Cloud 9, Part 9. As another week of new music rolls round, Cloud 9 looks to bring you the 9 best tracks from around the world right now. In the coming weeks, you will be bringing in more guest curators to pick their tracks [remember Holly Rokit’s great picks from 003?] and we will start doing lists focusing on a certain person, genre or country. We always look to bring you best music and content available and do the hard work so you don’t have to! So with further adue, let’s get the ball rolling [not literally!] as L Ø S T C U L T U R E brings to you;
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1.Lauren Declasse – Ride
Brooklyn native Lauren Declasse has been putting in the work to build his name within the scene and is steadily creating a buzz around his name. The 19-year-old rapper made an impact earlier this year when he released the trippy visuals for his single ‘Martha’s Vineyard‘ and it’s follow-up ‘Dead Presidents‘. His new single entitled ‘Ride’ is taken from his upcoming project Paramour Club, and matches the smoothness of the rhythm set by a looped sample of Mariah Carey’s 2005 single ‘Shake It Off‘ and builds upon it. His delivery easily transitions from laid-back to fast-paced without ever missing a beat.
2. Frances – Borrowed Time
The vocal talent of UK singer Frances continue to exceed expectations with a deep blending of pop and R&B, providing both a crisp and soulful sound at the same time. From the success of her EP Let It Out, her new track entitled ‘Borrowed Time‘ is full of range and shows how easily Frances can control her vocals and accentuate pieces of the track to pull the listener in. The smooth electro-disco backing of the track accentuates Frances’ voice and brings it special emphasis with a syncopated push, much resembling Disclosure’s knack for highlighting vocals through electronics, with Howard Lawrence of the duo working on the track.
3. ItsNate – A Minute.
SLOCAL rapper ItsNate’s discography has cobbled together some of UK hip-hop’s most promising beatsmiths – from Darq E Freaker, Budgie and skwlkr while also being earmarked by Danny Brown as one of his UK MC favourites.Now it seems he’s been digging around in his vault as he unearths a track entitled ‘A minute.‘ which sees him getting introspective over some low-end heavy production. The track follows up some great new music from the rapper who seemed to have gone on a hiatus after his 2013 tape So Slocal until he returned this year with producer JD. Reid for the release of their Me+1 EP.
4. TOKiMONSTA feat. Anderson .Paak & KRNE – Put It Down
Both TOKiMONSTA and Anderson .Paak have featured on Cloud 9 lists before so it’s no surprise that they have teamed up for new track ‘Put It Down‘, which also features up and coming California producer KRNE. The textured track pulls a variety of melodic samples together to create a sound that is airy and light, with KRNE‘s pulsing beats and percussion playing off perfectly against TOKiMONSTA’s lush sound. Anderson Paak. comes through stock lyrics to keep the verses just as hyped.’Put It Down‘ is the lead single off TOKiMONSTA’s upcoming mini-album, Fovere, that is out January 29th.
5. Amir Obe feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Truth For You
First teased by Oliver on OVO Sound Radio last weekend, the official version of Amir Obè‘s track ‘Truth For You‘ is released, with a feature from PARTYNEXTDOOR. The Detroit native previously collaborated with PND on track ‘I’m Good‘ and this track is just as rewarding. Drawing inspiration from a particularly heated moment involving a woman he was interested in, Amir Obe ventures deeper and deeper into a singing, r’n’b realm, keeping a specific sound intact. Producer NYLZ is once again on the boards for ‘Truth For You‘ which serves as a sombre, grainy record, that really shows the potential when these two artists are involved.
6. Tsar B – Escalate
Unsigned Belgian newcomer Tsar B introduces herself to world with her first song, ‘Escalate‘. Intentionally veering away from the predictable and headed to swampier pop waters, Tsar B’s strong voice is the song’s anchor whether she sings acappella into an echoing abyss or when her harmonies are pitched down and filtered. The song’s dark and ominous R&B beats are expertly offset by Tsar’s saccharine vocals, creating an undeniable dynamic weaved throughout the track. Production duties are handled by Oliver Symons and Tsar B herself which only goes to show her talents and what we can come to expect from the young songstress.
7. Alchemist feat. Migos & Mac Miller – Jabroni
In the first track off of his Craft Singles vinyl 45 series, legendary producer Alchemist recruits Gwinnett County trio Migos and Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller on a new track entitled ‘Jabroni‘. Alchemist lays the groundwork with his style of beat that has an old school appeal, but still remains modern with a horn sound making up the melody. Quavo introduces the track with an appropriate reference to song title term’s mastermind The Rock, trading bars with cohorts Offset and Takeoff, while Mac Miller lets loose over the smoky, siren-saturated beats. It’s a great combination of artists and each individual style is represented to the fullest.
8. DDark Feat. Scrufizzer, Lady Lykez, Roachee, Xploder, Maxsta & Dot Rotten – Mission X
In the modern day music scene, its rare to hear a grime track with a whole group of MCs [check out ‘Pow‘, ‘Straight Up Realion‘ and ‘Ska Riddim‘ for reference]. Nowadays, MCs choose to do it alone if we’re lucky, we may get 3 or 4 artists sharing a beat. However, that all seems to have changed with DDark‘s new hit track ‘Mission X‘ featuring the likes of Lady Lykez, Scrufizzer, Maxsta and Zeph Ellis/Dot Rotten. The thumping bass track was premiered by Charlie Sloth via his BBC Radio 1Xtra show on Thursday night and is racking up the plays on Soundcloud. The track has a very ‘nostalgic’ feel with each MC dropping their best verses in order to impress.
9. Joey Purp – Run It Up
Chicago’s Joey Purp continues to emerge as one of the most promising, unique rappers involved with the city’s current crop of newcomers. He’s definitely one who can always be counted on for a guest verse, too. On the heels of a solid collaboration with Two Fresh and Vic Mensa [‘Still Got It‘], Purp drops a new track entitled ‘Run It Up’, his first solo release since 2012’s The Purple Tape, finds him flexing his game over a bouncy production, warning all who “break their legs jumping to conclusions.” Complete with a melodic piano-backed breather in the second half, the song opens a new chapter in the young rapper’s career.