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feel away – [Slowthai] ft. [James Blake] & [Mount Kimbie]

Ever since Rap and Hip-Hop music came into existence, there has always been a wide range of personalities amongst artists. While some might be more introspective and lyrical, others can be straight-up zany and wild. Throughout the decades, though, I’m not sure there’s a single artist who is as wild or out of the box as Slowthai. He takes the definition of being a rapper and flips it on its head unlike anyone else ever has, and it’s because of his unbelievably creative mind that I have no choice but to tune into every single new offering he puts out. Most recently, he is back with a fresh single called “feel away” as well as a unique and uncharacteristic music video, although I’m not surprised because all of his visuals are some of the most inventive videos in the entire industry. Not only am I excited for the song, but I’m even more anticipative because when I saw he tapped the legendary singer James Blake and the London-based electronic duo Mount Kimbie, I knew I was in for a treat. The instrumental is a bit calmer than what I’ve grown to expect out of the English emcee, utilizing a piano-driven …

Limbo – [Amine]

After a couple of impressive singles, Amine’s highly anticipated 2020 album Limbo is here. Amine has come along way since he burst on to the scene with his viral hit “Caroline” back in 2017. With the first couple of listens, it’s really crazy to see how far Amine has come with his artistry within a short period of time. Like just look at the video he dropped with earlier in the week for his record with Young Thug entitled “Compensating.” The production on this album ranges from a plethora of sounds that showcase the Portland, Oregon artist’s range and versatility. As far as content Amine touches on an array of topics which include Kobe’s death, love, fame, and introspective, and self-reflection. The features on this were carefully curated and it feels like everyone plays their role on this album. That list includes Young Thug, Charlie Wilson, JID, Vince Staples, Summer Walker, slowthai and more. Some of the stands out tracks are “RIRI”, “Compensating”, “Woodlawn”, “Burden” and plenty more. Stream Amine’s newest project Limbo and judge for yourself after the break.

My High – [Disclosure] ft. [Amine] & [Slowthai]

Although I used to hate on EDM music, admittedly, I’ve recently opened my mind and come around to it a bit. While Hip-Hop and Rap will always take the crown, in my opinion, I feel like EDM has its place in the world of music and I definitely understand the appeal at this point. I especially love when I see the two worlds collide, as is what happens on Disclosure’s latest single “My High”, which recruits the likes of Amine and Slowthai. While I’m more familiar with Slowthai than Amine, in all honesty, I know that both artists bring such vitality to any song they’re on, so seeing them pair up on an already high energy offering is super interesting, to say the least. Considering it is an EDM song first and foremost, the instrumental is fast-paced, high energy, and bounces the entire time. This is due to the lively percussion and pithy drums, while a melody isn’t always evident throughout every portion of the track. Rather, the vocals are somewhat spoken in a melodic fashion, bringing that element to the track in an uncharacteristic but appealing fashion. As Amine begins to sing, his voice has a filter over it, …

BB (BODYBAG) – [Slowthai]

Slowthai has been going off for the past week. Well, to clarify, he’s honestly been going off for a few years at this point with his insane and chaotic offerings. This past week specifically, however, he has dropped off a slew of new music out of nowhere, each song being better than the last, and his fans couldn’t be more excited. I had just written about the song “Magic” that he made with Kenny Beats and was playing that repeatedly before realizing that another single had dropped, and this one had a music video. I’m talking about his song “BB (BODYBAG)” of course, and I know I’m a couple of days late to the party but it’s as wild and crazy as any of his other hits this week. The beat begins with some fuzzy synths that almost sound like vintage horns as well as some plucking strings before the percussion and bass come in to add some eye-opening hostility. Before the percussion does come in, though, his lyrics and delivery come off as somewhat innocent and harmless prior to his entire disposition changing as soon as the striking hats and booming drums come into the picture. With all of …

Magic- [Slowthai] & [Kenny Beats]

All sorts of Rap music is being created in this day and age, and Kenny Beats is typically responsible for making a good majority of it. His versatility to produce for such a wide variety of artists has always been something I admired about him, and his show The Cave on YouTube has put me onto some artists who I’ve honestly slept on up until seeing their appearances. Slowthai was one of these people, and I had no idea what I was missing out on with his music. His edgy, grungy demeanor is unlike anything else in the industry, and the fact that he’s making music like this coming from a place like England is unheard of. His personality is so strange in the best possible way, and his uniqueness shines through in his music, time and time again. Most recently, he teamed back up with Kenny Beats to release a random single entitled “Magic”. With most interactions being handled virtually, Kenny and Thai met up while streaming on Twitch to announce that this song was going to drop soon and soon ended up being just a few hours later. Kenny uses beyond pungent and powerful drums, clean hats, and …

The Life of Reilly – [DeBe]

Northampton, UK is pretty scarcely known as a hub of culture, especially rap music, but thanks in many parts to the success of Slowthai the city has begun to receive a lot more looks as far as hip-hop is concerned. Recently I was lucky enough to discover DeBe and his new, six-track EP titled The Life of Reilly which featured a great deal of production from Slowthai collaborator Earbuds, as well as Nick French, Sammy Byrne, and Baga also contributing on that front. DeBe is a skilled storyteller and that is obvious from the EP’s onset and the project’s beats are equally as expressive as his personal and introspective lyrics that take you on a journey across DeBe’s Northampton. He is incredibly versatile in his delivery methods and can both spit bars and be more melodic at times. I would highly recommend this project to anyone and while DeBe is largely unknown currently The Life of Reilly is nonetheless one of the best EP’s from a UK rapper this year.

In Due Time – [p-rallel]

Music writing has brought me a number of benefits as far as learning about a host of new songs and elements of culture, but my favorite two aspects that it has afforded me are a newfound knowledge on other cultures across the globe, as well as introducing me to new music that I have a limited prior knowledge of but greatly enjoy nonetheless. London’s p-rallel encompasses both of these things, and for those who are unfamiliar with his reputation or his work he is a producer and DJ who has a great notoriety within London’s party scene and also is a respected tour DJ with Northampton superstar Slowthai. His new project In Due Time is a brief three-track EP with a variety of distinct flavors. The opening cut “Tomorrow,” is a jazzy and laid-back tune driven by a distant saxophone alongside the subdued production but almost halfway in the track takes a more exciting turn with a sweet guitar riff and some more cosmic synths. This leads into the Lava La Rue featuring “99” that is much more in the club/dance vain and Lava La Rue comes onto this track perfectly and after the drop that leads into her hook, I couldn’t …

Psycho – [Denzel Curry] x [Slowthai]

Denzel Curry and Slowthai have linked up for an exciting collaborative track today titled “Psycho”. This Florida x UK collaboration seems to have a lot of potential on paper, and once you hit play on the song, both artists capitalize on that momentum by feeding off each other’s explosive energy. As they trade aggressive bars back and forth, they’re pieced together through a piercing horror-film inspired beat made by Kwes Darko. The producer’s mix of ominous strings, booming drums, and heavy distortion allow Curry and Slowthai’s verses to hit with a level of rawness that fits each of their own styles. “Psycho” comes right in time for Slowthai’s US tour and ahead of Curry’s European tour, and hopefully they add this track to their respective setlists as it would be the perfect soundtrack for a mosh pit. Listen to “Psycho” below:

Toaster – [slowthai]

Simple as it may be, “Northampton, yeah man I’m a cobbler” has to be one of my favorite lyrics of the past year or so. Taken from slowthai’s “Gorgeous,” these few words mark the UK musician’s undying loyalty to his hometown, proclaiming himself as a “cobbler” despite the fact that this defies just about every stereotype of what a “cool” rapper should say or look like in today’s day and age. Needless to say, Thai is comfortable in his own skin, and with a story as complex and meaningful as his own, it’s clear why the budding star has developed such a strong sense of identity as told throughout his critically-acclaimed debut album, Nothing Great About Britain. He’s a figure to rally around and an easy artist to connect to, just as thai demonstrates in the brand new video for one of my other favorite songs off of the album, “Toaster.” Taking fans on a tour around his childhood home, the “Toaster” music video is more so a documentary than anything else. Each scene provides a look into thai at his most candid and sentimental, recalling times of struggle as fond memories of when musical stardom felt like a topic of …

Bullet From A Gun – [Skepta]

Over the past year or so, only a select few albums have had me as excited as I am for Skepta’s forthcoming full-length effort, Ignorance Is Bliss. Every single thus far has hit just right, and even beyond the strength of his own music, the hand that Skepta has played in some of the UK’s best upcoming talents right now — most notably slowthai, who just released his new album — has seamlessly demonstrated the chess-not-checkers approach that he’s used in taking over British music right now. Today, we watch Skepta further this vision with yet another immaculate release — the complementary visuals for one of the album’s singles, “Bullet From A Gun.” Placing the Top Boy himself right in front of the Camden Town Tube stop, this video pairs Skepta with a baby carriage which he protects from the insane cast of characters that appear throughout the duration of the visuals. With each scene, the intensity and focused direction of the music seems to seep into the impact of what’s being shown on screen, and as a result, “Bullet From A Gun” has found a perfect visual companion. That said, Ignorance Is Bliss is right around the corner, so be sure …