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 we have a really eclectic showing of new music to get your weekend off to a great start. Whether that be some of Irish rap’s rising stars collaborating, a Chicago showcase of the city’s best talent or an emotive effort from one of Young Turk’s biggest stars there is something to fit every mood.
88 Rising – Heads In The Clouds II
88 Rising presents itself as a modern entity in the music industry. Described as a “hybrid management, record label, video production, and marketing company” it has been behind the success of the likes of Rich Brian, Joji and August 08. Following the success of their collaborative album ‘Heads In The Clouds’ in 2018 they’ve released a second edition, recruiting some big names, most notably Swae Lee.
Pat Lagoon – Shadow Feat. BOYW1DR
Waterford’s Pat Lagoon isn’t slowing down in the closing months of 2019. After releasing his debut visuals for ‘Let Loose’, he’s promptly followed it with an inspired effort featuring a guest verse from BOYW1DR.
Urging caution throughout and noting his relentless work rate, the goon has delivered yet another trap banger in the form of ‘Shadow’. An unexpected but welcome collaboration sees BOYW1DR follow the release of his stellar ‘The Irish WonderBoy‘ project with a head nodding feature.
The single sees both artists brush off the opposition praying for their demise with confident bars.
Lil Tecca – Somebody Feat. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie & Internet Money
One of 2019’s break out stars Lil Tecca has dropped the first single since his debut album. ‘Somebody’ illustrates the softer side of the teenage rapper that came to notoriety through his viral single ‘Ransom’. Also featuring A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and Internet Money, the stripped back instrumental allows room for the vocals to shine on this one.
MorMor – Won’t Let You
Canada’s Seth Nyquist aka MorMor has dropped an emotive, gospel inspired track that effortlessly pulls at the heart strings. The inspired cut follows up release of ‘Some Place Else’ earlier this year, heightening the odds of making some end of year lists for indie break out acts. Keep an eye on MorMor.
Caribou – Home
Canadian born maestro Dan Snaith aka Caribou announced a 2020 tour this week and paired this news with a brand spanking new track. ‘Home’ features dusty drums and soulful vocals and is reassuring in nature. It has us very excited for what he has planned next.
Celaviedmai – For Me Feat. Hudis
We all know Galway’s Celaviedmai can rap, earlier this year she released an aggressive cut in the shape of ‘Confessions’, demonstrating her rapid fire bars. This time round she has took a more pop leaning approach, choosing to illustrate her impressive vocals in ‘For Me’. Recruiting Hudis for an accessible, bouncy track.
Pusha T – Puppets (Succession Remix)
G.O.O.D Music head honcho Pusha T has collaborated with composer Nicholas Britell for a remix of the HBO series ‘Succession’. The song contains a cinematic element to it with Push bringing bars grappling with big money power dynamics.
Wretch 32 – 10/10 Feat. Giggs
“I’m just trying to mr burns your just trying to burn a spliff.”
Two of UK rap’s O.Gs have hopped on a track together and it is exactly what we’d hoped for. If there was any doubts that Giggs could keep up with a pacy instrumental then this track puts that notion to bed. Both spit relentlessly over a beat brimming with a sense of dread to increase excitement over any potential new projects.
FKA Twigs – home with you
Ahead of her new album ‘MAGDALENE’, the eclectic artist has released a self-directed music video for ‘Home With You’. The visual piece follows her journey home after a visit to a nightclub in the city, and features incredible high notes, distorted vocals and glitchy production. The new album is to be released via Young Turks in November.
Denzel Curry – whatIFiwasinarockgroup? [INCOMPLETE]
Florida’s Denzel Curry teased the idea of a super group with slowthai and JPEGMAFIA on social media after bringing them both out at a recent show. Now the rapid fire spitter has released an incomplete track, adding more fuel to the fire. The track itself comprises of his exasperated, fierce vocals that are common to much of his genre blending efforts.
Pivot Gang – No Vest Feat. Mick Jenkins
The new video for ‘No Vest’ essentially presents a highlight reel of some of Chicago’s most talented artists. Pivot Gang already features the likes of Saba and Joseph Chilliams and for this darker cut they’ve enlisted none other than Mick Jenkins. The cut throat lyricism present throughout forms the backbone of one of the hardest tracks from the recently released ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’.
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