: ALBUMS HYPE : FEBRUARY '17

MUSIC DIGESTION OVERLOAD

 

The beginning of the year has been MAD in terms of new music and new albums! Just this Friday, the 24th of February, we saw 4 notable albums come out. Let's dive into 'em! 

 

GANG SIGNS & PRAYER, STORMZY

Release date: 24 February

Stormzy is in the hype of UK grime scene and his own career. This is his first, long-awaited album, on which he has worked 23 years, in his own words. The album features hard bangers as "Big For Your Booths" (below) and the track that started it all for me - "Shut Up" as well as more gospel songs, to which he has always showed profound interest. The album is a beautiful debut artwork. 

It was calm before Stormzy, indeed...

Fave tracks: Bad Boys (feat. Ghetts & J Hus); Blinded By Your Grace, Pt.1; Shut Up; Don't Cry For Me (feat. Raleigh Richie)

The video for "Big For Your Boots" is really impressive in that Stormzy features some of the most important and influential women on the UK scene right now, while strolling through key London locations (such as his favourite chicken place). Amongst the women are Julie Adenuga (Beats 1 host & a favourite woman of mine), Sian Anderson (DJ on BBC 1Xtra), rapper Amplify Dot, singers Raye and Ray Blk, his girlfriend Maya Jama and presenter on RinseFM, Sophia Tassew (Art Director), vlogger Gracie Francesca and Vicky Grout (The FADER photographer). 

 

HNDRXX, FUTURE

Release date: 24 February 

Future is not one of my favourite rappers. But he's taking 2017 with a bang, releasing two albums in one week, with the first self-named one climbing the ranks fast. There is also info he will come out with a third one next week... It's been a long time since I enjoyed new music by Future, but HNDRXX is good, indeed.

Fave tracks: Selfish (ft Rihanna); My Collection; Incredible; Solo

 

NÜ RELIGION: HYENA, THEY.

Release date: 24 February 

The duo comes from Los Angeles and have finally released their debut album after attracting attention with their different and experimental style. The track U-RITE is what got me into THEY., but the album contains much more suprises. A must-hear!

Fave tracks: U-RITEWhat You Want; Deep End

 

DRUNK, THUNDERCAT

Release date: 24 February

Who is Thundercat? Aside from being a completely weird guy (check his pics), you might know him from "These Walls" by Kendrick Lamar. He offers a mix of jazz, R&B, soul, electronic, funk sweet sweet music. This is his third solo album. 

Fave tracks: Show You The WayFriend ZoneThem ChangesDrink Dat; Walk On By (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

 
 

Earlier in February we got blessed with debut albums by Syd of The Internet, the very talented Sampha, and a new album by Big Sean (which I actually like!). 

 

FIN, SYD

Release date: 2 February

The Internet is part of Odd Future (Tyler the Creator & Frank Ocean's crew), and Syd is the babe with the angel voice! Her first album arrived this month and I seriously don't know how I lived without it. She is changing the R&B landscape by bringing old and new together, intertwining it with hip-hop and fantastic neo-soul. A lot of love songs to emotionalise over! Lookout for the whole The Internet crew. 

Fave tracks: Insecurities; Over (ft. 6LACK); Dollar Bills; Drown in It; Nothin to Something

 

PROCESS, SAMPHA

Release date: 3 February

Sampha is one of the most conceptual contemporary artists emerging right now. He is not just a musician or a singer, he is indeed an artist. Process follows Sampha on his ride to self-discovery after struggling with multiple personal hardships. Amazing electro-soul and beautiful, angel-like voice by Sampha.

Fave tracks: Under; Plastic 100 C; (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano 

 

I DECIDED., BIG SEAN

Release date: 3 February

Big Sean, much like Future above, is not one of my favourite rappers as he fails to delivery any complexity to his works. I Decided. is an attempt towards that direction. I wouldn't call it very successful, but he produces better music that won't bore you on the 5th listening. A lot of bangers on the album and he also features Eminem on "No Favors" which is... interesting!

Fave tracks: Bounce Back; Jump Out the Window; Same Time, Pt. 1 (feat. TWENTY88)

 

PRE-DRINKS FEBRUARY '17

Following my personal experiments with creating mixes with new music you can check out PRE-DRINKS February '17, which contains upcoming underground artists and songs from the new albums above. The concept is to provide you music you can jam to before going out, while having drinks with your friends. I'm aiming to publish a new mix each month. I hope you enjoy! :) 

P.S. check out my dog Lara on the mix cover - so cutie! 

Check out my ALBUMS HYPE list for Summer '16 here.