BAAUER - 3AM Ft AJ Tracey and Jae Stephens
This is an unusual track from BAAUER, as he replaces his particular aggressive trap, with something a lot smoother and sensual. AJ’s verses are well complemented by Stephens, they connect naturally and manufacture an R&B/Soulful vibe to the track. The steel drum switch up at the end is a scintillating way to finish the song, which is more like an amplified Jamie XX tune rather than a punchy, hardcore BAAUER classic.
808INK - Sol ft Sam Wise
‘Sol’ sees the second time that group 808INK have teamed up with House of Pharaohs member Sam Wise. Chopping up a deep and groovy baseline, and mashing it with a Tame Impala-esque synth, producer 8o8Charmer makes 808INK incredibly difficult to define by a genre. It’s a beat that could have slipped fittingly into Gorillaz’ ‘Plastic Beach’ album, the production transporting you somewhere only 8o8Charmer could. If you want a break from the scatty bassline at Boomtown, give these lads a go. They are a set you shouldn’t be missing.
Alt-J - Deadcrush ft Danny Brown
Announcing a remix album of their 2017 release ‘Relaxer’. Alt-J’s second single collaborates with frantic Detroit rap legend Danny Brown. Offering his enigmatic and goofy vocals, Brown’s lyrical diversity completes one of the best remixes of the year. GoldLink and Rejjie Snow features are on there way so check back here for more news.
67 - 67
You know what you’re going to get with 67 normally, but this self-titled track shows they are willing to switch it up. Utilising a more electronic and textured rhythm than usual, this is the stand out track off of LD and co’s latest record. They are the front runners of the U.K. drill scene, and prove there is still life in the genre just yet.
Drenge - Before The War Begins
The second single off of their fourth coming record, the Sheffield based band continue to engineer their grunge come fleetwood Mac sound, and prove they are one of the best indie acts on the British circuit right now. If their upcoming album is anywhere near as good as the other two, then we are in for a treat. Expect an unmissable tour next year; it’s good to have the Loveless brothers back.
Tyler, The Creator - Tiptoe
There is nothing that excites me more than a music release from Tyler, the Creator. This time, he’s remixed Playboi Carti’s ‘R.I.P’, crafting a more muted sound, whilst typically manipulating his vocals into a goofy ensemble. I’m hoping for a mini EP from the OFWGKTA founder soon, he’s the biggest tease in world music. The production is very similar to earlier single ‘OKRA’, using grungy bass and snare sounds to encapsulate a new aesthetic that Tyler is warming towards nowadays.
Bloody Knees - Spinning
The local Cambridge lads are, again, on fine form with this single. They have to be one of the most underrated punk acts in England at the moment, with their angsty, visceral and fiery vibrations putting them on a par with anyone out there. Praised by the likes of Wolf Alice and The Magic Gang, they can be sure that large-scale success is inevitable.
Idles - Samaritans
Supporting Foo Fighters would be an incredibly daunting task for most bands, but it didn’t seem like it for these Bristol boys. Idles are probably the most aggressive band in England; politically driven and true entertainers as well. Joe Talbot possesses something that no other punk vocalist has at the moment, the naturally abrasive tone to his voice is enough to cause a riotous atmosphere anywhere. This is no different on ‘Samaritans’, where the band continue to justify the praise radio stations like 6 music have been giving them over the past couple of years.
Gaika - Grip
Coming straight off his latest album ‘Basic Volume’, Gaika’s ‘Grip’ materialises a blend of reggae, Afro-trap and trip-hop to manufacture a ghastly atmosphere. This isn’t quite the tone throughout the whole album, but the sound on this track just blows me away. The tribal drums, gritty lyrics and collection of samples and synths really transport you somewhere and take you out of reality.
LORD APEX, FINN FOXELL & FLOWZART - Evidence
I only got put onto Foxell recently, but I’m starting to realise that I’ve been missing out... a lot. Mixing his slurry stoner indie trap with Apex’s more classic vocal tones works brilliantly on ‘Evidence’, the beat going unbelievably hard as well. Vibrant, twinkling xylophone type samples are amplified by the thumping bass that whirs throughout the track, making it unbelievably contagious and catchy.
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