After a two week hiatus, Cloud 9 is back and with our selection of 9 of the freshest tracks from across the “Cloud of Sound”. This week has been a very busy week, both within the UK and overseas. The first big news was actually a crossover between the two, as Drake celebrated his birthday in style with a special edition of OVO Sound Radio. As well as announcing his new project More Life which will get the Drake Stans gassing, he spun tracks from a number of UK artists, as well as premiering a remix of Dave‘s track, ‘Wanna Know‘. We also more link ups across the Atlantic with Section Boyz teaming up with Chris Brown for the Attack The Block mixtape and Skepta and A$AP Rocky releasing ‘Money Man‘. The week has littered with new releases from both continents including Liana Banks [‘Benji’], Avelino [‘On A Roll‘], Emay [‘Bakkah‘] and Rachel Foxx [‘Make You Say‘]. But anyway, back to the point so sit back, plug-in and relax as we present;
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1. Bonkaz – F**k Fame/Thank You
Bonkaz has had a fantastic few months. Since dropping his Working Under Pressure EP, he has shown his commitment to succeed with his unique style and talent. He then released his F**k Fame project last week followed by a succession of two videos in one day! He doesnt look to slowing down anytime soon and has dropped yet another new release, celebrating his fans who have stuck with him throughout what has been a rollercoaster year. The track blends a perfect mix of humour, wordplay and pure emotion, dropping lines like “from me to the fans, they show me love back. That’s all I need, I’m the man, I made the comeback“. With the New Gen album on the horizon, things are looking up for Bonkz.
2. Hudson East & ESTA. – Call Me
A lot can be said about ESTA. The Los Angeles resident is a prominent member of the prestigious Soulection movement; he is a notable, early adopter of SoundCloud as a platform for producers to experiment with new releases; and he is simply one of the elite music producers of his time. Recently, he linked with London singer-songwriter Hudson East, and the collaboration that came about is ‘Call Me‘, a slick dancehall number that builds on the trend of mixing riddim with phone references. We never cease to be impressed with each new Hudson song, and this could have easily soundtracked our summer had it been made/released earlier. The track adds yet another banger to ESTA’s unconventional discography, and we can’t wait to hear more.
3. Vali – New Me (Rap Boy)
Soundcloud is always good for coming across unheard gems and this track is a true testiment to that. West London’s Vali may not be a name known to many but he has been on his grind for a while, with a string of videos on his official YouTube stretching back over the past two years. His latest visuals, ‘LongWay‘ is a perfect reflection of his character, blending infectious lyrics and melodies over dreamy and trippy instrumentals. His new track via Soundcloud, ‘New Me‘ has elements of Future & Rich Homie Quan as well as injecting his own distinctive English sound. Its’s great to hear something new and different from the UK scene so lets hope that this is the beginning of something special for Vali.
4. WIZE – lets groove
We previously featured WIZE in edition 47 of Cloud 9 with his track ‘three years later‘ and the London producer doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon. This week, he dropped ‘let’s groove‘ and it is certainly one for the Saturday night party playlist! The track is WIZE‘s redention and refix of Earth, Wind and Fire’s classic of the same name. In his own words accompanying the track, he was in a “local shop a few days ago and [I] heard the original on the radio, couldn’t get the song out of my head for the rest of the day and now I understand why. It’s crazy cause before that point I was going through a crazy mental block and couldn’t make any music for a couple of weeks, then bam, earth wind and MOTHERFUCKIN fire“. He totally brings a new wave to a well known track and shows up his talent.
5. LaSwave – Must Be A Dream
We have always been massive fans of the homie LaSwave over here at LC and his latest release just shows us why! After a successful and productive year of producing in the studio, radio features, travelling, headlining at festivals, and co-writing and developing new sounds, he must feel like he’s dreaming. New track ‘Must Be A Dream‘ is a perfect reflection of this journey so far, looking back on past successes and seeing what next is left to acheive – including asking Charlie Sloth for a Fire In The Booth. The track is a catchy Hella Turnt sound produced by PYRMDPLAZA and Gravez, of which has received a positive response and with alternative hip-hop on the come up, it’s artists like La Swave that’ll continue to keep this genre of contemporary music alive.
6. Topaz Jones feat. Pell – Winona
After pushing its release back due to sample clearing issues, Topaz Jones has finally shared his new album—and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. As the bleak days of winter approach, Arcadeis a bright explosion of funk, soul, and hip-hop that’ll slide in nicely on any Halloween weekend dance playlists you’re working on. Speaking on album’s release, Jones remarked, “Movement is big for me, I love music that makes you move,” and the ten song project delivers on those sentiments. Soaring guitar solos, pulsing funk-inspired basslines, and addicting harmonies meld together for a fearless sound that’s impossible not to move to. And through it all, he manages to deliver lyrical substance.
7. Lancey Foux – Come To Life
The ever entertaining Lancey Foux has been a unique entity within the UK scene for a hot second now. His 2015 project PINK has praised for it’s experimental sound and Lancey’s crossover ability within genres and soundscapes. Over the past few months, has been building the anticpation for his latest drop and the alternative sounding artist shows he isn’t fitting in a genre and that he is having fun! Showing a lot of influence in that old school techno sound, even with bits of disco and trap, you can hear the different styles combined. Lancey almost presents the track as a statement of intent, speaking directly to his haters and doubters. This is exactly what Lancey does best – taking a lot of influences and making a fun track with it.
8. Winter Rose feat. Levelle London – Good Body
Winter Rose, formerly known as Troy Hudson is set to release her debut EP in the coming months. To build anticipation and hype, this past week saw Winter release a taster single entitled ‘Good Body‘. Produced by and featuring Levelle London, the track starts off reminding us of Ying Yang Twin‘s ‘Wait (Whisper Song)‘ as Winter speaks in hushed tones before refixing the dancehall classic ‘Dat Sexy Body‘ by Sasha. The track almost distorts under her voice, glitching in spots before skipping when the beat intensifies. Winter shows a variety of styles, skipping from a melodic flow to a quick paced MC rapping style. If this was just a taster, then our appetites are certainly whet when it comes to what to expect from the EP.
9. Kid Bracer – Medals
Damn, HellaTurnt have blessed us with two tracks on this week’s Cloud 9 playlist and it should come as no surprise with their talented roster of talented acts. Kid Bracer showed why he is one to watch within the ranks with his latest track, ‘Medals‘, produced by Squid McHale. Following the success of his previous drop, ‘100‘, which racked up over 10,000 views on Soundcloud and saw him featured on the likes of Certified UK and Death Kiss Media, his latest track is a slight switch in tone, slowing the beat and allowing Bracer to breathe. The track starts with an 90’s R&B-esque intro leading us into what sounds like a late night studio session with Bracer getting some stuff off his mind.
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