A mix of the old and new, established and unsigned. Released every Friday to help you soundtrack your weekend with only the best tunes.
1.Malkia- Stranger Things
Malika’s heartfelt offering ‘Stranger Things’ is going to be dominating our speakers this weekend. Blending together elements from R&B and neo-soul, ‘Stranger Things’ stands out from many of the other offerings from these genres at the moment (and trust us- there is a LOT). The production is beautiful and the piano gives the track a timeless feel. The real gem, however, is Malika’s voice: powerful, arresting and with just enough imperfection to make you really feel it.
2. Beastie Boys- No Sleep Til Brooklyn (or anything from Licensed to Ill really)
Fun fact: on a recent trip to NYC, I sung this song for the entirety of the length of the Brooklyn Bridge, pissing off my partner and other tourists alike. The Beastie Boys are everywhere at the moment due to the upcoming release of their tell-all book, Beastie Boys Book’. And we certainly aren’t complaining. We’ll be cranking up No Sleep Til Brooklyn this weekend in anticipation and we suggest that you do exactly the same.
3. Shinobi Ninja- What If Times
From one New York band to another, we can’t get enough of Rock/Hip-Hop fusion band Shinobi Ninja’s latest track ‘What If Times’. The whole video was shot on a mobile phone, in keeping with the down-to-earth vibe of this track. Serving up truths about the reality for many people across the world wondering if things will ever get better, the song is positive and uplifting, but still realistic and relatable.
4. D Dark- All Along
This dancehall-inspired track is fresh and funky: perfect for getting in the mood to go out. We were actually surprised to learn that this was D Dark, as the sound is quite different from the usual dark grime edge to previous tracks like ‘Don’t Play’ and ‘Burst’. Still great though- give it a listen and check out the 10/10 threads on display in the music video!
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