How was everyone’s first week of the New Year back at work then?! If it was hard, then why not chill with four of our favourite new tracks of the week? From hip hop to chillout, lo-fi to funk, we have you covered. As always, click the pics to listen.
Maffa Rico – Palm Tree Poison
Taken from the upcoming LP Bohemian Blonde, Palm Tree Poison tells the story of a man who lives a life of music in a tropical paradise. Its funky sound is backed by steady drums keeping the beat, and although the sound is happy, it actually conveys darker messages than at first it appears. The vocals are smooth and sultry as they slide over the music and able to calm the most pent up person. The instrumentation works well intermittently to create another layer on the chilled out but deep soundscape.
KOKO – Eyes So Wide
Bristol trio KOKO’s dark and dynamic pop is in full swing on track Eyes So Wide with its deep bass and undeniable swagger addictive from the get-go. The track captures the moment the band first met as Oliver Garland’s vocals saunter over the music, feeling like a heavy night out before the big come down. With plenty of break down sections and good ideas, the track never gets boring and keeps you guessing what’s coming next.
Pink Forest – Feel Good
This funky, lo-fi track is perfect to make you slow down and think a little when you need it the most. The ambient sounds and heavy beats lull you over to a good place where you can let yourself go, sit back and relax. Synths and settled instrumentation slide over your consciousness as female vocals gently caress your soul and build on the sense of calm and serenity throughout.
Cracker Jon & Violentlyill – It’s Delicious
UK Hip Hop artist Cracker John and Irish producer Violentlyill release the soulful dusty beats of It’s Delicious, drawing on strong 90s influences. Also bringing in a lo-fi sound, Cracker Jon’s bars easily delve between the gaps and crevices in the tunes, managing to create a strong and interesting contradiction between the serene sounds and the brash vocals. What’s good about the track is its ability to learn from the past but use up-to-date techniques to make it sound fresh and vibrant.