We did this for the first time a couple of weeks ago and we enjoyed writing the post, so we thought we would make it a regular thing. Especially seeing as there seems to be lots of great videos/music getting dropped recently. Here is a round up of some of the best Youtube tracks we have been playing the past couple of weeks that we thought you guys would appreciate…
01. Landscapes - ‘Neighbourhood’
Published: Feb 09th 2016.
We featured this a few weeks ago when it first dropped, but we have been playing it quite a lot so we thought it was worth another mention. As the Somerset band gear up to drop their new album ‘Modern Earth’ on 11th April via Pure Noise records, this is the first track they have released from the project. The track sees them musically pushing the ‘post’ element of their Hardcore sound even further, moving more into a rock/grunge/emotive sphere, aligning themselves with bands such Make Do And Mend, Superheaven and Break Even in the process. Definitely worth a look…
02. Vince Staples - ‘Lift Me Up’
Published: Jan 29th 2016.
For those who still don't know, Vince Staples is a young West Coast rapper who has crafted a dark Hip Hop aesthetic in line with counterparts such as Earl Sweatshirt and the Odd Future collective. His debut major label release ‘Summertime 06’ weaves a dark and sinister tapestry of street wise tales, and while the album can be hit and miss, when Vince Staples is on form he is undeniable, and ‘Lift Me Up’ is one such example.
03. Ocean Wisdom - ‘Freeze’
Published: Feb 22nd 2016
From the dark Hip Hop of the US to the darker side of UK Hip Hop. We featured Ocean Wisdom in the previous Watchlist, but his album is one of our tips for the best albums in 2016, so when he dropped another video in support of ‘Chaos 93’ we were of course going to feature it. As mentioned ‘Freeze’ has a darker tone with a slow drumbeat and lurching bassline. Helping to deepen the dark vibe we have some particularly sinister guest verses from Dirty Dike and Ed Scissortongue. A wonderfully creepy, late night/early morning slice of Hip Hop.
04. Split Prophets - ‘The Mo’
Published: Feb 21st 2016
The Brighton Hip Hop collective share a second video in promotion of their recent album drop ‘Delta Bravo Kilo’ and it is a hometown homage to their local skate park and den of operations Dean Lane. Using a blissful soul sample to form the main beat, it is an extremely uplifting, head nodding track, ensured to bring a smile to your face as the verses reminisce on skating, graffiti, and having fun. If you are a Boom Bap fan, this may well just make your day!
05. Bossk - ‘Kobe’
Published: Feb 12th 2016
After 11 years in the making, the UK Post Rock/Metal cross over band Bossk are finally set to release their debut album. After inking a deal with the mighty Deathwish records years and years ago, Bossk just seemed to disappear. It has been a slow return, but if this is an indication of what they have been working on it may well be worth it. ‘Kobe’ is meant as a brief showcase of what to expect from the album, it has a very slow building ambient first half, and just as you are about to daydream along to the lulling main guitar riff, they slap you awake with a distinctly heavier second movement. The whole piece is very reminiscent of early Isis and Red Sparrowes, which is of course awesome. Good to have you back lads!