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AVIXN. - LET'S LAY HERE FOR A WHILE | THANKS FOR 2K ! - July 3rd

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Despite being relatively easy to produce, I always try and keep my ears open for producers doing interesting things inside the genre. Sporting a rather bassy mix, this style of electro hip hop is likely where the genre will move in the coming months. Instrumental sampling aside, the intricacy in the hats and the groove keep this short tune more interesting than it’s peers.

 

asante - looking - July 6th

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Singer ASANTE throws it back to the early 90s on “Looking”. Featuring a slate of interesting sounds, including hand drums, saxophone, trumpet, and a slew of modern synths, ASANTE effectively teaches an old sound some new tricks. Despite the entry-level mixing on this track, the sounds present here are to die for. I’m excited to hear what ASANTE can bring on further releases, maybe with a little more polish.

 

Emo the optimist - marble - July 6th

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Producer EMO THE OPTIMIST touches on an ICYTWAT sample and remarks on a bleary-eyed reality. The sadboys-tier sound of this track has some serious staying power for most listeners on soundcloud today. The track art is as gorgeous as the track itself, featuring a classic pink and blue color scheme. With an enveloping atmosphere of minimal percussion and strong bass presence, this track leaves little to be desired. As an artistic project, emo is heading in the right direction.

 


Slowly, slowly - :-) forgot2savethisone :-) - July 6th

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Another short track from QUICKLY, QUICKLY’s second account, “:-)” brings a certain intricacy, not unlike that of Sam Gellaitry. Sporting a rather obvious, shameless UK bass influence, this track has a groove unlike any other track this week. I can’t identify the sample, but it’s mixed so well into the synth stabs. Into the drop, the immaculate drum fills add the intricacy present in most of Sam Gellaitry’s work, indicating once more than Gellaitry’s intricate percussive hits and fills influence even the most lowkey producers. With this unfinished musical idea alone, Quickly, Quickly earns a follower.

 

inkagn!to - Blacknowlege (prod. boujie) - July 7th

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INKAGN!TO and BOUJIE collaborate for a healthy, modern hip hop track. This track is dense as hell, featuring plenty of samples and interesting percussive elements. But some things that excite me the most are the tiny details of this track. For example, there’s a vape sample in here, with the sound of vape coils being heated, being used where a percussive element might be used. Both BOUJIE and INKAGN!TO have impressed me with their work. I’ll be listening to them both more in the future.

 

tibe - tibe -purity - July 3rd

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This track from Tibe features some of the most interesting percussion I’ve heard recently. Integrating the Indian Tabla drum and hand drums to the mix, “Purity” cements itself as a semi-tribal track with a modern touch or two, like the gained out claps and the mixed-slightly-too-high kick drum. The interesting cultural elements of this track make it a rather ear catching jam, even though it lacks the finesse, subtlety and polish of its peers.

 

Mr. yote - bukuburu - July 1st

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On this new track, MR. YOTE wears strong Gorillaz influence on his sleeve, if not to a fault. The pitched rapping and emotional delivery really carry this musical idea forward into relevance. Despite being shorter and more minimal than the other tracks on this list, this track earns it’s spot through the anger and fiery emotion present in the rapping. The pitched echoes and breathing samples create a rather stressful sound, one that leaves me, masochistically, craving a little more.

 

Omari jazz - sangre - July 1st

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So. Dirty. This grimy release from OMARI JAZZ is a modern classic trip hop track. Featuring elements of the music of Amon Tobin, Massive Attack, Flying Lotus, and Lone, “Sangre” makes me wonder if Trip Hop can make a comeback. The sound design on this spacey, distorted jam really can’t be missed. This is easily the best track this week in my opinion, reaching further and pushing boundaries more than any other artist on this list. (But mostly it just hits me in my sweet spot.)

 

tendencies - smile again - July 1st

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A dark house track from TENDENCIES? Who would have guessed… Coming from one of Vaporwave’s beloved future funk producers, this track is a little more left field. The minimal and progressive elements present here recollect a dystopia that never happened (yet). Developing the chirpy synths and industrial hits into a purely enveloping world of sound, the EP that this track spearheads isn’t to be missed.

 

Goon - dna (goon flip) - June 29th

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Remixes of popular rap tracks can go one of two ways: Gold or trash. Goon’s remix of Kendrick’s final emotional bars of DNA easily places it in the former of the two categories. The bass hits and all features present only indicate that GOONs prowess as a rap producer isn’t to be taken lightly. My ears will be closely listening on tracks he produces in the future.