After a huge week for mixtape releases, we expected things to calm down last week… they didn’t. With another diverse week of free music releases for (what should be) Summertime, we received new projects from Curren$y and Harry Fraud, the debut mixtape from heavily buzzing Azealia Banks, a new mixtape from London’s Piff Gang, and more…
Curren$y & Harry Fraud – Cigarette Boats EP
After releasing The Stoned Immaculate only last month, Curren$y is already back with a new project, this time an EP with this week’s SB.TV ‘Ones To Watch,’ producer Harry Fraud, who provides an 80’s Miami fuelled soundtrack which perfectly compliments Spitta’s laid back delivery and altogether forms yet another quality release from the ridiculously hardworking New Orleans rapper.
Azealia Banks – Fantasea
To keep her fans happy between her recently released 1991 EP and her upcoming debut album Broke With Expensive Taste (which is said to be dropping in September) much hyped New York rapper Azealia Banks unleashed her debut mixtape Fantasea last week, which sees her continuing to spit over an eclectic range of dance music based backdrops, kicking off with The Prodigy’s ‘Out Of Space’ and provides what she referred to on Twitter as a “test run” for original works with a range of producers including Machinedrum, Nick Hook, Hudson Mohawke, Eprom, Drums of Death, Ikonika, Diplo, DJ Master D and Lunice with guest vocals from Styles P and the UK’s own Shystie for what Miss Banks calls “almost kind of a first album of sorts.”
Carbin – I Love This Game
Carbin of Sacremento’s The Usual Suspects crew, dropped a new five track project which sees him take on five rare industry beats as a tribute to his love of hip-hop culture as he continues to build anticipation for his upcoming debut album, Stellar which is set for release this Autumn.
Piff Gang – Plant Life
After the popularity of last year’s Piff Breaks & 808’s and Mary Piffmas, London city collective Piff Gang are back with their newest batch of tracks featuring production from in-house producers Crankz & Budgie, alongside contributions from The Purist, Johnnie Fraud, Sumgii and Vice Casino.
King Louie – Showtime
As the popularity of the current wave of Chicago trap music continues to grow, Epic Records’ latest signee, King L drops his latest project featuring contributions from the likes of hief Keef, Lex Luger, Young Chop, Million $ Mano, Lil’ Durk and more.
Words by Grant Brydon
Edited by Natalia