The Week in Beats: Karriem Riggins, Mehmet Aslan, Lil Uzi Vert 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.

Karriem Riggins – Bahia Dreamin’
A jazz drummer with one step in the hip-hop world thanks to his excellent 2012 album Alone Together on Stones Throw, Karriem Riggins returns with a decidedly more beat driven offering in Bahia Dreamin’, which borrows in kind from Knxwledge and Mndsgn’s explorations into time signature-shifting electronica.


Sherwood & Pinch – Retribution
Two masters of their craft come together one again. Dub pioneers Pinch and Adrian Sherwood’s soundscapes were always bound to make comfortable bed fellows as last year’s Late Night Endless proved. They’re back with Retribution, a Lynchian piece that starts with foreboding synths before launching into a metallic dub swing with a heavy techno pulse at the halfway mark.


Doctr – Tropique (Mehmet Aslan Remix)
Turkish dance music seems to be enjoying a purple patch at the moment, with Baris K and Insanlar being booked to play at festivals around the world, and old disco gems becoming prime cuts for DJs of all kinds. Heading up the resurgence is Mehmet Aslan, whose groove-filled cuts are evident across multiple songs and aliases in the past couple of years, none more so than on this latest remix for Doctr.


Burial – Nightmarket
He’s back again! Burial’s sound doesn’t come as any great surprise nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less affecting. Just as the nights start to draw in and the temperature drops by a few degrees, out he comes with a new 12″ to soundtrack us through the bitter cold of the next three months. Thank you sir.


Lil Uzi Vert – 1 Changed My Phone
Arguably the breakout rapper of 2016, Lil Uzi Vert’s drugged out trap has seen him work with Metro Boomin and Migos whilst racking up the views on YouTube on You Was Right and Money Longer. He doesn’t show any sign of slowing down with 1 Changed My Phone, another wile out banger that will help cement his place at the top of the tree alongside Future and Gucci.


YG – I’m A Thug Pt. 2
After Kendrick, YG is the undisputed king of the west coast. Whilst his lyrical content remains dark and threatening, his production and melodies are somehow catchy as hell, which is a pretty darn special achievement.

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