing, a recipe for an insaitiably catchy summer bop.
cardigan by Taylor Swift
Showing up out of the blue — much like how Kanye interrupted her VMA speech way back in 2009 after receiving her award for Best Female Video — Taylor Swift announced the existence of her eighth album; an uncharacteristic 17 hours prior to its release. Nobody expected this 16-track album, largely produced by The National's Aaron Dessner to drop the way it did. Known for her vocal directness — and ability to get a chorus stuck in your head for weeks — Swift has debunked myths and stereotypes of being a pop princess. She remembers the good parts of a treacherous relationship on cardigan, a song featuring muted songwriting that leaves room for Swift to remind the world that her music can thrive without all the celebrity drama.