After two months away, the most exciting online playlist is back with the return of Cloud 9. Over the past year and a half, our exclusive playlist series has seen over 350 artists featured with a wealth of new and exciting talents from the UK and beyond. As well as that, we bought together curated lists from some of UKs hottest tastemakers, including Taliwhoah, Jords, Joss ISM and Rebecca Judd. But this time, we are bigger and better than ever and have lots of special surprises along the way for our loyal listeners. For our grand return, we have bought together new tracks from the likes of Wolfie, Belly Squad, Cosmo Pyke and JVCK James. So as always, we have brought 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. Big Tobz, TE dness & Cadet – Addison Lee (Remix)
Since this track by London based rapper Not3s hit the airwaves at the back end of 2016, it has only matured with age. The infectious chorus and sing-along melodies saw the track remixed by the likes of Hardy Caprio, Stardom, Tizzy, Brandz as well as an official remix with Geko, Jay Silva and WSTRN‘s Louis Rei. While the flame is still hot, the track has been jumped on three of the hottest MCs in the scene right with verses from Big Tobz, Cadet and TE dness. Filled with punchlines and quoteables throughout, the trio have bought a breath of fresh air to the infectious hit.
2. JVCK JAMES – Extroverted Lovers
A seemingly bottomless well of musical talent, London has now produced JVCK JAMES, a promising vocalist who releases ‘House is Not a Home‘ last year in an HNHH premiere. His passionate new number ‘Extroverted Lover’ is produced by Jake Elliot, and the 18-year-old’s vocals shine on a luscious, gloopy beat. James’ lyrics are plain and poetic and let his superb voice carry the song. It will be interesting to see what the rest of 2017 has in store for the young talent but this has certainly built a solid foundation.
3. Intalekt – Patience
Intalekt has released a new single, entitled ‘Patience…’, within which he exhibits his ability to do more than produce. The track is a further example of Intalekt’s flexibility as an artist, as it is produced and performed by the man himself, as he takes the opportunity to both sing and rap. Calming piano chords and mellow guitar are key elements of this latest release. While we know him primarily as a producer, the London native makes his mark in more than one way this time around, serving as both vocalist and emcee over top of his calming instrumentation. We can only wonder if this will be a permanent part of his music in the future.
4. Cosmo Pyke – Chronic Sunshine
18-year-old songwriter and multi instrumentalist Cosmo Pyke has released his five-track debut EPJust Cosmo. The Peckham teen’sfusion of musical styles includingjazz, indie and hip hop make for an intriguing sound, resulting in lo-fimusic that he describes as “spacey, beautiful and lazy”. ‘Chronic Sunshine‘and ‘Social Sites‘ are the twolead singles, featuring lyrics aboutmarijuanaand the strain of social media on relationships. Relatable lyrics such as“Why does she cry?/Cus’ these social sites”and catchy melodies display Pyke’sability to write memorable pop tunes.
5. Knucks – Selfish
We are a big fan of the “compilation project” right now and have seen fantastic outings from the likes of Good Vibe, New Gen and Ralph Hardy‘s NANG series. This week saw the release of Shades, a 14 track EP put together by London Rebels. The project features a host of up and coming talent from Kai Jones, King Kay and Paige Lihya and is definitely worth a listen in full. One of the standout tracks is Knucks who does what he does best with his latest release, ‘Selfish’. Its a conscious rap song at its core but its floaty melody lets you vibe with it and showcase his talent.
6. Wolfie feat. Nadia Rose – Better Than Me
UK acts Wolfie and Nadia Rose both released EPs last year, and have together returned with electro-R&B track ‘Better Than Me’. Wolfie delivers the vocals while Rose brings the bars, as the pair prove an ex wrong who thinks his new girl is better than them. The track is sultry and warm, and its production (by Jordan Riley) is perfection—all this despite the fact that the lyrics revolve around Wolfie comparing herself with an ex’s new girlfriend. It’s a kicked-back tune that seems ultimately effortless—from the production to the vocals. Despite it’s subject matter, it’s actually a very warm sonic backdrop and a very well measured collaboration.
7. Wize – help me / i’m bleeding
Wize hails from North London, but his sounds are going to quickly carry him worldwide on a much bigger level. The beatsmith has been rapping as well over the past couple of years and we’re quite surprised that we haven’t caught onto him sooner. The innovative producer has created something conversation-worthy again with ‘Help Me / I’m Bleeding‘. While a lot of elements have gone into the creation of this record, the complex emotions that they pull out of listeners is truly what’s worth talking about. Those emotions might be slightly different for everyone, so it’s best to engage and draw your own conclusions.
8. Paul Stephan – Paul Stephy Kane
Hailing from South East London, Paul Stephan has been releasing fiery bars packed with clever lyricism over eclectic beats underpinned by groove over the past six months. Taking it back to the old school, Stephan has performed an exclusive new cut for Berlin-based media channel COLORS entitled ‘Paul Stephy Kane‘ in which he provides a commentary on the society of today as well as an insight into his personal experiences. Having gained support from London media channel SBTV and an ever growing fan-base, this is only the beginning for Paul Stephan. Also, check out his track with Sticky Blood, ‘Wheel Up Boy‘.
9. Belly Squad – Like That
Incorporating the infectious rhythms of Afrobeat with the ruggedness that can only come from London, Belly Squad are your new favourite group, whether you like it or not. After their huge success with the ‘Banana Remix‘ with over 3 million views and counting, Belly Squad drop a new Afrobeats track of the year. Gearing the world up for their upcoming EP, Banana, the trio have shared a new single that is set to light up the club, ‘Like That’.
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