Singles file: Rye Rye, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands


Baltimore’s Rye Rye continues to show plenty of promise. (Photo by Meeno)

Rye Rye: “New Thing”

Baltimore’s perennial Next Big Thing channels the diva holy trinity of M.I.A., Missy Elliott and Gwen Stefani on this stuttery banger.

Kendrick Lamar featuring RZA: “Ronald Reagan Era”

It’s an ’80s nostalgia triple whammy when the Compton rapper enlists the Wu-Tang master for a track (ostensibly) about the legacy of Reaganomics.

Future Islands: “Before the Bridge”

This killer exercise in fidgety synth-pop is set to be released as the A-side of the Baltimore trio’s limited-edition seven-inch next month.

Little Roy: “Sliver” and “Dive” (Nirvana covers)

The reggae icon tackles two Nirvana classics with fascinating, if uneven, results. These tracks hail from Roy’s upcoming tribute to the band, also rumored to include a cover of “Polly.”

William Elliott Whitmore: “Everything Gets Gone”

More exquisite back porch folk from the depressingly unfamous punk-blues flamethrower.

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