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The Week In Beats: Drake, Ryan Hemsworth, Four Tet 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.

Trevino & Endian – Exotica
Two of dance music’s more underrated producers Trevino and Endian have joined forces on this dusty deep house number Exocita. Out on Birdie, it’s a bobbing track that never exerts itself too much; it’s just happy to wind away under its dusty drums and is all the more lovely for it.

Drake – Back To Back Freestyle
Drake’s recent beef with Meek Mill has simultaneously been one of the most over-hyped but absorbing stories in recent months, partly because of how much Drizzy has slayed Meek in every diss track that has been exchanged. It’s resulted in an embarrassingly one-sided beef but it doesn’t make Drake’s own responses any less enjoyable. RIP Meek.

This random Four Tet track has been doing the rounds for absolutely ages, a naughty Cheryl Cole sample that has been effortlessly destroying floors for a while now. He’s finally released a free download of the track, accompanied by the self-deprecating or arrogant tweet depending on how you read it – ‘made this on a plane end of last year… not sure what I was thinking or why it exists.’ We don’t care Kieran, it’s great.

Ryan Hemsworth – Afterglow
Canada’s favourite emo electronic artist, Ryan Hemsworth’s unmistakeably syrupy sound literally drips with melancholia, in something not too dissimlar to The Postal Service ten years earlier. Still, new track Afterglow is another beautifully unpolished gem from the producer.

Elaquent – Far Away
Elaquent is another one of those beatmakers that deserves far more props than he gets. He’s just put out his Good Karma LP on the same LA label that bred Kaytranada, Huh What & Where, and it’s filled with his signature sound of mellow, funky synths, boom bap beats, striking claps and astral, mood-setting keys.
Henry Wu – Good Morning Pecknaam
Bradley Zero’s excellent night Rhythm Section at Peckham’s Canavan’s Pool Club has given birth to a sister label aptly named Rhythm Section International. On its seventh release here Zero has recruited south London local Henry Wu for a 6 track release of jazz-inflected house, the title track of which is simply beautiful.

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