Roy - "Thunder"
Sometimes it pays off to take a moment to listen to recommendations from your favorite artists, and it did so spectacularly in this case in particular. After meeting with Kevin Abstract in L.A., genre-hopper Roy released a promising EP last year that showcased exactly what he is trying to do with his music.
Now, with the help of Brockhampton's Bearface and Joba, he's back with a song that fully capitalizes on the immense promise he showed last year. Sounding like it could've been taken straight from a beautifully shot coming of age film, Roy's "Thunder" is a triumphant track that has us eagerly awaiting what he has in store with his currently untitled debut album. If the rest of the album is as fantastic as "Thunder," then Roy might just have 2016's best debut on his hands.—Joe Price