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The Week In Beats: Roots Manuva, Bicep, Appleblim 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.

Vic Mensa – I Been
Going from one of Chance The Rapper’s sidekicks on his breakthrough tape Acid Rap, Vic Mensa has since skyrocketed all the way to the top of the rap game, arguably overtaking his mate in terms of global exposure. As Chance remains resolutely independent in his virtues, Mensa has gone full on trap, working with Yeezy on U Mad, and here his braggadocio reaches an all time high on I Been.


Loyle Carner – Florence feat. Kwes
Our love for Loyle Carner at Bonafide just keeps growing with the more stuff he puts out, and new track Florence, featuring south London crooner Kwes, is another example of the rapper’s willingness to open his heart out through his lyrics. Here he laments how he “always wanted a little sister”, and he couldn’t sound any more sincere through his bars.


Appleblim — Avebury
One of dubstep’s early disciples, Appleblim has been rediscovering his golden touch of late. Here he returns to Tempa with Avebury, a house roller that somewhat diverges from his roots but still retains that inescapably Bristol sound that he helped generate in the mid noughties.

Roots Manuva – One Thing
Roots Manuva back on Big Dada can only be a good thing. The production on new joint One Thing has a minimal feel to it, with bell rings and HudMo-esque foreboding drums; it’s a change of tack for Roots but his lyrics remain as tough as ever. The old guard has come through yet again.

Chris Cut – Boyz In The Hood (Eazy E Cover)
Stones Throw boss Peanut Butter Wolf has shared a recording from way back in 1988, a cover of Eazy-E’s Boyz In The Hood with local rapper Spunky Spunk Dogg. It’s very, very lo-fi (obviously), but shares a similarly don’t-give-a-fuck attitude as early Beastie Boys.


Bicep & Hammer – Dahlia
Bicep are having a standout year even by their own high standards. With a constant hit rate that never seems to produce any duds (see their recent edits of Dominica’s Gotta Let You Go and Dyone’s Only Love Will Set U Free), the latest weapon to emerge from the Belfast duo’s staple is Dahlia, a track with new boy Hammer. It’s classic Bicep all round – tough drums, big build ups and a layered vocal line. Belter.

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