Take a listen to all the music that tickled our fancy in April. From the velvety tones of Bubba Janko to the infectious jungle rhythms of Nia Archives, there's plenty of variety to sink your teeth into.
NIA ARCHIVES - HEADZ GONE WEST
Taken from her similarly titled debut EP, Nia Archives’ infectious minimalist jungle single proved she is definitely someone who we should all be keeping a firm eye on this year. Her dusky croons body the frenetic breaks and hypnotic melody effortlessly, creating a noticeable cadence.
JAWNINO - 40NET
Enigmatic wordsmith Jawnino has made waves with a flurry of singles, namely 6:15 and It’s Cold Out, and April saw him drop yet another impressive tune in 40NET. A Tetris-esque instrumental nestles under the understated flows of the rapper, who references everything from the infamous Simpsons Hit and Run to bags of shrooms.
BUBBA JANKO - HAIR DOWN
Velvety vocals and spacious synths melt into a state of wooziness on Hair Down - our favourite cut from Bubba Janko’s debut EP Shy Luv. Elements of funk, indie and bedroom pop draw obvious comparisons to the likes of Mac Demarco and HOMESHAKE, but there’s a uniquely somniferous tone to his tracks that remain inherent to the Londoner’s music.
LORD APEX - SPEAK FOR YOURSELF
Taken off Smoke Session Vol. 3, which you can read our review of here, Speak For Yourself added an element of introspectiveness to the tape that we really needed at this moment in time. Drowning in uni deadlines, and in desperate need of a smoke, it’s fair to say Apex’s latest tape couldn’t really have been more punctual. droppedmilk’s instrumental is a beauty too.
MUSHKILLA - INDO
Last week Mushkilla provided us with a playlist of his favourite tunes, and if you haven’t checked that out, we highly recommend you do so. Crumbling his profound flows into chips of forward thinking drill and U.K. bass, the rapper proved with this single he is far more than the garage emcee many may pin him down as.
TYSON - PISCES PROBLEMS
Championed by tastemakers in the calibre of Benji B and Jamz Supernova, TYSON radiates a fresh outlook on U.K. music with her whimsical R&B. Produced by Oscar Scheller and mixed by Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), the songstresses’ debut EP goes beyond the realms of possibility and embodies an innovative spirit in doing so.
JOHN FM - FEBRUARY
Detroit producer, vocalist and dear friend of Omar S, John FM thrives on his debut EP. Personifying an unfiltered soundscape of his home town, the musician provides plenty of lyrical substance as well as variations of distorted deep house. Our pick is February, which you can watch the video for below.
A2 - NO RUSH FT ETTA BOND
Elusive wordsmith A2 continued his run of singles in 2021 with two tracks released last month. The incredibly hypnotic No Rush, featuring Etta Bond, is nothing short of captivating. His ever-evolving sound has taken a few directions over the years, and this is certainly one of our favourites. Both tracks are a timely reminder of his success thus far - could we be getting an album soon?
JP FROM 640 - BUNNIES FT ABIIOGENESIS AND KISH!
Twinkly melodies, mechanical hi hats and bouyant bars combine in fine fashion on JP’s latest AbiiogenesiS and Kish! featuring new single. The track is perfect for any sunny, springtime days, which have unfortunately been scarce recently. You can watch the new visuals below too.
WILLOW KAYNE - TWO SEATER
The first official single from Willow Kayne sounds straight off an early N.E.R.D record. Marrying a punk-like spirit with the pace of hip-hop and the energy of indie, Two Seater is drenched in attitude. The video is also well worth a watch, even if you just fancy admiring the songstress’ drip. Take a peak below.
Written by Liam Cattermole (@liam_cattermole)
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