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 one of hip hop’s youngest prospects link with an established beat smith, a Cork outfit’s first release of the year and a Chicago super-group made up of the cities hottest artists.
Bouba Savage & Kenny Beats – Buss It Down
Hailing from Guinea and having moved to the States at the age of 10, Bouba Savage is tearing up every rule book imaginable at the moment. Still just in 8th grade the rapper is one of the youngest viral stars in rap at the moment. Despite his age, his skills are attracting the attention of the best in the industry with Kenny Beats hopping on production duties for his latest track ‘Buss It Down’.
Ama – I Once Was
Longford’s Ama is a mainstay of the rapidly developing hip hop scene in Ireland. Having built a reputation off his ear for musicality and deft vocalisations, the crooner has a track record of creating emotive, trap-influenced bangers. His album ‘I Once Was’ is the culmination of months of hard work and as we have come to expect from the crooner, the production value of the project is top notch. Stand out tracks come in the form of ‘Head Top’, ‘Colours’ and ‘Queen Latifah’.
Rex Orange County – Pluto Projector
Rex has followed up ‘10/10‘, the first single from his forthcoming album ‘Pony‘ with a ponderous cut in the shape of ‘Pluto Projector’. Utilising warped vocalisations to emphasise the contemplative nature of the track, it is subsequently closed out with an almost cinematic series of strings. Tyler, The Creator’s frequent collaborator has stepped it up a notch on the way to releasing his next project.
Ghetto Sage – Häagen Dazs
Comprising of Saba, Smino and Noname, Ghetto Sage is Chicago’s newest super-group. The first single from the trio showcases the natural chemistry that was evident on the likes of ‘Ace’ on which all three featured on. Frequently super-groups fail to live up to expectations but Ghetto Sage have got off to an accomplished start.
Clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood
Arguably one of the most experimental acts in hip hop, the trio have been known for their avant garde approach to record production. Exemplified by escapades such as playing a loop through a PA system in the woods and recording the sound from over 300 yards away to get the necessary sample for drums in ‘Dream’.
They’ve returned with a 15 track album including a 18 minute closer. If you have a craving for glitch-driven production and a desire to find some of the genre’s weirdest and most exciting production then their latest album is a good place to start.
Strange Boy – CLouDz nd DiRT
One of the best young spitters in Ireland, Strange Boy dropped the chaotic ‘String Theory‘ earlier this year and has followed it with a bouncy cut. Sitting at just over 1 minute 30 seconds ‘CLouDz nd DiRT’s replay value is through the roof. Featuring a woodwind sample reminiscent of Skepta and Rocky’s ‘Praise The Lord’, the Limerick spitter’s delivery is on point in his latest single.
Hak Baker – Babylon
London’s Hak Baker has announced the impending release of a new compilation project ‘Babylon’, and with that news he has released the lead single. Littered with colloquialisms and nods to his local area, the new cut reflects on what built him.
Gang Starr – Bad Name
Having dropped a single ‘Family and Loyalty’ featuring J. Cole back in September, Gang Starr later revealed they will drop a new album named ‘One of The Best Yet’ on 1 November. With this announcement came a new single ‘Bad News’, a meditation on the state of rap and where it has come from. Featuring scratches and vocals recorded prior to the death of the late Guru it is one of 16 tracks to feature on their first album in 16 years.
Happyalone. – L U C I F E R
Having premiered on BBC Radio 1’s Chillest Show with Phil Taggart, Happyalone.’s first release of 2019 is a culmination of their diverse influences. Their unique blend of rock, trap and pop sensibilities coupled with lyrics ridden with inner conflict has resulted in an effort that is as thoughtful as it is harrowing.
Floating Points – Crush
Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points has released his first album in four years. There’s a carefree nature to the record, borrowing elements from any genre that peaks his interest while he subsequently blends them to form beautifully layered cuts.
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