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The Week in Beats: Kamasi Washington, Nicolas Jaar, Bishop Nehru 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.

Kamasi Washington – The Message
It’s very, very difficult to chose one track from this 3-hour masterpiece from Kamasi Washington. From the album The Epic, which is saturated with complex arrangements and compositions and takes you through a series of emotions that would normally take a lifetime to experience, the track is charging with an urgent energy that seems to be filled with excitement of the fact that it is bringing jazz into the forefront of today’s musical landscape.


Nicolas Jaar – The three sides of Audrey and why she’s all alone now
This A1 to Nicolas Jaar’s first solo 12″ in four years was worth the wait. Listen to it, preferably on your headphones, deep into the night, be patient and wander the dark space with it whilst paying close attention to the minor nuances only he knows how to perfectly create.


Chester Watson – Honestly [prod. Kanisono x BZK〒]
Rising talent Chester Watson who was recently featured by RBMA, self released this eerie, raw beat this week. The mysterious jingles and minor key piano creating the appropriate atmosphere for his deep, slurred, slow raps. “Honestly, I’m a motherfucking beast, no category just an enigma with wings.”


Hubert Daviz – Intr – O Lume Plina De Caini (Max Graef RMX)
Cologne based producer Hubert Daviz is coming up to the 5th year anniversary of his masterpiece Proceduri De Rutina, and to celebrate, he’s asked some of his favourite producers friends to revisit the album, including Dexter, FloFilz, Wun Two, and of course, Max Graef.


Bishop Nehru – Breath (Panara $pirit)
Our favourite youngin and Doom collaborator Bishop Nehru released through his own blog Nehruvia, a series of eight tasty raps for your enjoyment.


Al Dobson Jr – Santiago Black (Ptaki Version)
Southwark label Rhythm Section International released RS002 (Rye Lane Versions), a Remix EP with reworks of Al Dobson Jr’s tracks. We’re digging this super groovy edit by Polish producer Ptaki. “If you’re in the groove, if you’re in the mood…”

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