Boylan - License
At the Zenker Brother’s and Skee Mask’s set at Mint Warehouse last month, they dropped the then unreleased ‘License’, and the walls genuinely couldn’t hack the bass this song produces. People instantly looked to each other wondering what the fuck they were hearing, and as of a few days later it became apparent that Boylan was the culprit for such carnage. Give the track a gander below.
Bok Bok - Pure Shores OG Mix
Director of night slugs records, and being ever supported by Benji B, Bok Bok’s elusive mix of hard house and trap feels both nostalgic and ahead of It’s time. We only found out about the DJ and producer this month but boy are we glad we did. The release coincides with a remix by HXC, but the OG version is doing it for us at the moment.
Skepta & AJ Tracey - Kiss and Tell
In light of their European tour, Skepta and AJ Tracey have finally released their highly anticipated, and heavily teased, collaboration ‘Kiss and Tell’. Adenuga’s signature, jingly grime production simmers beneath the impeccable flows of both emcees, and works well with the glitchy music video. It’s another banger coming via Skep for Halloween; two years ago of course we had the ‘Vicious EP’.
Kanye West - Follow God
Jesus Is King has been the topic of conversation ever since its release, for both good and bad reasons. One of the standout cuts from the album is Follow God, which shows Kanye going back to his soul-sampling roots. Kanye flows smoothly over the very short track, but he has a lot to say in 1 minute 44 seconds, with no room for a hook.
Danny Brown - Savage Nomad
Danny Brown released his excellent album uknowhatimsayin¿ earlier this month. Savage Nomad features Danny over a sample heavy, psychedelic sounding guitar-based instrumental. The lyrical content is where Danny shines, full of drug talk and funny one liners – the song erupts into utter chaos, embodying Danny’s chants of ‘mayday, mayday, sound the alarm’.
Joy Orbison - Burn
Joy Orb’s return to the forefront of Britain’s underground tech scene has been a long time coming. ‘Slipping’, the Londoner’s new EP, explores ambient bass textures in a more downtempo style compared to previous work, and ‘Burn’ is our favourite cut from the 6 track project. Featuring Mansur Brown and Infinite, the tune accentuates the transitional period Orbison experienced in the process of making the EP; It’s one of his best songs to date.
BlazeYL - The Loot
House Of Pharaohs just don’t slow down - Blaze in particular has been integral to both Seasons mixtapes, their mad about bars, and now he’s back to releasing solo slappers. After seeing H.O.P a few months back, we can safely say that this song would go off at future gigs, Hayze’s production is top notch too, It’s sinister nature working perfectly with Blaze’s aggressive delivery.
Floating Points - Bias
Crush is the long-awaited album by the fantastic producer Floating Points. The track turning the most heads has to be Bias, a track built on eerie synths, reminiscent of an 80s horror film. The track drops head first after a hectic crescendo. It’s a mental tune that’s full of surprises and will definitely have your speakers knocking.
Mount Kimbie - You Look Certain (I’m Not So Sure)
Released, similarly to 2017’s ‘Love What Survives’, on Warp Records, ‘You Look Certain’ sees the London duo experimenting with grunge loops and indie harmonies. It is a cracker of a tune, and features Andrea Balency - who provides some exquisite vocals to contrast the more masculine tones the Kimbie boys enlist.
Skin On Skin - Get Me Fucked Up
Released on Mall Grab’s record label ‘Looking For Trouble, Get Me Fucked Up sees Skin On Skin expanding his sonics into a new realm of hardcore dance music. A mischievous build crescendos in a frenzy of post-acid house scuzz, with the looped ‘mo’ fucka get me fucked up’ vocals frantically spazzing over the top.
Pop Smoke - War
If you don’t know Pop Smoke by now, you really should. Hailing from Brooklyn, you’d think he might take inspiration from his peers – but his sound is heavily influenced by UK drill. His flows and beats sound straight out of Brixton. This banger is full of lyrical threats that will have your average listener thinking they’re Pablo Escobar. Lil Tjay provides the melodies, but the shining stars are British producer 808Melo, and Pop Smoke.
Frank Ocean - Cayendo Sango Remix
Frank Ocean made waves earlier this month with his surprise single DHL, but the real standout comes from his New York club event. We are yet to hear the original version of Cayendo (which features Frank singing in Spanish), but the official Sango remix available for pre-order on vinyl is an exciting taster of what’s to come. The Brazilian flavoured dancehall-esque instrumental and pitched vocals really bring the song to life, capturing the energy of Ocean’s club night.