Each Friday we curate a collection of must listens to keep you in the loop with the most exciting releases of that week. Ranging from rappers in the Emerald Isle to boundary pushing, experimental producers and everything in between, we’ve got you sorted.
This week an MC formerly of Odd Future notoriety dropped a surprise project, NiNE 8’s multilingual star released her final instalment of a trilogy and one of UK rap’s biggest stars spoke a track into existence.
7th Obi – Red + Blue
Waterford native 7th Obi is one of the most consistent rappers to come out of the island in recent years and he’s continued his impressive run of tracks with ‘Red + Blue’. Featuring the bouncing, trap-inspired production that we have come to associate with Obi, the latest effort is armed with hypnotic lyricism and an astral edge that provides an otherworldly experience.
Para Fiction – EPISODE II: EPIDEMIC
Sam Dotia – Uriah’s Cry
Having released no music prior to ‘Uriah’s Cry’, there is a sense of mystique surrounding Sam Dotia. Currently working with Grammy nominated producer Gian Luca Buccellati among other notable names, he has released his first single reflecting on life and death that draws from R&B and folk sensibilities. A stellar first release, there’s no doubt in the young singer’s potential.
Biig Piig – No Place For Patience Vol.3
The final instalment of her trilogy of EPs, Jess Smyth AKA Biig Piig has delivered yet another brilliant softly spoken project sure to toy with fragile emotions. Laced with Spanish throughout and sitting at around twelve minutes, the piece is thought provoking yet simultaneously digestible.
Jelani Blackman – Average Joe
Jelani Blackman‘s status is steadily rising, exemplified by his latest EP being named Annie Mac’s hottest record in the world this week. Having worked with acts from Burna Boy to Wolf Alice, Jelani Blackman is forging a strong solo career. Releasing his latest EP through his own label ’18 Records’, the London rapper’s gritty, gravel-esque tone compliments poetic notions dealing with identity throughout the latest project. Not one to mince his words, ‘Average Joe’ sits nicely at 15 minutes detailing the reality of everyday life. Evident in the most recent effort is Jelani’s ear for hooks, ultimately contributing to an EP with huge replay value.
Earl Sweatshirt – FEET OF CLAY
Earl Sweatshirt made a surprise announcement last night that he would be dropping a 7 track EP. The subsequent project ‘FEET OF CLAY’ is mostly self-produced, with the Alchemist also having a hand in the project. As time has passed Earl’s output have become markedly more experimental and this effort is no different. The woozy, unmistakable flow of the MC stumbles across the glitchy instrumentals on a project that marks his first release on Warner Bros since leaving Columbia earlier this year.
IYAMAH – Cake
Greentea Peng – RISING
Greentea Peng‘s psychedelic take on R&B on her debut ‘Sensi’ EP gained widespread plaudits and she has fed demand for another body of work in the shape of ‘RISING’. A 6 track project blending quaint sounds of nature with her tales of love and despair. Possessing a truly unique style and a knack for hooks, her new tracks are the product of a steady cultivation of her sound.
Tame Impala – It Might Be Time
This week Kevin Parker and co returned with news of their fourth studio album named ‘The Slow Rush’. Alongside the announcement was the release of the first single from the project ‘It Might Be Time’, a song described as being about “your inner paranoid thoughts telling you you’ve lost your mojo, and whose drum sound took me about 1 of those 4 billion years”. Benefitting from beautifully layered percussion and blaring sirens, the song provides an insight into the self-doubt of one of Australia’s biggest stars.
AJ Tracey – Kiss and Tell Feat. Skepta
Almost as though he has spoke it into existence, AJ Tracey has went from having a track called ‘Skepta’ to having a track with him. Ahead of a tour in which they both feature, they’ve linked up for a track that is as Braggadocios as ever. Going bar for bar over a thumping instrumental, they’ve provided what is in essence a club banger.
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