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’ve an enthralling effort from a Dublin collective’s newest member, Frank’s first track since 2017 and thankfully Pusha T stepped in to ease the pain of Kanye’s non release.
Rhoshi – Fracture
The newest member of Dublin based GONZO Collective Rhoshi is relatively fresh to the Irish music scene. However his first release under the collective umbrella is anything but tentative, providing an inescapable industry energy. Reminiscent of some of Rustie’s earlier work, this is an ambitious and exciting cut from the producer.
Arlo Parks – Sophie
We’d advise you get to know Arlo Parks now, as she will be the name on everyone’s lips very soon. The nineteen year old singer is about to head on tour with Loyle Carner and ahead of the live shows she has released ‘Sophie’, a track seeping introspective notions and beautiful vocal tones. The weight of expectations can be felt in the cut that has elements of self-doubt riddled throughout. The instrumentals and vocals feel as beautifully delicate as the lyrics spun in her newest single. Watch the video below:
Frank Ocean – DHL
“I’m already rich as fuck, so the products in the front.”
Frank hinted at new music when he played unreleased tracks at his PrEP+ club night in New York. He swiftly capitalised on fan’s anticipation with his first solo track in two years. Anyone familiar with the chaotic days of Odd Future will recollect that Frank has bars and he’s dusted off the cobwebs and returned with an icy flow on ‘DHL’. Perhaps his most Soundcloud inspired rapping to date, it’s a welcome change and his nonchalant attitude that lingers throughout is a refreshing.
Shookrah – Shookrah
Cork based outfit Shookrah have released their highly anticipated, self-titled debut album. Borrowing elements from funk, future soul and citing influences like Anderson Paak. the group are well and truly entering their stride with their first album. Head nodding tracks like ‘Big Bitch Energy’ complement the funkier efforts like ‘Reformer’ to create a well rounded project.
Lapalux -Limb To Limb Feat. Lilia
Stuart Howard aka Lapalux has been consistently experimenting with sound design for a number of years now. Creating numerous experimental pieces that have frequently been released through Brainfeeder, the producer announced his latest project ‘Amnioverse’ that will drop November 8. This time round he has linked with Lilia for an emotive effort in ‘Limb To Limb’ ahead of the new project. An astral cut that is capable of inducing a near meditative state.
Rex Orange County – Pony
Ahead of his European and US tour one of indie pop’s poster boys has dropped his latest album ‘Pony’. A streamlined effort with ten tracks, it follows the release of singles ’10/10′ and ‘Pluto Projector’. The anxiety of youth is common throughout a record that is laced with honesty.
Wiki – Fee Fi Fo Fum
“All I really know is rap.”
New York’s grittiest MC has followed his recent collaborative effort with Madlib with a thumping effort. Known for his grimy cadence and intricate word play, he’s let his trademark meandering lyricism take a back seat in order to produce what is a certified anthem.
Skinnyville – Ghost Adventures
Skinnyville consists of Edinburgh rapper Evil Skinievel and London producer Yardville. Their latest cut is a warped, haunting effort that comes just in time for halloween. On the surface level, the track is a tribute the frontman’s favourite show ‘to watch while high,’ namely, Ghost Adventures. But on a deeper one, the Scottish rapper is touching on themes of self-identity and more specifically, his own sexuality. Throughout the track Evil tangles with his inner demons as he spits from the back of a van, utilising his unique cadence over a fittingly contorted beat.
Pusha T – No Patience Feat. Swizz Beats
As label mate Ye disappointed fans with the non release of ‘Jesus Is King’, Push stepped in to ease the pain. Jumping on a track with Swizz Beats, it forms part of the soundtrack for the new crime drama series ‘Godfather Of Harlem’. The cut throat lyricism we’ve become accustomed to with Pusha T provides a perfect fit for the gangster filled series.
Guapdad 4000 – Dior Deposits
Hailing from Oakland, California, Guapdad 4000 made his name waxing lyrical about his experiences scamming unbeknown victims. He’s dropped his debut solo album and he’s enlisted a serious line-up of guest features including Tory Lanez, Chance the Rapper, Denzel Curry and Maxo Cream. Sitting at just over forty minutes it’s the product of a charismatic MC that prides himself on a particular criminal past that isn’t as inherently intertwined with the genre as other lifestyles.