Weekly Hotlist I
Updated: Oct 10, 2018
For our Weekly Hotlist, Beetz Magazine's contributors combine our eclectic tastes to put you on to some of the freshest sounds coming from all areas of the UK scene and beyond.
Dee TDL - 'Ambertides' Ft. Tima
For fans of: Loyal Carner, The Mouse Outfit
This week we're kicking off the list with a hip-hop chiller. Upcoming vocalist and composer Dee TDL hails from East London and draws his inspiration from a mix of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and neo-soul. Encapsulating the raw authenticity that put UK hip-hop on the map, Dee TDL's crisp bars together with Tima's sweet vocals share an honest insight into a familiar love story. Speaking on the track, Dee TDL tells Beetz: "It covers a brief moment of reflection, allowing me to expose and identify with my vulnerability from almost an outsider's perspective".
Blinkie and Crazy Cousinz - ‘Blue Skies’
For fans of: MK, Tom Zanetti
Prolific London-based producers Blinkie and Crazy Cousinz recently dropped their collaborative single 'Blue Skies' on 2TE Recprds. This tribal house ode to an endless summer is making our climate's current transition from blue to grey skies more tolerable with nineties-tinged synths and tangiable energy. Blinkie came prominence with his debut track ‘Don’t Give Up (On Love)’ which was certified Silver and underwent remixes from the likes of Tom Zanetti & K.O Kane, while Crazy Cousinz is best known for his track 'Do You Mind' featuring Kyla which was sampled by Drake on his 2015 hit 'One Dance'.
Octavian - 'Here Is Not Safe'
For fans of: Kanye West, Travis Scott, Jamie XX
In 2012, London-born Octavian was 15 years old living homeless on the streets of London. Now he's recognised by Drake and for flipping the UK scene with his fusion of rap, drill and house. An example of his unfamiliar blend of sounds is apparent in 'Here Is Not Safe' from his recent mixtape, SPACEMAN. A mixture of ambient sounds and his auto-tuned vocals leads to a beat drop that wouldn't be out of place in a House track. Although his sound is firmly unique, if artist comparisons had to be made for this, this track would be somewhere in between Kanye West and Jamie XX. He has other tracks with a similar vibe but can also jump comfortably on drill and rap beats.
Black Josh - Judge Judy ft. Nah Eeto
For fans of: Levelz, IAMDDB
The Manchester rapper has linked up with Nah Eeto for this eerie release on Blah Records. Black Josh has been a member of the Levelz collective since it's beginning and has proved his lyrical adaptability. He can do smooth and calm, as well as heavy and aggressive. He can do it all. On this, he sports a trap flow over a beat that sounds as if it's sampled a horror film's score. Nah Eeto supplies the chorus and the second verse, which is equally as memorable as the first. She's capable of spitting in Swahili but on this performs in English with a concise, phonetically pleasing delivery that fits cohesively with the dark vibe. A definite promising indication for his upcoming album, Yung Sweg Lawd.
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