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BXKS – Back It Up
BXKS switches things up with Back It Up, rapping over an off-kilter house beat produced by Lamsi. “Yeah, yeah, can I get a witness? /I’m in the club tryna get up in your business,” she opens coolly. Complete with a catchy hook (“Back it up, b‑back it up”), it’s a change of pace for the Luton-born artist, swapping wonky samples for club-ready grooves. OP
Basement Jaxx & 100 gecs – where’s my head at?
Back in March, 100 gecs played one of the most fun and chaotic Boiler Room sets in ages, knocking out garish edits of Gucci Mane, General Levy and, erm, Bubba Sparxxx. Basement Jaxx’s in-your-face 2001 hit Where’s Your Head At was injected with dubstep and evil trance synths. First it went viral, and now it’s had an official release. The top YouTube comments sums it up: ”It’s not easy going back to regular music after listening to this.” DR
Shygirl – thicc
After months of teasing the track at festivals and shows, Shygirl has finally dropped thicc, a heady, ostentatious club banger that’s powered by hands-in-the-air trance synths. Written with Cosha, Karma Kid and Sega Bodega, the bassline thumps hard and the lyrics are delivered with deadpan horniness. “Why does this give me nothiiiin’?” Shygirl drawls, as the chorus comes to a close. Can’t relate. OP
Biig Piig – Watch Me
As the song’s title suggests, Biig Piig has a simple instruction on her new single: to watch her dance. Over trembling bass, the Irish musician has delivered a club-ready anthem to “feel yourself unapologetically and to strut to.” JW
Drake – The Shoe Fits
Drake just dropped the Scary Hours edition (ie, the deluxe version) of his recent album For All Your Dogs, featuring six tracks which he claims he wrote in just five days. The raw and unpolished feel of this material benefits him. On The Shoe Fits, he unloads his thoughts over dusty soul samples courtesy of Oakland artist Ovrkast and Lil Yachty, sounding unguarded and as though he’s still excited to get in the booth after all these years. DR
André 3000 – I Swear, I Really Wanted To Make A “Rap” Album But This Is Literally The Way The Wind Blew Me…
Regardless of the hype around André 3000’s “flute album” or the lol factor of its song titles, New Blue Sun is a sincere and beautiful record which warrants close listening. This opening track sees Andrè gently weave woodwind through calm keys and clattering percussion. Light a scented candle, close your eyes, and let Three Stacks take your mind to a beautiful place. DR
Frost Children – Birdsong
Sibling duo Frost Children, once carriers of the contentious hyperpop torch, have taken a brusque sonic detour with their new album, Hearth Room, an alt-rock offering that packs just as much punch as their previous 2023 project Speed Run– minus the irony and glitchy beats. On Birdsong they veer into indie folk, with earnest lyrics and a lo-fi sound echoing Alex G. JW