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.
Music is often provides an escape from the realities of life and with the current situation we have more time than ever to deep dive into new releases.
This edition sees Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino return with his forth studio album, Four Tet bring some cathartic sounds to the table and a rapid-fire new single from Strange Boy.
Knxwledge – 1988
Glen Boothe aka Knxwledge has largely followed the same soul-inspired formula for most of his career. What’s ensured his longevity though is his ability to fend off the predictable whilst maintaining a rapid rate of release.
In his latest record ‘1988’, the instrumental maestro weaves abrupt transitions between his brand of crunchy, soul-inspired loops. It’s gospel music for people who don’t go to church.
For many rappers and singers, when it comes to expressing emotion their own voice is their medium of choice. However, Knxwledge has perfected the art sampling and he transmits emotive sounds that cut straight to the soul, most poignantly illustrated on ‘dont be afraid’.
Enlisting long-time collaborator and one half of ‘NxWorries’, Anderson Paak. ‘onitkanbe[sonice]’, Knxwledge brings a welcome alternative voice to complement his dusty vocal chops.
Masego – King’s Rant
Masego and triumphant horns, name a more iconic duo.
The Jamaican born singer is one of the smoothest in the game right now. Earlier this month he brought out ‘King’s Rant’ and his glazed vocals and animated adlibs bring the perfect accompaniment for a chill Saturday night.
Deb Never – Stone Cold Feat. Kenny Beats
Having initially grabbed attention with a feature on Brockhampton’s new album and through her own ‘House on Wheels EP’, Deb Never has now linked up with the industrious Kenny Beats on ‘Stone Cold’.
The video sees her join the amateur wrestling circuit and if you listen carefully you can hear Doja Cat adlibs and a Bearface verse hidden at the end.
Four Tet – Sixteen Oceans
If there’s one record we can recommend to bring a sense of calm to a stressful situation, it’s the latest album from Four Tet.
Built on a foundation of gentle chimes and soft, subdued percussion ‘Sixteen Oceans’ is the ideal dreamscape to whisk you away.
Childish Gambino – 3.15.20
Surfacing online this month with no warning, Gambino’s ‘3.15.20’ has blank artwork and time stamps for track names. Donald has dipped his toes into the experimental realms before quickly retreating to the comfort of some more accessible sounds.
Using various voice processing filters and enlisting a number of star studded features it feels as though music is just a side project for the ‘Atlanta’ star.
However, despite dividing opinions his latest album is a distorted marriage of ordinary and abstract that is well worth a listen.
CLBRKS & Morriarchi – Microwave Cooking 2000
When a record is built on real chemistry you hear it. In the collaborative album ‘Microwave cooking 2000′ nothing feels forced.
CLBRKS satirical quips and lethargic flow feel like they emerged through the haze of a Friday night smoke session. And while some rappers sound like they are constantly chasing the beat, every syllable that leaves CLBRKS’ mouth is glued to Morriarchi’s instrumentals.
The highlight of the project comes in the form of ‘Camel Blue’, with an extraterrestrial microwave-sounding sample bringing the foundations for a weird and wonderful cut.
Nothing is lost in translation with this record. It’s water tight, bold and filled with a no fucks given attitude.
Strange Boy – Way Back
Limerick’s Strange Boy has a thick south west accent, but still maintains an ability to spell out every syllable in a way that only years of practice can achieve.
Produced by Kiyoto, ‘Way Back’ sees the MC reflect on different times over a beat that draws from mediterranean sounding strings.
Championing his newfound confidence, it’s clear that things weren’t always easy. The south west’s answer to Danny Brown has shown once again he can bring an unorthodox flow to any beat.
JPEGMAFIA – Covered In Money
Having teased ‘Covered In Money’ throughout his tour before it was cut short, Baltimore’s rowdiest rapper has quenched fan’s thirst for the elusive track.
No one is making beats like Peggy at the moment and ‘Covered In Money’ sounds like he has a xylophone dripping into his DAW. Bringing a marching band-like flow to the cut before going ghost-pop towards the end, JPEGMAFIA is keeping his end of the bargain and dropping tracks left right and centre in 2020.
Channel Tres – Weedman
Detailing his relationship with the devil’s lettuce, Channel Tres is back with another dark toe-tapper.
The west coast producer is yet to miss, having added his trademark touch to a remix of Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Earthquake’ and releasing his floor shaking EP ‘Black Moses’ last year.
Enlisting sirens and thick percussion, the instrumental reflects the sense of urgency to link up with the local ‘Weedman’.
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