"It's impossible to not dance to this beat."
"Rap's got Stockholm syndrome" — oh yes yes yes yes he's back! If you don't know about J-Zone go get 'Pimps Don't Pay Taxes' and 'A Job Ain't Nuthin But Work' right fkn now and then report back for further debriefing. He's about to drop a new opus called 'Lunch Breaks' soon, and this preview is just awesome — as ever from J incredibly sharp rhyming about the increasing corporatisation of hip-hop and how it's emasculated and silenced the whole idea of rap running up against authority. Musically as ever he's lacing together fascinating elements as innovative as they are earworming. One of rap's truly great dissident voices comes back more than correct. This year just got a whole lot better.
Killer new-wave/disco hybrid from Jonathan Kusuma, who reaches out from his base in Indonesia to Parisian label I’m A Cliché. Four tracks feverishly whip up energy with incessant bass arpeggios and strobing disco fx, resulting in a wild ride that falls somewhere between the sounds of It’s A Fine Line and In Flagranti. Brilliantly original material from a producer that deserves a lot of attention from now on.
MC-driven darkness from Manchester's new kid Naiive. Simplistic in a sinister sense, minimal but never boring, it's an interesting mix of percussion with a fantastic vox — worth a listen.