Meka Mungai – Indie Girl ft Slinkky (prod Mr. Lu)
Lo-fi hip hop is angelic. It feels warm and flows beautifully. It isn’t a 6am church service or sanctification behind a metaphorical body and soul. No-one captures this like Mr. Lu does.
On their second collaboration, Meka and Mr. Lu take a step back and give us a glimpse into their creative mindset. Graced by Slinkyy’s mellow flow and lifted by Meka’s delicate touch, the concerted path of these artists continues. Please give us an EP.
Jessie Reyez – Blue Ribbon (prod. Tim Suby )
The bipolar Alexia Cara. Straight up crazy on “Shutter Island“. Heart-wrenching on “Figures“. And now, bass-shattering on “Blue Ribbon”.
On it she warns:
But I’m cute if you don’t fuck around
I’m nice if you don’t fuck around
Whoever you are, you better be listening.
SZA – Love Galore ft. Travis Scott
SZA doesn’t just put out music. She gifts it to us. We are at her mercy. And with this present, it feels like Christmas.
The first lady of TDE, in conjunction with Travis Scott, give us unbridled honesty. Over an sober beat we’re given desperation and heartbreak. He left you. Stopped picking your calls. It wasn’t anything more than a summer fling. So in the end. Fuck him. You’re better than he is, and:
Why you bother me when you know you don’t want me?
Why you bother me when you know you got a woman?
You do you SZA. You do you.
Lou Phelps – What time is it ft. Innanet James (prod. Kaytranada)
Sampling is an art form. Its greatness, however, varies with time. 6 years ago, Otis Redding on the titular Watch the Throne “OTIS” was spectacular. Today, we don’t want familiarity. The more obscure the better. Listen to Kaytranada and I promise you shall jam whether or not you know who his sampling.
On this Lou Phelps fronted track, the funk hits hard. You don’t want to get up and move. Just bop your head and feel. Kaytra’s got you. And Lou makes certain of that.
Muthoni Drummer Queen – Kama Kawaida (manch!ld flip)
Local music is changing and leading this revolution is none other than the queen herself. By her side we have Kagwe, Mayonde and Fena Gitu. If any of these names are unfamiliar to you then keep up or get left behind.
The original track is delightfully catchy and is mastered perfectly, something our industry greatly needed. Manch!ld’s version, though, flips the entire song on its head. It’s hits but restrains itself masterfully. He took 2014 era trap, told it to sit down, and be humble. It’s a welcome reinterpretation of the song and we wouldn’t say no to more.
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