YellowStraps – Nights Up

#NewMusic from Brussels, Belgium

If you were to ask us where to file YellowStraps in our music collection, we’d be well and truly stumped. The piano break and monologue are straight up early The Streets. The synth at the start is a hybrid of Disclosure and NAO. But vocally and beat wise you get sent in a totally different direction. One thing is for sure though, this Belgian band deserve space in your collection. The vocals are soft and light. The overall feel is playful and mellow. ‘Nights Up’ is most definitely the soundtrack to exactly what its title suggests – a night up. This one with someone you’re into. Try it sometime.

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Alex Lustig – No More (feat. Akacia & OnCue)

#NewMusic from Antwerp, Belgium x Melbourne, Australia x Brooklyn, USA

Deep, spacious beats and a playful back and forth vocal on Belgian artist Alex Lustig’s latest cut, the broody ‘No More’, which features rising Australian singer Akacia and Just Blaze signee OnCue.

Lustig is a seasoned hip hop / grime producer having worked with the likes of BJ The Chicago Kid, Dizzy Wright, and Skeme. In addition, Alex co-produced Young Thug feat. Lil Duke’s ‘Everything Bout Me’ that leaked earlier this month.

Alex is now building a reputation as a buzzy solo artist in his own right, dropping the hazy nu-R&B-tinged ‘Do Wrong’ featuring London crooner Ayelle, earlier this year.

“With ‘this track [‘No More’] my goal was to mix ambient deep chords with hip-hop and slight trap elements,” Alex says about the track. “The idea was to have a girl and a guy respond to each other. I love when there’s a man and a woman on a song singing together. I feel like theres always something special and real to it. So I wanted to make that with my ambient / hip hop touch to it with a chill drop.

Alex Lustig ‘No More’ (feat. Akacia & OnCue) is out now.

Roméo Elvis x Le Motel – Morale (R.O Flip)

#NewMusic from Brussels, Belgium

Definitely a French language* feel to todays offerings on DnV. We’ve had a real soft spot for hip-hop delivered in French ever since getting the Taxi soundtrack for our birthday many moons ago (check Freeman & Karim Le Roi – Le Dernier Coup). R.O always comes correct with his edits and this one for the Roméo Elvis x Le Motel track ‘Morale’ is no exception.

The multilayered xylophone-esq tinkles under Roméo Elvis’ slick flow are playful and toylike, balancing beautifully with the swell of the bass and clack of the snare. Lush!

* Roméo Elvis and R.O are based in Belgium not France – very important distinction people!