The Week In Beats: Samiyam, J Dilla, FKA twigs 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.

Glassio – If I Was Your Boy (Blue Hawaii Remix)
When you hear the name Blue Hawaii what do you think of? Maybe the half decent 60s movie with Elvis, maybe not. But you’ll still picture the same thing; blissful blue waves, mojitos and flower necklaces. Blue Hawaii the producer is all these things but in sound form, as demonstrated in his remix of Glassio’s If I Was Your Boy. Enjoy preferably on a beach somewhere, with a cold bucket of beers to the side.

Samiyam – Dartgun
A regular collaborator with Flying Lotus, the perennially underrated Samiyam has found what seems like a natural home on Stones Throw after years with Brainfeeder. Dusty, DIY samples and beats are the order of the day on Dartgun, a fresh track taken from his forthcoming album, Animals Have Feelings, on Peanut Butter Wolf’s classic imprint.
Funkadelic – Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You? (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Ice Cube)
Any new Funkadelic track is cause for celebration. Any new Ice Cube track is cause for celebration. Any new Kendrick track is cause for celebration. All three on the same tune you say? Say no more.

FKA twigs – Good To Love
Arguably the 21st century’s most beguiling artist is back. Without even listening, you know that it’ll be something jaw droppingly beautiful and fragile, tender and deep. Which all may sound a bit wanky and presumptuous, but after listening we can affirm that all of the above is true. While more of a ballad and less leftfield than her previous efforts, that falsetto on Good To Love still rings true.

Dan & Trim – Untitled
A close companion of James Blake’s, Trim is an MC whose approach to rapping is completely converse to those that surround him. With Blake’s Harmonimix of Confidence Boost a few years ago signalled the start of their working relationship, Trim’s new Untitled is forthcoming on 1-800 Dinosaur and his bars are as hot as ever: ‘They ain’t getting any closer to God, I make it hell for MC’s, I bring apostles to watch’.

J Dilla – The Introduction
The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla’s PayJay company as a functioning label to release his long lost vocal album, The Diary in April, which was initially intended for release way back in 2002. Opening track The Introduction lays a marker down for the record, with House Shoes behind the buttons with the master Jay Dee. All bow down.

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