In this week’s 5 for Friday, you’ll catch future beats, foreign vibes and new sounds clogging up your headphones. A new name that lands onto this weeks selection is Belgium’s Bros Bros with his debut single ‘Melody’ which kicks a bouncy bassline that’ll jumpstart your weekend on good vibes. You’ll also find three new singles coming from ScHoolboy Q as well as some London talent, all of whom mark their return with their first drops of the year. Catch up with the rest and hear some of the latest sounds out now.
Obongjayar – Frens
Obongjayar kicks it off with a song which champions the bond shared amongst friends in all of its various forms. He drops his first musical entry of the year with ‘Frens’, a song which plucks at the stem of afrobeat and digs into the jazzy fragments of the past.
‘Frens’ finds the London-based artist propel rough croons against the edgy surface of the production. At certain moments it’s impossible to predict the direction of the beat, a frenzy ranging from conflicting drums to metallic thumps and horns which operate like clockwork. Obongjayar drives the selection forward with his highly versatile style and translates the spirited emotions of a familial bond into an intense piece. Produced by himself and Barney Lister, he announces his debut show at the Bussey Building on the 24th April.
ScHoolboy Q – Numb Numb Juice
ScHoolboy Q brushes the dust off his discography with ‘Numb Numb Juice’, his latest song which arrives in good time, following a stint away from the music game.
‘Numb Numb Juice’ clocks in just about 2 minutes and plays like a starter to a juicy three course meal. ScHoolboy Q comes out swinging at the hard-hitting production with an equally aggressive flow from the onset. The head-banging production drives body jerking waves that crash through super sonic hi-hats and grimacing vibrations. The music video features a few guest appearances and tributes to hip-hop culture from the luminous opening of Hype William’s Belly and B.I.G’s ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’ days.
Bros Bros – Melodie feat. Darrell Cole
You can find Bros Bros an hour or two away from London prodding away in a studio. You might even catch yourself thumping your fingers to the grooves and rhythm of his new single ‘Melodie’, which finds him collaborating with fellow Belgian artist Darrell Cole.
The duo take our ears from the UK and place Belgium under our music radar. ‘Melodie’ is a feel good tune which remedies the everyday pain that comes with life. The particularly bouncy sonic blends airborne hip-hop lyricism and unorthodox sonics of dance music together. Cole drops cascading raps and humanises ‘Melodie’ into a physical being, while the melody is a big part of music, it’s the contagious bassline that resonates deeply.
Jords – Glide
Croydon artist Jords returns to the music and sets pace with the grandeur that is ‘Glide’. With his last offering ‘After The Ends’, a 5 track EP signing off his 2018, he re-works a classic and gives it a new touch in his own special way.
The self-produced set begins with a high-pitch sample of Anthony Hamilton’s ‘Better Days’ and at the switch hooks ear bursting bass which injects a new-age spin to the soulful number. Jords may have parted ways with the ends, but on this cut he looks back in retrospect. Glossing over the struggle of the past which tackle betrayal and the transition into steady growth, over a loopy yet tropical slew of drums. Sonically it sits on a parallel between R&B and soul, and Jords strikes a great balance that make ‘Glide’ a rewarding return.
Odunsi feat. Raye – Tipsy
Odunsi teased us with the earliest form of ‘Tipsy’ at the end of the video for ‘In The Morning’. Today, we finally receive the music video, which features the South-London singer RAYE, hop on Odunsi’s intoxicating offering.
The afro-fusion singer has enjoyed a rather fruitful 2018 with the release of his debut album, ‘rare.’, and a sold-out show at The Garage, London this year. His latest move finds him continue his journey to breakout success in this frisky and sensual visual exchange. Odunsi, sporting an autumnal fit, exhibits his cool charisma while Raye sends mesmerising tones over an endearing instrumental.