Bayou’s ‘Loopback’ mixtape is out today

London bedroom producer Bayou has dropped his debut mixtape Loopback, and it’s incredible.  Joining the likes of previously aired tracks ‘Airlock‘ and ‘Thugs‘, are Bayou’s early tracks ‘Varsity Jacket‘ and ‘Cherry Cola’ which had us swooning back in 2012. Once again those lush melodies are embraced by Bayou’s ever so delicate vocals in tracks like  ‘Speakerstax’ and ‘Drones’, whilst ‘Loopback Cotton’ encompasses a more avant-garde aesthetic.  Loopback is available to download, free of charge below:

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Having burst onto the scene after writing and producing for Beyonce’s self-titled surprise album, singer/songwriter/producer Boots has been steadily leaking samples of his debut solo project. Released today WinterSpringSummerFall is Jordy Asher formal introduction and like his previous offerings tis a tape full of twists and turns. Like ‘Haunted’ on Beyonce much of WinterSpringSummerFall centres around murky notions of post-naughties R&B – punctured along the way with aching reverb, cascading chords and eccentric production. Joining Beyonce on the tapes featured-artist list are ShlohmoJeremih,  Kelela, Son Lux and Margot.

 

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Philly’s DonChristian has released a curious new mixtape called Renzo Piano which meshes his experimental rap style, with a potent mix of sounds that stretch beyond the empirical sounds of hip hop. Boasting expansive drums, echoey snares and murky chords Renzo Piano is based largely on an aesthetic attributed to contemporary R&B. The tape also features a guest verses from our boy LE1F.

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Devileyes is the new mixtape from London duo We Are Shining. The tape features 8 brand new song including ‘Devileye’, which we featured on 22Tracks, ‘Hey You!’ and ‘Wheel’ featuring Roses Gabor. Steeped in sound clash experimentalism, each song is a sprawling insight into the minds of both Acyde (yes sir!) and Morgan, known collectively as We Are Shining. Through an in-depth understanding of broken groove, kaleidoscopic beats and colourful textures – everything here sounds remarkably on-point.

Download Devileyes here.

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Producer Brenmar unloads High End Times, Vol. 1, his debut mixtape of original music featuring eight heavy hitters that bounce from bass heavy hip hop, slinky R&B and wide-eyed dance. Featuring the likes of Sasha Go Hard, Mykki Blanco, Maluca and more – this isn’t the type of soundtrack you want to put on while thinking of a 20-minute cat nap. Draw for this when you need a pick-me-up at your desk.

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In the type of digital-universe where singles, mixes, EP’s and albums drop everyday, its often necessary to think outside of the box – which today increasingly means adding greater value to the consumer experience. With this understanding in mind producer P. Morris has cleverly embroiled his debut tape (simply titled Debut) within an “interactive environment” – giving each track its own 3D habitat, which listeners can explore. Navigate over to morrismakes.com to listen and traverse through Morris’ multi-layered songs. We’ll update this post once the mixtape is available to download.

Influential New Jersey beat maker Clams Casio has released the third and final instalment of his instrumental mixtape series. Vol.3 which follows his 2011 and 2012 releases features beats from DOOM and A$AP Rocky as well as a plethora of unreleased gems. Download the full tape here.

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.

Since 2012 we’ve been slipping in Tinashe related posts, be it features or remixes made by some of our favourite producers  - now we feature her in own right.

The LA songstress quietly unleashed a 13 track tape smothered in R&B grooves, washed down with an original 90′s essence. Featuring past collaborators, the Tinashe tape brings forth production from Ryan Hemsworth and the ever popular Pop synth leader Dev Hynes (Blood Orange). For those that haven’t been convinced before now, this may the turning point. Her sultry subtleness and classic feel song structure may feel warmly familiar. The newly signed RCA singer looks like she is here to stay. Better get to listening.

Kelela drops her much anticipated debut mixtape CUT 4 ME featuring production from across the Fade To Mind and Night Slugs roster. As one of our favourite new artists of the year this release is particularly exciting, best of all it’s available for free. Kelela’s open minded to warped, sonically exuberant R&B is not something that should be overlooked as ‘just another’ by-product of genre revivalism. Truth is with producers like Kingdom, NA, Napolian, Tariq & Garfield, Jam City, Nguzunguzu, Bok Bok, Girl Unit, Jam City and Morri$ attached to her serene, power-charged vocals – she’s doing something here very few singers do this well. Her approach uses the foundations laid down by pioneering female R&B vocalists like Kelis but confidently brings into this decade. Cut 4 Me is unrepentant and for a mixtape is already miles ahead of pretty much everything available across mainstream channels. Kelela is where its at; And the fact that she’s only just started is very exciting.

Stream and download below.

You can also catch Kelela performing with Bok Bok at this Friday’s must-attend Deviation session – further details here.

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