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Feature / December 10, 2021

Top Ten Tracks: Skiifall, Jean Dawson, Ezra Collective & more 10/12/21

Welcome to ‘Top 10 Tracks’, the essential weekly round-up of the best new music.

Welcome to ‘Top 10 Tracks’, the essential weekly round-up of the best new music.

At the end of each week, we count down the ten essential new tracks you need in your rotation. Ranging from rappers in the Emerald Isle to boundary-pushing, experimental producers and everything in between, it’s all hits, no filler.

This week, Jean Dawson and Mac DeMarco join forces, Ezra Collective recruit Novelist for a jazzy grime crossover and Flatbush Zombies return with a bang.

Photo credit: Sophia Perras

10

Brent Faiyaz MERCEDES

Everything Brent Faiyaz touches screams glamour and hedonism and ‘MERCEDES’, follows suit. Produced by Sonder’s Atu, it follows the release of ‘Gravity’ with Tyler, The Creator and ‘Wasting Time’ with Drake.

9

Louis Culture Dream

Louis Culture hasn’t missed all 2021. Following the nocturnal bubbler ‘Naked’ he’s back with one more before the year is out.

8

MEYY Rain Feat. Jelani Blackman

MEYY closes out her new EP Neon Angel with ‘Rain’, a cut that makes for a stunning contrast between her delicate tones UK rapper Jelani Blackman’s gruff vocals.

7

Fana Hues Breakfast

You ever wake up naturally on a weekend, your eyes don’t hurt and you feel well rested? This year that experience might as well be a myth, but Fana Hues’ ‘Breakfast’ comes about as close as we’ll get to embodying the serenity of that elusive experience.

6

Jean Dawson MENTHOL* Feat. Mac DeMarco

Couldn’t hit play on this collaboration quick enough.   ‘MENTHOL*’s gravelly texture is waking up on Sunday with a mouth like an ashtray after a night on the smokes.

5

Skiifall Break of Dawn Feat. BADBADNOTGOOD, The Kount,

Entering like a peaceful sunrise on a crisp Winter morning, the patient production on Skiifall’s ‘Break of Dawn’ is as considered as you’d expect given the track is staffed by BADBADNOTGOOD, The Kount and Yama/Sato. Highlighting his versatility on a dub-adjacent effort, Skiifall is evading preconceived ideas at every opportunity this year and we’re here for it.

4

Flatbush Zombies Plug Addicts Feat. RZA

One of the great rap groups of the modern era recruit a member of one of the O.G crews. RZA provides his trademark production and a killer verse on a track that showcases this New York quartet are cut from a different cloth.

3

Tierra Whack Body of Water

Tierra Whack has shared two EPs in as many weeks. Pop? follows Rap? and clearly the question marks say what everybody is thinking- what do genres even mean anymore? ‘Body of Water’ channels an André 3000-esque flow and comes in at just over three minutes.

2

Ezra Collective More Than A Hustler Feat. Novelist

A jazzy interpretation of grime from Ezra Collective and Novelist? Yes, please.

1

Earl Sweatshirt Tabula Rasa Feat. Armand Hammer

Earl is such a master of his craft. On ‘Tabula Rasa’ it feels like his words control the pace of the beat and not the other way around. His new album Sick is out on Jan 14.

Follow our playlist on Spotify Hit the link to hear all the inclusions plus extras in one place.