This is your next jam: Brian Eno, Young Thug, and more


Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and I promise you this is a prank-free space. I’m not sure what exactly would constitute a prank here — every SoundCloud and YouTube embed points you towards Rick Astley’s greatest hit? — but I can assure you I’m treating this week’s jam selection with the usual amount of gravity. It’s serious business! At least for the four people around the world waiting on these picks with bated breath.

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Babeo Baggins ft. Drake, “Things I Forgot to Do”:

It sounds like C-rate 6 God fanfic, I know — Drake covering Nico’s “These Days” with someone named “Babeo Baggins” of “Barf Troop” — but this is real. Is it spectacular? It’s not exactly Views from the 6-worthy, but I’d still like to hear him take a crack at “Pale Blue Eyes” when he has a little more time on his hands.

Brian Eno, “The Ship”:

Ambient godfather Brian Eno is releasing a new solo LP called The Ship on April 29th, his first in four years. The title track is one of the record’s two songs, and it takes over 21 minutes to fully unfold. Eno is just as capable a writer as he is a musician, and he’s shared his thoughts on the album on his website: “I wanted to make a record of songs that didn’t rely on the normal underpinnings of rhythmic structure and chord progressions,” he writes. “I want to place sonic events in a free, open space.” Sounds like it’s perfect for your next house party or neighborhood BBQ!

Chris Cohen, “In a Fable”:

I loved Chris Cohen’s humble, woodsy 2012 debut Overgrown Path, and I’m hoping more people find their way to his follow-up As If Apart. (It’ll be released on May 6th.) “In a Fable” is the album’s second single, and it’s a great introduction to Cohen’s gentle psych-pop. The melody meanders, the tempo shifts, and Cohen floats above it all.

Gold Panda, “In My Car”: