Jacob Banks – Unholy War

#NewMusic from Birmingham, England

Simple, raw and damn powerful. Jacob Banks is back with ‘Unholy War’ merging nu-R&B with that straight outa church sound.

Can someone remix this with a massive gospel choir please.

Dan Kye – Like You Wanna

#NewMusic from London, England

We’ve been loving this bouncy bubbler from Dan Kye’s ‘Joy, Ease, Lightness’ EP which came out on Rhythm Section late in 2016.

Dan Kye is in fact a pseudonym of Jordan Rakei who released the excellent album ‘Cloak’ last year. Grab the whole EP or even a limited edition Rhythm Section bomber jacket from their bandcamp page.

Wonk – Wonky

#NewMusic from Cranleigh, England

Too much for a Monday? Neverrrrr! Absolutely ‘avin’ (yeah we dropped two letters) this throwback sound from Wonk, who’s a new one on us.

This could do quite a lot of damage if it was released on the general public this year. Uh oh, it already has been.

Cabrakid – Busy With Another

So we wanted to round out the year with a return to Norfolk and bring you another bit of hot East Anglian property. No it’s not a beach house at Wells-next-the-Sea, it’s Cabrakid and their 2016 mixtape ‘Busy With Another’.

So, who dem!? Cabrakid are the combined efforts of producer Allergy Kid and wordsmith High Priest Cabrakan. We featured the former in our review of his double up with Maya Law – ‘Her or Him’ earlier this month. The latter also features on this mixtape but it is on ‘Busy With Another’ that he is given the space to let his talents truly shine.

From the upbeat opener ‘Where I Am’ to the murky depths of ‘Viera’, the dream like ‘Long Run’ right through to the saxophone smoothness of closing track ‘My Name’, the mixtape is rich with exquisitely extracted samples, personally reflective lyrics and a whole magic box of production tricks.

There is an accomplishment to the structures of the songs, chopping of samples, lyrical content and delivery that indicates a talent way beyond their current notoriety. Having supported the excellent Loyle Carner earlier this year, their sound is already being put on the right kind of bills to build the base that will pave the way to their musical stock growing.

Keep those ears peeled for more from these gents in 2017, apparently it’s forthcoming. For Dash ‘n’ Verve in 2016 though, it’s over and out.