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 releases the second single from his forthcoming album, Louis Culture drops a double-sided single and Armani Caesar returns.
Photo: Louis culture by Evie Shandilya
Kali Uchis jumps on the remix of ‘blessing me‘.
Elevation Meditation’s Finn Foxell continues his evolution on the uncompromising guitar-led cut ‘Leaders’.
Head feeling like it has ten tabs open? Drift away and disconnect with Cautious Clay’s new self-care anthem.
Griselda rapper Armani Caesar delivers in the label’s trademark ominous style on ‘Hunnit Dolla Hiccup’.
Ahead of Carnival CLIPZ, Nia Archives, Beenie Man, Cristale and ShaSimone have joined forces for a jungle anthem. Play this loud.
Producer Swindle is better know for his work with UK rappers. However, he got access to the Blue Note Records archive to reimagine ‘Miss Kane’ as part of their new release and he went in.
Greentea Peng is looking inwards for inspiration on ‘Look To Him’. Speaking on the track she says, “‘Look To Him’ explores the idea of originality and the notion of tapping into source energy for creativity and inspiration rather than just searching for it amongst your peers and surroundings.”
Having produced for Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Danny Brown and countless others, The Purist is a force to be reckoned with in the underground. Likewise, as a rapper and producer, Sonnyjim is up there with the best. So when they came together for a new collaborative project named White Girl Wasted, we knew it’d be a wrap. Add features from MF DOOM and Jay Electronica and it’s a recipe for a cult classic.
It’s been six long months since Jean Dawson dropped ‘PORN ACTING*’. We’ve been waiting patiently for new material and he hasn’t disappointed with the head banging rodeo that is ‘3 HEADS*’.
Social Media is a highlight reel. Nobody sees the work that goes in behind the scenes to reach all the shiny milestones. South London’s Louis Culture is keeping it real on his latest release. “7AM is the come up” he says. “There’s so many unseen things that go into being able to do this. Whether it’s me talking about the DIY booth we used to use in P-Rallel’s bedroom or Bawo talking about his days at Waitrose, which happened to be my first job too”.