Last year, Mangoprism launched a monthly series called ~Mangoprism Selects~, a round-up of my favorite new music. The series only lasted one month, but we’re rebooting it a year later with 15 of the best songs from June, plus a handful from May (!!).
There might not be July Tunes next month, but June Tunes will live forever. Look out for June Tunes III dropping next year.
TL, DR: scroll directly to the Spotify playlist embedded at the bottom of the post.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Cataracts”
The best song on the probably the best rap album of the year. [Full album review]
Goldlink – “Joke Ting” feat. Ari PenSmith or Cokewhite feat. Pusha T
Deliciously humid, like it was recorded inside a greenhouse.
Free Nationals, Kali Uchis, & Mac Miller – “Time”
Lil Nas X – “Panini”
Not nearly as good as “Old Town Road,” but just as catchy. [full album review]
Mndsgn – “Browneez”
From his “beattape-inspired album.”
Mach-Hommy – “Mittrom” feat. Earl Sweatshirt
Mari – “Sermon Sippin”
My most illustrious rapper-friend.
Isaiah Rashad & Kenny Beats studio snippet
Snippet of the year?
Benny the Butcher feat. 38 Spesh & Jadakiss – “Sunday School”
Pusha T had an incredible month with his features on “Cokewhite,” “Palmolive,” and Benny the Butcher’s “18-Wheeler.” With that in mind, let’s shine a light another good new Benny t.B song
Dreamville feat. JID, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, & Young Nudy – “Down Bad”
88-Keys feat. Mac Miller & Sia – “That’s Life”
This song really pulls on the heartstrings.
Mighty Sugarcane – “Made of Love”
Instagram’s personalized ad algorithm recently delivered me Mighty Sugarcane, a jazz-fusion trio from Cyprus. Between the obscure, barely intelligible vocals cloaked in heavy reverb and the keyboardist’s Joe Zawinul-esque solos, they remind me a lot of Weather Report—if Weather Report was doing the soundtrack to Mario Kart.
Big K.R.I.T. – “K.R.I.T. HERE”
Jai Paul – “Do You Love Her Now”
Cory Wong feat. Caleb Hawley – “Limited World”
Cory Wong : Vulfpeck :: PJ Morton : Maroon 5.
BONUS: May Tunes
Rosalia – “Aute Cuture”
Catalonia song of the summer.
Pop Smoke – “Welcome to the Party”
NYC song of the summer.
Kaiit – “Miss Shiney”
Kaiit is a 21-year-old Australian who makes crispy R&B—get to know her.
Denzel Curry – “Birdz”
I heard this song for the first time on laptop speakers and the beat still blew my mind.
Polo G – “Deep Wounds”