10Trax: it’s been one hell of a week for weird rap collaborations

N.E.R.D keep us in suspense, Mella Dee keeps us grooving and Graham Coxon returns for a worthy cause.

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As 2018 winds down its starting to sink in just how much the year has disrupted the hip hop world. This week has proved that with unlikely teams up from Lady Leshurr and DRAM and Future and Pharell, even ScHoolboy Q has switched things up. All the above feature in today’s 10Trax plus some gems from Benny Mails, Mella Dee and Mahalia.

A$AP Ferg – ‘The Mattress ft. A$AP Rocky’

A$AP Mob’s finest reunite on Ferg’s latest cut. ‘The Mattress’ is a full-frontal assault that combines Rocky’s cloud rap roots with Ferg’s trap stylings perfectly, hearing the pair of them going back to back on the mic is a joy.

N.E.R.D – ‘1000 ft Future’

OK sure it’s no ‘Lemon’ but N.E.R.D’s latest taster of No_one Ever Really Dies still bangs pretty hard. It’s got those Pharrell yelps and jumpy percussion as well as some space-age synths for good measure, when else have you heard Future on a footwork beat?

Yogi, DRAM, Lady Leshurr – ‘Cakin’

Speaking of unlikely sounding collaborations, was anyone expecting Lady Leshurr to team up DRAM? Because we sure as hell weren’t. Even more strangely, thanks to Yogi’s ‘trap children’s birthday party’ beat it works pretty well.

Mella Dee – ‘Techno Disco Tool’

If you need a track to kick off your Friday night with a bang this evening then may we suggest Mella Dee’s latest? A short, sweet techno jam with disco samples and plenty of bass, just what your predrinks need.

SiR – ‘Something Foreign ft.ScHoolboy Q’

It’s really been one for rappers stepping outside of their comfort zones this week. Fellow TDE signee SiR enlists Q for the smoothest, most laidback verse of gangsta rapper’s career. Seriously, Q sounds like Anderson .Paak or Mac Miller (in a good way) on this.

Benny Mails – ‘Aware, the mixtape’

Yes, this is a mixtape and not a track, but Benny Mails weaves it all together so seamlessly that it may as well just be one big 20-minute cut. Props to the South London MC for creating a visual for the whole tape as well.

A2, 6lack – ‘Southern Comfort’

A2 just dropped his latest EP BLUE and ‘Southern Comfort’ with 6lack is one of the standout cuts. Late night ruminations elegantly split between London, Atalanta and Paris where A2 recorded the project.

Mahalia – ‘No Pressure’

Mahalia’s career has exploded this year. ‘No Pressure’ is a laidback, RnB tinged track that lets her voice take centre stage, the perfect note for her to end the year on.

The National – ‘Dark Side of the Gym’

As a chronic gym avoider I can fuck with the title of this song hard. Of course, because it’s a The National song it’s an elegant, subtley put together slowburner complete with an equally considered and well put together music video that’ll start tugging on your heart strings as soon as that key change comes in around the three minute mark.

Graham Coxon – ‘Falling’

Damon Albarn might be galavanting around the world with Gorillaz but we all know that Graham Coxon was Blur’s real MVP. His new single, ‘Falling’ was penned by Luke Daniel, a friend of Coxon’s who took his own life last year, it’s a touching ode to the struggle to make it through darker periods of our life. All the proceeds from its release will go to the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

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