Angel Haze – “Gxmes”
It was all good just a week ago, when a lovey-dovey Angel Haze dropped “Candlxs,” a sticky-sweet ode to her long-term girlfriend Ireland Baldwin. Just days after, Haze posted a few cryptic tweets, but anyone reading between the lines knew that whatever fire had been burning was snuffed out. Selfishly, I was thrilled to read this because I lived 2014 like my own personal version of “Candlxs,” and since I’m now dealing with the ashes of that myself, the realization that Haze was about to drop a bunch of fire breakup tracks was a welcome one. “I thought it would be cool to turn a situation that hurt me into something I could dance to,” Haze wrote of the song. “Troy and I took a bunch of old Nintendo video game samples and tucked them behind a trap/pop beat… listen closely.” She probably won’t be the only one dancing to it though — “Gxmes” might be the most radio-friendly thing Haze has put out yet. She’s working with Troy Noka again — yup, the same producer from “Candlxs” — but where Noka’s big, booming drums spelled happy hearts beating before, they roll in like ominous glares across a room here. Now that Haze isn’t staring into her beloved’s eyes, she’s leveled her gaze back at the rap game. After listening to these verses, I’m about to send Ireland Baldwin a thank you card. Both “Candlxs” and “Gxmes” will be on Haze’s new EP, In The Winter Of Wet Years. Listen below.