5 For Friday: J Cole, Amber-Simone, Louis Culture & More

While the weather plummets towards sub-zero levels, we look onwards and cast our gaze towards lighter and hopefully brighter days. On the verge of stepping into a new month, our next chapter features sounds which will wrap you up in warm sensations and lift your mood. With selections crafted by upcoming acts rising through the cracks of the underground and mainstream rappers at the top of their game. We throw some new talent into the fold, Amber-Simone is breaking her way into the music scene, and we reckon she might be big name in the future. So scroll down, press play and unlock a new collection of songs with this week’s 5 for Friday.

Amber-Simone – Only You

Amber-Simone released a magical offering entitled ‘Only You’, a single which finds the starlet translate raw emotions and candid thoughts into feel good melodies. With just over a handful of songs floating on her Spotify, songs like ‘Taught Me Better’ and ‘Mountains’ are racking up strong number of plays. But this single stands amongst one of her strongest performances and, as a singer, on this warm sensation her vocal prowess can be felt.

She centres ‘Only You’ on a lover whom she expresses a deep affection towards. It’s a jingle which tugs at the heart strings and, at the same time, prompts a two-step shuffle. For a young singer, Amber exhibits great control and glides across this song which contrasts elements of R&B with funk-inflected production.

Louis Culture – “Culture For” feat. Lava La Rue and Sensei Apex

If East London is home to an eclectic sound base, South London is where you’ll find the music rebels. Louis Culture blows the dust off this two-part selection “Culture For” and laps his new era alternative wave style alongside Sensei Apex and NiNE8’s Lava La Rue.

Opening the cut with a cloudy loop of chords smeared onto hefty basslines that hit harder than a shot of vodka. Louis Culture belts sing-song swoons on catching a vibe with the women he encounters on his late night exploits. Up until he panders over to the matrix with an ode to the heydays of Missy Elliot and Timbaland in the early 2000s. Lava La Rue breathes a chilly aura into the song with a slick hook, while Sensei Apex shoot tightly-knit rhymes on this ethereal instrumental.

Poppy Ajudha – The Man You Aim To Be

South London poet-turned-artists Poppy Ajudha returns with a lesson in style and grace, dropping the visual counterpart to ‘The Man You Aim To Be’. Originally taken from her nourishing EP, ‘Patience’, the singer continues on her conscious trail of sonics which find her swooning over a jazzy number and touch on the complexity of masculinity.

This smoky selection features Poppy alongside an ensemble cast of free spirits swaying way in a dimly lit setting masked by neon purple hues. Watch as they dance to an eclectic sound board of synths, electronic eccentricities which chime in lightly over the alluring strums of the base guitar strums. As Nina Simone once said, “It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times.” ‘The Man You Aim To Be’ isn’t a grandiose speech nor a simple song, it’s Poppy fulfilling her artistic duty.

Future – Rocket Ship

If you’re searching for the right score to charge up your Friday evening, Future’s ‘Rocket Ship’ may just be what you’re after. The Atlanta bred rapper casts woozy rhyme patterns on this strangely bouncy yet occult arrangement with ghastly chords and trap-laden drums.

Future Hendrix hops on to his 7th album with the release of ‘The Wizrd’, and if that indicates anything, it’s that you should never count him out. “I’ve been poppin’ since my demos”, Future raps on the saucy hook of ‘Rocket Ship’. Directed by Uncle Leff, the visual cast a full moon which juxtapose between Future flexing throughout the video and eerie chicken frames, which evoke a chilling effect over the track.

J. Cole – Middle Child

J. Cole begins 2019 and gets straight into it with his newest drop ‘Middle Child’. In 2018, Cole left a big footprint all over Hip-Hop with guest features, and a swift album release with KOD. Today he tags OVO’s T-Minus and fires his thoughts into sharp lyrics on the state of the culture.

Earlier this month, Cole gathered together with some big names in Atlanta, working on Dreamville’s forthcoming compilation album ‘Revenge Of The Dreamers 3’, and it seems like’s completely charged up. He point to himself as the middle child and alludes to himself as the crossing point between the new generation and old era. “I’m dead in the middle of two generations. I’m big bro and little bro all at once”, Cole raps. It’s a daunting position, but Cole doesn’t falter with the responsibility he bears. From the regal horns to the high-octane energy on this production, J. Cole is seeking to seize the winning spot and champion the Dreamville flag, all 2019.