Every month, we’ll be showcasing a selection of our favourite free downloads, new releases, DJ mixes and music videos from around the web.
For the past couple days in the RM office, we’ve been racking our brains (and iTunes libraries) to come up with our favourite new music from July. It was initially meant to be a top ten, but there was too much heat to exclude anything.
Arguably the most anticipated collaboration of the year, the combination of Hudson Mohawke and Lunice has proven to be a winning formula. Higher Ground isn’t so much a highlight of the EP, more a shining example of it’s genius quality.
PIff Gang returned with their third mixtape Plant Life at the beginning of July and has been on repeat in the RM office ever since, this Budgie produced beat is perfect wavy afternoon listening. Download Plant Life here.
I Am War is the new project from Ateryu frontman Alex Varkatzas and Bleeding Through vocalist Branden Schieppati. Don’t Worship Assholes is taken from their forthcoming album Outlive You All, which looks set to be one of the hardcore album’s of the year.
RBMA graduates Cardopusher and Nehuen launched their new label Classicworks with their joint EP Split 01. This DVA remix of Cardopusher’s track Hotbox is one of our favourite cuts.
Danny Brown is great, as is Araabmuzik. Unsurprisingly, this is great.
The XX released their first track and video in two years mid way through July. Their new album Coexist is due for release on 10 September on Young Turks.
Taken from the 7 by 7: Astro Nautico x Day Tripper cassette release featuring members of Astro Nautico sampling Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai to create a track and 7 members of Japan-based INNIT flipping sounds found in the western version The Magnificent Seven.
Ignore the overwhelming media attention surrounding his sexuality, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange is one of the most original and inspiring albums we’ve ever heard. Pink Matter is one of our favourites, André 3000 kills it.
In a month rife with high profile collaborations, Joy O and Boddika dropped this track on their new label SunkLo, bringing together the best attributes of all three producers.
2 Chainz is pretty much our favourite rapper right now. Birthday Song is a straight up silly club banger. Oh, and Kanye’s on it too.
Although this remix has been floating around on the web for a while, Mia Dora’s EP for High Sheen was only released at the beginning of July. Rising local star HaHaHa delivers a fantastic remix.
Om Unit released his third EP, Ulysses, for Civil Music at the end of July. The title track is a perfect example of the producer at his spaced out best.
Although this is Kendrick’s most commercially appealing track to date, he’s proven yet again that he can’t be touched when it comes to wordplay, delivery and flow.
Look out later on for our list of favourite videos and mixes from the month of July.