Updated every Friday, The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best new hip-hop and r&b releases. This week’s set features new music from Nick Hakim, Roy Ayers, Moses Sumney, Jerry Paper, Devin Morrison, Standing on The Corner, and more. Scroll through selections from our latest sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.
Devin Morrison – “Lil Lonely”
If it weren’t already apparent, the quarantine hooks are about to get heavy as hell. Exhibit #3080 is this smoldering shot of isolation-invoked lonerism from Devin Morrison that hits way too close to home.
Nick Hakim – “GODS DIRTY WORK”
A tender ballad off of Nick Hakim’s no-slouch, all-feels sophomore album, WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD.
Roy Ayers – “Reaching The Highest Pleasure”
Finally stepping off the cutting room floor, this recently-surfaced rarity from Roy Ayers glimpses the pioneer and his 1977 ensemble during a moment of peak impact, sliding between spiritual jazz and slinky funk with ease and precision.
Standing on the Corner – “Angel”
A buzzing and searching audiovisual bomb from the Brooklyn-based jazz collective, Standing on the Corner .
REASON – feat. ScHoolboy Q – “Pop Shit”
TDE continues a not-so-gradual reemergence with this gritty collision of LA mainstays from Reason and ScHoolboy Q.
Lord Byron & RAMI – “FEAR NOT”
Technically a three-part suite, this 12-minute project from Dallas-based artists Lord Byron and RAMI is a hopeful excavation of unforgiving circumstances. Hear it in segments via Spotify.
Young RJ feat. Guilty Simpson – “A Little Different”
The venerable Detroit duo of Young RJ and Guilty Simpson serves aspirational bars over a hallmark Motor City knock on this selection from RJ’s new project, 2 Hands Up.
Skate Key feat. Obeah, The Muse – “Bloom”
A full-glide link-up between buzzing interborough artists Skate Key and Obeah, The Muse.
Dijon – “dance song”
A sweetly spun spell of acoustic guitars and warmly-stacked harmonies off of Baltimore singer Dijon’s new project, How Do You Feel About Getting Married?
Moses Sumney – “Bystanders”
Moses Sumney’s”Bystanders” is a searing haunt from the newly released back half of the singer’s towering double album, græ.