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 sees one of the UK’s leading forward-facing producers enlist some of Britain’s finest underground talent for his debut solo project, Madlib hopping on production duties for one of the East Coast’s grimiest spitters and an upcoming Irish multi-instrumentalist’s new EP.
Vegyn – Nauseous / Devilish Feat. JPEGMAFIA
Issue 002’s Vegyn has recruited JPEGMAFIA for a scintillating track ahead of his debut album ‘Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds’. The Baltimore MC rarely minces his words and linked with the South Londoner for a verse taking shots at keyboard warriors. The accompanying visuals for ‘Nauseous / Devilish’ are attention grabbing to say the least, featuring interpretive dance on what appears to a roof top car park. The Frank Ocean collaborator has given a taste of what is to come from his upcoming project.
KiD V – OverDose
Tallaght’s KiD V has come through with arguably his cleanest effort yet. ‘OverDose’ sees the MC switch up his flow effortlessly before ushering in vocals reminiscent of Young Thug in a track that demonstrates his versatility as an artist. His personality shines through with his trademark wacky adlibs forming the crutch of his unique approach to rapping.
Wiki – Eggs
“Either way you gona feel the smoke”
Wiki is back and the former Ratking member has recruited one of the genre’s finest producers in the form of Madlib for his newest cut. Madlib had already waved his instrumental magic over ‘WikiFlag’ and he’s back working with one of the rawest MCs operating on the east coast. Wiki recently left XL Recordings and the first single since his departure suggests he’ll continue stronger than ever.
Dababy – Kirk
DaBaby has taken 2019 by storm, having dropped a string of banging singles, a stand out XXL Freshman Freestyle and his debut album ‘Baby on Baby’, he seemingly topped it off by hopping on the remix of ‘Panini’. However the Charlotte rapper has taken it a step further by dropping his sophomore album ‘Kirk’. Enlisting Nicki Minaj and Migos among other heavy hitters to complement his own trademark delivery, the project represents the icing on top of the cake for one of the year’s break out stars.
Alex Gough – 80%
Waterford’s Alex Gough has steadily cut through a hip hop market saturated by trap inspired production with a number of tracks that have racked up serious numbers on streaming platforms. Utilising his relentless live percussion skills throughout 2019 to capitalise on the rapidly growing interest in the Irish hip hop scene, it feels the release of ‘80%’ has came at the perfect time. Through his previous singles it was evident he could produce dance-inducing hits but new tracks such as ‘I Remember’ demonstrate a level of maturity previously not present, only increasing excitement in the young MC’s career. Gough has definitely threw his hat in the ring for Irish hip hop projects of the year with his latest effort.
CJ Fly – Rudebwoy Feat. Joey Bada$$
Beast Coast are cementing their status as one of 2019’s most prolific outfits, with the release of their collaborative album ‘Escape From New York’, a project from The Underachievers, followed by a slew of singles from various members of the crew. CJ Fly has kept the hot streak alive enlisting Statik Selektah on production and Pro Era head honcho Joey Bada$$ for a sticky verse that hits all the pockets. Delivering a nonchalant hook CJ Fly demonstrates in the track he is no side kick to some of the other more established members of the East Coast collective.
D-Block Europe – PTSD
D-Block Europe have dropped a monster project consisting of 28 tracks ridden with heavy hitters from both sides of the Atlantic. Featuring recent Mercury Prize winner Dave, Krept and Konan and Lil Baby, the hard working pair have provided ammunition to beef up your playlists with nonchalant heaters.
Evans Junior – Shanghai (Remix) Feat. Ama & Dennie Valentino
Longford’s Evans Junior has upped the ante on one of the standout tracks of his debut album. Inviting Ireland’s resident crooner Ama and FaR Collective’s Dennie Valentino to jump on the remix, Evans is moving up the gears ahead of his headline show in October. Arguably in his element when producing melodic, trap influenced hits and he’s nailed it with this one, managing to improve a song that’s simplicity could easily have been tainted with overbearing features.
J Rick – No Retreat No Surrender
Essie Gang’s J Rick has released his debut mixtape that undoubtedly gives weight to the suggestions that he’s one of London’s most forward-facing producers. Featuring fellow Essie collaborator and BBC Sound of 2019 winner Octavian, the effortlessly cool RIMON and the heavenly sounds of Obongjayar, it’s a carefully crafted piece that attentively utilises the power of collaboration. Inspired by his late uncle and professional boxer Errol Christie, the mixtape confirms his transition from hit making producer to bonafide solo artist.
Retch – On Me feat. ScHoolboy Q
New Jersey’s Retch has dropped a track worthy of any late night cruise around the city with a fittingly gritty verse from TDE veteran ScHoolboy Q. Featuring dark production the single sees a return to form for both experienced spitters.
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