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 grime’s biggest star dropped his sophomore album, Kaytranada also shared his second major project and we have a stunning new EP from Dublin native Malaki.
Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head
Stormzy’s sophomore album has landed and the London MC has recruited an all star line-up for the record. Featuring the likes of Burna Boy, Headie One, Aitch and more, it’s shaping up to become a bigger hit than his platinum-selling #1 album.
Malaki – Butterfly Boy
He’s not been releasing music for long but Malaki has certainly made a splash since emerging earlier this year. The Dublin MC blends numerous styles, most notably borrowing elements from spoken word to spin poignant tales of the mundanities of life in the city.
‘Butterfly Boy’ is the sum of his life experiences so far, seen through 6 thoughtful tracks. There’s a genuine diversity to the project too, illustrated by the opening track ‘Paper Prophecies’ that starts as a spoken word piece and eventually erupts into an emotive and explosive finish.
Kaytranada – BUBBA
Kaytranada has made his long awaited return after years of rumoured release dates. The production wizard has a uncanny ability to stay true to his trademark sound without it becoming repetitive. He released stand out track ‘10%’ with Kali Uchis prior to the album’s release and has enlisted other heavy hitters including Pharrell, Mick Jenkins and Estelle for his second studio album.
Flatbush Zombies – Monica
Brooklyn’s trippiest trio have returned with a brand spanking new record featuring Tech N9ne. ‘Monica’, is filled to the rafters with references to old songs and there’s hints throughout of a new album. Erick, Meech and Jewice flow over a warped instrumental while Tech N9ne cuts in with a sharp hook.
TOMMY CASH – SDUBID
Sometimes you just have to watch the video to understand and even then it’s still hard to wrap your head round it. TOMMY CASH has never been one to make linear, cookie cutter material and his latest video for ‘SDUBID’ is possibly his weirdest yet.
It features a human see saw, headless dancers and the Estonian rapper flying about on a wooden hover board.
Local Boy – Local Boy Ruins Everything
Burner Record‘s Local Boy has dropped his long awaited EP ‘Local Boy Ruins Everything’. There’s a significant bounce to the five tracks on the project balanced against a self-awareness demonstrated in ‘Better Than U’. It’s not quite bedroom pop and it’s not quite standard lo-fi indie, but it’s brilliant.
Lil Uzi Vert – Futsal Shuffle 2020
Lil Uzi Vert infamously fled from two interviews with Nardwaur and now he’s sampled part of those chats in his newest record.
‘Futsal Shuffle 2020’ also samples a snippet from a Tyler, The Creator show at the beginning before the thumping instrumental cuts in. The track is simultaneously tongue-in-cheek and thumping, providing a final head nodder from Uzi before the year is out.
The Free Nationals – The Free Nationals
Better known as Anderson Paak’s touring band, The Free Nationals have released their self-titled studio album after a long wait. Delayed due to their ‘Rigourous touring schedule’, the band have shared a 13 track project with features spanning from Syd to the late Mac Miller.
070 Shake – Under The Moon
Moses Sumney – Polly
Ahead of the release of his two part album ‘græ’ California native Moses Sumney has shared the second single ‘Polly’. Wishing for more arms, the track is an emotive cut that has a distinct feeling of yearning for something more.
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