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.
Dr. Dre – Genocide (ft. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
And so, after what felt like an eternity waiting for Detox to show its face, Dre had secretly put that project on the shelf and has instead sprung Compton on us, a soundtrack made to accompany the upcoming N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton. In what will surely be one of if not the biggest selling hip-hop album of the year, Dre has crafted a fiery love letter to his hometown, brought to fruition most successfully on Genocide, featuring his protege Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius and Candice Pillay. In interview with Zane Lowe, Dre explained how he wanted the album to be ‘inspiring and motivational’, nowhere is this searingly more apparent in venomous lines like “I lay on the side of a one way peak / nowhere to go that far I can see / I say ” Fuck is up?” I fuck em up / Your supper’s up / Or something’s up”. Listen to Genocide over on Apple Music here.
Zenker Brothers – Bias
Dub techno duo Zenker Brothers have been making a strong impression in recent months, firstly with their excellent album Immersion and now with their latest four-track release on Marcel Fengler’s IMF imprint, Pollioni. The lead track Night Hustler never over-exerts but perfectly captures the mood of what Marco and Dario Zenker are all about – unfussy, moody techno.
Danny Brown + Clams Casino – Worth It
The annual collection of Adult Swim Singles always brings together an eclectic selection of avant-garde hip-hop, and this year’s haul includes tracks from Yung Lean, Shabazz Palaces and the above collaboration between previous Bonafide cover star Danny Brown and super-producer Clams Casino, who arguably steals the show with his experimental, sample-driven production.
Stormzy – You’re Like
A common misconception about grime is that it’s all about bravado and acting hard, although there has always been an undercurrent of humour to it too, displayed most recently by new kid on the block Stormzy. Here he opens up on the hip-hop ballad You’re Like – is a collab with Loyle Carner on the cards?
Little Simz – Wings
UK hip-hop’s first lady Little Simz is back with Wings, a heartfelt slow burner with a central message about starting from the bottom. Despite owing a debt to Lauryn Hill’s own gift with words, Simz has offered up more evidence that she can carry the mantle for female voices in the UK scene, of which there are currently too few.
FKA Twigs – Figure 8
Figure 8 is a new song from Twigs’ new EP M3LL155X on Young Turks, which also features the previously released Glass & Patron. In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, Twigs said that the song was partially inspired by the figure eight hand motion in voguing. In terms of the song itself, it’s pure Twigs – challenging production and falsetto gasps. Devastating.