GORILLAZ AND SLOWTHAI
Britain’s boldest band have a tendency to collaborate with innovative individuals; Slowthai is on the tip of every producers tongue, and you just know Damon would do wonders with an energy like his. The musical magician takes artist’s well out of their known, and the Northampton MC would be as willing as any to embrace his creative directions. A beat similar to ‘Ascension’, the opener of 2017 album ‘Humanz’, would compliment Thai’s ricochet rhymes and fiery flow, and bring a kick to the next Gorillaz album, if and when it comes.
JAMES BLAKE AND JPEGMAFIA
What a collab this would be. Hempstead hip hop artist ‘JPEGMAFIA’ made one of the most off the wall albums of 2018, breaking through as vivaciously as his music, and cementing a cult collection of fans from across the world. James Blake’s evolution has been astonishing since his self-titled debut; but recently he has been, secretly, pulling the strings behind some of the most popular rap projects of the year, including Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack. Combining one of the world’s best producers with an artist as raw as JPEG would be great to see.
MANIK MC AND KING KRULE (AS ARCHY MARSHALL)
Whether we will get another ‘Archy Marshall’ album or not no one really knows. However, I do know that Manik’s spacey tones would slip so fittingly on ‘A New Place To Drown’, Marshall’s debut. Under the moniker ‘King Krule’ even, the 23 year old would harmonise very well with the fellow Londoner’s raspy vocals, even if it was just a verse or two. The mercury nominated artist doesn’t tend to guest vocalists on his album, so for whatever is next for Manik, I’d love to see Marshall get a hold of a tune on the production front, bringing the vintage jazz he composed on ‘The Ooz’.
SHY FX AND DAMIAN MARLEY
The king of jungle has a rich history of incredible collaborations, but he is yet to add the youngest son of Bob Marley to the list. ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ is one of the biggest reggae hits of my lifetime, and there’s no doubt in my mind Andre Williams could make an astonishingly scatty rework with the Reggae Prince.
LITTLE SIMZ AND LOYLE CARNER
Both of these rappers have a swagger incomparable to many in the UK scene, one that is both justifiably arrogant, and approachable too. The contrasting styles of hip hop would unite through their ability to be versatile, and adopt the DIY route to fame both artists have succeeded with. Ajikawo offers a playful aggression that would sit surprisingly well with Carner’s more alleviating bars. We could be lucky enough to see, real name, Coyle Larner on Simz’s upcoming album, which is shaping up majestically.
MURA MASA AND HOUSE OF PHARAOHS
In an age where bedroom producers are taking over the music industry, slowly picking off some of the most prestigious of figures, Mura Masa has established himself as the voice of a new generation of sounds coming out of England. He has devised some of the best beats of the year for different artists; Octavian and Slowthai being two of the most notable. The Odd Future energy House of Pharaohs bring to their tunes is incomparable in the UK, no group has made the sounds of London seem so appealing on a global scale, so it is about time they properly blew up.
A$AP ROCKY AND PORTISHEAD
In an interview with Complex, A$AP suggested the Bristol Trip Hop trio were becoming a heavy influence on his own work. ‘Fukk Sleep’ on his latest LP is an unforgiving ode to the whole 90s South West scene, with FKA Twigs offering a modernised effort of replicating the tender tones Beth Gibbons has offered for Portishead. Rocky’s tender double rhymes would work so well with the haunting production Portishead have achieved since their debut album ‘Dummy’, he could kill a remix of ‘Glory Box’ too.
BADBADNOTGOOD AND KALI UCHIS
Although they have both featured on a Daniel Caesar song, I’d love to see what eloquence the Columbian catch can come up with at the aid of Toronto musicians BBNG. Uchis’ ‘Isolation’ was one of the most stunning debuts of 2018, and next she should be looking at a joint LP with these guys; in similar circumstances to their collaborative album with GhostFace Killah. This would test the Canadian’s versatility, which they have proved to be so assertive in their career.
KAYTRANADA AND NONAME
Canadian producer powerhouse Louis Celestine, better known as Kaytranada, is loved world wide for his concoction of house, hip hop, R&B and Jazz. His remixes are instantly recognisable, the classic hop in his drops make an average DJ set one of pure vibes and relentless skanking. NoName’s soulful prowess turns any tune a few notches up, giving a glamour that many artists nowadays can’t provide; combined, they could be magical.
SHYGIRL AND KOJEY RADICAL
‘Cruel Practice’ was an EP completely incomparable to anything I had ever heard before. Shygirl’s haunting, monotone vocals, combined with Sega Bodega’s postmodern instrumentals, are, sonically, the most out there in the underground UK electronic scene, drawing on influences of experimental electronica, R&B and even grime. Kojey Radical would absolutely murder the production on some of the tunes ‘Cruel Practice’ offers, his chameleon persona allowing him to compliment Shygirl's completely contrasting flow. If this was ever on the cards, we would be in for a treat.