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Listen: Young Thug, Jamie xx link up for I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)

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File this under “unexpected but totally awesome collaborations.” We already can’t wait for Jamie xx’s first studio record In Colour, out June 1. And now the newest song to be released from it features Young Thug. It works better than it should, with Thug’s theatrics, vocal improvs (the common car screech lasts for 7.5 seconds) glowing over the soul sample.

This sound and flow weren’t really on Barter 6, but Thug’s versatility shines. It was a waiting game for when this work would be released: Jamie xx expressed his love of Young Thug to XXL last month and teased the collaboration. This won’t be the final album version, as dancehall artist Popcaan’s bit isn’t here, via Stereogum, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it right now: