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Welcome to ‘Heaters’, the essential monthly round-up of the best new music.

At the end of each month we curate a collection of must listens to keep you in the loop. Ranging from rappers in the Emerald Isle to boundary pushing, experimental producers and everything in between, we’ve got you sorted.

This week sees Caribou return with a new album, an exciting electronic duo, God Knows new EP and a load of other eclectic releases.

Andre Fazaz – No Cap Feat. Evans Junior & Skars

Ireland’s Andre Fazaz has recruited frequent collaborator Evans Junior alongside Skars for a bouncing new cut ‘No Cap’.

Born in Tanzania, but now residing in London Skars spits lyrics with serious venom. His word play brings a refreshing bite to contrast the more melodic approach forwarded by Evans and Fazaz, resulting in a well rounded and catchy cut.

Make no mistake ‘No Cap’ is a call out for people spouting nonsense and the trio have made their mantra for 2020 very clear.

Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn – Breathing exercises

Brighton’s Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn have kicked off the new decade with an album featuring some heavy hitters.

Consisting of 15 tracks, the album has a distinct pacing with deliberate storytelling and relatable quips throughout. Featuring grime’s Manga Saint Hilare and Mercury Prize nominated Loyle Carner the record seriously threatens to push the duo to the upper echelons of UK rap.

On the album they said, “The album was inspired by the ups and downs of life essentially. Growing up and how people cope/deal with it differently along the journey.”

“Through the project we explore a different range of emotions from start to finish, as is experienced with life. The album is essentially a journey of this.”

Caribou – Suddenly

Dan Snaith aka Caribou is back with a new record ‘Suddenly’. The Canadian producer deliberately took his time and now he’s returned with 43 minutes worth of electronic gold.

Whether it’s the soft, stripped back opening ‘Sister’ or the bouncing ‘Like I loved you’, Caribou has demonstrated he can carefully tread the line between experimental cuts and dance-inducing hits.

God Knows – Who’s Asking

When Rusangano Family won the Choice Prize Album of the year in 2016 for ‘Let The Dead Bury The Dead’, they etched their name into Irish hip hop history. Since then one of the group’s MCs God Knows has released a number of solo singles and featured on a slew of tracks.

Over the years he has taken up a mentorship position for younger artists in the south west of Ireland and guided them as they start their musical journey.

He’s consequently released a tape that feels like the culmination of all these factors. ‘Who’s Asking’ features the youthful barrage of energy that’s associated with a number of the south west’s up and coming artists like Hazey Haze and Gavindavinci. It simultaneously calls on the experience and evergreen delivery of fellow Rusangano member MuRli and Sim Simma associate Denise Chaila.

Featuring production fromk SertOne, The Line, Naive Ted and HLMNSRA it’s a thoroughly collaborative project. The EP is also released through SertOne’s label, Fly High Society.

Sitting at 13 minutes long the EP manages to channel raw energy like lightening in a bottle. It’s a compressed whirlwind of emotion and the ‘Who’s Asking’ remix is an early contender for track of the year.

Kenny Beats & Denzel Curry – UNLOCKED

If you look at any reddit thread speculating about potential collaborations there are frequent cries for full tapes between prominent producers and rappers.

Although it rarely happens, fans everywhere regularly hold out hope for these imagined tapes that would see some of rap’s most hyped artists team up.

Denzel Curry and Kenny beats have answered the forum dwellers prayers with a short new EP ‘UNLOCKED’. Featuring Curry’s trademark aggressive bars and Kenny’s thumping production it came as a surprise project. This is exactly what it says on the tin, a bit of fun.

Sad Night Dynamite – SND001

Experimental electronic duo Sad Night Dynamite sit somewhere between Gorillaz, TNGHT,  The Avalanches and Brockhampton. It’s difficult to pigeonhole their sound, but it’s what makes them so exciting.

Their latest effort ‘SND001′, provides a clear demonstration of the pair’s ability to paint immersive worlds.There’s a creeping sense of foreboding and unease in ‘See Me Sad’, that perfectly illustrates the almost cinematic nature of their production.

Whether it’s the swirling and warped vocals in ‘Light’ of  or the industrial synths of ‘Spendin Money’, they’ve teased a variety of details that provide an almost ethereal sonic pallet available to them.

Keep an eye out for them.

Gaptoof – Looks Like Rain

Soft Boy Record‘s resident beatsmith Gaptoof dropped his long-awaited project ‘Looks Like Rain’ earlier this month.

Combining rickety chops and beautiful soul samples, it borrows influence from the likes of Dilla and Knxwledge but has Gaptoof’s own stylistic approach stamped all over it.

He’s continued the collaborative formula that’s proved so prolific for the rest of the Soft Boy Records crew, recruiting the likes of Kofi Stone and Kojaque to the project.

Ché Lingo – My Block

For those unfamiliar, Ché Lingo is an artist that lyrically speaking stays true to his purpose. Going under the motto of T.R.I.P (The Risk Is Proof), he’s shown a willingness to travel into the unknown.

‘My Block’ is the south-west London spitter’s first single since signing for Edris Elba’s record label ‘7Wallace’

It features Ché’s trademark whirlwind flow and emotive delivery and highlights an issue close to his heart.

Describing the story behind the track he said, “This song is dedicated to JULIAN COLE. A young, black, semi-pro football player who suffered brain damage and a broken neck at the hands of police brutality and has still not seen proper justice.”

Royce Da 5’9′ – Overcomer

“Yelawolf this is your first and last pass I ain’t gon’ put it on blast, your punk ass know what this about, You think it’s ’bout being loud or tryna be hostile.”

Royce has fired shots at Yelawolf on his latest track ‘Overcomer’ off his album ‘The Allegory’.

The single features Westside Gunn and sees the duo flow over a dusty instrumental with a heavenly soul sample. It’s stripped back, simple and hits the sweet spot.

Gorillaz – Désolé

Damon Albarn’s and Jamie Hewlett’s animated musical project, ‘Gorillaz’ has released the second track from their series ‘Song Machine’.

Episode one featured a track called ‘Momentary Bliss‘ with Northampton’s slowthai and Brighton rockers Slaves.

The new single features Grammy nominated Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara and emits a totally different energy to the previous release. Désolé is apologetic and mellow in tone and is yet another example of the scope of the animated groups musical arsenal.

Alchemist & Boldy James – The Price of Tea in China

In one of the stand out hip hop records of the year so far, Detroit’s Boldy James and Beverly Hill’s Alchemist have teamed up for a moody album telling tales of the street.

Having worked numerous times with each other already, the duo have provided a thoroughly gritty effort with some enticing features. Freddie Gibbs and Vince Staples make guest appearances, but never overshadow the mid-west spitter in his latest immersive effort.

There’s dark lyricism laced throughout that could make even the most experienced trapper sweat.

Words: Dylan Murphy 
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