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Tastemaker, Radar Radio DJ, podcaster presenter and promoter Ralph Hardy gave us an incredible compilation of new UK music last year to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of his NANG club nights, and today he’s back with a sequel that looks to topple his predecessor’s success.

Growing Pains 2 is another essential volume from Hardy that demonstrates diversity and creativity in the UK music scene. The 24-track release is a who’s who of London’s rap, grime, and R&B scene: heavyweights like Skepta and Ghetts weigh in with verses alongside fresh bangers from up-and-comers Nadia Rose and Jay Prince. Alongside the known names, there’s the artists whose names you’ll want to learn. JGrrey‘s trippy contribution has echoes of the early songs of James Blake and The Weeknd; singer Kemi Sulola brings a touch of jungle to her heart-fluttering R&B, and spoken word poet Tania Nwachukwu delivers a powerful piece on grief that lingers long after it ends. And all of this before we even get to the likes of Kwollem, Bobii Lewise, Ryan De La Cruz, Mez, Hudson East, AJ Tracey and Capo Lee.

With his club night NANG, Hardy aims to foster a sense of community for a scene and a genre he feels is being especially sidelined as the city gets more and more gentrified. “I don’t want people growing up thinking trap music or the bait commercial music is all we have to offer,” he says. “There’s an underground, that could very well be the mainstream.


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