‘This week, we’ve been bombarded with all things Black Friday, the capitalist’s Christmas. With everything clamouring for special deals and fighting over household goods, we thought we’d bring you some tracks that offer a bit of respite from the madness. So here you go, five tracks that ooze soul, artistry and calm.’
Raze : Plan B by Biig Piig
From her upcoming EP, Biig Piig continues to demonstrate her honest lyricism and penchant for storytelling in this poetic neo-soul track. Featuring some of South London’s finest in the form of MC Benny Mails and production of Nine8 Collective. We can’t wait to hear what else she has in store.
Emerald and Lime by Jon Hopkins
Friday saw Jon Hopkins take the stage at Shepherd’s Bush Empire for a show in collaboration with the charity War Child. Given the special nature of the occasion, in which Hopkins performed a set filled with stripped back piano pieces, we couldn’t help but include some of his earlier work with Leo Abrahams and Brian Eno, featuring more ambient work that served as a precursor to his heavier techno tracks.
La Ecstace by Maria Davidson
A beautiful mix of synth and Italo disco, Marie Davidson collaborates with Italy’s Lamusta II on an emotive track that tells of the highs and lows of a night on the dancefloor. This is brutal realism at its finest.
Starting Today Dub by Joe Armon-Jones
Ezra Collective’s Joe Armon-Jones has had a pretty bumper year, being one of the key figures of the British jazz scene as well as releasing his first album as a band leader. This track is one of two spacey dub versions of tracks from said album that were released this week, so we just had to include it.
Girl You Need a Change of Mind by Eddie Kendricks
Eddie Kendricks’ 1972 track is a rediscovery for us that is guaranteed to get you grooving. An early disco hit featuring Kendricks’ unmistakable falsetto, it’s the perfect track to start the week off right.
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