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The best new summer jam about ice cream


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The recent spate of inclement weather has been dreary, and even that feels like an understatement; yesterday's mix of grey rainfall and thick, muggy humidity created an environment that made me want to stay inside for as long as possible, which is hardly the kind of thing I should be thinking with June around the corner. But at least I can turn to music to gear myself up for the kind of summertime activities romanticized by anyone who has ever blown off their responsibilities to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Thank goodness for Nnamdi Ogbonnaya. He's a regular in the city's DIY punk scene—he plays in My Dad, Itto, and Pisces at the Animal Fair—and on Sunday he dropped a schizophrenic collage-pop solo album called Bootie Noir. Ogbonnaya put together a pretty eccentric collection, though I haven't been able to really digest all 20 tracks because I've been obsessing over one in particular: "Ice Cream (Banana Split)."

With its slinky and trippy beat, "Ice Cream" places Ogbonnaya's batshit-crazy sound firmly in the intersection between R&B and hip-hop. Oshwa front woman Alicia Walter provides sensual and sometimes whimsical vocals that work as a great foil for Ogbonnaya's down-pitched spitting—their chemistry draws out the playfulness and sincerity of the tune's lyrics, which depict angry lovers who decide to reconcile over ice cream. The chorus, "Eff it, let's go and get ice cream," perfectly channels the tune's spirit while evoking the carefree attitude that resonates with my feelings towards summer—not to mention the fact that it also describes a great summertime activity. There are plenty of great new songs that will be in the running for "song of the summer" this year, but I can't imagine hearing a better summer jam about frozen desserts than Ogbonnaya's "Ice Cream."

Leor Galil writes about hip-hop every Wednesday.