January is usually a dull month in the music industry, but there are already plenty of tracks bouncing around. That said, these are some dark, winter tracks.
The Bug feat. Flowdan – Dirty
With only a radio rip from Rinse FM to go on for the minute, ‘Dirty’ is taken from The Bug’s upcoming EP for Ninja Tune, Filthy. Flowdan gives us some real talk over The Bug’s murky beat, “How comes everything’s pricey? Why don’t my wife even like me?” This is the first track to even get a radio rip, so watch out for the collab with Danny Brown too.
Dub Phizix & Skittles – I’m A Creator
After the success of ‘Marka’ comes this collab with Sheffield MC Skittles, ‘I’m A Creator’. The beat is insane, and Skittles’ quick flow sits perfectly on top.
Kalbata – Mi Gun
I put Kalbata’s dark ‘Mi Gun’ remix on my ‘Neva Soft’ mix around a year ago, and he’s now generously giving it away for free on his soundcloud. Taking an old Kartel dubplate, Kalbata flips it into a moody, dubby 80bpm killer.
Major Lazer feat. Busy Signal & Flexican – Bumaye
Major Lazer’s sophomore album is due out this spring, and the full tracklist reveals guest appearances from Vybz Kartel, Leftside, Elephant Man, Timberlee, Shaggy, Ward 21 & Bugle. Though tipped to have a 90s dancehall-fashion themed video (see photo above), the track is far from being on a 90s ragga tip – this one has some big moombah vibes, dutch house breakdown and a catchy brass riff.