BEST RELEASES OF THE WEEK

Words: Pete Wilson, Nirav Doshi, Milly Lupton, Dinesh Mattu

This week we've had new remixes, surprise drops and what feels like more new music than ever.


Check out our picks of the best releases of the week below.


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'Savage' Remix - Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé

The remix we've been waiting for! The remix features multiple Beyoncé verses as well as brand new raps from Megan.

Bey effortlessly raps over a beat that feels like it was created for her, proving she has stature as a rap artist, and her ethereal ad libs transform it into a completely new song.


'This Is The Place' - JatzDaKid

JatzDaKid is one to watch for 2020. Having worked with artists such as Jay Critch, Octavian and House of Pharaos, his talent is undeniable. I'll let the track - and the visuals - do the talking.


'Social Distancing' - Lil Baby

A very relevant song title, from Lil Baby's latest release, the deluxe version of 'My Turn'.


'Being Me' - Louis Culture

Louis Culture is doing him in this absorbing release. The production is hypnotic and progresses to a genre bending place, blending familiar sounds and rhythms into a spacious, unfamiliar overall sound. He builds his vocal intensity along with the beat - working in tandem with the visuals this has a striking effect. The visuals, directed by Milo Blake, reflect Louis Culture's lyricism brilliantly. The mix of photography, videography and editing by Figaro inc Films and Papaya Films elevates the whole piece into something special. Louis Culture’s lyrics tackles other people’s perceptions but he speaks for himself, so don’t hesitate to check it out. I’m really excited to see what his upcoming EP has to offer.


'Damn Daniel' - Bree Runway, Yung Baby Tate

Reminiscent of more carefree times, this track is an absolute banger and is sure to get you off your feet. Plus the vibrant visuals have the rappers in head-to-toe neon, fishnet and leopard print, giving true 90's MTV/workout video vibes. What more could we want?


'Overseas' - Jvck James

In my opinion, the most underrated name in UK R&B right now. The track, produced by Scribz Riley, is a soulful, heart-wrenching tale about a long distance relationship. Maybe relatable for those going through testing times during our current situation. I've been hooked on Jvck James' hypnotically beautiful voice since his EP 'Detour' dropped last year, and you should be too.


'President' - Kish!

The 237 founder and family member, KISH! is a fast-rising star in the UK scene. His flow is excellent as ever on his new release ‘President’. His effortless performance over this melodic trap beat demonstrates yet again his confidence on the mic. The homespun video for this is demonstrates KISH! is doing his own thing.


‘Losses’ – Drake Whether you hate him or love him, Drake has a talent for making tracks feel so cinematic, and ‘Losses’ is just another track in his extensive catalogue that provides the evidence for that. Drake is at his best when he’s in story-telling mode, when he’s in that reflective state of mind whilst rapping over moody deep production and on this track he doesn’t miss a single detail.


'Live A Lot' - Denzel Himself

JD Reid produces this frenetic, rattling beat – and it absolutely bangs. Denzel Himself’s relentless flow is energetic chaos. The bars are a blend of infectious adlibs, ARH ARH, and introspective lyricism. I love the energy Danzel Himself brings to this and its nice to see some new content from the rapper who’s been lowkey recently. The Lo-Fi visuals and editing catch the vibe just right, and suggests Denzel Himself is handling lockdown about as well as I am. If you’re like me, and pining for new material from this guy, this can serve as your fix.


'In My Way' - Lavz feat. Toria Akin

Rising rapper Lavz has seen strong support from BBC Introducing, and it's clear why. Her cheeky, humorous raps and cold flow, combined with Toria Akin's ethereal vocals on this track make the perfect combo. Keep your eyes peeled for the rise of Lavz.


'Isolation Tapes' - Mahalia

Brit-nominated R&B songstress Mahalia celebrates her birthday today with the release of Isolation Tapes, a series of three songs she has conjured up during quarantine. “BRB", "Plastic Plants" and "Too Nice" follow the release of her debut album Love and Compromise last year, and it is a project which showcases her gorgeously delicate vocals. She explains, “In these uncertain times, when we have so little control over what is going to happen next, I think we have to focus on what we can control. Music is where I feel that most. And I’m so proud to be putting this EP out!”


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