This week on Tracking––a weekly series in which we discuss our favorite songs of the year (you can check out the official list as the year progresses)––you can listen to additions from Kanye West, Rhye, Angel Haze, HAIM and Beck.
(Click on the arrows to navigate through the songs.)
Kanye West – “White Dress” (1 of 5)
Kanye West gets matrimonial on new cut “White Dress” – it’s the latest leak from RZA’s (who also nabs a coproduction credit) soundtrack to The Man with the Iron Fists, and we’re guessing it goes along with a pretty tender filmic moment. It’s no party-ready club-banging track, but that doesn’t mean ‘Ye takes it easy; over a slow-burning beat he rhymes “caught in the rain” with “Kurt Cobain” and “gold chain,” delivering some classically smart, snappy verses about being able to picture a current boo as his one-day wife. It’s not unfamiliar territory for West – he’s been on the unrequited-devotion tip before – but it’s the best track we’ve heard from him in a while. –– Genevieve Oliver