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The Week In Beats: Daphni, Skepta, Dâm-Funk 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.



Dâm-Funk – We Continue
The king of funk is back with a new slab from forthcoming album Invite the Light on Stones Throw. A typically breezy offering, it’s smoother than a pack of Lurpak that’s been left out in the sun for a good few hours. Get the BBQ going – you now have your perfect soundtrack.

 


Beach House – Sparks
Possibly one of the most underrated bands of the last ten years, Beach House have consistently released excellent dream pop since their eponymous debut album in 2005. On new song Sparks taken from new album Depression Cherry, they draw for a more shoegaze approach a la My Bloody Valentine but with no less beguiling results.

 

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Prince – HARDROCKLOVER
The big man is back. With his typical falsetto over a funky slap bass and psychedelic guitar line, this is Prince in full on Guns n Roses mode in collaboration with his backing band 3rdEyeGirl. It may not be an instant classic, but HARDROCKLOVER still retains that sassy x-factor from The Purple One that we know and love.

 


Skepta – Back Then
A proper old school tune, this. Plastician harks back to the golden era with his string-led production to accompany Skeppy’s verses that, as we have now become accustomed to hearing, are pure fire. The top of the self-professed ‘tracksuit mafia’, he spits about how his new-found global fame has brought a lot of fake people along for the ride. Deep.

 


Paul Woolford – MDMA
Continuing from where he struck gold in 2013 with Untitled, Paul Woolford’s more dancefloor-focused persona has been quietly churning out the bangers and MDMA is next in the production line. A beefed up tech house roller, it has all of the anthemic qualities to have plenty of airtime over the summer.

 


Daphni – Vikram
Caribou is one of those artists that seems to be universally loved. His work as Daphni too has been of an equally high watermark, with its certified afro house influences and tribal 4/4 patterns taking centre stage. New slice Vikram cranks the bpm up to around 125 with complex drum programming and the most swooning string melody you’ll hear this year.

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