Jamie xx - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) ft. Young Thug & Popcaan
Justifiably the track everyone has been talking about this week, “I Know” finally merges the slick beats of London’s own Jamie xx with vocal stylings from Jamaica via the Atlanta rap scene. If you’ve been following Jamie’s solo project so far, you’ll be familiar with the blissful summer vibes and steel drums that have graced previous jams like “Far Nearer”, making me surprised that a dancehall record hasn’t come sooner. A totally effortless production, and a great example of what artist collaboration should be all about.
Shamir - On The Regular
Dropping last year, “On The Regular” from XL Recordings wunderkind Shamir now takes pride of place on his album Ratchet, which was released this week. Like the rest of the record, “Regular” mixes Shamir’s clever delivery and tales of romance with rump shaking beats and basslines. If that doesn’t grab you, the cowbell will.
Marika Hackman - Bath Is Black
Throwing back to 2013 with this one, “Bath Is Black” was the London-based singer songwriter’s breakthrough to the mainstream, with this wonderful tale of trying to get rid. Hackman has gone on to release a spellbinding debut album We Slept At Last, definitely worth a listen in it’s entirety. As an introduction though, this track with it’s witty vocal and charming instrumental backing is very special indeed.
Holly Herndon - Interference
“Interference” is the lead cut from Californian-born Herndon’s new album Platform, released earlier this week to heaps of acclaim from the underground dance world and mainstream press alike. More than yet another Techno long player, Platform explores the idea that laptop-made music has more power for expression than we give it credit for, and the results are simply stunning. One for the dancefloor, the commute, or the bedside table.
XTC - Functions On The Low
Resurfaced this week via a freestyle from Grime’s golden boy Stormzy, “Functions On The Low” is THE grime instrumental, proven over all the years by the sheer amount of vocal treatments it’s received and how it still stands up in clubs around the world. Produced by Ruff Sqwad producer XTC alongside making beats for Tinchy Styder (amongst others), “Function’s” captures dancefloor euphoria, late-nite inner city loneliness, and back of the bus Nokia ringtones, all in under five minutes.