XWHY XMAS Guestlist #4 – Blacksmif
Seven days, seven DJs, producers and music lovers, 35 ‘Best of 2013 Music’ tracks…
Released on Ramp Records’ sub-label PTN (Hackman, Breach), the three tracks are every bit as delicious, percussive and clever as we’ve come to expect from him. You can buy the full EP on iTunes now. We suggest you do…
In the mean time though, he’s picked his top five tracks of the year for us! Enjoy.
Naughty Boy (ft. Wiz Khalifa & Ella Eyre) – Think About it (Eagles For Hands Remix)
I’d be willing to say that this remix is my favourite remix to have come out in the entirety of 2013. That might just be because I have a really bad memory and I’m sure there are some things I’ve forgotten, but regardless, I think the track has close to everything I need – lush jazzy chords / melodies, syncopated rhythms, playfully pitched vocal samples and the odd saxophone thrown in for good measure.
Ryan Hemsworth (ft. Sinead Harnett) – Small + Lost
Ryan Hemsworth wouldn’t normally feature on my list, as I find a lot of his stuff really hit and miss. I downloaded his album the other day and was largely apathetic to the whole piece of work, but this track stood out as something so emotional and melodramatic, yet so simple. Lush basically.
Tessela – Hackney Parrot (Special Request VIP)
JUNGLE IS MASSIVE!!! I’ve not got much more to say about this, other than it’s nice to see people on the whole pirate-radio-jungle flex, but in such a fresh and innovative way. Jungle was my induction into the electronic music sphere and I used to run a jungle night in Leeds, so anything vaguely related to that gets my vote.
Kaytranada – At All
This guy’s a bit of a newbie to my radar, but I’m absolutely hooked. Those that know my music know how much I love to inject a bit of soul into my tunes and this track has SO much soul! This is the future of electronic beats for me. More please…
Pusha T (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – Nosetalgia
Kendrick is my #1 rapper at the moment and this track is exactly the reason why. Pusha T’s album was a bit of a let down, but he brings it back with this one. Both of them deliver some seriously sickening bars on this otherwise ferocious and hellish (in a good way) track. With Hip-Hop making such a comeback this year, it’s releases like these that give me faith that this could be more than just a temporary revival.