The Week In Beats: Byron The Aquarius, The Black Madonna, Theo Parrish 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.

Byron The Aquarius – Herbie Hancock (Chameleon Cover)
Relative newcomer Byron The Aquarius’s penchant for jazz was first displayed on his groove laden 12″ for Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature imprint last year, and here he indulges fully with a funk driven remix of Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon. Squiggly synth and nord lines come together to form one almighty jam.

Ivan Conti – Ah Que Legal (Reginald Omas Mamode IV Remix)
Azymuth drummer Ivan ‘Mamao’ Conti’s forthcoming self-titled solo project gets the remix treatment from the full 22a clan on Far Out Recordings. Reginald Omas Mamode IV‘s offering is the highlight for our money, bringing Conti’e Brazilian drum grooves front and centre. A must buy!

Theo Parrish – A Ghetto Proposal (Vocal)
The master returns to his label for a slice of broken beat action. A dusty vocal line winds its way through the mix which carries the same meandering flow that marks some of Dego and Steve Spacek’s best work.

The Black Madonna – He Is The Voice I Hear
A bit of a departure for The Black Madonna, new track He Is The Voice I Hear is a 10.5 minute live recorded epic, starting with thunderous octaves on a grand piano before morphing into an uptempo disco roller. It has all of the hallmarks of an instant classic, gushing violins, a chugging beat and a memorable hook. Expect to hear this one a LOT.

Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn – Trust Me
Not to be outdone, Scandinavian duo Mr. Tophat and Robyn pair up for their own ten minute disco epic, but this one, predictably, has a more Nordic flavour about it. Robyn may be the name recognition but its Tophat’s looping grooves which are the star of the show here, set at a brisk 125 bpm. Gradual build ups, drum solos, bobbing bassline, it’s got it all.

Migos – T-Shirt
Not content with their number one single Bad and Boujee, which is already the tune and the meme of the year despite coming out at the end of 2016, the playful trio are back with T-Shirt. There’s no surprises with their flow here but shout to Nard & B for their work here on the buttons, also to a video with more fur than Leo could have ever dreamed of in The Revenant.

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