The Week In Beats: Actress, Freddie Gibbs, Charli XCX 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.

SNOOP DOGG – BADBADNOTGOOD – Lavender (Nightfall Remix)
The most controversial track on this week’s list is courtesy of BBNG and Snoop, which prompted a pretty pathetic riposte from Trump on Twitter. The president’s spray tanned ego took offence to what is a lightly satirical song with a clown in the video, ‘Klump’, bearing more than a passing resemblance to him.

Freddie Gibbs – Crushed Glass
From the swelling strings at the start of the song so the harrowing final few shots of the video, this is as emotional as we’ve seen Gibbs up til now. His tried and tested formula of solid beat and gunshot flow carry more meaning on a song this dark, leaving you hanging on every last syllable.

Charli XCX – 3am (Pull Up) feat. MØ
Ok so maybe this doesn’t pull up any trees (excuse the pun), but as with any great pop song it’ll have you reaching for the replay button again… and again. And there you go, for better or worse, it’s stuck in your head.

Lone – Crush Mood
Lone returns to his spiritual home of R&S for his latest pummelling production, the house-y Crush Mood. Whilst the beat may be of a traditional house variety, it still bears all the hallmarks of classic Lone with the ravey stabs, swelling synths and vocal snippets.

Actress – X22RME
One of electronic music’s most beguiling and singular artists, Actress makes his long awaited return to Ninja Tune with X22RME. Following the more experimental direction of Ghettoville, Darren Cunningham is back doing the scuzzy techno that he first brought to the table with Splazsh.

Orchestra Baobab – Fayinkounko
Responsible for some of the world’s most sublime and truly distinctive music, Orchestra Baobab fuse Afro-Cuban rhythm and Portuguese Creole melody with Congolese rumba and high life. New album Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng will be released on March 31st on World Circuit, and new track Fayinkounko mirrors the reason why many of their songs from the 80s have turned into cult classics; it brims with sunny joy and pure love.

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