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Quinton Barnes – Fuck On U

Quinton Barnes’s fantastic new album For The Love Of Drugs landed last week, and while my overall takeaway from the LP is that Quinton has bascially had enough of everyone’s shit, there are a few gentler, borderline romantic moments, of which Fuck On U is arguably the strongest. Boasting the crunchy synth lines that characterise much of the album’s production paired with some truly gorgeous piano, it sees QB showing his vulnerable side to powerful effect.

https://quintonbarnes.bandcamp.com/album/for-the-love-of-drugs-2

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NNAMDÏ – Anti

NNAMDÏ’s head-spinning new album Please Take A Seat takes great delight in wrong-footing you. Relatively straightforward rap one second, it will turn sharply into chaotic electronics or jaunty pop before throwing in the kind of guitar riffs more at home in 80s stadium rock. I’m not sure it always works, but it is highly ambitious and enjoyably eccentric. Anti is one of the more straightforwardly enjoyable moments, but it’s really worth checking out in its entirety to get the full effect of its undeniable power.

https://nnamdi.secretlyca.co/please-have-a-seat

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JID – Kody Blu 31

People are really losing their shit about the new JID album The Forever Story. I’m less overwhelmingly convinced (so far), but there are definitely a few really impressive moments that elevate it above the standard rap fare, the low-tempo, lo-fi r&b-meets-soul swagger of Kody Blu 31 not least among them.

https://jidstoryforever.bandcamp.com

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Steve Lacy – Cody Freestyle

Steve Lacy’s name looms large in my consciousness, without me knowing very much about him at all. He’s someone I feel I would really be into if I paid proper attention, and yet his last album completely passed me by, to the extent that I wasn’t really sure what to expect from his new LP Gemini Rights, but was pretty sure I would get something out of it. And I did! Especially the tracks Mercury – which was released as a single last month – and Cody Freestyle, which is big and melodramatic and brilliant.

https://www.instagram.com/steve.lacy

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070 Shake – Purple Walls

Despite 070 Shake’s Modus Vivendi being my very favourite album of 2020, the fact that she released the follow up, You Can’t Kill Me, last week completely passed me by. You would have thought that sitting in front of a computer and hunting for new music for hours every single day would prevent this kind of glaring oversight, but apparently not. Anyway, it’s here, and it’s fucking great. I could have picked any one of at least half a dozen tracks to highlight, but let’s go for Purple Walls as it has that perfect balance of crushingly hard production and plaintive vocals. Peerlessly brilliant, as ever.

https://www.instagram.com/070shake

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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.

https://oklama.com

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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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Yung Kayo – who you gon call

It’s been a while since I featured a big ‘ol trappy banger on the blog, so here you go! Yung Kayo’s debut album DFTK landed last week packed full of punchy drums, crispy hats and bravado, so if that sounds like something you’re in the mood for, who you gon call won’t disappoint.

https://www.instagram.com/yungkayo_/?hl=en

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Theo Troy – Cyberhoes

At time of writing Californian artist Theo Troy has zero followers on Soundcloud – the only place his music currently seems to be available – which is puzzling, as he’s making some really great records, not least of Cyberhoes which is lo-fi (but not annoyingly, druggily so) hip-hop/trap that boasts not only some really intriguing textures and woozy beats, but a memorable vocal performance which stays just the right side of indecipherable drone, the combined effect of which makes this stand head and shoulders above the constant tide of similarly DIY rap fare.

https://www.instagram.com/theotroymusic