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:

AfriCali – ‘Daughters of the Sun’

AfriCali is a California-based musical collective embracing a broad base of influences as evidenced by their work to date; a journey of musical exploration and fusion of sounds.

Their latest single ‘Daughters of the Sun’, and indeed the album in which it is lifted from Taught Of A Culture captures the very essence of what Africali and their sound is all about. It is a jazzy and soulful cut with a funky base-line that swaggers along a seductive groove and soft beats while guitars twang amid the sun-kissed shimmering feedback. A genre-hopping jam mixing up afrobeat, rock, pop, and hip-hop and topped with coastal-psych seasoning and catchy melodies. A superb, seductive and sunny groover – tune in below.

Listen to ‘Daughters of the Sun’ below and if that is to your liking, check the album here.

SonikCuts x Planet Asia – ‘Spaceship’

Brazilian DJ and producer SonikCuts is gearing up for the release of new album Power Moves in the near future. To get people in the mood, SonikCuts has been drip feeding singles ahead of the album and the latest (and fourth) is called ‘Spaceship’ as he joins forces with Californian rapper Planet Asia.

This coming together of North and South America is a match made in heaven. SonikCuts serves up a smooth backdrop of slinky seductive grooves and gently rippling melodic beats while Planet Asia delivers a message of strength and resolve through his super smooth and silky flow. Interspersed with sublime scratching. t is a lush and super seductive groover that flows majestically along head-nodding, shuffling percussion while oozing a cool, super smooth air, complemented perfectly by the melodic lyricism of Planet Asia.

Listen to ‘Spaceship’ below – it does not disappoint.

LocalBlac – ‘Five9’

LocalBlac aka Travon D. Bryant is a rapper and hip hop artist from Los Angeles, who’s latest single ‘Five9’ brings all the smooth, soulful and funky vibes that you need in your life.

LocalBlac has deft ear for rhythm, and knowing how to harness its power and allowing space for it to enhance the potency of his lyrical prowess – patently obvious from but a few seconds of his new jam. It swaggers slowly along a seductive groove as lyrics are delivered unhurried, unworried and in his own time backed by bombastic beats, funky riffs and blasts of brass and soulful vocals. A bonanza of head-nodding, rump-shaking and swaggering grooves, ‘Five9’ gets inside your head and refuses to leave; but hey, you’ll be all the better for it.

Get introduced to LocalBlac and ‘Five9’ below now.

Introducing: The Black O.C.

The Black O.C. are a hip hop trio born and raised in So Cal who live “in the black” but have their eyes wide open to the world as they smash stereotypes.

The trio have recently released a new record Legacy, Vol. 1.5; a wonderful introduction to The Black O.C. and their hip hop alchemy. This wizardry is demonstrated with abundance on tracks  ‘Legacy’ & ‘Wake Up’. ‘Legacy’ is mellow but certainly not placid. It is seductively melodic while marked by an undercurrent of threat and subversion woozy synth flutter and bass wobble over a softly swaggering groove while sharp lyrics are delivered with the sort of authority that makes you listen up. ‘Wake Up’ meanwhile, takes the aforementioned attributes and ups the ante; it is darker, heavier and harder. The deep bassline and shuffling dusty beats provide the meat for this swaggering, groove heavy jam as powerful interlaced wordplay wizardry zips along above. Two focused, no nonsense cuts of pinpoint lyrical sharpness and seductive grooves – a match made in heaven.

Listen to ‘Legacy’ & ‘Wake Up’ below – and Legacy, Vol. 1.5 is here for your aural pleasure.

Clockwork – ‘Evergreen Weather’

Clockwork is an emerging hip hop artist from Britain’s south coast; heavily influenced by 90’s US hip hop & U.K. grime scene, his sound is a blend of slick and intricate lyricism and melodic maneuvers.

This predication for 90s hip hop and melodic sensibility is front and centre on his newest single ‘Evergreen Weather’. A third single of 2020, it saunters along a seductive melodic groove basking in a laidback and sunkissed allure. It sees a mellow flow and trickling rhymes paired above warm twinkly chimes and pillowy soft beats amid a feelgood summertime vibe. ‘Evergreen Weather’ is an absolute joy as we’re treated this mellow meander down memory lane as Clockwork’s storytelling skills ooze with heartwarming and warm nostalgia, and all wrapped in warm, sunny and lush vibes – beautiful stuff.

Listen to ‘Evergreen Weather’ below:


El Levtchenko – ‘Sunday Social’

El Levtchenko are a Brazilian / Portuguese pairing who’s sonic 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.

In just under three minutes their latest offering  ‘Sunday Social’ encapsulates everything that is utterly wonderful about about El Levtchenko and their sound. ‘Sunday Social’ is a colourful confection of sunny and alluring Latin flavoured psych. It slinks and swaggers along a super seductive groove and soft, brushed hip hop style beats as basslines bubble and guitars twang, pick and riff amid the sunkissed shimmer. ‘Sunday Social’ whisks you away to a vibrant and colourful world of sun, sea and peaceful vibes. It is a masterclass in psychedelia fusion, and one that will no doubt leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Listen to ‘Sunday Social’ below:

Jthurston – ‘Black Sheep’

Jthurston or Jared Thurston is a hip hop artist and rapper from Oakland, CA.

Jthurston has made a name for himself locally as part of the NFK Music Collective (NewFound Kingdom) and in his own right with a recognizable style that switches from all around lyrical rapping to a more harmonizing flavour – a hallmark stamped all over soulful and timeless new single ‘Black Sheep’. It is lush and a super seductive groover that flows majestically along a bubbling bassline head-nodding, shuffling percussion with subtle and melodic instrumental touches. ‘Black Sheep’ oozes all the smooth, soulful and timeless vibes while Jthurston gently reveals his greatest attribute; his voice and melodic delivery.

Such a wonderful & easy on the ear tune – listen to ‘Black Sheep’ below: