AJMW – ‘Higher’

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London-based producer AJMW – aka Ashley Warden – has a preference for hip-hop inspired electronic flavours.

‘Higher’ is the third track lifted from his just released Loyal LP – and the single embodies the very essence of AJMW’s allure. Glistening production mingle with crunchy, click-clack beats and revolve around two intertwining guitars and tranquil tones for an elegant sub-three-minutes of mellow, gentle and relaxing escapism. The shuffling beat is the embodiment of ‘Higher’s sparkling and relaxing aura; the perfect escape from any of life’s tedious stress’. So, all you need to do now is just sit back, relax and hit the play button.

Loyal is out now and ‘Higher’ is below now for your listening pleasure:

 

Fold Announce New EP ‘Written In the Sky’; Share Title-Track

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Experimental Hip-Hop/Trip Hop outfit Fold have solid credentials when it comes to producing incredible music.

Fold’s self-titled debut was magnificent; a stellar piece of work pitting an enviable creativity with a powerful social consciousness to craft something thoroughly powerful, unique and memorable. The Leeds-based outfit have returned with news of a brand new EP Written In the Sky, and as with previous efforts it, the forthcoming EP utilizes vocal samples from historical speeches to convey their messages, including Lorraine Hansberry and Fred Hampton. In addition to the vocal samples, the EP features live singing for the first time, with the band enlisting several guests vocalists, including Daisy Martey of Noonday Underground (and formerly Morcheeba), on title-track ‘Written In the Sky’. Ahead of the EPs release, the title-track offers a glimpse of what to expect, and it’s ever so good. Fast-paced drums, bass, keyboards and brass create a powerful, rich and intricate backdrop for the many voices to resonate in unison, both vocal and instrumental; a key recurring theme for both musical and symbolic purposes. Urgent, smooth and determined, Fold means business, as always.

Stream it below and pre-order Written In The Sky on their bandcamp.

Introducing: Sal Dulu

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Sal Dulu is an emerging Dublin producer with a flair for fantastic hip-hop inspired electronic productions.

Sal Dulu’s fleeting steps into the world have been heralded by two sublime singles – ‘Duluoz Dream’ & ‘Antasma’ – an impressive introduction of simply outstanding quality. Latest single ‘Antasma’ is slick work indeed. Head-nodding beats, twisting vocal sample and hip-hop influenced grooves are met by some guitar funk tones, sax and roughed-up distortion to produce some seriously swaggering funked up and cool jam – one that will bounce around your head all day. Its predecessor ‘Duluoz Dream’ is no less impressive or infectious. Crisp beats, guitar-piano flings, sultry sax and Japanese dialogues mingle to create something rather chilled, captivating and seductive. Sal Dulu’s sound is fresh, original, imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable; one can only imagine time spent in the shadows won’t be for long.

You can check out both ‘Duluoz Dream’ & ‘Antasma’ below now:

 

Introducing: Best Friend

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Best Friend are a production trio from London, who slice up old 12 inches and Youtube videos and reassemble them into summery, soulful chill hop beats.

The trio’s taste for epic cut and pasting takes us on a gorgeous, colourful and sampladelic adventure. Our intrepid excursion begins with their new record Weekend With Best Friend; a sample-driven gem with scenic production and a hazy, tranquil vibe fit to lift the spirits of even the most glum among us. ‘Spotlight’ is a lavish, cool and irresistible blend of hip hop beats and slick, shimmering samples, leaving us in a state of blissful relaxation. ‘Colourful’ meanwhile marries a beautiful vocal with dazzling flourishes of glistening strings and gentle percussion for a wonderfully hypnotic feel. Throughout Weekend With Best Friend, the trio explore a world of genres, styles and eras to serve up a record which manages a real sense of familiarity without having heard it before – and all done with immense skill, style and substance.

Check out ‘Spotlight’ & ‘Colourful’ below & the full record is available here. This production trio are definitely ones to watch – keep tabs!

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #1

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A brand new feature on the Gruff channel, a weekly 15-track Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in at under and hour, it’s an easily digested slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share more great tunes for your ears, so hopefully it can be a regular feature. We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

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