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Learning Curve
Aitch
02:28
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Obsessed With You
Central Cee
01:48
3
Breadwinner
M Huncho
02:26
4
Vibrate
Mr Jukes, Barney Artist
02:54
5
You from London
SAULT, Little Simz
03:51
6
No Love
Sainte, Miraa May
03:11
7
Oliver Twist
ArrDee
02:54
8
Little Bit of This
Central Cee
03:00
9
You Know What
Graft
02:59
10
Ready or Not
BackRoad Gee, Nissi
02:58
11
Mud
Shaybo
02:21
12
Glidin’ (feat. slowthai)
Pa Salieu, slowthai
03:17
13
Wasted
Digga D, ArrDee
02:54
14
Speed
Little Simz
02:40
15
House & Garage (feat. Aitch)
Morrisson, Aitch
03:04
16
If I Had a Tec
Sam Wise
01:59
17
Keisha's & Brenda's
ENNY
02:06
18
Cookie Chips
Rejjie Snow, MF DOOM, Cam O'bi
04:19
19
Double Tap (feat. Sus)
Fredo, Sus
02:51
20
Chocolate Darling (feat. BackRoad Gee & iLL BLU)
Poundz, BackRoad Gee, iLL BLU
03:33
21
Boom Bam (feat. Young T & Bugsey)
Not3s, Young T & Bugsey
03:32
22
Dip
Stefflon Don, Ms Banks
02:18
23
Haaland
Keeya Keys
02:37
24
DoRoad x Fumez The Engineer - Plugged In
Fumez The Engineer, DoRoad
02:52
25
Favela
PK
03:12
26
Lit Like This
Skepta
02:52
27
Shoreditch
Deyah
03:09
28
Time It Took
Kamakaze, Deuce Sparks
03:05
29
Bronson
MoStack
03:23
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How Many Times
M1llionz, Lotto Ash
03:08
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Wonderland (feat. M Huncho)
Unknown T, M Huncho
03:05
32
Dark Skinned
RAY BLK
03:00
33
For You
Lava La Rue
02:18
34
P.O.P (Hold It Down)
SVMI
03:05
35
Eyes on the Prize
Che Lingo, Tamaraebi
03:04
36
Both Sides Of A Smile (feat. James Blake)
Dave, James Blake
07:59

UK Streets

36 smashes amongst the recent productions from the UK scene – more proof that Greater London and her suburbs are still at the top of planet rap.

The summer of 2021 has been rich with new projects: Little Simz, Dave, Fredo, Sam Wise, Enny, Unknow T, Sneakbo, Skepta, Blanco, Rejjie Snow, etc. On this playlist the biggest stars rub shoulders with newcomers and recent discoveries who (for the moment anyway) only have a few thousand followers.

Here you’ll find the lifeblood of UK rap: powerful phrasing on unstructured beats (Aïtch on the opening track); obscure drill, transformed by fierce, raging rappers biting the minimalist beats (DoRoad in a session with Fumez The Engineer for example); some Nigerian spice (Young T & Bugsey) and (as in all the best recipes) some Caribbean chillies thrown into the mix. There are also gems of old-school boom-bap, like Rejjie Snow unveiling the sweet “Cookie Chips” with MF Doom (!) and CamO’bi. There are also some reminders of the great garage and drum’n’bass of the 90’s resurfacing on songs by Hardy Caprio, Morrisson, and Lava La Rue.

On a slightly different note we can hear M Huncho – a sort of Travis Scott born on the other side of the Atlantic. He superimposes soaring layers of American trap with rough British sounds (“Breadwinner”). As for Brighton’s young prodigy Arr Dee (whose advent was predicted before he reached his first million listens on a previous episode of this playlist) he’s now chalking up golden records. Listen to “Oliver Twist” on which he unleashes his crazy flow. Several out of this world tunes punctuate this selection, like the collaboration between James Blake and Dave, and the brilliant producer Sault’s invitation to Little Simz where the Islington rapper repeats the title question ‘you from London?’ Not exactly, but my heart is.

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