Every week my head is spinning from the amount of new music that lands on my “to-listen” pile. The sheer volume of new material to go through with its usual ratio of 50% shite 40% forgettable 10% gold is dizzying and discouraging but once I resurface with the handful of gems I once again have complete faith in the current state of music.
So here are my favorite 10 releases of the week. All killer no filler!
Okzharp & Manthe Ribane “Closer Apart” (Hyperdub)
Hands down my favorite album of the week. Futuristic global r&b and pop meets glacial weightless grime production. Truly outstanding debut by UK/South African duo Okzharp and Manthe Ribane.
Onda De Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94)
Just when you thought there were no treasures left in all of Brazil the fine people at Soundway unleash this incredible 80-90’s Synth Pop Brazilian compilation featuring tons of artists you’ve never heard of. Huge shout out to Millos Kaiser, the DJ-collector-curator of this gem definitely in the running for comp of the year.
E. Myers “I Am Alive” EP
Whoever is hiding behind the mysterious E Myers moniker has been ruling my DJ bag for the past couple years. His handful of white label 12’s releases all have a distinct early 90’s Euro House NRG flavour that smash the dance every time. “I Am Alive” is certainly one of his finest moments yet. E Myers reveal yourself!
available at Juno Records
Walton “Black Lotus” (Tectonic)
Sophomore album from Manchester’s Walton on the grime-dancehall-weightless tip. Easily could be an instrumental for some of the most adventurous MC’s out there, although I think few would dare.
RP BOO “I’ll Tell You What”
I’m definitely not a footwork / juke expert but I always like to play a track or two in my sets. There just aren’t that many noteworthy releases in the lane not that the hype train has passed but thankfully the real OG’s are still out there. Legendary Chicago producer RP BOO’s “I’ll Tell You What!” keeps it moving forward!
Jay Glass Dubs “The Safest Dubs”
Absolutely outstanding Digital Dub meets 80’s Balearic vibes EP from Greece’s Jay Glass Dubs. Sounding like a meeting between Wally Badarou and Sade. Proper hamac vibes material.
Insolito UniVerso – Vuelve
The 2nd release from Venezuelan 7″ trilogy comes from Paris based quartet Insólito UniVerso, a project that takes inspiration from a wide range of sources such as psychedelic folk, baroque singing, and traditional Latin American music, particularly through the rhythms and instruments of Venezuelan folklore. Shout out to our good friends and MIMS family Boom Music, the force behind Olindo Records.
+ a few loose tracks
Oliver Coates “Church”
2nd track released from young London based cellist and producer Oliver Coates’ upcoming “Shelley’s on Zenn-La” album coming in September.
Guilty pleasure of the week right here. Undeniable summer vibes on the UK rap – Afro Pop – Bashment tip! Unmissable summer jam for fans of J Hus or 808INK
Meek Mill “Millidephia”
Philly’s Meek Mill unleashes his first project since his release from prison. The Swizz Beat collab “Millidelphia” is definitely the highlight here.