Rozzma – Khatar Sayeb

December 5

Egyptian sound artist Rozzma makes his XL Recordings debut with the release of his explosive and innovative EP ‘Khatar Sayeb’. Featuring previous cut ‘Hout’ which boasts Rozzma’s spitfire verses riding over a frenetic beat as well as recently released ‘Gheirek’ which encompasses a softer, lovelorn aesthetic, ‘Khatar Sayeb’ is rounded out by new gems ‘Hela’ and the closer ‘Sayeb’. With ‘Khatar Sayeb’, Rozzma has created one of the most singular and captivating projects you’ll hear this year – stream it in its entirety here.

Pharoahgamo – Survivor Series

21-year-old Egyptian artist Pharaohgamo creates music with a maturity that even veteran artists struggle to achieve. On his debut mixtape Survivor Series, released in December 2017, the Virginia-based wordsmith pens lyrics with an engaging balance of intellectual social commentary alongside clever punch lines and humour. With imposing, gravelly vocals that have iconic potential, Pharaohgamo’s dark tone and contemporary twists on old-school flows is symbolic of the struggle of artists who must rebel against the restrictions of their culture in order to push the envelope for those who wish to follow in their footsteps.