RKZ – Impossible feat. Sonni Mai

The RKZ/Handbook partnership serves up an “Impossible” delight with guest vocalist Sonni Mai. Understated imagery is a beautiful art form. The concept fuelled decades of art in the mid-20th century and minimalism is all the rage today. When RKZ and Handbook weave their musical threads, the finished product is indicative of that style. But with added colour. And that’s what shines through. You listen with your…

Childhood Cassettes: Roberta Flack (and friends)

Childhood Cassettes looks at the tapes we listened to as young rapscallions. Today’s edition is all about Roberta Flack (and friends). It’s been just over a year since the last edition and today’s follows a similar theme. Most of the music I was exposed to came courtesy of my dad and his car mixtapes. One of them featured Roberta Flack and some extras, but I’ve left…

Noah & Shagabond – Arouse

Noah & Shagabond keep it wavy with their collaborative effort, Arouse. “We decided to meet up in Toronto for some studio time last September. I had a bunch of beats I had been working on over the summer that I was really excited to show Noah, but only one really stood out at the time. During an overnight session at a low-key studio in Toronto’s…

Leftover Links #20: Record Label Releases

Leftover Links has returned after a lengthy hiatus with links from Illect Recordings and Jakarta Records. It’s been 3.5 years since we last did an instalment of Leftover Links. As Soundcloud took down a lot of links featured in previous editions, we took a break. But now we’re back with some great links from our favourite record labels. Illect Recordings We kick things off with…

ross & clement – coastin

Facebook sucks at the best of times but following sampling groups offer some well-needed gems on your feed. One such discovery was this track from ross & clement. “coastin” is a smooth R&B meal with all the 90s-style trimmings. Groove is the main ingredient helped by the sample – Soul II Soul’s Back To Life. This track comes as part of a joint collab between…

Theo_Huxtable – JustineMix

Long-time friend Theo_Huxtable drops a mix “for all the Justines in the world”. When you’re feeling someone’s aesthetic, you’ve gotta get a collab in and that’s what we did. We asked Theo_Huxtable if he’d be down for a mix and this is the result. JustineMix is a half hour of dope cuts inspired by Justine Phillips, the real Theo Huxtable’s girlfriend. According to “our” Theo,…

VIDEO: Caleon Fox – The Durag Song

Cali artist Caleon Fox declares his love and admiration for his durag on The Durag Song. A big shout out to Corey aka @theo_huxtable1. Caleon Fox is an artist from Oakland making music with all the chill and, seemingly, no chill at all. The Durag Song is exactly what the title suggests and the video is as stoopid as you’d expect for an ode to…

Joyce Wrice – Good Morning [D e e’s Flip]

UK producer D e e D O N T C A R E flips Joyce Wrice’s Good Morning. Another Reddit find. D e e D O N T C A R E hails from Birmingham and his brand of bouncing R&B slots right into the summer aesthetic. For this flip, Dee chose Joyce Wrice’s Good Morning mixing her airy vocals with a crisp uptempo rhythm…

Interview: Aria Jay

We interviewed Aria Jay about her latest release, Growth. Pink isn’t at the top of my favourite colour list but it’s starting to grow on me thanks to Aria Jay. The pastel rose hues of her Instagram are a perfect accompaniment for a brilliant musician. Aside from her visual aesthetic, Aria is a beautiful vocalist and we caught up with her about her latest EP…

Leo Napier – Before I Go Away (Le Wanderer Remix)

Leo Napier gets the remix treatment by Le Wanderer on latest single Before I Go Away. A move from the US to Ladbroke Grove may puzzle some but there’s no mistaking Leo Napier’s vocal qualities. The US-born London-based singer has made a bit of a name for himself, lending his talents to Gramatik’s Native Son and now he looks to embark on his solo career…