In what has been reported as the hottest week we have seen so far this year and with a summer we can actually be proud of, what a time to be alive! And the latest music offerings have also delivered as well. While we eagerly anticipate the new album from London’s very own Giggs, Landlord [due out on August 5th], he gave us a taste of what is in store with the release of ‘Whippin Excursion‘. We also had the return of Piers James with ‘My Universe‘ while Kehlani continued to rebuild with her latest track, ‘Distraction‘. We had the pleasure of linking up with Elle Exxe for our newest installment of #LostCultureMeets and featuring Manchester indie band Blossoms as our latest One To Watch. We also saw a unique link up with Macca Wiles dropping ‘Hold On Bruh‘ alongside Lil Yachty and we discovered spoken word artist Kush his new piece, ‘Sanguine‘. In one of exclusive pieces, we looked forward to the future and featured the 5 Albums That We Were Waiting For including anticipated drops from Frank Ocean, Mick Jenkins and Tinashe. But with every week comes a string of new releases and as always, we have worked to find you 9 of the best from the “Cloud of Sound”. So sit back, plug-in and relax as we present;
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1. Netsky feat. Macklemore – Rio Remix
Originally released as ’Rio‘ last year, a collaboration with Digital Farm Animals and the first single from Netsky‘s third studio album 3, this festival smash has been re-born in 2016 as ’Rio Remix‘ with the addition of a feature from 4 x Grammy winner Macklemore. Surfacing just in time for the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil, the worlds official unofficial Olympic anthem has arrived and is set to become the soundtrack of the summer. Inspired by a trip Netsky took to Brazil, ’Rio‘ was a hit with specialist and daytime radio alike on its first release, and was heard everywhere from underground raves, to muddy festival fields, to the soundtrack for BBC 1’s coverage of Londons 2015 New Years Eve fireworks display.
2. RyanAndre – Panda
RyanAndre is an 18 year old, up and coming producer, from London, who hopes to impact the music industry with the unique style of music he creates. After dropping previous releases, ‘Shut Up‘ [a twist on the Stormzy original], ‘Central‘ and ‘100‘, the young producer is back with his latest release in the form of ‘Panda‘. The track is essentially a refix of the Desiigner original, but adds so much more. The vocals are slowed down and distorted and almost feels haunting at times while the beat serves a horror movie soundtrack. The power of a great remix is that the track serves as a standalone track and this could easily work as its own release.
3. Miles Meraki – Push
Emerging Maryland emceeMiles Meraki is one of the more underrated artists buzzing out of the DMV, and it’s his ability to make so many different types of records that makes him such a polarizing prospect. For his new track, he has placed regular collaborator Jaylen! in the producer’s chair for the romantic new single entitled ‘Push‘. Meraki’s fellow GramFam affiliate laces the track with an airy, synth-laden instrumental over which Miles seamlessly meshes his rapping and singing. It all adds up to a refreshing listen and an impressive showing from the DMV buzzmaker, who’s carved a nice lane for himself in the crowded pool of talent that the region boasts.Miles has spent the year pumping out new original material, including hits like ‘My Phone‘ with Kasey Jones, ‘Shawty U‘, and ‘Already Know‘.
4. Diana Gordon – The Legend Of
Diana Gordon reintroduces herself on her latest track, ‘The Legend Of‘. She’s ditched her former moniker, “Wynter,” and here, she divulges a lot more about who she truly is. After writing songs for other artists for over ten years and ending an unfulfilling record deal, Gordon’s journey is now coming full circle. She has debuted this new chapter in her musical career with this new track and it is a laid-back indie-electronic/R&B number hears the ‘Sorry‘ co-writer telling us about passages of her life. Gordon focuses on her new creative beginning with a self-awareness. She sings in a soulful blend of alternative vocals, showing her diverse sound with a certain confidence.
5. Ramriddlz – H20
It’s clear that Ramriddlz knows how to make music for the warmer months in the 6, and his new record, ‘H20‘, has made a bid for being Summer 16’s ‘Sweeterman‘, working off of a warm groove and some sticky melodies. The new track is all about quenching thirst and how he can get you “wetter than water.” If you don’t take him too seriously this song makes for a nice summer time track. Produced by Jaegen& JackSpade, ‘H2O‘ is a dancehall-tinged number that once again showcases the singers’ one-of-a-kind ability to come up with some silly sexually-charged bars and follows up on his Venis EP which he released back in March.
6. Elujay feat. Samaria & Caleborate – We Don’t Mind
Oakland emcee Elujay prepares for the release of his upcoming Jentrify album with a smooth new track entitled ‘We Don’t Mind‘. The reflective number features fellow Bay Area based artists Caleborate and Samaria, who each have impressive features on their respective verses. Fluctuations of gospel influence from Samaria, wise words from Elujay about life’s beautiful imperfections, and a noteworthy spitfire sermon from Caleborate, make for a complete soundtrack and an impressive track from the trio. ‘We Don’t Mind‘ is healing music without feeling like we’re being forced to heal. All three artists move at their own pace throughout the track, produced by Wax Roof, Drew Banga and Kevchoice.
7. Skott – Wolf
UK newcomer Skott shares the second single ‘Wolf‘, from her upcoming debut double-sided 7″ single. Initially airing yesterday as a ‘World Record’ with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, the new single, titled ‘Wolf‘, is utterly stunning in every facet. Following the success of similarly incredible artists like Lorde and Zella Day, Skott’s vocal abilities are breathtaking, with key changes in ‘Wolf’ [and ‘Porcelain‘] that will make your head spin and have you immediately hitting play again as your first (and several succeeding) listens come to a close. With harp strums, minimalist beats, and even just a hint of disco influence, Skott’s newest offering is one of the best things to happen to pop music in some time.
8. HUNCK – All Dressed Up
‘All Dressed Up‘ is the new single from North London’s HUNCK, irreverently exploring the expectation and disappointment that we all go through in trying to find ‘the one’. With dry sarcasm and a generous helping of self depricating humour, let HUNCK serenade you with the sound of being ‘stood up’. Sometimes universal truths are mundane and disappointing. In this day and age algorithmic dating apps can determine the course of a person’s love life, chance encounters with a prospective lover at a naff night club could swell in to whirlwind of romance or maybe that ad you put in The Guardian Soulmates finds you the hummus spreading partner you’ve always seen yourself settling down with in that quirky terraced house in Stoke Newington you will never be able to afford.
9. Mardi – Point Blank
‘Point Blank‘ is the first single for Mardi’s upcoming project, August. The 20-year-old Houston rapper has been teasing the new mixtape for quite some time, and the single gives fans a sense of the tape’s sonic direction. On the new track, the rapper rips into a sweet-sounding and captivating beat from producer Nova. He takes on the melodic, hypnotizing instrumental with ease as his verses are painted across the production nicely. It breaks down nicely towards the end, slowing up and ending on a crisp note. Cooking up angst, aggression, and restlessness, Mardi is here to declare his music is a cut above the rest. The message is clear: he’s one step away from pulling the trigger and changing the music scene.
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