Nao feat. A.K. Paul – Trophy

So sue us, we’re a month (or a few) late on this one. We “UMd ‘n’ Rd” about whether to dive back in time to share our thoughts, but in the end decided a belated big up was as equally a strong endorsement of this tracks excellence.

NAO has been delighting our ears with her passionately soulful, at times rasping, vocals on a strong suite of solo tracks for the past couple of years (our pick of the bunch is ‘Bad Blood‘). A.K. Paul, as the name clearly indicates, is a relative, brother in fact, of music mystery man Jai Paul. They team up on ‘Trophy’ with a kind of modern funk that just has to pave the way for a revival and reimagining of the sound.

We’re pining for more from these two, individually and as a duo. Maybe even a trio with the other Paul brother. Let’s wait and see.

General Ludd – Sunset Yellow

General Ludd are a Glasgow based duo who have built a reputation for putting together brittle, spacious club tracks fit to send a shudder down the spine of any who stand in the way of the speakers.

We postponed waxing lyrical about their latest release until a Saturday purely because of the name of the label it’s been released – Mr Saturday Night.

The EP is a triple threat, two sided affair headed up by the track “Sunset Yellow”. More Saturday night dance floor ready the two B sides – “Brilliant Blue” and “Amaranth”. The title track is an infectious blend of disco-esq drum breaks and tropical synths. Things are a little more mellow on the flip but the quality doesn’t abate.

Go top up your vinyl collection with this one. You won’t be disappointed.

NxWorries – Best One

Anderson .Paak really got us jazzed with his “Malibu” album earlier this year and we’ve been admirers of Knxwledge, namely for the sheer volume of material he’s put out, for quite a while now.

They’ve now linked up on new album “Yes Lawd” (.Paak’s trademark phrase) under the moniker NxWorries. The latest single to come from it is “Best One” which has been getting some serious spins over the past week. The track is a beautiful blend of velvety smooth beats from Knxwledge and those sandpaper rough vocals from .Paak that we’ve come to love.

We couldn’t post about NxWorries without mentioning the track “Lyx Dis”. Double the fun today people – lap it up.

Run The Jewels – Talk To Me

No less than two years to the day since Run The Jewels 2 vibrated it’s way down our ear canals, the first offering from the new Run The Jewels album (you guessed it – Run The Jewels 3) has hit the interweb.

Squelchy synths – CHECK. Rapid fire lyrical delivery – CHECK. Glitchy 8 bit breakdown – CHECK. That’s the RTJ we know and love.

Better still, you can download it for free courtesy of the Adult Swim Singles 2016 program. Grab it whilst it’s hot.

Jamie xx – Gosh

This track isn’t exactly new, but this video is (well at least to the non fee paying public). It’s been floating around on iTunes for a while but hit YouTube a week or so ago.

It’s another fine piece of work from Romain Gavras (think Kanye West & Jay-z – No Church In The Wild / M.I.A. – Bad Girls).

The story goes that this was originally meant to be a jungle banger, but Jamie decided to slow it down a touch to get a different sonic effect. We’re fans at DV towers. Watch and enjoy.