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.
Richard Spaven – The Self feat. Jordan Rakei
Jazz drummers have been taking much more of a prominent role of late, with Moses Boyd’s Exodus project, Yussef Dayes as the star of Yussef Kamaal, and Richard Spaven who will be releasing his full length debut at the end of this month. Working as part of The Cinematic Orchestra and Jose James’ band, Spaven’s technical and songwriting ability is obvious, as seen here on the first single from his new record, The Self featuring neo-soul sensation Jordan Rakei.
Kamasi Washington – Truth
The poster boy for the west coast jazz revolution, Kamasi Washington’s modern classic The Epic has turned the spotlight onto California’s hotbed of talent which includes the likes of Miles Mosley, Terrace Martin, Josef Leimberg and of course Thundercat and Flying Lotus. He returns with Truth, a deeply affecting and complex 15 minute piece that is taken from his Harmony of Difference EP, coming this summer on Young Turks.
Sam Gellaitry – Ceremony
Pint-sized Scottish producer Sam Gellaitry may just be old enough to drink but he’s already three EPs deep into a run of releases on XL. New track Ceremony leads the charge for Escapism III, and the cerebral production is unmistakeably Scottish, with the same kind of kinetic energy that fired the productions of Rustie and Hudson Mohawke in their hey day.
Oluko Imo – Praise Jah
Invisible City Editions are part of a new school of labels who pride themselves on re-releasing forgotten gems. With Praise Jah by Oluko Imo, they have a track that is an early contender for the reissue of the year crown. Oluko Imo was a Trinidadian born multi-instrumentalist, founder of the legendary spiritual afro jazz groups Mansa Musa and the Black Truth Rhythm Band. Praise Jah is a timeless mix of soca and disco which still sounds as fresh today as it did back in ’79.
Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Crawl (Karriem Riggins Remix)
Two artists responsible for some of our favourite music this year, Karriem Riggins steps up to offer his 8-bit stylistic quirks to Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s Crawl. Not doing a huge amount to the original, Riggins injects enough groove to still keep Montano’s golden voice as the main feature of the song, as it should.
DANGERDOOM – Mad Nice (ft. Black Thought & Vinny Price)
Cult icons DOOM and Danger Mouse came together back in 2005 to release the cult record The Mouse And The Mask, inspired by the cult Cartoon Network show Adult Swim, featuring cult artists like Talib Kweli and Ghostface Killah. A deluxe reissue of the record is on its way, including the seven track 2006 DANGERDOOM digital-only EP Occult Hymn (remastered, with high-quality audio for the first time ever), as well as two previously unreleased tracks, including this track featuring Black Thought.