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.
WSTRN – In2
I’ll eat anyone’s hat that argues that WSTRN’s In2 isn’t the most feel-good and god damn catchy track of the month. The lyrics aren’t anything serious; WSTRN are just a fun-loving trio from west London who like to fuse slow jam r’n’b with colourful hip-hop. Remember the name.
Pearson Sound – Freeze Cycle
David Kennedy aka Pearson Sound has been moving in more experimental circles of late, but he’s always harboured the capability to unleash a banger or two , so it’s nice to hear him return with the unashamed dancefloor destroyer Freeze Cycle. This is Pearson Sound in full techno mode, and it feels great.
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Pharrell Williams Remix)
You know what they say, ‘never fuck with a classic’. Pharrell’s love for Tribe and particularly Bonita Applebum was noted from his talking head appearance in Beats, Rhymes & Life. One of the great hip-hop love songs, Pharrell does an admirable job of reworking Bonita, released as part of a 25th anniversary package of People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
Ty Dolla $ign – Saved ft. E-40
Following their 2013 smash Paranoid, Ty and do-no-wrong producer DJ Mustard are back together on Saved, a single taken from his forthcoming album Free TC (a reference to his brother who has been wrongly imprisoned according to Ty). Similar lyrically to Paranoid, it’s good to hear Ty back in the turn up r’n’b zone that he inhabits with such ease.
Haleek Maul – Dead Em
At 1 minute 42, Haleek Maul‘s Dead Em is a gut punch of a track, utilising Kanye’s vocoder sounds to full effect in explosive style; you get the impression that when Maul is focused on his bars he is teetering right on the edge of sanity.
ASM (A State of Mind) – Masking feat. MF DOOM
Have two art forms ever married as nicely as Oriental cartoons and DOOM‘s lyrical flow? His spot on ASM’s track Masking is the perfect synergy on all levels – from the booming brass to the soft Spanish guitars sections beefing up the production. This is unarguably a hip-hop odyssey on a grand, cinematic scale.