Kelela heralds a soon-come album with a ravier counterpoint to the beat-less tristesse of ‘Washed Away’
Further making up for five years of near radio silence since the resoundingly acclaimed ‘Take Me Apart’ in 2017, the bubbling breaks and vaulted harmonies of ‘Happy Ending’ revolve around a nagging, discordant drip-off/morning alarm motif, and of course the vocal is a rare pleasure. Production by LSDXOXO and Bambii.
From all corners, Blunt unites the streets on a proper old skool road rap styled alloy
Hailing that late ‘00s era of Giggs et al, back when Blunt’s Hype Williams were on a whole other thing, ‘London Tonight Freestyle’ brings Rihanna’s babyfather together with now-old younger Novelist and UK grime pioneer Skepta for a killer laid-back parlez that typically runs counter to the contemporary grain and sounds like nobody else right now. “I’ve got an ice-box where my heart used to be” aye.
Hi NRG pressure from Pangaea on his first Hessle Audio mission since 2020, spanking the main rooms with bolshy power house and breakbeat gnash.
‘Fuzzy Logic’ gives a loose nod to the namesake UKF pioneers in a harder lash of rolling breaks turbo injected with darkside bass and a bleep coda that burrows itself into the dance. ’Still Flowing Water’ whips the levels to a frenzy with haughty 'good life' stabs on a juddering power house groove like one of Shed’s most up-for-it rdits for radio DJs and flash club skills, but the originals demand to be played out and held in-the-mix for optimal impact.