The internet is a daunting place at the best of times, and when it comes to music there’s a never ending rabbit hole of mixes, remixes, tracks, mixtapes and videos being uploaded on the daily. It’s physically impossible to be able to digest everything that is throw into the public consciousness, so we’ve taken time out to handpick the six freshest beats we’ve heard this week to make your life a bit easier. Kick back and enjoy them over the weekend.
Faze Miyake – The Nest ft. Little Simz
There are hot streaks and then there are hot streaks. Linking up with Faze Miyake, one of the most forward thinking grime producers in the game, Little Simz’ feisty bars are synced with Faze’s warped sounds that come together to form an express train of a track. Nice breakdown at 2.20 too.
Chance The Rapper – Angels (feat. Saba)
It’s so hard to not like Chance The Rapper. His mixtape Acid Rap was infectiously upbeat and joyous, and new song Angels is no different. Performing it live on Stephen Colbert, he jumps around the stage like a kid after one too many ice pops – can more hip-hop be this happy please?
Mattic & The Mouse Outfit – Recording Again
The Mouse Outfit put to bed the myth that UK hip-hop is in the doldrums. The trio’s excellent musicianship provides a bed for boom bap bumpers with Mattic, Recording Again and Ted Pipes. Manchester stand up!
Grimes – Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream
Madonna, Robyn, now Grimes. There’s a lineage of electro pop that revels in its unpretentiousness. That’s not to say that Grimes lacks any imagination with her art; just take a look at the madcap visuals that accompany Flesh without Blood, like a deranged version of Marie Antoinette reimagined by Tim Burton.
Blood Orange – Sandra’s Smile
Dev Hynes has had a number of different incarnations, but his work as Blood Orange has been the most striking by some distance. Pushing the envelope of camp New York pop, he teamed up with Skepta and Clams Casino on the excellent Cupid Deluxe. He returns with Sandra’s Smile, with little to the song aside a minimal drumbeat which draws Hynes’ tender vocals to centre stage.
J Hus – Lean & Bop (Bok Bok Remix)
Lean & Bop was unquestionably the pop grime hit of the summer. Whilst the return of BBK was the story from earlier in the year, J Hus’ simple dance had all the kids turning up to the playground to impress the girls with their new moves. Bok Bok takes the dancehall original and puts it through a Night Slugs shaped filter to turn it into a certified club banger.