It’s been almost two years since Late Nights With Jeremih, a slick, sexy game-changer of a mixtape that elevated Jeremih from “Birthday Sex” guy to one of R&B’s most interesting voices. He’s finally readying his third studio album, the long-teased Thumpy Johnson LP (executive produced by his manager, Diddy). “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” its latest single, rides the ubiquitous Mustard-wave (co-produced by Mick Schultz, of “Birthday Sex” fame), but Jeremih makes the trend wholly his own—his voice melts all over the trancey synths, like a silkier, sexier “Paranoid” (he also interpolates “Rhythm Is A Dancer”). He’s joined by the current king of LA, YG, the perfect hard-edged foil to Jeremih’s gooey croon. There’s still no official release date for Thumpy Johnson, but it can’t come soon enough.
Stream: Jeremih f. YG, “Don’t Tell ‘Em (prod. DJ Mustard)”