Bathed in club ready beats, BUBBA came as a surprise to any Kaytranada fan. Even more surprising though, is his hint at a follow up in 2020; in conversation with Zane Lowe, the Canadian said he has another albums worth of material waiting for pressing. A new Anderson Paak collab is set to feature, as well as a peculiar pairing with RAT BOY. Stay locked to hear more about this one.
After the success of ‘Meet The Woo’, Pop Smoke has to hit the ground running with a new record. Revelling in U.K. drill beats, the New York native has been getting love from the likes of Skepta and Travis Scott; the former released a track with him called ‘GATTI’ just this week. The Mike Dean, formerly of the Beastie Boys, produced tune is hopefully a glimpse of what is to come later this year from Smoke.
With songs released eponymously with his new show, fans are getting a taster of what a new Vince Staples album could sound like in 2020. It will have been 2 years since mixtape ‘FM!’ came out, and a further year beyond his groundbreaking ‘Big Fish Theory’. In retrospect, that’s not such a long hiatus from the album format, but if history repeats itself, we are due an album next year.
Peckham’s finest Nines has had a difficult year. After a reported stabbing, some would say the rapper is lucky to even be considering a new LP, but latest single ‘Pride’ proved he’s ready to be back at the forefront of British rap. The Accent produced hit is a gritty follow up to the more illustrious soundscapes of Crop Circle, and hopefully a new album will proceed.
‘Rapture EP’ was one of the waviest projects of the year; Koffee fused traditional reggae melodies with dancehall and trap tendencies, allowing her tunes to flourish on the dance floor of every major continent. 2020 might be too soon for a full length debut, but if she strikes, whilst the iron is hot, then this year could be the Jamaicans for the taking.
Flo Flo has been quiet around the question of any future albums, but with so many singles released in 2019, we are due at least an EP. Collaborations with Mike Skinner and Modeselektor shows her ubiquitous versatility, and status as one of the hottest emcees in our shores at the moment. Hopefully a new project and solo tour will happen in the new year, but her enigmatic demeanour makes it hard to predict.
Blue Room Mafia
We are unsure to what has happened in the BRM camp, but we can be hopeful for a new project at the very least next year. ’Blue INC’ was a seminal EP in the U.Ks alternative rap scene, without sounding too pretentious, but the collective simply haven’t followed up it’s successes. We need Lauren Ralph’s dazzling production back in our lives; Ninioh has released a handful of impressive solo singles, but we all know the Blue Room are better together. Keep your fingers crossed for this one.
BadKid was one of our favourite LPs of 2018, and it seems Bakar is nearly ready for a follow up. The album’s ruthless depiction of broken Britain seems more relevant than ever; Bakar hinted in an interview with Bone Soda that 2020 will see a new release, which proceeds the Londoner’s most successful project to date - ‘Hell N Back’.
Ama, who? Is something no one will be saying after 2020. This EP was a contemporary R&B masterclass, drawing on sonics from beyond the constraints of the genre. The frantic production on ‘NORTHSIDE’ suited the Londoner’s mesmerising vocals as much as the piano duet ‘Far Out’. Hopefully, with Bone Soda looking to expand their record label and the support of Interscope, we could see a first full-length LP from the Drake endorsed artist.
Octo’s second mixtape ‘Endorphins’ combined the experimental elements of ‘Spaceman’ with a culmination of woozy, left-field beats produced by everyone from Keanu Beats to London on da Track. Neither project has been branded a major studio debut, so 2020 might finally see the Essie Gang founder’s debut album. We could also get a tape from his crew, after the success of ‘Pattern Chanel’.