El Levtchenko – ‘After Hours’

We were introduced to Brazilian / American pairing El Levtchenko and their lush, sun-kissed and world encompassing sonic distillations throughout 2020 – offering beautiful and beguiling bouts of escapism as they did. 

El Levtchenko’s sound is magpie like, in the very best way possible, borrowing from a world of influences; there’s Cuban guitar music, a touch of hip hop, some Middle Eastern and African influences, funk and soul, and a whole lot of beautiful psychedelia. Their latest single ‘After Hours’ is – like previous singles ‘Hopeton Overton’ and ‘Sunday Social’ – a perfect exposition of their well honed style. It is an intoxicating brew, built on seductive grooves and cool, calm and chilled vibes, offering a zen-like state as it drifts along a funky, hypnotic groove as guitars chime and chords strut their languid wares amid the late night vibes. This is super chill, beautifully addictive and mellow, while oozing nocturnal vibes, it is a tune make the day better no matter the hour.

Check out the sunny delights of ‘After Hours’ below:


Sal Dulu – ‘Alien Boy 96’

Dublin-based producer Sal Dulu has established a rep in this neck of the woods for fabulous hip-hop flavoured electronic productions with a series of stellar singles last year; ‘Duluoz Dream’, ‘Antasma’ & ‘Tyko’, ‘Buzzcut’.

Continuing this rich vein of form, Sal Dulu has returned with a hypnotic new single ‘Alien Boy 96′ and taster track from his forthcoming debut album, penned for an early 2021 release. It is yet another beautiful piece of instrumental hip hop that transfixes it slinks along a hypnotic groove, underpinned with dusty beats, jazz-inflected keys and slo-mo melodies. A fuzzy ambience and downtempo chill-out vibes, collides with snatches of eerie vocal peek through the atmospheric swirl. It is dreamy and hypnotic, cinematic and escapist, and most importantly a wonderful insight to what we can expect from his album come the new year.

Listen to ‘Alien Boy 96’ below now:

Checkmate Corleone – ‘Southpaw’

Checkmate Corleone is a Los Angeles rapper who’s style draws inspiration from hip hop, R&B, rock, jazz and country.

Latest single ‘Southpaw’ is a slick, smooth and seductive groover. It flows majestically along a bubbling bassline that mingles with head-nodding, shuffling percussion submerged amid a lush sea of subtle and melodic instrumental touches amid woozy vibes and layered sunny charms. ‘Southpaw’ oozes with all the smooth and soulful seduction while Checkmate Corleone gently reveals his greatest attribute; his smooth, smokey voice and melodic delivery.

Tune in to ‘Southpaw’ below:


Karras – ‘Blades of Grass’

Karras is a rapper from America’s midwest who’s style finds a sweet spot between the grit of classic hip hop and off-kilter surrealism as he marries the mystical with manifest.

The latest from Karras is ‘Blades of Grass’ and it brings all the smooth, soulful and funky strutting vibes that you need in your life. Karras has an ear for melody and rhythm, and more pertinently, knows how to put it to good use and allowing space to enhance the potency of his lyrical prowess – all patently clear from even just the opening bars of ‘Blades of Grass’. It ambles along cooly, and calmly, over a seductive groove and rumbling bassline as lyrics are delivered unhurried and in his own time backed by dusty beats, funky riffs and stabs of brass. ‘Blades of Grass’ is a treasure trove of head-nodding, melodic and super smooth swaggering seduction that gets inside your head and refuses to leave; but hey, you’ll be all the better for it. 

Tune in below:


Shuko X Nia Wyn X KinKai – ‘I Ain’t Finished Yet’

Welsh soul singer Nia Wyn,  Manchester rapper KinKai and German producer Shuko have joined forces for a collaborative single on the latter’s label For The Love Of It.

The single, ‘I Ain’t Finished Yet’, is laid-back, lush and super smooth. Wyn lends her rich inimitable vocals as Shuko brings all the soothing jazzy vibes, seductive subtle grooves, soft brushed beats and layers of warm and colourful tones, and topped off exquisitely by the mellow and melodic vocals from KinKai. We’ve been following Nia Wyn’s rich, soulful and unmistakable sounds for a while now and never disappoints, and the same can be said for ‘I Ain’t Finished Yet’. It is one of the most smooth, seductive and mesmerising tracks you’re likely to hear – stunning.

Listen to ‘I Ain’t Finished Yet’ below now.


Just Geo – ‘Not in the Dance’

Last we heard from London Producer & DJ Just Geo was with the superb ‘Stick To My Guns’ with fellow Londoner, rapper and songwriter, Warrs McFreeman, and his latest single ‘Not in the Dance’ is just as electrifying.

Drawing influences from a wide variety of sounds, from old school Garage, grime and retro video game soundtracks, Just Geo has once again delivered something that is both fresh yet familiar. Beats rush and crunch like soft steps on gravel, while synths chime and peep while the melodic groove swerves with an all consuming dancey allure while soft, melodic and unassuming vocals flow above. Yet another super slick, smooth and perfectly packaged jam from Just Geo – it is a beaut.

Listen to ‘Not in the Dance’ below:

El Levtchenko – ‘Hopeton Overton’

We were introduced to Brazilian / American pairing El Levtchenko and their lush, sun-kissed and world encompassing sonic distillations earlier in the summer.

El Levtchenko’s sound is magpie like in the best way possible, their compositions borrow from a world of influences; there’s Cuban guitar music, a touch of hip hop, some Middle Eastern and African influences, funk and soul, and a whole lot of beautiful psychedelia. Their latest single is ‘Hopeton Overton’ and like its predecessor ‘Sunday Social’, has a suitably seasonal sound. A sort of a funk and dub fusion, ‘Hopeton Overton’ brings all the good vibes as it slinks and swaggers along a super seductive groove as a guitar chirps, ripples and twangs amid the hazy, dub-esque echoes. It is a catchy, feel good and vibrant jam that will work its way into your psyche and leave you all the better for it.

Check out the sunny delights of ‘Hopeton Overton’ below:

123 Mixtape – ‘Cloud Into River’

123 Mixtape is both the pseudonym of Producer/Mixer/Engineer, Brett Shaw and conveniently, the name of the project.

Shaw is better known for his work with Foals and Florence and the Machine among others but being at a loose end with no one else to record during lockdown, Shaw set out on a simple mission; make some music he’d like to listen to and share with friends. The fruits of his labour is 123 Mixtape which is released on August 24 and preceded by sublime single ‘Cloud Into River’. All recorded on old funky tape machines at 123 studios, ‘Cloud Into River’ oozes with coolness as it swaggers along a super seductive and irresistible groove. The funky bassline plumbs the depths of soul as soft beats ripple beneath the rich swells of brass and grandiose strings sweep by with an orchestral air and touch of pure class.

Listen to ‘Cloud Into River’ below, it is quite simply stunning!

Tebi Rex – ‘I Got My Whole’

Tebi Rex are a hip hop pairing – Max Zanga and Matt O – based in Maynooth, Co Kildare, who together craft slick and easy on the ear jams.

New single ‘I Got My Whole’ is a case in point; a lush, dreamy and sunny pop-infused track. It is a track of irresistible charm as the pair’s sweet, smooth and melodic vocals (delivering tongue in cheek lyrics) drift elegantly above a steady and seductive beat/groove al amid a plush and charming twinkling chime of shimmering synths and blanket of hazy electronic tones.It is a beautiful and delightfully addictive cut – one that will be stuck on your head for AGES.

Listen to  ‘I Got My Whole’ below.


Denise Chaila – ‘Chaila’

Limerick MC Denise Chaila has been on the up since the release of ‘Copper Bullet’ / ‘Duel Citizenship’ early last year but 2020 has been a big one.

In March Chaila appeared alongside other guests on God Know’s banger ‘Who’s Asking? South West Allstars Remix’ before a show stopping performance as part of Other Voices Courage 2020 series – and now, released a brilliant new single ‘Chaila’. A perfect blend of poise and poetry, it is slick, smooth and suave as it bobs along a ridiculously addicting groove and guitar riff – the latter is the hook that everything else is built on, providing an alluring platform for the syrupy smooth vocals to thrive as powerful and poignant lyrics. A superb track and one that’s been on constant rotation for the best part of the summer.

Listen to ‘Chaila’ below: