Thanks, February. You’re a terrible month, but your bitter winds are making me a stronger, more determined human being. There was going to be another theme for this week’s list, but I don’t want you to think I’m trying too hard. I guess each track is available on YouTube, which in a post-Brexit world should be a good enough theme for you.
Chance the Rapper – Same Drugs
Depending on your opinion of human-sized puppets, Chance has come through with either one of the best or worst videos you’ve ever seen, with Coloring Book’s Same Drugs. Lil Chano from 79th is probably one of my favourite people on the planet right now. Coloring Book is Grammy nominated and he’s achieved everything without a record label. Same Drugs is a nostalgic track with Chance reflecting on a past relationship and coming to terms with growing up. It’s quite lovely really.
AJ Tracey – Luke Cage
AJ Tracey released new visuals for Luke Cage this week, taken from his 2016 EP, Lil Tracey. AJ is one of a growing number of UK artists taking Grime to a new level – he is travelling over to the US and Canada with Dave in March for a 3 date tour, which will see them visit LA, Toronto and New York. His delivery and flow are always on point and Luke Cage brings the same energy he has previously exhibited on the likes of Denzel Curry’s Knotty Head remix with Rick Ross.
JOJI – WORLDSTAR $$$
Meme machine, Filthy Frank, has over 4 million subscribers on YouTube. In January he released Pink Season, under his Pink Guy alias. Pink Season was made for a particular type of meme lord, so please make sure you’re prepared before listening. Perhaps slightly less known is his work under the name JOJI. 88 Rising premiered new visuals for a track he released last year named WORLD$STAR MONEY, which looks like it will be part of a bigger project named Chloe Burbank Volume 1. The track makes me feel like I’m floating on a cloud, probably somewhere warm.
Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now
Jesca Hoop’s Memories Are Now was released last Friday via Sub Pop. It’s worth taking a listen to the whole album, but it’s the opener and title track that creates a truly mesmerising effect – when you think it’s going one way it goes another. This is the first album of original material from Hoop in 5 years and her growth is evident. I’ll probably finish this bit by saying something not very accurate and wanky like she’s the female answer to Tom Waits.
Dirty Projectors – Cool Your Heart feat. D∆WN
Apart from being the term your Sunday School teacher uses to describe the companies behind your favourite music television channels, Dirty Projectors are a band from Brooklyn, NY. Since his breakup with bandmate Amber Coffman, the upcoming record is set to see frontman David Longstreth returning to his solo roots. I really can’t make my mind up about new single Cool Your Heart, although I can’t stop coming back to it, which must be a good thing. The pairing is unexpected, but D∆WN brings something special to this track.