The internet can be 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.
Lone – Backtail Was Heavy
Matt Cutler was always a rave baby, that much was obvious from his excellent Galaxy Garden back in 2012. He’s gone full rave on new R&S cut Backtail Was Heavy, whose release was promoted by an endearing ode to the byegone era; you had to call up a hotline to hear it first. It glows with Cutler’s trademark synthwork and is backed up by a range of meaty kick drums and hardcore spirit.
The Invisible – Save You (Reginald Omas Mamode IV Remix)
We’ve been tracking 22a with great interest over the past year, and one of the south London clan’s members, Reginald Omas Mamode IV, has piqued our attention again with his reworking of The Invisible’s Save You. The dusty and percussive beatwork makes for a natural fit with Dave Okumu’s delicate vocals and it has some sexy maracas thrown into the mix too. Win win.
Skepta – Man
We FINALLY have the tracklist for Skepta’s long awaited album Konnichiwa, which arrived in conjunction with new track Man. Bolshy and in your face as ever, Skeppy comes up with lines like: ‘my mum don’t know your mum / stop tellin man I’m your cousin’. Simple but effective.
Mount Kimbie – Jupiter
Dom and Kai from Mount Kimbie are nice guys. They know they have fans baying for their new record to come out so to appease them for the time being they’ve pulled out Jupiter, a one off track strung together from a bunch of percussion/synth/FX samples provided to them by Converse’s library. Lord knows where Converse got their hands on all these different sounds but the boys transform them into something that can only be described as quintessentially Kimbie.
Last Japan – Ascend feat AJ Tracey (Impey remix)
AJ Tracey is tearing through the grime scene like a bull in a china shop right now. New producer Impey has got his hands on the stems of Last Japan’s original Ascend with AJ and has created a bassy monster with the kind of drum claps that will be sure to receive more than a few wheel ups in the club.
Mala – Kotos
After the resounding success of his trip to Cuba, Mala decided to take another visit to sunnier climes, this time to Peru to record Mirrors. The first taste of his new project coming out on Brownswood is Kotos, where he used a recording of pan pipe group Asociacion Juvenil Puno as the basis of his delicate dubby experiment. We look forward to hearing the rest of his Peruvian story unravel…