Aren't collaborations a great thing? When me and my mum come together in the kitchen, we cook up a curry goat and rice to rival the Caribbean gods themselves. I play culinary elite in this relationship, obviously. Now, this match of Poland's Chloe Martini and Austrian, Milo Mills , is more of a European delicacy. I'm not too well versed on my Pierogi or my Tafelspitz but 'Falling In Love' is impeccably quenching. Masked in a slowed garage camouflage, it cruises through its five minute duration with moisturise-smooth pads [...]
If Beyonce has ever caused a headline because of her curvaceous bosom, then this rework of 'Best Thing I Never Had' has the equivalent of bootay for days. Sidechained, fuzzy synths smooch up within French kissing distance of Bey's spaced out vocal patterings that filter passively in the background. The arrangement comes from Stwo; a 20-year-old beat merchant from Paris who randomly popped up on our Soundcloud radar.
Project Maldonado has crept out of some shadowy crevice seeping ethereal R&B from its every pore. The sound of one of my favourite vocalists, Liam Bailey melds a beautifully cloudy tone atop beats probably most welcomed on a London night bus journey, post-party. Bailey trounces through the voodoo darkness of 'Rebel' and brash sensuality of 'Confessions' where he doesn't need to know your name to get 'fucked with you'. Off of public transport, 'Seraphim' conjures up memories of those nocturnal stumbles home with just headphones and the whirs of drugged up police sirens as company. Someone give [...]
Currently going through one of those 'whatcha call it garage?' moments. Numbers released Rustie 's Slasher/Triadzz EP yesterday and what an untameable beast it is. Triadzz teeters on the edges of trap, flirts with dance floor bangerism and wallows in hip-hop and we can't get enough. Slasher/Triadzz is out now via Numbers. Pre-order the 12 inch HERE.
Ciara and her body-popping self once had quite a stronghold on the R&B scene. How could we forget the Austin native's crunk-inspired take on R&B during the mid-2000s? What we would do for a moment of 'Goodies' watching Ciara wrangle herself to Jazze Pha's whiny, 808 hip-hop. Welsh pair, Bodhi , take one of her later creations that featured JT during his electro pop phase. 'Love Sex Magic' gets converted to a jumpy twostepper, perfect for shaking off that weekend laze/hangover. It's Monday, let's go. Also, did somebody say free [...]
'Platinum Blonde' from Scottish hyperboogie young'un, Lockah, is packing quite a hefty funk punch. Moulded in a similar fashion to fellow Scot, Rustie, this entry for Donky Pitch is coated in the type of lavish retro tones that 80s film car chases were made for. 'Only Built 4 Neon Nites' is out today via Donky Pitch .
'Puddle' has a habit of sounding like an electric shock if it could have a rhythm. Glitchy sounds o'er the almighty funk of slap bass didn't ever quite match up in our heads. That is before Osaka-born, Fujimoto Tetsuro married them up in a fashion unbeknown to us. It's a groovy juxtaposition. Fujimoto Tetsuro's 'Sketches of the Other Tokyo' EP is out now via Diskotopia .
Oh, the glory days of grime. When riddims were made using Playstations, MSN noises (shouts out to Shizzle) and any other polyphonic sounding device within touching distance. It's been a long time since Dizzee Rascal was barking out absonant screams of 'stop dat, start dat' atop similarly atonal instrumentals. Dizzee, why are you so bonkers now? Nevertheless, grime has had a mini phoenix-type resurgence in the last few years and the beats are as rudimentary as ever. Just as we like it. I tripped across Lemzly Dale this [...]
Dark. The only word to describe this bone-crushing remix from Happa. Recently a exclusive edition came out on limited white label (via R&S) with a brilliant remix from FaltyDL aswell.
There are a few, a rare few, remixes of all-time classics that maybe considered a better rework than the original one. We don't say this is a better version but damn, Woody scraped the dust of this classic and gave it a new touch. Brilliant.
Don't you get bored of all the blasé rap preachings? Every single rapper and their platinum encrusted chain is on about sex, spontaneous drug-taking and all else materialistic. So bask in the honest, stern musings of Melo-X - the Flatbush resident - who speaks about paying dues and looking within himself to control his destiny. It's a far step from scantily clad booty shakers and our grill-less smile couldn't be wider. 'GOD MAGIC' comes off of the forthcoming Melo-X EP 'GOD:LoFi'.
One of New Zealand's finest talents returns with some boom-bap R&B this morn. Ladi6 from Auckland has already churned out two albums. 2010 sprung the certified gold, sophomore effort, 'The Liberation Of...' which also spawned platinum-selling Top 10 single 'Like Water' . 'Ikarus' comes as a first taste of the third LP and oh, what a contagiously sweet aesthetic it has. Those lush vocals flirting over butterflying arp touches are almost edible. Much like a Twix. I want one now.
You all must know our love for the Belgian label Pelican Fly by know, and this is why! One heck of a mixtape by Dj Slow (head of Pelican Fly). This mixtape may be 8 months old but it is still way ahead when it comes to the beats mixed here. Pelican Fly on their way to become pioneers.
For the raucous, grime instrumental admirer comes a night from Gobstopper Records head honcho, Mr. Mitch. Featuring some of the most progressive grime names of recent times, Boxed is the 140BPM lover's wet dream . The likes of Slackk, Oil Gang and Logos are on show and proceedings take place at Peckham Palais on March 23. Start readying your neck muscles. 10pm-4am Peckham Palais, SE15 5EW ( Tickets £5 on the door)
Felix Lenferink's boiler room session is just crazy. Knowing that he made this live with an own made controller just makes it 10x more amazing. This mixtape will get you dancing no matter where you are!
Nurofen for breakfast. It's never quite gonna beat Coco Pops is it. But despite my throat feeling like a cross between the Sahara and a hedgehog's back, my ears are feeling healthy. Healthy because Brighton's Moony has serviced them with a dose of soulful-edged house on his upcoming 'Soul Session EP'. It's a most distinguished step away from the one trick pony stirrups too. As fans of Moony will already know, there's usually a wholesomely grime type texture to his tracks, however, four lashings of this tropical steez conjures up memories of vanilla ice cream [...]
Lapalux emerges from one murky, twisted cul-de-sac on 'Without You'. Enveloped in deeper meaning, the video portrays a mournful tale of relationships gone sour put together by Lapalux himself and Nick Ray Rutter. There's latex, intense hues and beautifully sparse vocals from Kerry Leatham all wallowing in Brainfeeder's typical innovation. Lapalux‘s debut album ‘Nostalchic‘ is released 26 March worldwide on Brainfeeder. Download on iTunes Buy on Amazon Buy at the Ninjashop