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Australian rapper Tkay Maidza unleashes another explosive new single in the form of ‘Shook’ which is produced by Dan Farber. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts ‘Awake’ (featuring JPEGMAFIA) and ‘‘IDC IF U BE DED’, ‘Shook’ further showcases Maidza’s unquestionable versatility as a songwriter and vocalist. Check out the fiery track which boasts a super crisp beat and it’s equally impressive music video directed by Jenna Marsh here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the Adelaide based rapper in the coming months.
North London based MC and COLORS alumni Little Simz unveils new EP ‘Drop 6’ which was written and recorded whilst in lockdown. The project follows up last year’s Mercury Prize-nominated album ‘GREY Area’ and features production from the likes of Kal Banx, OTG, Kadz, St Francis Hotel and more as well as an appearance from singer Alewya on closing cut ‘where’s my lighter’. As is expected with everything Simz puts out, ‘Drop 6’ is another fiery collection of songs that showcase the rapper’s exceptional songwriting and ruthless flow.
If you’re looking for a song that will get your heart pumping, look no further than Spanish rapper C. Tangana’s exhilarating new single ‘Guille Asesino’. Accompanied by an equally high octane music video directed by Diana Kunst, the single features a blistering electronic and percussive beat that sees the Madrid based artist lay down his words with a venomous flow. Check out the single and its striking music video here.
Norwegian rapper Ivan Ave was one of the first artists to grace the COLORS stage, if you haven’t checked out his performance of ‘Hello’ yet, head over here. This past week, the artist unveiled his stellar new album ‘Double Goodbyes’ which enlists the likes of fellow COLORS alumni Joyce Wrice and Sasac, and features stand out cuts like ‘Triple Double Love’ and ‘Nu Path’. On ‘Double Goodbyes’, Ivan Ave is a breath of fresh air as he channels a vibrant and refreshing new sound that takes elements of soul, jazz and hip-hop encased in electronic beats. Check out the brilliant record here.
West London based rapper Life teams up with Lord Apex on his explosive and emotive new single about friendship called ‘Cheque On It’. Dedicated to that one friend we all have “that’s always smiling, the one that’s always happy”, ‘Cheque On It’ sees the two MCs work their magic over a super slick beat. The track closes off with a softer and deeper touch which was inspired by the passing of Life’s close friends due to COVID-19. Check out the empowering and raw single here, and keep an eye out for Life’s forthcoming (as yet untitled) project which is out later this year.
Seattle, Washington based duo Shabazz Palaces return with their magnificent, long-awaited fifth studio album ‘The Don Of Diamond Dreams’. The ten track album includes standout cuts like ‘Fast Learner’ (featuring Purple Tape Nate), ‘Wet’ and ‘Chocolate Souffle’ all of which showcase the pair’s eclectic brand of alternative hip-hop and rap. With each record, Shabazz Palaces bring something new to the table, and that’s exactly the case with ‘The Don Of Diamond Dreams’.
London based rapper Ultra)_eko shares ‘Kitchen Sink Dramas’, a powerful six-track project that packs a punch from start to finish. Throughout the course of the EP, Ultra_eko showcases his versatility as both a performer and songwriter, navigating hard-hitting and powerful beats tinged with gentle piano chords and sophisticated orchestration with ease. There’s a certain rawness to ‘Kitchen Sink Dramas’, one that resonates with you from opening track ‘The Seventh Day” to closer ‘Twisted’.
Consider yourself introduced to rising Perth based rapper MALi JO$E who shares the explosive and uplifting ‘This Could Be You’. Accompanied by a music video directed by Dylan Guy and MALi JO$E, the spirited track features a scintillating beat that serves as the perfect backdrop for JO$E to lay down his sharp verses and chilled vocals. This being the second release for the artist (following last year’s brilliant ‘Mistakes’), it’s safe to say that MALi JO$E is definitely one to watch.
Rochester, NY based rapper ISHMAEL (fka Ishmael Raps) returns with another impressive track in the form of ‘PEACE’ (co-produced by Switch). Serving as his first new song in over a year, ‘PEACE’ is definitely worth the wait. Accompanied by a thought-provoking visual directed by ISHMAEL and Zach Stone, ‘PEACE’ sees the rapper go all in with an infectious energy and fiery flow as he works his magic over the shape-shifting beat. ISHMAEL isn’t playing around on this one – see for yourself to the right.
British-Pakistani rapper/actor Riz Ahmed unleashes ‘The Long Goodbye’, his break-up letter to a post-Brexit Britain. Riddled with break-up advice from the likes of Mindy Kaling, Yara Shahidi, Mahershala Ali and more, ‘The Long Goodbye’ sees the West Londoner set the scene wonderfully with the poetic opener ‘The Breakup (Shikwa)’. Throughout the record, Riz works his lyrical magic over fiery beats penned by fellow Swet Shop Boys band mate and producer Redinho; coupling sharp verses and raw narratives on standout cuts like ‘Toba Tek Singh’, ‘Where You From’ and ‘Mogambo’.
Australian hip hop collective Superego team up with the incredible Sampa The Great on their latest single ‘Outer Body Stranger’. The five-piece serve up another tantalizing experimental cut that boasts their eclectic instrumentation (this time courtesy of Superego member Faoul Duke) and imaginative storytelling. When you add the fierce flow and sharp delivery of Sampa The Great into the mix, there’s no denying that this one’s pretty special. Check out the single (which is taken from the group’s upcoming EP) and its hypnotic music video by Matsu Photography here.
Consider yourself introduced to Florida based collective seeyousoon who burst onto the scene with their explosive debut single ‘Steamy’. With one of the most memorable debuts you’ll hear this year, the 9-piece (comprised of Ignacio, Kenny, Denny, Maddie, Josh, Dre, Drex, Luke, and Mitch) make quite the impression with a refreshing slice of Hip-Hop with a sprinkling of pop and R&B thrown in for good measure. Check out the magnificent single here and be sure to keep an eye out for their forthcoming debut EP ‘VIDÉ’ which is out later this year.
Consider yourself introduced to London based artist On Man, whose warped and twisted new single ‘Squares And Triangles’ is an absolute stunner. Encompassing a moody, atmospheric beat that mutates and shifts over its duration, the striking single is taken to another level as On Man’s clever wordplay permeates through. With an EP on the way, ‘Squares And Triangles’ is the perfect taste of what’s to come from this intriguing artist.
South African-born, German-based artist WizTheMC makes quite the impression on his brilliant new mixtape ‘Growing Teeth’. Boosted by the slick opener ‘The One’, the ten-track project wonderfully showcases WizTheMC’s playful songwriting and energetic flow as he works his magic over equally spirited beats. Featuring previously released cuts ‘Patience’, ‘Fear of Heights’ and ‘Take Me’, ‘Growing Teeth’ is a vibe from start to finish.
Consider yourself introduced to Baltimore based artist Neru Thee Fourth Fugee, whose latest album ‘The Almanac’ is an absolute blast from start to finish. The project serves as the follow up to 2014’s ‘Enlightenment Era’ and features previously released single ‘‘C-Spine’ which enlists the talents of rising star Deetranada. Over the course of the project’s nine tracks, Neru takes you on a kaleidoscopic journey of sounds which beautifully meld together hip-hop, rap, funk, neo-soul with psychedelic nuances thrown in for good measure.
If you’re looking for a track to pump you up, look no further than the powerful new single ‘Bass Jumpin’ from Australian artist Arno Faraji. With production courtesy of Moktar and Just A Gent who lay down a bass-heavy beat underlined by groovy guitars and glitchy electronics to allow Faraji to work his magic as he raps about “battling your demons (whatever they are) even when things seem crazy and making opportunities instead of waiting for them”. Check out the equally energetic music video here too, which is directed and filmed by Samson Makumbe.
Korean-American artist Audrey teams up with Jack Harlow on the bombastic and utterly captivating single ‘Comic Sans’ which dropped last month. Accompanied by an equally playful music video directed by Khufu Najee and Audrey Chu, the track packs quite the punch as both Audrey and Jack manoeuvre their way across the trap-inspired beat with killer flows.
Parisian rapper Sika Deva shares stellar new single in the form of ‘Gling’, an emphatic and powerful cut produced by Tices. Released via Kitsuné Musique, the striking track opens in a sombre fashion before a killer beat bursts onto the scene alongside Deva’s superb delivery and confident flow. Balancing smoothness with hard-hitting lines, Sika Deva shows why he’s one of the most exciting rappers to come out of the French capital.
Originally released in 2017, Los Angeles based trio clipping. share ‘The Deep’, alongside two previously unreleased recordings in the form of ‘Aquacode Databreaks’ (ft. Shabazz Palaces) and ‘Drownt’. Encompassing a futuristic sound, the experimental Hip-Hop group, comprised of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, work their magic across the three tracks which encompass shape-shifting sci-fi soundscapes.
Toronto’s Keynes Woods links up with fellow MC’s Just John and So Loki on blistering new single ‘Spiritual Healing’, the first taste of his upcoming new EP. Having released a slew of standalone singles in the form of ‘Threat‘ (which he performed for COLORS), ‘Avarice’, ‘Groovy’ and ‘Water In The City’, Woods delivers another spectacular cut that features his sharp and confident lyrics over an eerie and utterly captivating beat. Check out the track here and look for Keynes Woods’ debut project ‘Kongo KANE’ which is out February 2020.