Welcome to the 28th volume of Freddie’s Finds! Each week I spotlight 3-4 of my favorite new tracks of the week, ranging from a variety of genres and artists. This week includes Wallice, Geller x wsteaway, Shy High, and Doechii x Rico Nasty.
With any compilation/collective project, my major concern is always cohesion. How can so many different artists with varying styles come together to make an album? Yet, after months of teasing, we were finally able to listen to the star studded Pigeons & Planes compilation album this week, a collection of 12 tracks that could have been found anywhere in each of the artist’s discographies. Boasting artists such as redveil, Teezo Touchdown, and Dreamer Isioma, with executive production by MIKE DEAN, it is easy to tell that nobody phoned it in.
Among the long list of incredible collaborators emerged a personal favorite of mine who I just so happened to find because of Pigeons & Planes: Wallice. Working with her common producer of choice, marinelli, the duo create the perfect dance in your room anthem with “Mean Girl,” led by an angsty, punchy hook. As you may suspect given the title, Wallice describes her mean personality, explaining how she is, “Stuck in my old ways, I’m still a high school bitch,” perhaps a nod to the movie Mean Girls. You will not want to miss any of the tracks from See You Next Year — I can almost guarantee one of your favorite artists is on it.
Quickly rising as one of the brightest young producers, Geller is making a name for himself this year. From scoring films to nearly accumulating over 2 millions streams in his catalog, there is seemingly nothing that he can’t do. Adding yet another wrinkle into this phenomenon is his latest release, “Losing Sleep” with wsteaway. Creating a dreamy soundscape inching towards house music, Geller and wsteaway’s voices pair perfectly with each other, while each explore the inevitable feeling of burnout. Speaking on the meaning, Geller said, “Though the material is darker, the song is intended to serve as a reminder to allow yourself a break; give yourself a chance to breathe and be human.” Keep an eye out for what Geller is up to the rest of the year, because if this is any of what is to come, then expect only greatness.
Only Shy High could make a posh-delivered, “When I pulled up my mouth was minty” stuck in my head. The latest single from the Oregon rapper and producer, “maybe not,” continues expanding on his unique, constantly changing style. Similarly to the recently released “diamonds,” Shy High plays around with a variety of vocal pitching and flow switches on the track, while his fun-loving lyricism that we have become so accustomed to shines per usual. The accompanying video features, among various random activities, Shy High enter his JELEEL! era as he does a backflip on a trampoline. There is almost certainly more coming from Shy High before the year ends, so stay tuned.
To say Doechii created a power trio for her latest single would be an understatement, recruiting one of my favorite rappers, Rico Nasty, and one of my favorite producers, Kal Banx, for “Swamp Bitches.” Kal creates a multi-part fiery beat, highlighted by the explosiveness during Rico’s verse. Doechii takes the first two verses, kicking it off with one of my favorite intros of the year before transitioning into a higher energy verse, topped off by the line “The pussy tighter than Spaghetti-O.” Rico comes in for the final verse, taking the energy Doechii’s ended with to another level in true Rico fashion, topping off one of my favorite tracks of the whole year.
You can find all my previous finds in the playlist below: