MOST ANTICIPATED STUFF of 2017
When the rumours about his album first began over a decade ago, it was said that Zack was working alongside producers such as Dan the Automator, DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER), ?uestlove, DJ Muggs (@DJ_Muggs), Roni Size (@ronisizebristol), Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor), and El-P. In respect to the latter, the video below (and their RTJ collaborations) demonstrates that their relationship remains fully intact.
Is “Digging for Windows” a sign of more to come? 🤔
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This may not be an album but Netflix‘s The Get Down is dropping some serious music knowledge. A show about the origins of DJing, MCing, and graffiti? Count me in!
Set in 1977, deep into the heart of the South Bronx, this dramatization does a wonderful job retelling some of the stories that are a bit more obscure to most anyone outside of the hip-hop historian. With supporting characters including the likes of the gods Kool DJ Herc and Grandmaster Flash (@DJFlash4eva), it’s a really fun ride hanging with these wide-eyed disco kids from the 70s discovering (and developing) hip-hop in its infancy.
As a huge rap fan, the second season can’t come soon enough! So many great stories can be told here.
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Whether or not that will end up being the case remains to be seen, however, with the both of them in the midst of their respective critical and commercial peaks, now would seem to be as good a time as any.
Cole‘s 4 Your Eyez Only and Lamar‘s untitled unmastered. were both great releases in their own right – let’s see what the two of them are capable of when they combine. If the former handles all of the production, on paper, this hypothetical project has high potential to find its way onto next year’s best-of list.
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Sadly, this will be the band’s first release without guitarist, Bo Madsen, which is a shame. I always felt the guitars in Mew were very interesting and extremely unique – Bo will be missed.
Luckily, the fact that the band has now become a trio doesn’t seem to have slowed them down any. However, their two pre-release singles, “Carry Me to Safety” and “85 Videos“, do seem to be a little more ‘conventional’ than what we’re used to.
I still really dig these songs and have high hopes for the album…but Bo‘s absence may cause them to streamline their sound slightly. Nevertheless, these guys are still the atmospheric dream-pop masters and if you’re not familiar with them, I’d suggest you get acquainted as soon as possible! Truly in a class of their own.
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the U.K. 🇬🇧
Sampha (@sampha) already dropped his phenomenal soul/electronic debut, Process, only a few short weeks ago. Skepta (@Skepta) released an AOTY contender last year in Konnichiwa. Despite being a massive Manchester United supporter, Stormzy (@Stormzy1) has me heavily anticipating his forthcoming debut. Jay Prince (@JayPrince) has been putting out a ton of great shit over the past two years. Not to mention the likes of 808INK (@808INKmusic) who are just making really dope RAP MUSIC.
The UK urban, rap, and grime scenes have been bubbling for years now and it looks like some of that hype is actually poised to crack the North American mainstream. Look across the pond for the next big wave this year!