It’s getting icy, as eskimo season looks to be approaching in full force. Shortly after dropping his Eskiboy autobiography (we’re still reading it – review pending), Wiley has dropped visuals for his new ‘Call The Shots’ track. Filmed by Kaylum Dennis on the streets of west London, it features lyrical dexterity from JME, and shows that Wiley’s still got as much creative fire as ever.
‘Call The Shots’ will be available on Wiley’s Godfather II album, which is set to drop on Feb 16th.
Chronicling the true story of when he was arrested graffitiing at sixteen years old alongside King Krule, London rapper Benny Mails has dropped new track ‘Senses’. After supporting on the Yellow Days tour throughout October, Benny is now gearing up for the announcement of his upcoming mixtape. Having become experienced in contemporary dance in his youth, Benny’s innate control of flow and time has seeped into his songwriting, as exhibited on his recent performance of ‘Mantra’ for COLORS.
Produced by Kid Kanevil, the fresh track samples Joe Henderson‘s ‘Black Narcissus’ and features a guest turn from Art Daley. We absolutely love Benny’s work, and will be eagerly waiting for the new project, which is (hopefully) set to drop before christmas.
You can watch Benny and Art performing the track live for Vevo dscvr below:
North London’s Little Simz comes through swinging with this month’s visuals for ‘Good For What’. Dripping with glam, the Duy Nguyen directed video catches Simz out in L.A partying with gang, and skating down the city’s broad streets. Preparing for the deluxe release of her album Stillness In Wonderland, Simz also recently bagged a space on the 2017 BET Cypher, with DJ Premier on the decks. The deluxe release will drop on vinyl via her own AGE:101 label, features eight new tracks, and will be available from November 3rd (so get your preorders in now!).
Produced by Astronote, ‘Good For Nothing’ sees Simz speaking war bars to enemies, and takes a moment to stake her place in building the current scene. “Look at Young Simbi in Vogue / look at Young Simbi in Forbes,” says Simz, “well, someone’s gotta do it, right, someone’s gotta open doors.” Having followed Little Simz for a few years now, we respect her hustle and look forward to much more coming in the future.
Tottenham rapper Coops had an exciting day last week, with the announcement that he had signed to leading UK Hip Hop label High Focus Records. To celebrate this fact, he dropped his first H.F release with ‘Stoner’, a track taken from his 2016 album God Complex.
This is big news for Coops, who after three self-released projects will now be recording new material with High Focus. We’ve been on to Coops since 2014’s Lost Soul, which enticed us immediately with its introspective boom bap stoner raps.
Directed by Craig Capone, the new video brings us into Coops’s world of Zen (which includes Coronas, buddha statues and females in yoga pants). The video is a tight match with the High Focus label, who have always had an apt ear in locating the waviest UK Hip Hop sounds. They also boasts the roster of Ocean Wisdom, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Dirty Dike, Lee Scott and more, which gives Coops strong musical company.
We look forward to this linkup delivers – keep your ears out for new Coops work soon.
South London’s Loyle Carner should have been on your radar for a long long time now. Having released debut studio album Yesterday’s Gone in January (which was subsequently nominated for a Mercury Prize), Loyle’s soulful brand of UK Hip Hop has garnered attention in all the right places. This week (on the same day of the Mercury announcements, which he lost out on to Sampha), Loyle dropped a fresh video for track ‘Sun Of Jean’. On an already emotionally charged album, this was one of the prime tearjerkers. In the collaborative video with director Joao Retorta (with whom he has worked before), the pair offer an analog style ode to mothers all over the world. Depicting heartwarming moments between mothers and their boys, the visuals end with a spoken word piece from Loyle’s mother herself. It’s an accurate and moving representation of the track, with the mother/son bond shining through.
Hornsey’s Jiggz has come back with another banger in the form of ‘Pretty Mama’. A contemporary and close friend of MoStack (he features on Mo’s recent High Street Kid) album), Jiggz’s brand of UK Hip Hop has excited us for a while now. Production-wise, JRE has provided an upbeat instrumental over which Jiggz talks relationships (and more) with eloquency.
We personally think it’s only so long before Jiggz blows big time – catch him now to be ahead of the game.