The Week In Beats: Christian Scott, Medlar, 6lack and more

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. Here is the Week In Beats.

Hejira – I Don’t Belong To Anyone
Named after Joni Mitchell’s 1976 album, London based four piece Hejira have been around a while but it’s only now that they’re really making a name for themselves. New track I Don’t Belong To Anyone pairs their afrobeat stylings with a more neo-soul aesthetic – it’s not hard to see why they can count Matthew Herbert and Jessie Ware among their admirers.

Young M.A – Kween
East coast emcee Young M.A sprinted head first into the gangster rap conversation at the back end of last year with her tough, uncompromising lyrical content which has unsurprisingly landed her a tour with 21 Savage. Kween has a proper give-no-fucks attitude about it, with a hard nosed beat to match.

Christian Scott – Phases
At the forefront of the jazz renaissance over in America is the supremely cool trumpeter Christian Scott. The exquisite Stretch Music was a watershed moment for him, showing the versatility of not just his own playing but of the trumpet as an instrument in itself. Here on Phases he once again constructs a song that is so much more than the sum of its simple parts.

6LACK – Free
US r’n’b is having a moment. Bryson Tiller, Roy Woods, Khalid, DVSN and now 6lack have made a big impact on a genre that until a couple of years ago was owned by The Weeknd. Arguably the hottest name out of all of them, 6lack’s new single Free continues to build on his knack for writing woozy, hypnotising songs with a murky meaning behind it.

Equiknoxx – Fly Away ft Alozade & Gavsborg
Have you ever heard dancehall this trippy before? It almost sounds industrial in parts with its syncopated percussion, but still somehow holds together with the vocals. Hats off to the Equiknoxx crew, this is something special.

Medlar – Shake It
It’s nice to see Medlar moving away from the parameters of house and disco with this new weird 8 minute disco track Shake It. Seedy and slow, it’s a slow burner that has the capacity to warm the cockles of a crowd or have revellers’ hands in the air come 4am.

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