The Week In Beats: JMSN, Jamie Isaac, Anhoni 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.

Anhoni – Drone Bomb Me
Anohni, or Anthony Hegarty as he was known in a previous life, has one of the most distinct voices in modern music. Chilling, soft and tender, it evokes such vulnerability and beauty all at once, so wouldn’t immediately seem like the natural fit for Hudson Mohawke’s bombastic drums and Oneohtrix Point Never’s leftfield electronic excursions. Alas, on Drone Bomb Me, the second single from forthcoming record HOPELESSNESS, all of the parts come together to form one glorious, uplifting whole. And Naomi Campbell cries in the video.

Jamie Isaac – Last Drip (Remix ft. Rejjie Snow)
A London crooner who blends electronics, piano ballads and folk? Not quite James Blake, but the next best thing. Jamie Isaac certainly shares sonic similarities with his contemporary, but new song Last Drip is given a new dimension by Irish rapper Rejjie Snow whose syrupy drawl fits nicely into the song’s druggy ambience.

Byron the Aquarius – Aquarian Voyage
There are a few labels out there that automatically get a seal of approval whenever they unveil a new release. Theo Parrish‘s Sound Signature is without question one of those labels. It’s not hard to see why newcomer Byron the Aquarius has found a home there either, he possesses the same knack for jazzy house grooves as the master – could he yet take on the mantle and follow him on to great things?

JMSN – Cruel Intentions
Neo soul, or future soul if you believe the music hipsters, has enjoyed a new burst of female singers in recent years but the male equivalents have been relatively thin on the ground. Up step JMSN, whose Americana guitar lines, piano chords, backing singers and swelling choruses recall a certain D’Angelo on Cruel Intentions. Let us reiterate that this is definitely, definitely a good thing.

Leon Vynehall – Blush
When was the last time Leon Vynehall released a tune that was anything less than exquisite? He’s the most consistent dance producer out there, the Tesco finest of the house heads, the Taste the Difference of the disco dancers. On Blush, a cut from his recent Essential Mix, he once again showed that he has a way with sweeping strings that is matched by few others.

Carlos Niño & Friends – It’s All Happening!
The latest star of LA’s beat scene is Carlos Niño, on fast rising label Leaving Records. His new album, Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!, is the fourth in a run of collaborative albums, and this one features Madlib and Kamasi Washington. Niño’s percussion and composition background are immediately noticeable on It’s All Happening!, a dense and layered production that has plenty of experimental moments to whet the appetite for the full length next month.

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