If you don’t think abhi//dijon are the most exciting new artist emerging right now, you probably haven’t listened to their music yet. The duo have been sporadically releasing incredible singles since the beginning of the summer, and are now prepping to release their first EP. I don’t know if these two songs are from the upcoming EP, but they are absolutely stunning and possibly their best work to date. ”Experimental RnB” has been around for a while, but recently it has mostly just meant “RnB with way too much reverb on some shitty falsetto vocals”, but abhi//dijon’s music sounds much more thought out than that. The beats they put together perfectly meld past RnB ideas with new up-to-date styles and even though they are incredible, their songs don’t rely on them, with Dijon’s vocals still managing to sit front and center without ever sounding overdone. If you can’t already tell, I’m extremely excited about these guys and I’m sure this won’t be nearly the last we hear of them.
I’ve known for a while that Young Fathers were from Scotland, but I didn’t think I would ever really hear it in their music. Young Fathers have always incorporated musical ideas from all over the world into their music, but this track immediately recalls their home country as soon as it begins with an arpeggiating synth over a drone note that sounds like a futuristic bagpipe. As usual, Young Fathers complement this awesome instrumental with some incredible vocals, alternating between singing and chant-like rapping, this time with a political message at the forefront of their lyrics, which perfectly ties in with the patriotic instrumental. This track comes from their upcoming album set to release in early February on Anticon.
For people that don’t know, Yung Gud, one of Yung Lean’s excellent producers, has been around making more than just futuristic spacey trap beats for a while. His soundcloud page has a huge catalog of different work which you wouldn’t expect if you only listened to his music with Yung Lean. This track is a really good example of his versatility. This time Yung Gud is working with UK artist littlecloud, who we have featured in our Eat Your Beaties before, but I had no idea had an amazing voice. Yung Gud’s beat is subtly spaceous with a huge amount of different textures, and littlecloud’s emotive vocals perfectly match it. Yung Gud’s work with Yung Lean is great, but I also want to hear more of this.
Tay Devenny’s Shrine is looking to be one of the hip-hop sleepers of 2013 and “leitha” is one of the most polished reasons why. With the successes of hip-hop crooners like Drake and more recently A$AP Ferg, it’s about time more people turned their ears towards Tay Devenny. Produced by our favorite german producer, “leitha” provides just enough to laid-back atmosphere for Devenny to strut over. Guest rapper Stanley Ipkuss adds his own relaxed verse to fold into Devenny’s smoke-lit narrative. Like many of Devenny’s best tracks, “leitha” is less of a call to arms and more of a welcoming into his world.
I have already kind of accepted the fact that this post is going to be a pathetic demonstration of our pseudo journalism that you come here for because I literally know nothing about this artist, but this shit is waaaaay too good not to post. Somehow this song popped up in my Soundcloud feed a few days ago, and I have been listening to it a lot since. From what I gather, this is a demo for a collaborative project by two guys named Abhi and Dijon, and thats literally all I gather. The demo is the perfect blend of beat music experimentalism and heart-wrenching R&B aesthetic and vocals, sans the bullshit pretentious air taken on by many contemporary R&B experimentalists, that I suddenly feel l has been missing from my life. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this project in the future, but right now I’m fine with listening to this song on repeat for a few hours.
It’s been a long journey, but we’ve made it 20 volumes of Beaties in, and there’s no turning back now. I think this also means the one year anniversary is coming up soon, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. This time around we have 5 fresh ones for y’all as usual. We start off with an experimental chanting beatie from Holm.’s beatie-a-day project, then a short verse from /broke and Maj, a Neptunes/J.T.-esque summer track from Penthouse Penthouse, a mind boggling sample collage from BitterTV, and finally a haunting and organic sounding droner from Quam. As always, stream them all after the jump.
It’s been a long wait since we last heard from them but we still haven’t forgotten about the captivating sounds coming from UK trio A Yellow Man. They’ve finally ended the silent drought with an official name change to Hawk House and this new video for “Tidal Tendencies”. Like their early standout “3000 Miles of Youth”, “Tidal Tendencies” is a downtempo stunner that operates under a less is more ethos. For three gorgeously steady minutes, the trio take turns laying out deceptively casual verses rounded out by an r&b closer. Hawk House are combining hip-hop and r&b in ways similar to fellow UK natives Young Fathers and I couldn’t be more excited for more music from both groups as 2013 continues.