AJ Tracey, Elvis Costello, Ghetts, This Is The Kit and more all feature on this week's essential selection...
AJ TRACEY & MABEL
West Ten (AJ Tracey)
AJ Tracey soundtracked last summer with Labroke Grove and hopes to do the same this year with Mabel hook-up West Ten (the West London neighbourhood's postcode), another featherlight garage hit that pays homage to his London roots.
Contact Joss Meek
GHETTS (FEAT.JAYKAE&MOONCHILD SANELLY)
Mozambique (Warner Records)
Ghetts drafts in Birmingham MC Jaykae and South African singer Moonchild Sanelly for a narcotic trailer for his upcoming third album. This is atmospheric, dark and compelling.
Contact Ben Harris
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS
Warning Warning (Trojan Jamaica/BMG)
Reggae royalty Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert has the Maytals back together for their first studio record in 10 years, and this new single is packed with trademark goodness.
Contact Charlie Brun
THIS IS THE KIT
This Is What You Did (Rough Trade)
This Is The Kit return with a single that turns the humble banjo into a powerful psychedelic instrument, weaving nimble patterns around echoing vocals. A new LP is due in October.
Contact Jamie Woolgar
Hetty O’Hara Confidential (Concord Records)
Elvis Costello continues a steady stream of new releases with Hetty O’Hara Confidential, which shakes and quakes around an axis of heavy drums and electronics.
Contact Barbara Charone
Feelin’ Good (JFC Worldwide)
Jungle’s Josh-Loyd Watson is introducing the world to his solo work, and his new 25-track mixtape Kosmos takes a tropical trip. Feelin’ Good is a highlight.
Contact Laura Martin
FWU (KAT Music)
Cambridge singer Asya’s R&B is soft and slow, and this highlight from her new EP Love Me Til I’m Me Again allows her romantic travails plenty of space to breathe.
Contact Remina Nair