Hello reader, if you’re lucky you might find yourself in the middle of an increasingly lovely January after what was the worst start to a summer I can remember in a few years. If you are (and even if you aren’t) you might be thinking – I need some grooves in my life right now which I can play whenever I’m cruising out to take in the nightlife, well guess what!? You’re in luck if you are!
I want to start with two separate tracks from one artist which I have not been able to stop listening to since I came across them on The Guardian yesterday, they’re a group called Ekkah from Birmingham in the UK, and they pretty much encapsulate the quintessential sound you want playing in your ear when you’re sharing a drink with someone you think could be quite special! I’ll be following them closely, and hopefully they’ll release a full album soon – I’d love to check them out when I head UK way in March.
Ekkah – Last Chance to Dance
“If you wanna have a cigarette, I can come and meet you outside, soon.” Man, if that doesn’t sum up dating life I don’t know what does. I’m embarrassed how many times I feigned being a smoker to chat to girls when I was in London in 2013.
Ekkah – Only U 4 Me
Well I think that was lovely too, damn I am all ears for a full LP release, anyway let’s kick things up a notch on the BPM shall we? The next (and final) couple of tracks are from a 22 year old producer called KAYTRANADA, it’s lovely to see such great music across this post from such young artists, and KAYTRANADA’s warm, lounge-to-the-club beats do it just right for me.
KAYTRANADA – Leave Me Alone (feat. Shay Lia)
Seriously check this guy out, his tracks are quite diverse but underlying rhythm is something which is ever-present in his creations. Here’s another combination of KAYTRANADA and Shay Lia, just creating beauty – loving that synth coming through, conjures thoughts of an 8-bit metropolis in my mind.
KAYTRANADA – 3 Months (prod. KAYTRANADA)
Well there you go, I think that’s one of my more refreshing playlists in a while – I hope that goes down well with your cider.