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 a new track from Malaki ahead of his debut project, a new record from one of UK rap’s hottest prospects and Caribou returned with a new single ahead of his new album.
Malaki – 46a
Malaki hasn’t been releasing music for long but that hasn’t stopped him gaining a loyal following. Ahead of his debut project ‘Butterfly Boy’ he’s dropped ’46a’. An emotive cut that describes the imperfections of love through the lens of a bus journey home. Borrowing elements from spoken word and hip hop it’s yet another example of the lane that he’s carved out for himself in 2019.
Badbadnotgood – The Key To Love (Is Understanding) Feat. Jonah Yano
Canadian outfit Badbadnotgood have consistently kept listeners on their toes. Possessing the ability to produce tracks ranging from hip hop-tinged cuts featuring Ghostface Killah to dancier numbers with Kaytranada, there’s a sense of anticipation with every release. Their latest effort features emotive vocals from Jonah Yano and dreamy production
Caribou – You and I
It’s been nearly six years since his last album, but Dan Snaith aka Caribou revealed his new project ‘Suddenly’ would be dropping 28 February 2020. With that announcement came a new track ‘You and I’. The vibrant yet soft, features a beautiful beat switch and twinkling keys to match. Snaith’s vocals sit neatly on top of the dreamy synths before being morphed rapidly as the track builds. Back to his best, this is a must listen to record from Caribou.
Seinna – Kimchi Feat. Scientific
Riding over an astral beat from Dresden producer Scientific, Seinna’s flow is hypnotising. There’s a clear natural chemistry between the two and it appears they will be in for a big 2020.
IAMDDB – Famous
IAMDDB has swapped her trap-infused sound that we have become accustomed to for a more rhythmic and pop-leaning effort. Having just announced a number of shows, it would seem she is gearing up for a new project. The latest cut ‘Famous’ just adds to her already growing reputation as an artist capable of producing varied range of tracks.
Kali Uchis – Solita
Kali Uchis has recruited Tainy to contribute to the production side of things on a track that sees the songstress switch between her native spanish and english. Solita is a mish mash of emotions that illustrates Kali’s unccanny ability to vocalise confused feelings in a sonically coherent way. There’s a sense of longing in her voice that complements the tone of her lyricism.
Speedboat – J Rick Remix Feat. SL
J Rick is cementing himself as one of the hottest producers on the UK scene at the moment. He’s already dropped his debut project “No Retreat No Surrender’ and he featured on chaotic ‘Pattern Chanel’. Often it’s better leaving tracks like Denzel’s ‘Speedboat’ untouched but J’s addition minor changes and the inclusion of SL was a masterstroke.
Kofi Stone – No One Cares Until Everybody Does
Kofi Stone has enlisted some interesting features for his debut project ‘No One Cares Until Everybody Does’. A late entry for the UK rap project of the year, the lyricist spits about fragile masculinity, meal deals and dirty trainers over a number of head nodding instrumentals. Rebel Kleff provides some dusty percussion on ‘It’s Ok to Cry’ and Loyle Carner brought his trademark lackadaisical bars.
Local Boy – Brighter Days
Burner Record’s Local Boy has dropped his first single and video form his upcoming EP ‘Local Boy Ruins Everything’. ‘Bright Days’ features Jake as a huge ice cream dancing over gorgeous lo-fi production and sees Burner co-founder Sick Nanley make an appearance.
The song has shades of bedroom pop but is a little more unpolished and rough round the edges, whetting the appetite for the full EP.
Jelani Blackman – Average Joe
Having been crowned track of the week on BBC Introducing, Jelani Blackman has provided Fight Club inspired visuals for ‘Average Joe’. It’s hectic, features rapid transitions and is an ode to empowerment.
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