Young east London music journo Xaymaca shares today’s Sunday music selection – read on to see what you should be listening today:
These are the songs you play right before you hear Monday calling you and as you begin to wind down for the day. I find that I enjoy music more on Sunday evenings after the events of the previous week and these Sunday songs often calm me, before I prepare to face the dreaded Monday morning.
Whether, it’s a cool classic or a new banger, I will recommend the perfect songs that will help you reflect on the previous week and help you come to peace with the Monday ahead.
I’m sure everyone is aware of the tragic events that occurred last week, at the Grenfell Tower. My thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost loved ones and to those who have also lost their homes. I can’t begin to imagine the pain that those people are feeling or what it must have been like to be in such a situation. The compassion and sense of community shown by Londoners is also commendable, in terms of donating money and clothes to victims of the fire. The firefighters should be praised for their hard work as they did their best to save the lives of numerous people inside the building, as well as the people working in health care, who have been working hard to treat victims.
Many questions were inevitably asked and there have been calls for the truth and for the people higher up to listen to the community. I could go into detail about the £10 million figure, in which £300,000 could’ve been spent on a sprinkler system. The flammable cladding, the previous warning, the £5 million emergency fund for victims compared to the £396 million for Buckingham Palace refurbishment.
However, that would mean this article would go on forever and I’m more concerned about the truth for the families of the victims, the current situation with people who have lost their homes and steps to be taken for an event like this to never happen again. I urge people to donate, raise awareness or visit the centres to really understand what is going on.
You have a voice. Use it.
— Semtex (@DJSemtex) June 17, 2017
Taken off the legendary ‘Madvillainy’, DOOM spits his message over the ‘Funny Ways’ by Gentle Giant sampled beat. The track oozes flow and DOOM floats over the beat while getting his message across. DOOM questions who ‘the real thugs, killers and gangsters’ are? When speaking about the US policing system, he questions whether the drug dealers or gangsters are the real villains as many of them are trying to feed their families just like the police officers.
Despite this, the second verse is what really caught my attention. In which, DOOM highlights the problems and hypocrisy with larger countries bombing and sending troops, particularly into the Middle East as they label people on the other side as terrorists after suicide bombings or their styles of fighting. ‘What’s the difference? All you get is lost children’. A message that is still relevant, thirteen years later. It seems that only one country is allowed to bomb the other. Hmm… ‘Sounds to me like that old robbery extortion’.
A fairly obvious choice after the weather we’ve had over the last couple of days. I remember hearing this song around my house as a young child but I first began to love the song after watching ‘Straight Outta Compton’. The scene with Dr Dre on the floor, lying on top of records, while playing his imaginary piano with his fingers, stood out to me and is one of my favourite moments from the film. The song was later sampled by Dre on ‘My Life’ and the song is now buzzing again after the scene in the film. The synthesiser is hypnotic and this track is perfect if you’re enjoying the sunshine in the comfort of your garden or at a barbecue. Roy Ayers’ discography is so lengthy, that ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’ is the only one of his LPs that I’ve thoroughly listened to. After listening to interviews with Divine Council and their discussions about Ayers’, I know that there is more music from him that I surely can enjoy.
AJ Tracey ends his silence in 2017 with this new banger. Produced by AJ and producer Nyge, the beat bumps and of course AJ goes in as usual. Accompanied by Swoosh and Sloan Evans, he sets the tone and shows exactly what we can expect from AJ in the future. Swoosh God, who I have been following, starts the track off with his sauce in the intro. He is also one to look out for. He recently, performed live with AJ Tracey and the pair have their sound on lock. AJ then proceeds by bringing that braggadocios talk expertly, even dropping a line about how some girls only want him now that he’s known by Drake. He also goes on to drop a VLONE bar and A$AP Bari has spent time in Ladbroke Grove with AJ recently, visiting Boom Burger. Bari has been known for embracing the UK scene. Swoosh then delivers his verse with his usual effortless style. Sloan Evans then delivers his verse and AJ wraps up the banger with the catchy chorus.