This week’s mixtape sees the impeccable work from rising artists like SOPHIE and Leon Vynehall, along with a host of other musicians we’ll have on repeat for years.
Track 1. | Simple Things – Nas
This track is the seventh and final instalment from Nas’ eleventh studio album, NASIR. Nas touches on how jealousy is disguised as criticism of his character, perhaps an allusion to claims by his ex-wife that he cheated and physically abused her.
Track 2. | Get You – Miguel
Miguel covers Daniel Caesar’s smash hit at Spotify Studios, rubbing his funk all over the original. He put his usual wavy spin on the track, making it totally unique again.
Track 3. | Wow Freestyle – Jay Rock feat Kendrick Lamar
On eleventh track of Redemption, Jay Rock and fellow TDE member Kendrick Lamar rap about their lavish lives; this is your Friday arvo tune for when you’re stuck in peak hour traffic and ready for the weekend.
Track 4. | Movements (Chapter III) – Leon Vynehall
Strap yourself in to depart from reality with Leon Vynehall’s prolific nine part album. The British producer showcases a sound that departs from dance antics and explores rich textures to create some seriously ambient pieces. Movements (Chapter III) acts as one to soothe the soul this week.
Track 5. | Is it Cold in the Water? – SOPHIE
With the release of her debut album, SOPHIE is currently the talk of the town in the pop dance music world. This mysterious producer is taking the world by storm with her production that defies norms and perception of new music. Is it Cold in the Water seems to be one of the tracks that has much more composition, yet still remains heavily experimental through vocal distortions and a high that never arrives at a drop. Creepy.
Track 6. | Montego – Cosmo’s Midnight
The Cosmo’s Midnight lads have surely saved their greatest creations for their debut album, What Comes Next. Featuring a huge line up of artists including Winston Surfshirt and Jay Prince, their latest tracks are wildly addictive and perfect for your weekend groove.
Track 7. | Move Me – Mura Masa
Mura Masa makes his first appearance of 2018, teaming up with local London based rapper, Octavian. Led by a heavy bassline, Mura Masa’s groovy backdrop accompanies Octavian’s super nonchalant vocals to a tee. The collab is a clear depiction of the producers ability to continuously mix electronic, dance, and rap music into ultimate tunes.
Make sure you add all of Nas’ seminal NASIR to the weekend rotation.
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