10/10 Would Listen: Cloudwaves

10/10 Would Listen: Cloudwaves

10 November selections from RTRFM's wavy rap and weird club show - Cloudwaves.

Cloudwaves is a radio show making the late night a great night on RTRFM. On a Friday morning from 12am - 2am, the Wavvy gang - Sleepyhead, Aslan, Dani M, Dan Dalton and Jai Chouhan - select tunes you can get wild and wavy to in your crib, car or club, showcasing a supa-fresh mix of turn up raps, sexy, futuristic R&B, chill low-lying raps, and experimental club tracks. Show Coordinator Dani Marsland rounds up her faves from the last month.

1. Joker – Midnight

You don’t know hugeness until you’ve heard this towering track. It’s the first we’ve heard for a while from 26 year-old Bristol producer Liam Mclean – Joker - who, along with a few mates like plastician and Guido, were integral in founding the ‘purple’ genre of dubstep, the big, psychedic, swirly, G-funk-infused style of dubstep that went on to stylistically influence young producers like Hudson Mohawke, Com Truise, Kuedo, and Swindle. Midnight samples J-Lo’s massive 1990 track Waiting For Tonight, chopping it up and jamming it into a bunch of squealing synths. It’s the first single from Joker’s next release, The Mainframe, is out February 2015… positively counting the days ‘til that one!

p.s. essential Joker listening – the 2006 track he broke the game with, Gully Brook Lane.

2. Jacques Greene - After Life, After Party

This Montreal producer - who makes vivid, futuristic house music, sometimes with an R & B twist - has long been a favourite. A part of the LuckyMe art / music collective (who’ve released stuff from Ango, MachineDrum, Éclair Fifi and Cashmere Cat), Greene’s got an EP coming out soon on the label, and After Life, After Party, is the title track, a few minutes of shimmery synth-euphoria that builds rather elegantly. The video features real clubgoers at a bunch of nightclubs in Montreal, filmed in the early hours of the morning, and suits the song’s vibe perfectly. After Life, After Party is out now on LuckyMe, press play on the Suicideyear remix of the track also, which you can stream right here.

3. Hannah Diamond  (pictured) - Every Night

Hannah Diamond’s from internet label (based in the UK) PC Music; who delight in taking radio pop and whirring it ‘round the blender until it’s warped enough to function as an ironic comment on contemporary pop music. It’s also the label that’s home to QT, whose headed our way for the ICSSC x Pilerats X-Mas Party in a few weeks. Visually and aurally, Hannah Diamond is like a Spice Girl for 2015. Surprisingly, the girl in the picture is actually Hannah, unlike the other PC Music artists, who portray themselves with monikers, personas and other colourful imagery (label head A.G. Cook moonlights as a blue-bob-wigged gamer girl). This track’s her new one, with a high-pitched vocal narrative about physical chemistry laid over a plasticky synth-pop beat. This one’s sure to put some pep in your step!

4. Mr. Mitch – Don’t Leave

A lovelorn, melancholic piece of modern grime from producer Mr. Mitch (founder of popular UK progressive grime club night Boxed alongside Slackk, Logos and Oil Gang). Like a morphine drip to the heart. From the EP of the same name, out now through Planet Mu, a pre-cursor to his debut full-length project, Parallel Memories, out December 1.

5. Princess Nokia – Anomoly

Like any new Princess Nokia track is NOT going to be in the monthly Cloudwaves Top Ten. Princess Nokia is the alter-ego of Puerto-Rican Brooklynite Destiny Frasqueri, who was making sassy raps under the name Wavy Spice a coupla summers ago. Her last release, the Metallic Butterfly mixtape, is here for those that have been snoozin’. This trip-hoppy number invites us into Dragon-Ball Destiny’s dark beautiful twisted fantasy; extra points to Destiny for telling FADER its inspired by all the time she’s spent being a bad bitch Goth: “When you've spent as much time in graveyards and funerals as I have, you develop this secondary air to you. It becomes apart of you. I celebrate the beauty in its sadness and darkness.”

6. Leikeli47 – Two Times A Charm

"Everybody happy that we jumpin' in / Me and my amigo back at it again"

leikeli 47

Female emcee Leikeli47 just keeps throwing gold at us. Leikeli47 chases up her hard-hitting “Diplo-approved” jam F*ck The Summer Up (pictured) with Two Times The Charm; an upbeat vibrant number, replete with a cheerleader-style chant, clapping, and million-miles-a-second wordplay. Video clip’s worth a look too; featuring a gang of balaclava-wearing chicks and some fun visual puppetry and screen play. Jump on her latest release, the LK47-II mixtape, when you get the chance, girl’s gonna blow up before long!

7. Fwdslxsh – 4 U

Fwdslxsh aka Yinka Bankole is an emerging 20 year old from London, juggling #unilyfe with #producerlyf and is a part of London based Art Collective, Last Night In Paris. Multi-track EP The Fall is his first proper project, and this is a highlight from it. If you like lush, futuristic R & B, and dreamy chords, Fwdslxsh’s the one 4 U. Will be keeping an eye on this guy. (ps Daktyl’s also done a remix of this one if you’re after a bigger sound.) Shouts to my mate Keith for the heads up on this (and on THIS).

8. Lil Ugly Mane & Antwon – Underwater Tank

Keep a close lip if ya really want to ride wit me"

At Cloudwaves we say we’re selectin’ “songs for your crib, car, or the club”. Straight talk - this one’s for the car. It’s for in your car, late at night, while it’s dark outside. Typically horny Antwon is rapping about doing nasty things with a girl in a car with his ‘dick like King Kong’, Lil Ugly Mane, however, is getting dirty texts but is watching the news and doesn’t wanna get out of his slippers This is from Ugly Mane’s recent mixtape The Weeping Worm, please go and listen to it, it also has a great track featuring DJ Dog Dick, who does stuff for Ratking. It was actually from a tape between the two that never got released, and got upped to Youtube back in 2012, so it’s been floating around for a bit, but has only just officially been out on The Weeping Worm.

9. Father ft. Makonnen & Key! - Look at Wrist

"Wrist, wrist, wrist, wrist, wrist, wrist…"

Atlanta rapper Father (whose head of his own label, Awful Records) keeps it lit with self-produced track ‘Look At Wrist’, with guest verses from everyone’s favourite oddbod, ILoveMakonnen, and the dude whose fuc-in’ your bitch, Key! (also both from Atlanta – ATL for short).  Clever rhymes from Makonnen (I'm booked for all these shows / I cook for all these hoes / We turned a neighborhood kitchen into a 5 star stove), an infectious beat, a hell of a hook (that’s funny too – Father raps about how he’s never personally cooked coke but he knows how to make a catchy song about it: ‘Never had to whip a brick, but I get the gist.) – lots to like in this one! Thanks to Dan from I.C.S.S.C. for the tip!

10. Lil B – Girl When I Want U

"I need a real girl that's focused…"

“THIS IS A VERY PERSONAL SONG AND I CREID SECOND VERSE” – LIL B. Sad bedroom jam for any bittersweet summer lovin' you might have lined up. Lil B, always looking out for love. I don’t know why I made this track #10 coz Lil B is my #1.

lil b love

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