Once again, we’ve compiled a ‘who’s who’ of what we think are the biggest artists and releases of recent times. Enjoy your dose of the freshest Hip Hop + Grime. This is edition number 20 of our weekly playlist!
Lo-Fi Feat. Jay IDK – “Wake Up” (Visuals)
“‘Wake Up’ is about the things I dream about when I go to sleep – my future as a recording artist. ‘Wake Up’ wasn’t made for lyricism, although it doesn’t completely lack thought. I literally woke up, heard the beat, got on Pro Tools in my room, and said what I was feeling. By the time I got out of the shower, my engineer Lo-Mein, had a rough mix on it. The overall production is what makes it a ‘ViBE’”
Whatever it is, we really like the smooth production and visuals, which you can view here:
The Purist Feat. Mick Jenkins – “Touch Me” (Audio)
Having collaborated with the likes of Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs and Tree, London producer The Purist has got Chicago native Mick Jenkins (who we have talked about A LOT before) on board for romantic track “Touch Me”. In our opinions, this is the best to come from Mick in a minute, with a romantic and laid-back production coupled with Mick’s poetic verses.
Loyle Carner – “BFG” (Visuals)
Loyle Carner breaks our hearts all over again with this one. BFG was the opening track to Loyle’s breakthrough project the A Little Late EP, and chronicles the death of his father, who passed away exactly one year ago today on February 24th 2014. To mark the anniversary of his father’s passing, this self-directed video shows Loyle holding his brother on his shoulders while trying to juggle as a series of obstacles bombard him. According to Loyle, “the video quite literally shows the new weight on my shoulders with me having to step up and take his place – the idea for the video came about from my mum saying she felt like I was carrying the weight of the world.”
Rest In Peace Steven Vengeance.
Joe James – “It’s Not Hard” (Audio)
DJ Argue VS Blaydes (Set)
This one puts 16 year old resident Lewisham sheller Blaydes (who we interviewed HERE) up against the sounds of DJ Argue for a 24 minute set that proves to you just why Blaydes is an MC you really need to keep your eye on.
Jesse James (Solomon) Feat. Jadasea & Larry Smooth – “Medusa” (Audio)
Jesse James has been sporadically releasing new tracks on Soundcloud and deleting them in the past few weeks – with the most recent upload being moody track Medusa which features Sub Luna City‘s Jadasea and the production of Larry Smooth. This track utilises Jesse’s trademark monotonic wordplay to paint a sombre but realistic portrait of life in inner city London.