The warm up to SBTRKT’s new album continues.

After a few scattered releases since his self-titled debut, SBTRKT has been relatively scarce with new material. Three years later, the masked wonder releases an interactive EP filled with addictive beats and distinctive instrumentals – almost as an ode to his past. Explaining that “much of the music I released before my debut album was instrumental and I want to continue to share this side of the music I make.” Hopefully we will get a full album next. The warm up continues…

Stream the whole EP here.

Hip hop always needs more females, fact. Even with the likes of Angel Haze, Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea spearheading, it has to be said, its already getting a little boring; especially considering none of the aforementioned have actually produced anything truly noteworthy. That’s where Junglepussy comes in. The name says it all, she’s fierce, full of fire and can spit. In ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’, Junglepussy goes all out – her raw,  distinctive flow is well suited with the brash and intrepid backdrop penned by LE1F collaborator Shy Guy. Listen loud.

For those who don’t know, Jamie Isaac, dabbles in the darker realms broody R&B, and last year, he dropped some pretty dope stuff (most of which you can stream here). To kick-start 2014, the crooner has shared his latest single ‘She Dried’ which is accompanied by a beautifully arresting music video. As the track progresses, you’re helplessly drawn in by the overall expression of the track and video; both of which create an intricate and ghostly aesthetic.

Say hello to XL Recording’s (Jai Paul, Adele, The xx), Eyedress, a Filipino vocalist/producer who released his stellar debut EP, Supernatural last year. Punctuated by an eerie aesthetic from the start, the Manila native’s sprinkling of experimental instrumentation and undulating beats creates a body of beautiful sounds, topped with sweet, hazy vocals weaving their way through the icy backdrop. Today we see the music video to a track we haven’t heard before, ‘Teen Spirits’, which is directed by the wonderkid himself. Shot in an isolated warehouse at his place in Manila, the visual expresses the idea of “true love and soul mates” whilst also focusing on “cheating and losing your innocence“. Check it out above, this guy’s pretty special.

Last week North London collective Piff Gang released a brand new mixtape appropriately titled Pizzy – it premiered on Fader.com. As one of the city’s finest rap outfits it’s unsurprising that their new 13-track tape supplies a plethora of crisp beats and unmistakable verses – fine-blazed to vibe to. PG’s strength has always been that they are a talented collective of sharp, well versed emcees who are fully immersed in and committed to the culture and generation that they minister too. Time to reach for that sticky and listen up.

… And shouts to all the producers who worked on this.

If you haven’t been mesmerised by Ofei’s enigmatic and soulful musings over the past year, then it’s probably time you did. The elusive Londoner is giving away his four-piece London EP free in exchange for your email addy. Opening number and title track ‘London’ endows you in a soulful concoction of spiritual vocoder-assisted vocals and crashing electric-R&B, whilst ‘Poem’ hooks into heartstrings and strums beautifully. You can also pre-order the EP, repackaged with a bonus track ‘Risk’ via One Little Indian ahead of its February 10th release. For now though immerse yourself below…

Chaz who? Chaz Bundick. You know him, the guy we all more commonly know as Toro Y Moi.

A jump from the more colourful and polished electronics that we are used to, Chaz offers up a homely feel with his latest experimental offering. Cosy knitted guitars swing around the repetitive melody and feel somewhat…well, unfinished. That aside, Chaz’s side project sounds as American as apple pie, which is a departure from his worldly eclectic sounds that we have grown to love. However, no despair, Sides of Chaz feels like it is exactly that – a side project.

‘Sweet Tea’ alongside another unreleased track – “Take My Car” will be available to buy on vinyl next week.

Don’t be put off by the track title, Blue Daisy has always been on the extreme side of the spectrum. Once known as Unknown Shapes and popular for a track entitled ‘Used To Give A FK’ (You see what I mean right?), we have always appreciated the boundaries Blue Daisy has quietly been adamant to push over the years.

‘Psychotic Love’ is rugged, sinister even. Portraying a creepy love via the dark and haunting drum rolls and menacing background vocals. His words are chilling in all the right places, yet endearing…no? Just me? Either way get stuck into what the North Londoner is creating below.

Active Child takes his echoey, synth heavy brand of theatrical pop to new heights on his latest EP Rapor. The projects lead single ‘Subtle’ features Mykki Blanco and assumes an over the top Michael Jackson-esque stance – it’s all a bit fabulous. But the rest of the EP is equally exciting – just in different ways. Ellie Goulding sounds surprisingly less annoying than she normally does on ‘Silhouette’ (although I reckon this has more to do with Active Child than it does Goulding), the sizzlingly 80′s sound of ‘Feeling is Gone’ wouldn’t sound out of place on the “Drive” soundtrack and ‘Evening Ceremony’ is an elegant closer.

Listen below and grab the full EP from iTunes

When your ears are first introduced to ‘Tomorrow‘, the latest track from the illusory Ofei’s impending London EP, you’ll be entranced by the sprinkling of chiming piano chords and Ofei’s raw, category-defying vocals.  The accompanying visual too, adds another layer to the singer’s mysterious and intriguing enigma, as partial shots are broken down by a plethora of suggestive imagery hinting to the crooner’s background. Ever since he emerged in 2012, this dread-locked man has kept us guessing and guessing, as to what he’ll do next, drawing us into his ever so soulful concoctions of beautiful sounding music.

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