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WEEK STARTING 30 Sep

Genre pick of the week Cover of Melt My Eyez See Your Future by Denzel Curry.

Denzel Curry

Melt My Eyez See Your Future

    'Melt My Eyez See Your Future' arrives as Denzel Curry’s most mature and ambitious album to date. Recorded over the course of the pandemic, Denzel shows his growth as both an artist and person. Born from a wealth of influences, the tracks highlight his versality and broad tastes, taking in everything from drum’n’bass to trap. To support this vision and show the breadth of his artistry, Denzel has enlisted a wide range of collaborators and firmly plants his flag in the ground as one of the most groundbreaking rappers in the game.

    Camilla George

    Ibio-Ibio

      Saxophonist, composer, bandleader and innovator Camilla George makes a stunning return with her third album ‘Ibio-Ibio’ - a rich, cultural journey dedicated to her Ibibio tribe of south eastern coastal Nigeria.

      The album is a heady mix of afrobeat, hip hop and jazz coproduced by Camilla George. Across eight tracks, Camilla’s virtuosic alto saxophone performance collaborates with a stellar line-up of some of the hottest players in London’s jazz scene including Daniel Casimir (bass), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Winston Clifford (drums), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Rosie Turton (trombone), Renato Paris (vocals), Sarah Tandy (keys), plus Senegalese kora player Kadialy Kouyate, acclaimed US drummer Daru Jones (Jack White, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli), and Birmingham’s finest MC Lady Sanity.

      Camilla describes: “This album is a celebration of roots, creation and community. The Ibibio people, related to the Anang are the most ancient settlers in Nigeria. They stand for community and togetherness - something that in these increasingly strange times, gives me guidance, hope and comfort. I have dedicated ‘Ibio-Ibio’ to the Ibibio people and celebrate our creation and beliefs. Ibio-Ibio is a nickname for the Ibibio people, meaning brief / short, which is a reference to our quick and direct way of doing things and not our height!”

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Creation – Abasi And Atai (Ft. Sanity And Daru Jones)
      A2. Journey Across The Sea
      A3. Ekpe
      A4. The Long Juju Slave Route Of Arochokwu (ft. Sanity And Daru Jones)
      B1. Ukpong
      B2. Abasi Enyong
      B3. Abasi Isang
      B4. Creation – Nnyin Ido Ibibio (ft. Sanity And Daru Jones)

      Makaya McCraven

      In These Times

        In These Times is a collection of polytemporal compositions inspired as much by broader cultural struggles as McCraven’s personal experience as a product of a multinational, working class musician community. With contributions from over a dozen musicians and creative partners from his tight-knit circle of collaborators – including Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Brandee Younger, Joel Ross, and Marquis Hill – the music was recorded in five different studios and four live performance spaces while McCraven engaged in extensive post-production work at home. Featuring orchestral, large ensemble arrangements interwoven with the signature “organic beat music” sound that’s become his signature, the album is an evolution and a milestone for McCraven, the producer. But moreover, it’s the strongest and clearest statement we’ve yet to hear from McCraven, the composer.

        TRACK LISTING

        In These Times
        The Fours
        High Fives
        Dream Another
        Lullaby
        This Place That Place
        The Calling
        Seventh String
        So Ubuji
        The Knew Untitled
        The Title

        As well as knocking out killer edits on 7" - French producer / DJ Moar is also an absolute dab-hand at making sick hip-hop beats. Revisiting that original boom-bap flavour, and with a host of vocalists including Guilty Simpson, Raashan Ahman and Sadat X, "Back To The Boom Bap" travels back in time when rappers wore baggy jeans and freestyled on basketball courts. There's a real rose-tinted vintage hue to the LP that old school heads are gonna adore. Famed for his classic aesthetic utilizing the MPC2000 and SP1200, Moar's instrumentals are unhurried, head-noddingly delicious and full of dusty soul samples: the perfect tapestry for the rappers to do bars of damage across this jam packed long player. Highly recommended!

        RIYL: Apollo Brown, Danger Mouse, Endemic, Statik Selektah etc. 


        TRACK LISTING

        My Pen My Mic With Ls Brigandes & Raashan Ahmad
        Destroying The Track (Remix) With Sadat X & El Da Senseï
        Taylor Made (Moar Remix) With Guilty Simpson
        L.O.V.E. With Raashan Ahmad
        Gone With Dizraeli
        Hot Style With Insight & Ls Brigandes
        Make That Change (Remix) With Emcee G Roc Gayle
        L.O.V.E. With Aïma The Dreamer
        Seasons Change (Remix) With Raashan Ahmad
        Party People With Rita J

        Diving once more into the forgotten corners of the electric Spanish music scene from the 80's and early 90's, Soundway reissue Scan Man's full single "Arabian"

        Bringing together a Furious Five retro styled bounce & rhyme and a bite of UK street soul, the track is taken from 2021's hugely popular compilation Ritmo Fantasía. Expect soulful American expat rap layered over sitar-like sounds, and a tumbling, rattling, 808 pattern. Along with the original track and instrumental, DJs Trujillo and Ray Mang serve a souped up instrumental primed for modern dancefloors.

        Recorded at the CEV Studios in Madrid, Arabian was the first composition and production of Marcos Manzanares to get an official release. Using an Ensoniq Mirage Sampler (one of the early, affordable synth samplers), and with Stephen Sutton providing the vocals for the track, he first made his entry into the Spanish music scene. A short while later he would go onto make a career for himself under the name of Tension808, releasing with major labels like Sony Music and EMI Chrysalis.

        For fans of: Soundway's Ritmo Fantasia compilation, Adonis, 808 State, Inner City, Nu Genea, Afrika Bambaataa

        TRACK LISTING

        Arabian
        Arabian (Instrumental)
        Arabian (Mang & Trujillo Long Version)

        Debut album from the experimental pop artist Shygirl. The 12-track album was created with a close-knit group of friends and previous collaborators including Mura Masa, Sega Bodega, Karma Kid, Arca and Cosha along with the producers Noah Goldstein, Danny L Harle, BloodPop, Vegyn and Kingdom.

        "Nymph" reveals Shygirl’s inner self-reflection in experimental vocal tones and deconstructed dance melodies and exhibits a new level of intimacy and emotional depth in her songwriting. Simultaneously asserting her power and freedom and yet still longing for love, she delivers us lyrical harmonies and catchy hooks telling stories of relationships, sexual desires and romantic frustrations. Over lush production, Shygirl brings us on the journey of what intimacy is like for a woman who’s seen as ‘too hot to handle’, someone sought after and overlooked at the same time. Shygirl’s melodies intertwine with the sounds of bassline, garage, dancehall and hip hop, all seamlessly flowing together like an artful ribbon dance.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Don't sleep on the neo-heart-melter: "Heaven" which aptly gives Sophie a run for her money in the 'future-emotional-heartbreak-ballad' stakes.

        TRACK LISTING

        Side 1
        1. Woe (3:41)
        2. Come For Me (1:07)
        3. Shlut (2:32)
        4. Little Bit (3:34)
        5. Firefly (3:15)
        6. Coochie (A Bedtime Story) (2:58)
        Side 2
        1. Heaven (2:42)
        2. Nike (2:10)
        3. Poison (2:42)
        4. Honey (3:36)
        5. Missing U (0:59)
        6. Wildfire (2:56)


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