Alt-J’s debut album An Awesome Wave is hands down one of our favourites this year. If you’re still yet to hear it, head straight for our review here, after reading this. It’s not just us who like it; they’ve been getting some serious love all over the interweb. So it’s not surprising the first official remix from the album is courtesy of some very credible players.
Shortly after Amsterdam duo Full Crate and Mar released Conversations With Her back in 2009, the Future-Soul dream-team dropped this 43 minute mix of handpicked gems, meticulously pieced together by Full Crate and powdered with Mar’s silky voice throughout. The choice of tracks is genuinely sensational, and it makes for perfect late-night listening. Mar’s ad-lib harmonies throughout adds a touch of personality that you don’t tend to find in mixes, and it also gives us a chance to hear ‘exclusive’ (albeit old) content while we wait for the next full record from the boys. Listen below or download the mix for free right here.
Big movements coming out of Birmingham right now in the form of rising star RTKaL, blowing fresh air (and a whole lot else) into the UK Urban scene. Following brief flirtations with UK Hip-Hop in the last few years via his Bandcamp, RTKal a.k.a. RTillery a.k.a. RTizzy a.k.a. RTiculate seems to of found his lyrical feet within a more upbeat tempo framework, swinging from Grime to UK Dancehall with devastating energy. His freestyle over the digital reggae blueprint riddim Sleng Teng, created by King Jammy and Wayne Smith back in 1985 (one of the ‘foundation stones of digital dancehall’) is mindblowingly good, and it’ll keep us going till the rest of his new music drops on his forthcoming mixtape 48 Hours.
Irish DJ and producer Frank Sweeney (a.k.a Frank B or Frankie Bingo) is a bit of an unknown entity to us, but he’s come up with one hell of a House track for these depressingly dreary summer months.
Be warned, if you’re looking for some progressive Hip-Hop with innovative beats and provocative lyrics, look away now. If, however, you need to silence your rumbling appetite for Hip-Hop in its 90s heyday with something new, then Joey Bada$$ is your guy.
You would’ve thought signing to Warner could allow Wiley to loosen the reigns a bit, but this boy just don’t stop working. His latest effort sees him rapping over Julio Bashmore’s Battle For Middle You about (unsurprisingly) a nightclub called Glam. A quick Google leads to a club “in the heart of Wales’s capital city” so this may not be the said venue but they’ll definitely be getting more hits in the next few days from inquisitive Wiley fans.
Music x Vibes = JoLeon Davenue. So reads his Facebook page, so if you add a bit of Jazz and Hip-Hop into the mix it should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Californian MC Pheo has been on the scene since the 2009 release of Word to Your Blogger, but he first caught our eye with his outstanding collaberation with Soulection Radio and UTB Life$tyle.
Although Henry Krinkle stands some 4,000 miles away from what is considered…
At just 21, Gabriel Benn (a.k.a Tuesday Born) and Ollie Williams (a.k.a Ollie Twist) are making some impressive African/Electronic fusion and self-releasing it off their own label, The People’s Ear. Although they’re based in London, much of the creative work goes on in Ghana where the inspiration for their music first came about.