Yizzy is no stranger when it comes to hard-hitting frequencies. The Lewisham grime MC follows up his ‘Welcome To Grime Street‘ EP, released via our DMY Recordings label with ‘Hustle Hard’, an ode to money-making and success.
Over a take-no-prisoners beat produced by Renshaw, Yizzy volleys out his motivational lyrics in quick-fire style.
“‘Hustle Hard’ is all about being unapologetically active and driven to succeed,” Yizzy says. “It’s about always looking for the next step or opportunity to move forward. Don’t talk about the moves you’re making until they happen, don’t flaunt your success, keep your head down and the graft going.
“The work you put in now will open doors for you to have a better future for yourself and those around you but priorities still come first. Forget expensive chains, watches and supercars, I’m tryna stack for my mother’s yard.”
‘Que Calor’ is the latest cut to be revealed from Major Lazer’s forthcoming fourth album.
Featuring reggaeton star J Balvin and Dominican dembow trailblazer El Alfa, the track draws inspirations from each of their home countries, sampling a Colombian cumbia classic ‘Ay Curura‘ (also sampled by Timbaland and Magoo on ‘Indian Flute’) and dembow rhythms.
It’s the latest commitment of Major Lazer’s to tie the knot between Latin music icons and global dance superstar artists, following the Daddy Yankee remix of their 2013 smash ‘Bumaye’, and collaborations with Machel Montano, Kali Uchis, Pabllo Vittar and more.
Directed by Colin Tilley, who’s worked with Kendrick Lamar, Future, Nicki Minaj, the video stars Major Lazer’s Diplo and Ape Drums as well as Balvin and El Alfa, alongside two of the band’s ‘Lazer Gyals’ – Sara Bivens and Helen Gedlu.
Sometimes it’s up to music to do the talking, and the only piece of information we can give you about Vee is that they’re from Manchester. Despite supposedly orbiting the scene for some time (and ghostwriting for techno producers), ‘Dawn Of The Failed Units pt. 2: Vee’ is their debut proper.
Out via Manchester label Failed Units, it’s a stunner of a first outing, boasting four slices of industrial techno at its darkest and noisiest. On the flip, Prostitutes aka StabUdown boss James Donadio turns in a throttling, guttural rework of ‘Aether’ (which we’re premiering below), constructed of distorted kicks and brain-blasting synth lines.
The release has enjoyed some early support from Objekt, who spun the ‘reduced’ version of the remix during a recent Boiler Room set in Vienna, and you can tune in now below.
Following the release of their three-part compilation ‘Altogether’ back in 2018, London-based label and collective Stay Cool return just in time for the end of the summer with another behemoth-sized project.
Showcasing the work of nearly 30 producers and vocalists, ’Transitions’ gathers all sorts of creatives from around the globe into one homogenous body of work that narrates itself through the project’s eclectic blend of genres. From garage, UKG to trap, house and hip-hop, it features music from South Korean-producer Slom, More//Night, London-vocalist DIPS and many more.
We’re premiering Mecca:83’s luscious contribution to Stay Cool’s brand new venture ahead of its full release on the 30th of August. Titled ‘Porto Alegre’, the Mancunian producer delivers a smooth cocktail of minimalist house chords over filtered broken beat drums while the onomatopoeic vocals progressively add a strangely hypnotising aspect to the track.
Signed to 37 Adventures, West London’s Measure For Measure is a producer to watch, helming distinctive, textural shades of electronic pop.
Formerly an in-house producer at Abbey Road – responsible for Emily Burns’ ‘Test Drive’ and Badgirl$‘s ‘Stella’ – you can file his atmospheric, beat-driven productions next to Flume, Snakehips and SBTRKT.
Released today, second outing ‘PaperCuts’ marries his lush, spacious production next to lyrics that raises an eyebrow at traditional love song content.
“’PaperCuts’ is a pop song about a fatal attraction,” he explains. “Initially written on a hangover, it’s about the pleasure/pain of young love. I tried to incapsulate obsession, rejection, intimacy and all the emotions that come with it.”
With debut EP ‘Calories’ is in the works for release in the coming months, you can listen to ‘PaperCuts’ now.
Sandunes, real name Sanaya Aredeshir, is a producer from Mumbai – newly signed to !K7, you can file her textural, meditative sounds next to Cinematic Orchestra, Philip Glass and Bonobo.
She’s set to release her ’11:11′ EP in early September, and we’re premiering the first taste – title cut ‘Eleven:Eleven’, below.
“My fascination here isn’t about the numbers itself, as much as it is about these repetitive occurrences that we’re happy to call coincidences. When I was thinking about what I should name the song, my eyes fell on the time, and it was 11:11,” she explains of the EP’s title.
Tune in now:
’11:11′ is released on September 6th via !K7. Sandunes has a London show at Pickle Factory on September 12th – find tickets here.
Over the past six years, outsider dance producer Air Max ’97 has become known for his dark, mangled set of “oblique club trax” (as he’s described them) that draw from grime, Jersey club and a variety of other scenes with distinct sounds and cultures.
The London-via-Melbourne producer has now taken the knife to an artist he cites as one of his biggest inspirations: Becoming Real. In a recent interview, he explained he still plays Becoming Real’s 2010 FACT mix to this day.
“It’s come full circle,” Air Max ’97 continued. “Five years later, after speaking with Toby [Becoming Real], I’ve done a remix for his new EP and I’m playing the release party.”
“Becoming Real’s kinetic, bodily production style was a huge influence on me when I first started trying to produce music,” Air Max ’97 tells Dummy of the remix, “so getting involved in this release feels like a coming full circle of sorts. I sweated over an earlier version of the remix before canning it and working this one up in one session.”
A midnight-hued, percussive rework, you can – and should – tune in now:
Paranoid London are on the brink of releasing their second album, ‘PL’, which finds duo Quinn Whalley and Gerardo Delgado delving into the dark, analogue territory they explored on their 2015 self-titled debut.
‘PL’ boasts a series of guests including queer scene darling Josh Caffe (on the already-released ‘Vi-Vi (Vicious Games)‘, Alan Vega from Suicide, A Certain Ratio’s Simon Topping, Arthur Baker, Warmduscher frontman Mutado Pintado as well as Bubbles Bubblesynski, the trans activist and DJ who was murdered in 2017.
‘Cult Hero (Do You Wanna Touch Me)’ – which we’re premiering below, takes a squiggly, acid-meets-EBM beat with post-punk frontman Simon Topping’s vocal driving the track forward.
Paranoid London’s ‘PL’ arrives on August 30th via Paranoid London Records – pre-order it here.
There’s clearly something in the water in South London. Hailing from Norwood Junction, Benny Mails is just another in a string of hyper-talented creatives, growing up surrounded by rap and even participating in b-boy championships as a kid.
‘Marathon’ arrives after a blistering series of soul, funk and rap-soaked singles and an eagerly-received COLORS session. Over a dark, trap-leaning beat produced by Halogenix/Lordel, Benny details his desire for success – after all, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Directed by Jack Buckley (who has previously worked with slowthai, Little Simz and Dave), ‘Marathon’s video finds Benny distilling the energy of his physical live performance into two and a half minutes.
“This video is a chance for Benny to show his fiery spirit,” he says of ‘Marathon’. “I didn’t want to create anything too calculated. We were really free with the production and wanted it to feel natural, giving me a chance to perform and visually express everything I speak about in the song”
Watch ‘Marathon’ now below.
Benny plays a London headline show at Corsica Studios on Wednesday 23rd October – tickets go on sale at Friday from 10am, from here.
Inspired by the powerful women she grew up listening to, rising singer, songwriter and label owner Tallulah continues to pave the way for soul-pop domination.
The Peckham newcomer made her debut with ‘More Than Friends‘, dropping her ‘Purple‘ EP back in May – naming the record after her experiences with colour synesthesia.
She’s now sharing a beautifully-shot double visual for two of the EP’s tracks – ‘Strangers’ and ‘Kept’, depicting three young women’s feelings as they go through relationship struggles, imagining freedom.
“The visual for ‘Kept’ and ‘Strangers’ are split between two states of mind,” Tallulah says. “They show myself and two other girls (my good friends Chantelle and Ava) in dream-like representations of freedom, being alone and being happy.
“The other half is real and raw and shows each of us being alone but dependant. I wanted the video to show that being lonely when you’re with someone is always worse than being alone and free within that. It was great to have Ava and Chantelle with me, and amazing working with another close friend of mine Helene who shot and co-directed the video with me.”