As the summer ends and we move into the final quarter of 2016, there is no better time to enjoy the massive amount of talent the “Cloud of Sound” has to offer. This week has been a fantastic week for music, with L Ø S T C U L T U R E celebrating the newest R&B with our latest Top 5 with features from Tinashe and GNRA. The UK scene showed their strength with new releases from Purple Ferdinand [‘Courage‘], Double S [‘Yana Darg‘] and Kinkai [Shenanigans EP. We had the pleasure of being invited down to Burna Boy‘s homecoming gig in London and got the chance to sit down with London rapper Zeo Zeonardo. This week’s Cloud 9, we have 9 of the best from across the UK and beyond. So sit back, plug-in and relax as we present;
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1. Jay Motive – You
It doesn’t seem that long ago since Philadeliphia’s own Jay Motive dropped his Paradise EP. The project, which boasted features from the likes of Carmen Nikole, Scottie Kash and Jiggy Winslow, hosted a fascinating blend of trap bangers and love songs. While Paradise proved that Jay is one on the rise and has all the credentials to blow, his latest release, ‘You‘ looks to continue that trend. The slow burning trap instrumental provides the perfect soundscape for Jay’s wavy vocals as he asks “Who the fuck are you?” and clapping synths stab the beat.
2. NewAgeMuzik – Smooth Criminal
British Nigerian emerging music collective, NewAgeMusik, have just dropped their newest single, entitled ‘Smooth Criminal‘, inspired by the legendary King Of Pop, Michael Jackson.The famous track could seem to be a challenge to sample for some, not NewAge as they flip it into a funk-infused anthem, and lay their vocals over the refixed beat. It is always great to hear new music from the group [their previous EP Cartunes has streamed over 300,ooo times] and ‘Smooth Criminal’ provides us a great taster for what is to come from them. In 2016, they could certainly take the opportunity and make their name in the UK Afrobeats scene.
3. Alqae – Dabbing In The Night Time
South London collective, Alqae have been making a lot noise this year [which showed in their previous release ‘This Year‘] and they look to build on their hype with a brand new track ‘Dabbing in the Night Time‘. While ‘This Year‘ portrayed an inspirational message, this new release is more laid back and fun but does not take away from their undeniable workrate. As always, the production value is through the roof and shows the trio’s dedication, with imaginative and inventive wordplay matched with an infectious and skippy instrumental. Make sure you tune into their popular weekly radio show on Reprezent Radio from 7-9pm.
4. Alista Marq feat. Frenzy – Playing Games
Since dropping his popular Northern Line EP back in July of this year, Alista Marq had been keeping quiet but that has all changed with a new track entitled ‘Playing Games‘. His new track sees him team up with Frenzy on a Nastylgia production which shows they’re not playing games when it comes to the music. Showcasing the rawness of the creation [you can hear it was created in Nastylgia’s house], the track shows their styles in full from the laid back sound from Alista and the confidence of Frenzy. It is a fascinating link up which elavates both their styles and hopefully we will see more link ups from the two.
5. Camzino – fall rain drops (remix)
Over the past three months, London artist Camzinohas shown a crazy and consistent workrate, dropping a variety releases, from the trap tinged ‘Bando‘ [feat. Saeva] and Future cover ‘Married To The Game‘, to ‘instagurl‘, a perfect blend of US trip-hop and UK swagger and bravado. Showing no signs of slowing down, Camzino is back with ‘fall rain drops (remix)‘, a remix [obviously!] of fellow artist Josif Greylatest hit of the same name. In the description for the track, Camzino declares that “Winter is approaching” and this new release sees him craft his vocals in an effortless yet soothing manner creating a mood that leaves you at ease.
6. WIZE – three years later
While London producer WIZE has been on his job for years, dropping a number of succesful releases and showing is worth, this year has seen many highlights – from premiering his track ‘candy‘ via Pigeons and Planes to releasing his SBTVWarm Up Sessions. This week, WIZE returned to drop new track ‘three years later‘ and what a track it is! Blending piano keys, thumping drum loops and a hypnotising asian sample, the track feels like a journey on first listening. As great as the track is, it would be great to hear an MC tear it up, perhaps a link up with regular collaborator Zeph Ellis could be on the cards?
7. ALEANA – SOS
In a time where r&b is becoming a congested genre and artists can find it hard to make a name for themselves,it takes artists with true vocal ability and skill to become recognised. One such artist is Philadelphia’s ALEANA whos tracks ‘BAIT‘ and ‘OUTLANTIS‘ have shown just how talented she is. With the release of her EP CHEMICAL XXI only dropping three weeks ago, you’d be forgiven for thinking she wouldn’t be dropping any new releases but it sees she can’t stay away as she has dropped a new track in the form of ‘SOS‘. The Ka-Yu produced number is a soulful number which sees ALEANA almost floating over the dreamy beat.
8. TOMTOM X YSKJAMIE – ubetterknow
When researching for these Cloud 9 playlists, the beauty comes in finding gems thanks to continued playback. This process led to the unearthing of this track and YSKJAMIE in general – his Soundcloud includes a number of trap-filled anthems, hip hop numbers and laid back rap tracks teaming up with the likes of JP [‘Samurai Jack‘], Franklin Armstrong [‘lemspliff‘] and Malakai [‘hey listen‘]. This latest release sees him work alongside regular collaborator tomtom on ‘ubetterknow‘, a trippy release which sees both artists utilise ad-libs, echoes andbars to create a fascinating and truly unique release.
9. Geko – Don’t Hide
Geko is shaping up to be one of the most consistent artists in the UK urban scene. After a slew of hits under his belt already this year [including recently released tracks ‘Letter To Konny‘ and ‘Prisoner‘, the Manchester-born artist comes through with another vibe-inducing offering in the form of ‘Don’t Hide‘. The track is what we have come to expect from Geko and is a fun, catchy, sing-along number with it’s infectious hook and bouncy instrumental. With a number of successful singles, it would be nice to see a project from Geko soon but good things come to those who wait, right?
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