The messiah of East-Coast Hip-Hop has landed in a neighborhood of Upper West Side, Manhattan, and comes in the form of 18-year-old gutter kid Wiki. Whilst Odd Future have exuded an MTV flex, bursting with trendy snapbacks, Supreme rags and skateboards on the West Side of America, New York has become a platform for left-field Harlemites Azealia Banks and Asap Rocky to hold down the concrete jungle, until now. Wiki a.k.a. Patrick Morales (along with recently featured rapper Joey Badda$$) is bringing back the dusty rawkess Hip-Hop of the 90s, full with New York sewer-style attitude. Wiki released his debut EP 1993 in October 2011 but only since visuals were added to lead track Wikispeaks has the world started to take notice. The 1993 EP was on his Bandcamp until late, but that has mysteriously disappeared now. We won’t speculate on why just yet but keep your eyes peeled for big things, and take a look below.
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.
After 3 years of silence from the English trio, Experimental-Indie band The Invisible may well have escaped your memory. To give your mind a little jog, their debut album was nominated for the Mercury Prize and selected as the critics choice for iTunes album of the year back in 2009, being hailed as the ‘British Broken Social Scene’ and ‘masters of Ambient Pop’. Since then the band have been keeping busy working on other projects, with frontman Dave Okumu co-writing and producing Jessie Ware’s debut album ‘Devotion’ (released 20th August 2012) and drummer Leo Taylor recording on Adele’s multi-platinum selling ’21’. But after a long wait the band have finally regrouped to release follow up record ‘Rispah’ (out on Ninja Tune), a dedication to Okumu’s late-mother. This remix, by London producer Floating Points, fuses the dreamy vocals and guitar riff found in the original track with ambient synth lines that rise and fall over the ghost of a garage beat, elongating each strand of frequency to 7 minutes of ultimate chillout.
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.
When a track sampling Coldplay’s Yellow dropped in our inbox the other day, courtesy of London producer Rainman, we were a bit sceptical, but fear not. This glitchy, dripping, cosmic rework stands well alongside the original.
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