Trap – ‘I Want Moor’

Trap is a rapper / emcee from Long Beach, CA whose music explores a whole array of topics and themes, social commentary and cultural criticism but backed and complemented by sublime and seductive grooves and beats.

On his new single, ‘I Want Moor’, the latest lifted from recently released record, Young Basquiat 3: Lost Vibes, Trap brings out the revolutionary raps. There is a weight to his vocals, speaking with authority, an authority that makes you pay attention, his vision is delivered clearly and concisely, without ever sounding preachy or pretentious. His measured and melodic delivery adds lyrical depth and musical allure, it doesn’t miss a beat and the production, supplied by Chicago’s Jerrod Hinton, is of supreme quality. The beat is rooted in the blues, partially due to sampling Nina Simone but also because of its pace and general vibe. It is a heavyweight tune, and one that’s been on constant rotation the past month.

Check ‘I Want Moor’ below and you can listen to Young Basquiat 3: Lost Vibes here.

Captain Moonlight – ‘The Great Austerity Bake Off’

Kilkenny rapper Captain Moonlight, has long been one of Irish Hip Hop’s most prized possessions. Obsessive about politics, philosophy, literature, music and hurling, it has been nine long years since his last album, 2010’s On The Lough (Agroculture Pt 3).

This period of relative radio silence has been brought to a welcome and abrupt close by new single ‘The Great Austerity Bake Off’ – and it is superb. The beats are infectious and snappy, along with the hovering, soft synth provide an toe-tapping and contagious backdrop for his potent lyrical expanses. Moonlight is up there with the finest lyricist’s this country has produced, and ‘The Great Austerity Bake Off’ finds him in fine fettle – and as usual he doesn’t disappoint.

Although there have been singles here and there – incl. a track for our very own GruffWuff compilation (see below) – the new single also comes with news of new album called Offences Against The State Act 1, which is expected before the year is out.

I’ve long been a huge fan of Captain Moonlight and made no secret of this adoration over the years, so needless to say, it is great to have him back in action.

Listen to ‘The Great Austerity Bake Off’ below:

MARTH – ‘Golden Hour’

MARTH is a multi-Instrumental producer/composer from Netherlands who’s sound is born from a preference for Future Beats with hip hop, electronica and jazz influences.

Utilising a mix of electronic and live instruments, with an emphasis on trumpet, MARTH creates a chilled sound brimming with positivity and natural rhythm, and latest single ‘Golden Hour’ is a perfect case in point. Inspired by a painting from Van Gogh, it a trumpet focused chilled three-minutes. A laid-back groove slides along lulling you into this relaxing world, making your mind susceptible the serene mixture of soulful electronics, 90s chill, jazzy vibes with an added hip-hop pulse, and funky, brazen beat beneath. It is quite wistful and thought provoking, set to a scene of serenity, leaving you refreshed, relaxed and chilled.

Tune in below:

GotSome – ‘Plastic On Acid ft Roxanne Shante’

Bristol’s GotSome, aka Adam Gorsky, is a producer & DJ with a flair for recontextualizing the sounds of various dance sub-genres – disco, dubstep, house, and more – and blending with hip hop influences into hip-house leaning sound.

Gorsky’s latest single ‘Plastic On Acid’ is a floor-filling banger that features the vocal talents of New York musician and rapper Roxanne Shante. Unadulterated fun, it is an uptempo drum-heavy, bass-led retro-fixated house excursion that embraces Shante’s skill for sliding effortlessly between rapping and singing, jacking the propulsion where necessary. It is utterly addicting and danceable as squelchy acid licks, pitch-screwed bass, blurred synth chords and house basslines transfix and get your body grooving (and no doubt dancefloors moving).

‘Plastic On Acid’ is just great, simple as. Listen to it below.

Sal Dulu – ‘Buzzcut’

Dublin-based producer Sal Dulu established a rep for fabulous hip-hop flavoured electronic productions with a string of stellar singles last year; ‘Duluoz Dream’, ‘Antasma’ & ‘Tyko’.

Opening his 2019 account with the atmospheric ‘Xompulse’, the Dubliner indicated a continuation of form and Sal Dulu is back with a new offering called ‘Buzzcut’.Joined by Atlanta-via-Memphis emcee staHHr, who takes command of vocal duties as Sal Dulu weaves together a breezy, dreamy atmosphere, lush cinematic strings, erratic breaks and choral-esque chants. It is an elegant arrangement that glistens and flickers with tranquillity as it stutters with a somewhat fidgety progression, that beneath staHHr’s vocals, only adds to the captivating nature. An atmospheric beauty; an engrossing and transfixing blend of rich, warm sounds.

Sal Dulu’s previous releases have been stellar and ‘Buzzcut’ is up there alongside the very best of them; of his or anyone else’s singles from so far this year – one of 2019’s finest.

Listen to ‘Buzzcut’ below:

Freddie Joachim – ‘Serenade’

Instrumental Hip-Hop producer Freddie Joachim breezes his way into our lives with sublime new single ‘Serenade’.

‘Serenade’ is the second single lifted from the upcoming LP Beyond The Sea of Trees, penned for release via Jakarta Records before the end of May 2019

‘Serenade’ marks Joachim out as a beat maker supreme. Dusty hip hop drums, rich jazzy chords and lush flecks of guitar breezily coalesce for an easy on the ear, slice of fresh and soulful instrumental hip hop. ‘Serenade’ is filled with charm, warmth and mellow vibes, it meanders with flowing sense of freedom and aloof escapism. All in all, it is a lush, elegant and utterly hypnotising single.

Tune into ‘Serenade’ below:

Conn & The Groove – ‘Champagne Bubblin’ Good Times’

Brooklyn hip hop outfit Conn & The Groove focus on the positive, preferring to concentrate on celebrating life’s good times, a manifesto exquisitely demonstrated by new single ‘Champagne Bubblin’ Good Times’.

It a superb opening introduction, and their feelgood sonic sorcery is in full effect as Conn & The Groove prove themselves masters for crafting classy, breezy and funky slices of infectious hip hop. Oozing with positive vibes, it is bouncy, bright and swaggers, as a hazy glow sprouts from an irresistible wave of hypnotising jazzy vibes, bursts of brass and big funky beats, treating us to a syrupy, fun-filled barrel-roll through positive vibes just begging to be danced to. A warm and seductive backdrop which proves a perfect partner for the insanely catchy, extremely addictive and slick, wordplay and delivery.

Tune into ‘Champagne Bubblin’ Good Times’ below, guaranteed, you will feel all the better for it.

Nødstop – ‘Test Me’

Nødstop are Austrian pair The Unused Word (Anna Schauberger) and Testa (Lukas Ljubanovic), stalwarts of their local hip hop and electronica scenes, they joined forces in December 2017.

With no set plan, the pair began working on tracks together and the collaboration has born its first fruits with the debut seven track EP “Ø” in April of this year. Leading the charge is single ‘Test Me’. Slick, snappy beats and infectious groove converge with some dubby tones, trip hop textures and eerie early Skream-esque subterranean vibes to form an irresistible wonky skank that trundles, urged along by big, rich and bobbing basslines. ‘Test Me’ is a spectral bass heavy and other-worldly electronic excursion graced by Schauberger’s distinctive vocals and Testa’s stylish yet gritty production – a phenomenal track.

Listen to ‘Test Me’ below and while you’re at it, why not check out “Ø” here too?

Devon Gilfillian – ‘Get Out And Get It’

Raised on a a steady diet of R&B, hip-hop, rock, blues, and soul music, it is hardly a great surprise that Philadelphia’s Devon Gilfillian own sound gravitates to one that ignited the mind while making the body move.

Gilfillian already has a number of releases to his name but with a forthcoming debut album on the horizon, he has shared new single ‘Get Out And Get It’ – an exuberant blend of neo-soul, psych, funk and Afrobeat. ‘Get Out And Get It’ is a radiant, jaunty and joyously infectious cut, with some soulful psych-pop leanings. It is bursting at the seams with colour and vitality as it shifts along a fabulous funky strut, that swaggers and sways amid the warm groove, bubbling basslines and is given an added level of supreme coolness by the utterly smooth, soulful vocals from Gilfillian. A soulful funky groover, this is utterly irresistible and compelling listening – this is powerful stuff.

Listen to ‘Get Out And Get It’ below – hopefully we’ve more detailed news on the album soon.

Diabolic & Vanderslice – ‘Think of That’

Emcee Diabolic and producer Vanderslice have joined forces for a new album called Collusion, which was released over the weekend on April 13, coinciding with Record Store Day.

Leading the charge to the shelves, the duo shared new single ‘Think Of That’ as a little taste of what’s ahead, and the pair have come out swinging. ‘Think Of That’ provides a strong dose of hard-hitting hip hop with tough bars over a mellow backdrop comprised of a rugged riff and haunting vocal sample. Propelled forward by hard beats, Diabolic goes on a verbal rampage clearing all in his path and the chemistry between these two artists is clear for all to see. The combined forces of sharp lyricism and neck snapping production; is compelling and radiates an aura of threat and danger.

You can listen to ‘Think of That’ below and make sure and keep an eye out for the album too.