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The Week In Beats: James Blake, Ratking, WebsterX and more



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.



Nicolas Jaar – Fight
A truly singular artist, Nico Jaar’s career has charted from deep house beginnings to the exquisite songwriting on Space Is Only Noise to his jazzy work as Darkside. Here he finds a new home on R&S Records for one-tracker Fight. Going into more IDM territory, the resemblances with Aphex Twin are undeniable, but Jaar’s signature beauty remains intact.
 


WebsterX – Kinfolk (feat. Allan Kingdom)
We profiled WebsterX last year and it’s been great to see that our predictions have rung true; he’s developed into one of the rap game’s most idiosyncratic new faces. His syrupy flow on new track Kinfolk is joined by Kanye West collaborator Allan Kingdom which also features sterling work behind the boards by Boathouse.
 


RATKING – Arnold Palmer
Lemonade stands and block parties are two things that are intrinsically tied to New York in the summertime, so what better way to pay respect to this tradition than to write a song about it? Ratking do exactly that, spitting about ‘ice tea and lemonade’ in a pared down manner, with Sporting Life’s mellow production coming to the fore.
 


GoldLink – Spectrum
One of the main features in our new issue of the magazine, illusive rapper teams up with hype crew Soulection on Spectrum, taken from his first full-length, And After That, We Didn’t Talk, due next month. With this team up the results were never going to be anything less than an earworm, and so it proves.
 


James Blake – The Sound Of Silence
What better way to successfully cover a classic than by not changing it at all? So James Blake proves this to be correct with his stunning rework of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound Of Silence. With just organ chords, raindrops and his tender voice on show, it’s the perfect lesson in less being more.
 


Iglooghost – Gold Coat (ft. Cuushe)
A new addition to the Brainfeeder family, 18 year old British producer Iglooghost’s enters the big time with Gold Coat, a confounding mix of PC Music saccharine vocals, dubstep rhythms and footwork drums. Taken from forthcoming EP Chinese Nü Yr, he describes the concept as ‘a story about a gelatinous worm-shaped creature who wears a witch hat called xiāngjiāo’, which kind of says it all.

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