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, Wiki, MIKE and The Alchemist conjure up magic, Gaptoof returns and Carrie Baxter shares another song before the year is out.
Photo credit: NADIAH by David Sessions
After an extended break from music, Jeorge II returns with a quickfire new track. Speaking on ‘Missed Calls’, he says, “I wanted to have a song that captures a screenshot of the pressure and urgency of life of a 20-something year old in this day and age. I decided to call it Missed Calls due to my experience with stops and starts in my career. Just because you can miss an opportunity calling you once, doesn’t mean you can’t call it back.”
It’s always a good day when Carre Baxter drops.
Her latest effort, ‘Selfish’ lands today and speaking on the release, Carrie says, “Selfish is a track that I wrote quite a few years ago about not being able to leave a relationship. I was blaming myself a lot at the time, ignoring my gut instinct and struggling to accept the concept of things just simply running their course. I wrote this song with a friend of mine James Berkeley, it was the first time we had written together and it just clicked. He’s very musically gifted and totally understood what I wanted to achieve with the sound so you can definitely expect to hear more of us together.”
A two man relay race, ‘Back 2 Back’ sees two of the A92 crew going in for the better part of three minutes.
Landing as part of the deluxe edition of his flawless debut album, ‘This Thing of Ours’ is another quintessential Jeshi cut that blends elements of UK rap and electronic.
Two of the defining voices of UK rap and RnB join forces for a statement piece about inequality.
NADIAH’s solo career has been a while in the making. Having featured on Chase and Status’ ‘Count on Me’ and starred in Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ short film, she’s stepping out on her own terms on ‘Deception’.
Gaptoof has linked with Mushkilla to serve that rap music to stay inside to this winter. Detailing the collaboration, the Soft Boy Records’ artist says, “I was a fan of MushKilla for a long time before I finally reached out to him and was always impressed with his variety as an artist, I really wanted to give him something hip hop mid tempo, the space I usually occupy, and see what he could do. My favourite rap is always the clever one liners and cheeky punchlines and I feel like Mushkilla is the best doing that in the UK right now.”
Spoken word gives way to a bell-driven lullaby to dance to before crescendoing into a visceral ode to the capital’s street on D*mp’s ‘Meath Street’.
One mistake can change your life and MIKE connects with Al and Wiki to ruminate on how fast things can change on ‘Odd Ways’.
Kelvin Krash and Kasien conjure up chaos on the dizzying ‘SWEAR DOWN’. Play this loud.