The weekend is finally upon us and there is no better way to celebrate than with some new music. This week we saw Sneakbo & Giggs link up after years of bad blood. Wavy Mancunian songstress Iamddb continues to grow in appeal, whereas across the pond Chicago native G Herbo (previously Lil’ Herb) dropped his debut album ‘Humble Beast‘. UK rap veterans Wretch 32 and Play Dirty haveannounced brand new projects also, with high anticipation for both releases. Our Cloud 9 feature took a brief hiatus, but now it’s back and better than ever! Instead of selecting last weeks finest alone, we hand-picked our favourite tracks from the past month. So sit back, plug-in to the “Cloud of Sound” and relax as we present;
This is a signature Soulection record from ROMderful (or ROM), who recruits Mayzin, Emmavie & KayFaraway on his latest effort, ‘Summer Time‘. Arriving two weeks ago, this entry stands as a bouncy, energetic riddim, hitting SoundCloud just as summer begins to close out. The 21-year-old musician keeps making waves for the airways and is an exciting talent you really should keep an eye on. Check out his new track above.
2. Sivey – Church Eye
More Soulection for you here, as English producer Sivey drops fresh beat ‘ChurchEye‘. His identifiable sounds are gorgeous enough without vocals, making it into this week’s Cloud 9 in an unusual fashion. It’s not often we include a 3-minute beat on our list, but the impressive producer provided an enticing release that was too good to leave out. His instrumentals usually have a live-performance feel to them, so if you like the track above, be sure to filter through the rest of his catalogue here.
3. Jords – Cloud 99
Jords gears up to release his brand new EP, ‘Before We Begin‘, which is scheduled to arrive Friday 6th October. Dropping a few loosies and singles over the course of the past month, the varied artist gives us ‘Cloud 99‘. Whether this is a teaser for what the project will sound like or simply just an introduction, the song displays much of what Jords is capable of, often bringing heavy melody into his choruses to compliment the rap. Look out for the tape and visit back here next week for streaming and download links.
4. Noah Slee – Radar
Berlin-based, New Zealand born soul singer & producer Noah Slee recently dropped the video for his popular song ‘Radar‘. The Majetic Casual artist has accumulated over 75k+ plays on the track in just over a month, clearly growing in appeal as time goes on. Rooted in traditional soul but experimenting with electronic production, the genre-blending musician shows his potential with this release. Co-written by the man himself but produced by Ben Esser, check out the hit above.
5. The Mouse Outfit – I Wonder ft. Iamddb & Fox
Is it cheating to feature the same song twice in a week? Not when it’s as good as Fox & Iamddb‘s ‘I Wonder’. Northern collective The Mouse Outfit pair these two brilliant voices on their latest cut, an infectious piano and kick-heavy tune. Independent Iamddb remains herself and consistent, following her song ‘Leaned Out‘ blowing up and pushing her career forward. Whereas TMO tour the country and Fox drops his ‘Musik‘ EP, available for stream and download here.
6. Saba – There You Go
Saba might possibly be the artist that has shown the most growth this year, with his name currently popping up left, right and centre for many different things. The self-produced & co-produced track above with Daoud, ‘There You Go‘, also features a piano-based instrumental, managing to hit you in the chest with every note. His rapping style and sonics overall have always been unique, and slowly but surely, this appeal is being recognized by much larger numbers. His latest achievement was having his lyrics wrapped around the outside of an Apple Store in his hometown of Chicago.
7. Tobi Sunmola – Simba
Here’s another exciting talent from Manchester, as Tobi Sunmola drops alternative rap track, ‘Simba‘. Discussing many topics including his life and the music industry, the distinct artist gives people another taste of his style. Tending the stray the norm, you’ll never get a bunch of boring, hyper-traditional raps or instrumentals. Surprising every time with either contrasting melodies or super lyricism, it’s best to stay tuned into his soulful, enigmatic character.
8. Brian Brown (World of Brown) – Ric Flair
Produced by well-known names Syk Sense & Park Ave, ‘Ric Flair‘ stands as the latest release from Nashville rapper Brian Brown. The Tennessee talent lends his vibrant vocals to a backing track with an infectious bounce, usually leaving listeners no choice but to nod their heads at the very least. It’s only a matter of time before Brown rises to the forefront of rap in his city, already making waves with The House which includes the likes of Isaiah Rashad, TUT, Philaracci and many others.
9. Philo – Fork In The Road
Michigan rapper Philoserves up a soulful offering with ‘Fork In The Road‘, produced by V Don. The growing prospect gives you what he’s all about with this heavy loosie, following a short hiatus after the release of his 2016 7-track EP, ‘66 Theory‘. This is really our standout addition this week, impressing enough to break the pattern of radio-friendly singles and light vibes for some real rap stuff.