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SAM GELLAITRY – ACRES
Soulection’s Scottish wonder kid Sam Gellaitry has picked up his release output since signing with XL Recordings for his E.P. series and now he’s back with the latest instalment, ESCAPISM III.
The EP features 5 brand new tracks and I’ll be honest, it was hard to choose just one. Whether it’s the frantic arpeggio on Ceremony, or the 1950’s dreamscape arrangement’s on Jungle Waters, you can tell that Sam G has been drawing influences from all styles of music for his latest productions.
For me though, the absolute standout track on this E.P. has to be Acres. The intro’s cinematic orchestral string section captivates you from the very first note, making way for piano and a strummed acoustic guitar.
When I closed my eyes and listened I was transported to the rolling lush green pastures of Scotland’s high country. Then the track drop’s in signature Gellaitry fashion. Heavy kicks and 808’s merge with Gaelic viola and an ethnic inspired vocal taking you on a journey.
I can’t fault this E.P. nor can I rate this track highly enough and that’s why this is my George FM Nights Track Of The Week.
NOISIA – MANTRA (MAT ZO REMIX)
New Zealand’s favourite Dutch bass scientists NOISIA have dropped a 20 track remix L.P. to follow up their Outer Edges LP which was released in August last year. It features remixes from a wide range of George FM listener favourites like Camo & Crooked, The Upbeats, Ivy Lab, Bassnectar and DLR, but to be blunt, there’s far too many amazing artists on the track list to mention.
One of those artists who’s re-work captured my full attention was Grammy award nominated London native Mat Zo. His take on Noisia’s bass and percussion fuelled half time stomper 'Mantra' leaves the original sounding lacking.
His injection of funk riddled drum’s, melodies and soaring synths combined with what can only be described as gnarly basswork takes 'Mantra' to a whole other level.
SWIDT – ALFRED & CHURCH
The last time I saw these guys, they were walking on stage to kindly relieve Aaradhna of her newly won but misappropriated Vodafone New Zealand Music Award for Best Urban Album.
In my opinion, this was also one of the greatest things to ever happen at the VNZMA’s, sending a clear message to the organizers to get their shit together when placing artists in categories they clearly don’t belong in and also update their nomination process.
Anyway’s following on from that, the collective hailing from Stoneyhunga, the end destination for the now infamous 312 bus route have unveiled yet another iconic single titled ALFRED & CHURCH.
Produced by Tae Beast the single is named after the Alfred and Church intersection in South Auckland's Onehunga.
These guys are taking 2017 by the roach and smoking the hell out of it, especially with this new single. The verses on this track tell a story that is truly world class. Check the video below. SWIDT have definitely got their shit together right now.
SYRE – NEXT TO ME
I’m not sure what’s in the water in Canada at the moment but its helping churn out some incredible production talent. Last week I showed you Toronto based artist ROBOTAKI’s latest single Drunk Feat Reece. This week it’s Vancouver’s SYRE making his New Zealand airwave debut with this stunning single 'NEXT TO ME'.
Dropped via the NEXT WAVE imprint which is home to names like Louis The Child, Pham, Bearson, Robotaki and Kasbo to name a few, it’s available instreaming format only online, but it’s accompanied by a very cool music video that’s a must watch.
If this is anything to go by I’m gonna call it and say you’ll be hearing a lot more from SYRE on George FM Nights, and that’s why im making 'NEXT TO ME' my George FM Night’s Future Classic this week. Check out the video below:
FRANK OCEAN – BIKING FEAT JAY Z & TYLER THE CREATOR
Frank Ocean hosted the third edition of his BEATS 1 radio show over the weekend and premiered a whole slew of new music including his brand new single 'BIKING' teaming up with none other than Jay Z and his ex Odd Future homie Tyler The Creator.
Jay Z is on intro duty, spouting off lo-fi verses that sound like they were recorded into a Dictaphone in a motel bathroom, and to be honest he doesn’t really say much, but that’s cool because it makes way for Ocean’s super smooth vocal’s to take over. He switches seamlessly between singing and laying down bar’s over a beat that changes throughout the track.
Tyler the Creator takes out the track in classic Tyler tones.
I’m definitely feeling this track and It also comes with a beautifully shot web visual that was uploaded by blonde radio so im assuming it’s the official video. It doesn’t really seem to relate to the tune in any way but is well worth a watch.
NASH –NEW YEAR OLD ME / RESPEK THE VIBE – AMMONATION EP
Last Monday on new music Monday I had the pleasure of hosting Ammonation’s Raiza Biza and Nash. Both came live into the studio to showcase their latest collective works for their Ammonation Project, whilst revealing that they were also working on solo projects.
A track that really caught my attention on this EP was Zimbabwean-born Auckland rapper NASH’s track from the E.P. Respek the Vibe which trails out of a track that we didn’t play on the show 'New Year Old Me'.
Nash’s approach to this track definitely sounds inspired by Chance the Rapper but the verses are distinctly kiwi. If you’ve not copped the Ammonation EP, I strongly suggest you search it out online and support what I consider to be a collective spearheading the next wave of NZ hiphop.