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 is jam packed with local talent, with a number of acts knocking it out the park with their latest releases. Coupled with a number of softer numbers that are less abrasive than some of the rap counter parts, the selection is one of the more eclectic mixes so far. Lock in below.
Obongjayar – Still Sun
Having collaborated with Danny Brown and J Rick on their recent releases, Obongjayar is now priming to release a project in February 2020. With the announcement of ‘Which Way Is Forward’ the singer dropped the new track ‘Still Sun’. His soft sultry vocals are on display in a the soft cut which provide the perfect accompaniment to a morning coffee.
RÓGAN x ØMEGA – Run It Down
RÓGAN x ØMEGA hit the ground running with ‘Different With It’. Not resting on their laurels, the duo have returned with what might be their most ruthless effort yet. ‘Run It Down’ features an insanely catchy and distorted flute sample that forms the core of the record alongside RÓGAN’s hook. ØMEGA compliments what is an already intense track with his astral adlibs and exaggerated flow. The boys are becoming an interesting proposition.
Friday Night Plans – Complex
Tokyo based collective Friday Night Plans emerged in mid-2018, garnering an organic following through their self-released efforts. Centred on 23 year old female vocalist Masumi -Friday Night Plans work with a variety of talent to craft the music, but chiefly, the multi-talented producer/drummer Tepppei. Their latest EP ‘Complex’ combines a myriad of styles, drawing from genres ranging from folk in ‘All the Dots’ to the Brazilian rhythms of ‘Antiquities’. A truly fluid outfit, Friday Night Plans aren’t one for hesitation, as demonstrated on some of the forward thinking instrumentation on the project.
August 08 – Good Girls Feat. Duckwrth
Having released ‘Happy Endings With An Asterisk’ earlier this year, AUGUST 08 has delivered a picturesque new music video for his lead single ‘Good Girls’ alongside close friend and collaborator Duckwrth.
The pair clown around in the stunning hazy, sun-dripped visuals for what is arguably the catchiest number from the project.
Blu Samu – ctrl-alt-del
Belgian spitter Blu Samu has dropped a short and snappy new project. First making noise with her emotive ‘I Run‘, she’s grown hugely since then, dropping a number of impressive singles. Her latest effort showcases her ability to float between a number of styles in a short amount of time, squeezing every last bit out of the 16 minute, 6 track project.
Billie Eilish – everything i wanted
Someone that needs no introduction, Billie Eilish is plastered across billboards and blogs everywhere. Her debut album went double platinum and she’s played some of the biggest stages in the world at the tender age of 17. But as detailed in the new track, that’s the issue. ‘everything i wanted’ is the manifestation of confused meditations on her meteoric rise. Having her earliest dreams realised so quickly has brought problems in itself and the soft electronic-inspired number is demonstrating wisdom beyond her teenage years.
Deb Never – The Same (remix) Feat. Tommy Genesis
Having featured on Brockhampton’s ‘No Halo’ and released her debut ‘House On Wheels EP’, Deb Never is etching her name into the consciousness of alt-pop fans everywhere. She has recruited Tommy Genesis for a remix of the melancholic ‘The Same’. Tommy’s verse adds an extra layer to what is already an emotive cut.
Careerist – Weird Hill
Carl Eccles, Conor Ellison and Nathan Rodgers form the Belfast based Careerist. The group have released their debut album ‘Weird Hill’ via Pizza Pizza Records and it’s their first project since the ‘Speed Dating’ EP ion 2018.
Sitting at just under 30 minutes it’s a very digestible project with plenty of personality. Across the nine songs, the boys illustrate a range of musical influences in their indie tinged project.
Citrus Fresh – Teeth
The PX music crew has been making some serious noise in 2019, with the likes of GavinDaVinci and Hazey Haze dropping banging projects, you get the feeling that things are only getting started. Citrus Fresh has followed suit, providing a teaser single ahead of his forthcoming EP ‘Smile’. Teeth, like much of his previous work, is thoroughly trippy and lined with his signature gritty approach. Featuring production from the ever present AKIA, it’s a confirmation that Citrus Fresh is here to stay.
Ama Lou – We tried, we tried.
Ama Lou’s newest cut is a certified head nodder. Reflecting on a relationship that has run its course, Ama’s recognisable vocals flow over an 80s inspired RnB instrumental.
There’s rumours of an impending album and this track may well be another piece of the puzzle.
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