RKZ’s Round Up #1

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“RKZ’s Round Up” sees the intrepid musician scope out some of the best tracks out right now.

What’s happening, beautiful people?

I’ve been inundated with requests to cover new releases this year, to the point where they were beginning to outnumber hours in the day. With that in mind, I thought I’d start a new piece: RKZ’s Round Up! A collection of records I’ve heard that are incredible: whether they’ve been submitted, stumbled upon or Soundcloud-ed. So, let’s get straight into it!

Anjelihs – Beneath The Grapevine

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The Massachusetts-native has dropped this absolute gem of a record called Beneath The Grapevine, which was recently featured as Pigeons & Planes’ Daily Discovery. And with good reason, too. The raw, soul-bearing R&B joint resonates beautifully around reflective mind-states, and I’ve added this record to near enough every new playlist I’ve created.

If You’re A Fan Of: Blues, Frank Ocean, Sad Songs that make for good Soundtracks.

Ben Khan – 1992 EP

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After blogging about his record during the summer of last year, the elusive musician has finally released his eagerly anticipated EP, 1992. Featuring Drive PI and Youth, the 4-track record is hypnotically addictive and well-worthy of a download.

If You’re A Fan Of: a slightly trippier Jai Paul.

Bobby French – Middle of Things

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This guy’s voice is unbelievable. He caught the attention of Jordan Rakei, and they’ve been interacting via Soundcloud which has left a lot of people excited. Have a listen to Middle Of Things (originally by Sango) and tell me it doesn’t give you the feels. SO MANY FEELS. Have a listen to his Soundcloud, for good measure.

If You’re A Fan Of: Jordan Rakei, Blue-Eyed Soul, Melancholic Goodness.

Ego Ella May – Breathing Underwater EP

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Breathing Underwater is one of those records that you stumble upon and subsequently don’t stop listening to. I’ve had this EP on rotation for a while and it has a timeless feel to it. The earthy warmth, synths, harmonies, melodies are crafted in such delicacy that it’s hard to differentiate them at times. The layers from start to finish are intertwined as if they were created in a togetherness that just happened to be captured at the perfect moment.

If You’re A Fan Of: Floetry, Erykah Badu, Souuuuuuuul.

Logic feat. Jhené Aiko – Break It Down (Louis Futon Remix)

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The Auracle called me out when I retweeted this song from Sampleface by stating I only did because I read Jhené’s name – which may or may not have been true – but it’s genuinely a great song. It’s fun, upbeat and is proving to be a fantastic song for road trips. Ideally en route to a big-ass field with lots of weed and bindi-sporting white girls.

If You’re A Fan Of: Coachella

Mila J – Smoke, Drink, Break Up

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Speaking of Jhené, meet her sister. She’s cool as fuck, feisty as hell, beautiful and sounds a little like Brandy. After taking some time out, the Motown artist returns with this screwface-inducing, make-you-wanna-smack-a-heaux, Missy-Elliot-in-the-car-bumping-around-type jawn that’s got a lot of people excited for more.

If You’re A Fan Of: Smoking, Drinking, Breaks Ups. Kind Of.