As we start another working week, it’s time to round-up all the mixtapes, eps and albums streams from the last seven days that you need to update your music playlist with.
This week sees the return of Irish soul singer Laura Izibor, projects from R&B singers Jeremih and Elle Varner, some Hip-Hop from Hit-Boy and some Reggae and Bashment from The Heatwave. Take a look at this week’s round-up and get downloading below.
Gianni Lee – ‘Trillectro Warm-Up Mix’ [Stream]
DJ Gianni Lee took this week to bring not one, but two mixes onto the net as free downloads. One of the two comes in the form of the Trillectro Warm-Up Mix. Created in celebration of this year’s Trillectro music festival, the nine-track project features cuts from Blue Tarp, Wacka Flocka Flame and more.
Laura Izibor – ‘The Brooklyn Sessions Vol. 1′ [EP]
Dublin-born Soul singer Laura Izibor reveals her new EP The Brooklyn Sessions Vol.1, in the run-up to her sophomore album. The three-track EP, full of Izibor’s soulful goodness, was created by the singer and her touring band over a three-day period in Brooklyn’s Electrik Indigo Studios.
GLC – ‘The Anti Simp’ [Mixtape]
Following on from his last mixtape Cathedral, Chicago’s very own GLC brings his second mixtape of the year, titled The Anti Simp. Getting the assistance of fellow Chi-town native Young Chop and Taylor Gang’s Cardo, GLC dedicates the 17-track mixtape to everyone out there who doesn’t consider themselves a spineless, weak individual – otherwise known as a ‘simp.’
Jeremih – ‘Late Nights’ [Mixtape]
R&B singer Jeremih brings his first project of the year entitled Late Nights, hosted by DJ Drama and DJ Harris. Aiming to pack a punch, the Chicago-hailing singer is joined by a heaving feature line-up, including Rap veteran E-40, Fabolous, Sir Michael Rocks and Gucci Mane with production heard from Tricky Stewart, Mike Will Made It, Sak Pase and The Futuristics.
Hit-Boy – ‘HITstory’ [Mixtape]
California-born Hit-making music producer Hit-Boy takes a break from creating magic for other artists and shares some material of his own in his debut mixtape HITstory. The man behind N***as In Paris is joined by Kid CuDi, Stacy Barthe, Chip Da Ripper (now known as King Chip,) John Legend, Big Sean and Bun B on the 11-track mixtape.
Kings Of City – ‘No Guts’ [EP]
British multi-genre band Kings Of The City unveiled the first part of their two-part EP series last week, starting with No Guts. The five-track compilation combines the sounds of Hip-Hop, Blues, Ska and more fit for the summer period. The second part of the series entitled No Glory is set to be with us sometime next month.
The Heatwave presents: ‘Five Million Rewinds’ [Mix]
With the Jamaican Olympic team taking over the games this year alongside the tropical island itself celebrating their 50th year of independence, Dancehall soundsystem The Heatwave compile some of the best and most popular tracks to come from the Island and call it Five Million Rewinds. The 83-track mix includes classics from Shaggy, Greggory Issacs and Millie Small with a few new school tracks from Serani, Vybz Kartel and Gyptian.
Elle Varner – ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ [Album Stream]
R&B singer Elle Varner saw the release of her debut album Perfectly Imperfect last week (August 7th.) The singer, who wrote all of the songs on the project, revealed a stream of the entire album on the night before of its release for fans to get a taste of what they could expect. The new album features Varner two singles “Refill” and the J.Cole-assisted lead track “Only Wanna Give It To You.”
Wu-Tang – ‘In The Cut’ by Allyal [Mix]
Fans of Wu-Tang Clan will pleased with this. DJ Allyal put together a special Wu-Tang podcast mix as part of her bi-weekly Adventure In Paradise podcast series. Consisting of tracks taken from the Hip-Hop collectives back catalogue as well as some tracks taken from some of the members solo projects, the hour long mix is vital to any Wu-Tang Clan fan collection.
YJ – ‘The Message’ [EP]
UK Rap artist YJ released his new EP The Message. Featuring fellow upcoming Raheem Bakare, MDot-E and spoken word artist Suli Breaks, the rappers delivers some slow, mid and uptempo Hip-Hop tracks available as a free download.
Gianni Lee – ‘Trill Wave Tres’ [Mixtape]
The second mix to come from Gianna Lee came last week in the form of Trill Wave Tres. The DJs new mix, dedicated to all things ‘trill’, features cuts from Robb Bank$, Theophilus London, Lunice, A$ap Ant, Kilo Kush and many more.