The Week In Beats: Laurel Halo, DJ Shadow, Sevdaliza 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.

Shabazz Palaces – Shine A Light (feat. Thaddillac)
We have covered Shabazz Palaces many times on Bonafide, and with good reason; the Sub Pop duo are one of the most creative and spiritual forces in alternative hip-hop. New track Shine A Light may have a more anthemic feel about it than we’re used to, with gushing strings and a poppy chorus, but Ishmael ‘Butterfly’ Butler’s delivery has lost none of its hypnotic presence.


Sevdaliza – Hubris
Iranian-born, Dutch-raised singer Sevdaliza’s meditative music has an air of FKA twigs about it, an ethereal quality brought about not just from her soothing vocals but the track’s spaced out instrumental programming. Will she reach the heights of twigs? We think yes.


Laurel Halo – Jelly
When you have a voice as delicately effective as Laurel Halo’s it’s easy to just plonk it on top of the mix and make it front and centre, instead she cleverly warps and processes it to turn it into another instrument, so that when her voice comes out clearly, it feels like rays of sunlight poking through the cracks.

DJ Shadow – Systematic Feat. Nas
Shadow’s production has, for want of a better description, become more robust and Run The Jewels-esque of late, and that’s not a negative comment. Here he teams up with Nas on Systematic, an unashamedly old school boom bap number that conjures up nostalgic images of a bygone era before ‘lean rap’, ‘pop trap’ and the rest of it appeared.

The Bug Vs Earth – Don’t Walk These Streets
No one, that’s no one, loves bass as much as The Bug does. Hands down. His latest slab is the gothic Don’t Walk These Streets, out on Ninja Tune. It’s cold, harsh, heavy, brutal and the rest, for full listener experience plug into headphones and don’t press play through any tinny Macbook speakers. Watch the bass though, you’ve been warned.

Dauwd – Leitmotiv
Dauwd’s profile has diminished somewhat over the past couple of years, with little next to no action on the production front. However he’s put that right with Leitmotiv, showcasing his signature warm, dusty house sound that may sound a bit like it’s from 2015 but is still prime ear fodder none the less.

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