ThisisDA – Control, Shift

#NewVideo Hip-hop in a 1920’s speakeasy with blueprints

Lazy beats, a wash of reverby guitar and a soft, moody clarinet. It’s like you’re having a conversation with a friend in a 1920’s speakeasy but that conversation takes the form of brilliantly delivered hip-hop lyrics about pressing issues of the day.

The super-slick geometrically trippy, blueprint style visuals dropped this week. We’re definitely fans!

Cotton Wolf – Avalon

#NewMusic from Cardiff, Wales

Cotton Wolf are the union of Welsh producer Llion Robertson and classically-trained composer Seb Goldfinch. They have released their debut nine-track album ‘Life In Analogue’ through Cardiff label Bubblewrap Collective both digitally and on vinyl.

The mesmerising video for stand out track ‘Avalon’ sees a lone dancer (Kim Noble) explore shapes and the warehouse space she finds herself in, flipping character mid-way through. The song rises steadily through a series of soft siren like swells underpinned with heavy pillars of complementary bass drones. A morse code like pulse resonates throughout.

Cotton Wolf‘s debut album Life In Analogue’ is out now on Bubblewrap Collective.

Cotton Wolf is not a 30yr old Welsh gamer as far as we are aware.

Orion X Kazumi – Phantom Record [EP]

#NewMusic from London, England

Whether it’s the delicately fingered piano motif of title track ‘Phantom Record’ or the grime-synth-strings meets naked-digital-kit hip-hop break of ‘Cognitive X’ this new EP from Orion X Kazumi should be going straight in your weekend playlist.

Four tracks in total, opening with ‘The Fourth World’, another exploration in leisurely piano work, propped up by a healthy dose of Dilla / Riggins drum loops. Closing track ‘IJUI Tree’ is more reflective. The bass takes a more leading role this time, smoothly walking its way around in 8 bar loops over the glides of the aqueous keys and loose beats, with their single mic set up feel.

Collect your copy from the HardJazz7 bandcamp page.

Spotted on Find Mag.

K15 – Look (Beyond You)

#NewMusic from London, England

Come on people, Friday’s not that far away now. If you’re still struggling this morning, this one from North London’s K15 will get you through. ‘Look (Beyond You)’ has the synth bounce of Lone’s ‘Airglow Fires’, a splash of MJ Cole-esq piano running underneath and a fantastically infectious broken step beat.

From the ‘Speed of Life’ [EP] out on Detroit’s Wild Oats label. Spotted on Twisted Soul.

Young Yizzy – This Is Life

#NewMusic from London, England

Whilst the delivery on Young Yizzy‘s new track ‘This Is Life’ does come across with a hint of bitterness, his lyrics scream with an ambition to move beyond negative experiences in his past and rise to new heights.

In a scene littered with materialism and expectations of immediate success, Young Yizzy is grafting day by day and getting recognition where it’s deserved – like the set he’s just bagged at Glastonbury. Make sure you cop it if you’re there.