Northampton has given birth to some serious greez in the form of slowthai‘s newest video for ‘Round & Round’. Premiered by Fader, the video has dropped ahead of upcoming project I Wish I Knew. Citing the inspiration for the visuals as “Energy, pirate radio, and smiles”, the video snaps back and forth out a dimly lit studio, with thai’s grills out in full effect. Mixing the (fantastically done) synthesis of the jarring instrumental and whining vocals with the haunting video, slowthai’s managed to fuck round with our heads, which isn’t easy to accomplish. He’s playing in London at the St Pancras Old Church on November 24th – seeing his gritty catalogue performed in a holy building is going to be mad.
slowthai’s newest project is available via BONE SODA ノノout on November 3rd.
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.
The first time we heard Dotty‘s ‘Thoughts’ on the NEW GEN album, we were blown away by the simple honesty of his bars. We come across a lot of UK rap talent, but it is rare that the bars make us actually feel anything. Dotty’s did just that, so much so that we reached out to him at the time for a short Q+A because we were intrigued at the emotions behind ‘Thoughts’.
Dotty returned last week with fresh visuals for ‘Gone With The Wind’, a collaboration with singer Charlie Rose. Once again, the Thornton Heath based rapper gives us an intimate insight into his reality, including the highs and lows of working in music. He speaks openly about his drug-dealing past, and the admirable work ethic he now has in music. Once again, Dotty’s impressed us massively, and we are very much behind his movement.
The instrumental is produced by RXR Music, offering a classic Hip Hop feel merged with modern trap sounds. Charlie Rose sits on the hook, balancing out Dotty’s hard-edge raps with a catchy vocal.
Watch the video above.
Though only 18, George Van Den Broek’s voice seems to draw pain from the depths of time. With enough vocal grit to sound like he’s survived a thousand years worth of breakups, George still defends his belief in love in a brand new Yellow Days track. We were lucky enough to catch Yellow Days performing at Corsica Studios earlier this year, and are pleased to see the project continually progressing.
Beginning with a psychedelic twist of vocal echoes and bass plucks, the track has us excited for the upcoming Is Everything Okay In Your World? project. Set to drop on October 27th, the group are accompanying the release with a number of close by shows. Check below to see if they’re near you, and get tickets here.
8th – Manchester Soup Kitchen
9th – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
10th – Bristol Louisiana
11th – London Oslo
12th – Brighton Joker