Hot Mix 5: Werkha, Fela Kuti, Snakehips and a Free Download

House, garage afrobeat and RnB make up the best new tracks out there this week.
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House, garage afrobeat and RnB make up the best new tracks out there this week.


Werkha - Lapwing

Another mad talented kid from up north, Werkah has already been championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, with his bouncy jazzy productions sounding far older than his years. Definitely a name to listen out for in the future, wouldn't be surprised if this ended up on somewhere like Eglo.

Snakehips - On and On 

This track will come into its own once we do finally get a bit of sunshine. Hazy RnB sensibilities with charmingly low key production. Big BBQ vibes and a honey dripped vocal, you can't lose.

Low Steppa - Up All Night

The exploration of that middle ground between house and garage shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Why should it when producers keep knocking bastard brilliant tunes like this out for fun. Low Steppa's latest EP on Simma Black is pretty much all killer, but this is the pick of the bunch.

Neuropol - Dusky Brights (Free Download)

Another bass talent coming out of Bristol, this track from Neuropol has its roots in the dark, grimy basement clubs of the west country. Dubstep may have progressed into 'post-dubstep' or 'future' something or other, but those dark sensibilities can still work in 2013. This is available as a free download.

 Fela Kuti - Shakara (Ossie's Bump Edit)

Been hearing loads of afrobeat out over the last few months. This re-rub of the brilliant Fela Kuti track is enough to get you bouncing up and down the road at any time of day. Block party vibes.