The comeback of Charles Hamilton is fully in gear, and he takes another leap forward today with a love letter to his hometown. “New York Raining” features Rita Ora on the chorus, and it’s some of the strongest recent work we’ve heard from either artist.

The song plays like a funkier, slightly sped-up “Empire State of Mind:” Hamilton provides some soulful piano and introspective rhymes, and Rita continues to claw her way back from “Fancy” by doing her best Queen Bee impression on the big hook.

Hamilton is at SXSW this week, and we’re honored to have him performing at the first (free!) Austin iteration of No Ceilings. The particulars are below, stop by if you’re in the area:


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