- Listening to Loyle Carner’s world-weary tones dart over these sun-dappled, often jazz-influenced melodies, it’s difficult to believe the South Londoner is still only 21. Purposely rejecting the braggadocio that often characterises the work of his contemporaries, Carner comes across as an old soul, using his masterful flow and poetic lyricism to pioneer a soulful strain of hip hop centred on domestic narratives. Distinctly British and unapologetically intimate, Yesterday’s Gone is an impactful and thought-provoking debut from a unique emerging talent.
- Nearly three years on from her thrillingly-eclectic Switch Tape EP, Tkay Maidza delivers on her early promise with this long-overdue debut. Every bit as diverse as that early collection, Tkay finds the Australian singer and MC delivering inventive, high-energy electro-pop that variously juxtaposes dancehall and Baile funk, blends rapid-fire rhymes with jackhammer beats, and embellishes jump-rope chants with the blare of air-raid sirens. If you rate Missy Elliott, Charli XCX and Arular-era M.I.A., Maidza may well be your new favourite discovery.