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.
Mick Jenkins – Aurora Borealis
Along with Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, Mick Jenkins is undoubtedly at the top of Chicago’s rap tree. Here he links up with world beating producer Kaytranada on Aurora Borealis, taken from the Countdown 2 Midnight mixtape which also includes Noname, Saba and Martin $ky.
Fatima Yamaha – Araya
When a song slays as much as What’s A Girl To Do did last summer, there’s always the danger of heightened expectation and ‘one hit wonder’ status. Thankfully Fatima Yamaha hasn’t so much as avoided it as nonchalantly brushed it aside. New release Araya on Dekmantel shows that he has some serious songwriting chops in his arsenal.
Roy Woods – Go Go Go
Is Roy Woods better at being Drake than Drake is? While Drizzy is hoovering up kudos over in the UK, Roy has been quietly going about his business this year and, should things carry on as they are, he looks set to claim his place at the throne of US r’n’b.
Injury Reserve – Keep On Slippin (Feat. Vic Mensa)
We’re calling it now – Injury Reserve are set to blow in 2017. Floss, their latest strong offering features Cakes da Killa and Vic Mensa who jumps on Keep On Slippin here. If they carry on gaining support from rappers of this level then it’s only a matter of time before they break through the glass ceiling.
Popcaan – Christmas Gift
Trust Popcaan to inject a bit of cheek into the holiday season with Christmas Gift – it’s fair to say that the gift he’s talking about isn’t the mince pies that are left by the chimney for Santa.
Rose Gold – Judgement Day
Initially turning heads with her presence on Terrace Martin’s exceptional Velvet Portraits this year, Rose Gold’s voice has an ethereal quality that has a much more immediate and beguiling quality than the majority of r’n’b singers out there.