Need new tunes? Check Jay's top new music picks of the week
TOO'ONPOINT - When We On
The New Zealand Hip Hop scene has never been so vibrant, and it’s partially due to the Zimbabwean twins Too'OnPoint (pictured above), who are part pf the collective DIED IN 69’. Comprised of MC’s M.E.Z, themselves, The Black Club's Mac Mylo, and Jack the Producer.
Too'OnPoint have forged their name as a powerhouse in the New Zealand Hip Hop Scene and they just keep going from strength to strength.
Their sound is on par with that of any international rapper and if you’ve ever had the chance to see Too'OnPoint or DIED IN '69 collective perform live, then chances are you had your mind blown by the stage presence these guys command.
This premiere of their new single 'When We On' showcases just how versatile these guys truly are.
ROBOTAKI FEAT REECE – DRUNK
Originally making his mark as a remixer finessing names like Miguel and Kaskade tracks, Toronto based producer Robotaki has been focussing more on pushing his own productions recently, and it’s definitely a step in the right direction with this new single featuring vocalist Reece.
This guy is definitely one to watch for 2017 – This is Robotaki “Drunk” Feat Reece.
JOEY BADA$$ - ROCKABYE BABY Feat Schoolboy Q
I’m going to make a pretty safe prediction right now, this coming Friday, April 7th the internet will be talking about 2 rappers. One will be Kendrick Lamar. The other will be this man, Joey Bada$$.
Both happen to dropping their highly anticipated albums on the same day. What a time to be alive.
To follow up the previous album singles 'Land of the Free' and 'Devastated', Joey’s teamed up with Schoolboy Q and Co-producer's 1-900 and Chuck Strangers for this head nodder 'ROCKABYE BABY'.
KWAYE – Cool Kids
Now, being an 80’s kid I grew up during what I consider the dawn of the electronic music age, where synth riffs and drum machines reigned supreme and bad hairstyles, even worse dance moves by people your parents age dressed in polyester suits, and outrageously oversized shoulder pads were the look.
The music that came out of that era from artists like Roxy Music, Talking Heads, Gary Newman shaped my taste in music for the future. That’s why when I heard this single from 22-year-old Zimbabwean born Londonite KWAYE I was instantly sold.
He’s the latest addition to the label Mind Of A Genius which is home to familiar names like ZHU, Gallant and THEY. He’s captured what it is I love about the 80’s sound, without overcooking it or making it into something it’s not. The music video for this track is also a must watch.
KATANA – MOVE
Now this one’s an exclusive. Any fan of bass music in New Zealand will no doubt know the name Katana. He’s the curator of the Bassment club nights which brings together some of the finest electronic production talent new Zealand has to offer and lets them loose on some of the heaviest sound systems in order to showcase their new productions.
He’s also one hell of a ninja on the buttons himself and his new single Move is the perfect example of that skill. Dropping officially this Thursday (so we can't post it here, it's that exclusive), Katana has also enlisted George FM Nights resident T1R on remix duty, putting his own spin on what was already a huge jam. I'll play both the original and remix tonight, and I’m also making this my George FM Nights track of the week, so even though you cant hear it here, it'll be getting plenty of spins on George.
KENDRICK LAMAR – HUMBLE
Around 2pm last Friday it seemed like the entire planet ground to a complete halt for 2 minutes and 58 seconds whilst everyone stopped to view quite easily the best music video drop this year. It was the second offering from Kendrick Lamar’s forthcoming LP.
Instantly 'Humble' had people talking. By Saturday afternoon the internet was full of blog posts and web zine articles talking about the track. Feminists were furious claiming the track was blatant sexism and misogyny, while die hard fans were revelling in delight that the “self proclaimed” realest N-Word alive was officially back, and if this was a taste of things to come, 2017 is the year of our Lord Kendrick Lamar.
However you feel about this track, on a musical level it’s a total head nodder in classic Kendrick style. This is Kendrick Lamar - 'Humble'. Strong Language Warning.