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Kendrick Lamar – Silent Hill feat. Kodak Black

I find myself in the minority whenever the subject of Kendrick Lamar is raised. Either people have never heard of him (legitimate) or they are somewhere on the scale between quietly impressed to completely and utterly obsessed. Like, no-one says “Yeah, he’s decent. Some bangers, but I’m not actually that into him”. That’s pretty much exactly how I feel. And with every album that comes out, that feeling increases, like I’m just missing something. Obviously it’s good, but I don’t quite understand the complete reverence in which he’s held by a large percentage of the musical community, professional or otherwise.

Anyway having said all that this song is amazing. Also he’s headlining Glastonbury, and the only headliner I’m even vaguely interested in, so I better get on board, I guess.

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Syd – Tie The Knot

I really liked Syd’s 2017 album Fin, so it’s great that’s she’s back releasing new music this year after a fairly extended hiatus. Broken Hearts Club came out last week, and seems a lot less angsty than Fin, with delicate melodies and sparky drums replacing the often moody, introspective atmosphere of her previous work. Tie The Knot is a real standout, reminiscent of the jaunty bounce of someone like Tierra Whack’s, in her lighter moments.

https://www.instagram.com/syd

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Conway the Machine – Tear Gas (with Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)

This is an absolute banger. The drums hit outrageously hard and… that bass! Insane enough on headphones, so fuck knows how much it would wallop you on a decent system, my chest hurts just thinking about it. Taken from Conway The Machine’s new LP God Don’t Make Mistakes which came out last week, which is pepping me right up on this grey Monday.

https://www.whoisconway.com/home

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Don Lifted – Light Figure

I shared a track from Don Lifted earlier this month which I really liked, but I wasn’t quite prepared for how much I would enjoy his album, 325i, which landed last week. Releases like this are pretty much the entire reason I started this blog – to support music from insanely talented artists that might otherwise go unnoticed. Don Lifted definitely falls into that category – aside from a very positive Fader feature I’ve seen very little promo for the album, but it’s fucking brilliant – a hazy, understated, atmospheric delight that incorporates elements of soul, hip-hop, indie rock and plenty more besides. Light Figure stands out for me due its heavy melancholic, yearning vibe, but it’s absolutely worth giving the entire album your attention.

https://donlifted.bandcamp.com

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serpentwithfeet – Down Nuh River

I’m not sure serpentwithfeet can really be classed an ‘underrated’ given all the plaudits he regularly attracts, but I still don’t think he’s quite given as much due as perhaps he deserves. His output this year has been truly remarkable – DEACON is unquestionably one of the best albums of the year – and he seems to have fully found his groove, nailing the emotions without losing sight of the subtlety of production that makes him stand out. Down Nuh River is moody, understated and – yet again – outrageously good.

https://serpentwithfeet.bandcamp.com

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Don Lifted – Brain Fluid

The latest from rising Memphis artist Don Lifted is a moody rap cut based around themes of sexual and gender multiplicity, desire and vulnerability, and according to the artist written from “a moment of extreme longing for something that didn’t exist and I feared never would and what it would be like if the moment was presented to me.” That’s a whole lot of double (triple?) negatives that I haven’t quite got my head around, but suffice to say it’s a very fine, evocative piece of work.

https://www.instagram.com/donlifted

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Golden Rules – Never Die feat. Freddie Gibbs & Yasiin Bey (Prefuse 73 Remix)

Brilliantly woozy retro-leaning hip-hop for you today from a heavyweight lineup of exceptionally talented dudes, but I’m having a bit of a hectic day and can’t go on about it too much so just listen to it, it’s a vibe.

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Platnume – Romans

Produced by Platnume and DJ Jaden, the intention behind Romans was to make a fun but still impactful rap cut without the use of profanity: an admirable aim, and one that pays off. The Queens duo have cited artists like Kid N Play and Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, the influence of whom aren’t immediately obvious as Romans is significantly moodier than the vast majority of these 90s icons’ output. However, there is A LOT of autotune rap out there and this definitely cuts through the crowd, so they must be doing something right.

https://www.instagram.com/iamplatnume/

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D’sinatra – Virgil Abloh

I can find out absolutely no information whatsoever about D’sinatra online except that’s he’s from Toronto, but this is a fucking brilliant, moody, atmospheric hip-hop track that more people should be listening to, so here you go.

https://www.instagram.com/deesinatramusic

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Flying Lotus – Mind Flight

Flying Lotus occupies one of my many blind spots for artists I should really know about and be listening to a lot, but never seem to get around to. My thought process goes something like: Flying Lotus is really good / everyone seems to love him / I expect I’d really enjoy it if I dedicated a bit of time to exploring his catalogue / that seems like hard work / I’ll just listen to Nation of Language again. So it’s odd that what’s essentially a soundtrack album is the one that’s caught my attention, but here we are. Mind Flight is taken from Yasuke – which is a six-part Anime series for Netflix – and the entire thing is brilliant. But I guess you already knew that, didn’t you?

https://flying-lotus.com