After a month out to make way for our 10 British rap releases of 2017, the Offie Playlist returns, bringing you a selection of Soundcloud tracks to sample a sound of January.
We’ve got hip-hop, both instrumental and otherwise, some jazzy shit, some soul and more, with one theme here being that these are acts to look out for in 2018.
slowthai – T N BISCUITS
We’re starting it with some hype. Not just in that this song will get you feeling that way, but in that there’s a lot of hype around this guy right now.
23-years-old and hailing from Northampton Town, slowthai is evidence of the original sounding and insanely talent rappers that exist outside of London. 2018 will see him get very big.
Lord Apex – GAS
Lord Apex has been making noise on Soundcloud for some time and picking up a huge following and in doing so.
This is a straight-up hip-hop banger. With a really fucking catchy hook, the guy’s London accent comes through so nice and the GXNIUS produced instrumental accents the whole thing perfectly.
Toshiro Steel – don’t wait up (featuring Kosi Tides)
Coming from the Norf, Toshiro’s always elegant production on this one gives you a sample of the solo tape that The NorthAze’s Kosi Tides put out this month.
The NorthAze – Brew Talk
Speaking of The NorthAze, Kosi and Swish put out this tune to kick-off their 2018. Aided by slick visuals, this video and this track has been on heavy rotation in this first month of the year.
Pertrelli – I Lay
Staying up North, Petrelli gave us a sample of what he’s got in store for the year ahead. Chilling with producers ranging from the Yogocop boys to the legendary Lead Dog in recent weeks, this guy’s putting in work that we hope will pay off for Trelli this year. Serious talent.
Renelle 983 – Goodnight Kiss (featuring Dapo)
Renelle came to our attention when appearing on a set courtesy of Brighton grime selector, OB-1, killing it alongside Ramzey on radio. However, Renelle’s true calling seems to be a more hip-hop vibe, slowing it down for this little rap ballad.
With credit to Dapo who sings a very peng hook, we look forward to hearing some more from Renelle – particularly whilst he’s still studying down our way in Brighton.
Oscar Jerome – Smile on a Screen (featuring James Massiah)
This song is an absolute journey, experimenting with genres and tempos as it works it’s way through five minutes of listening please. Oscar Jerome’s whole recently released EP is great, bringing some jazzy, funky elements to this project just like he brought to The Great Escape festival where we saw him last summer.
A feature from James Massiah wraps up this amazing track from one of the artists of 2017, sure to carry on killing it in 2018 as the Where Are Your Branches? EP suggests.
Puma Blue – Only Trying 2 Tell U
Puma Blue looks to be another gem to emerge from South London, and on this track he invites us into his world with a very emotional, even gentle track.
The young artist is another to keep an eye on this year, putting out Swum Baby in 2017 to decent acclaim. He’s currently spending the start of 2018 on tour and Brighton heads can catch him at The Hope & Ruin in February. Do it.
BaggE – Change It (featuring Willum Maindo)
A lot of people would prefer we did these monthly playlists on Spotify, but songs like this are the reason we do it on Soundcloud.
Can’t quite even recall how this little number emerged in our music sphere, presumably down a pleasant rabbit hole of secret soulful sounds. BaggE kills this chilled out track that was released back in the summer, but with a real warmth to it, it’s a fitting choice for this cold January playlist.
Lex Amor – Transits
You might recognise Lex Amor’s voice from her radio show, Mellowdic on Reprezent. Airing between 11pm and 1am, Lex brings you some of the most perfectly relaxed tracks for the midnight hour, made even calmer by her own presenting voice.
She uses that in her own music, too, as she chills on top of Luke Anthony’s production on this track, Transits. This is another track released in the summer of 2017, but again it’s got that gloopy, gooey warmth that you want this time of year.
IAMDDB – Wonderlust
Keeping on this gentle wave we’ve got going – far removed from where we started with slowthai – here’s a hidden gem from the amazing IAMDDB.
The Manchester trap soultress blew up in 2017 and will continue to do so as 2018 awaits her new music. However, this one from her back catalogue. The first tune we at Offie Mag ever heard by DDB, this has got some serious Badu vibes and needs your ear if you’re new to this special talent.
Bisk – Regal Boys (featuring Stinkin Slumrok)
Taking it back to our usual realm of hip-hop, Bisk is already having a mad 2018.
The Blah kid has two full projects out already, SAUCEMONEY, entirely produced by Sam Zircon, being the one that this banger with Slummy appears on.
Bisk – Nicotine
Having two new projects means that Bisk is entitled to two entries on our January playlist. The way this guy puts out music means that he’ll probably feature on February, March, April, May, June and Julober as well.
Bisk ain’t worried about no nicotine.
Klim Beats – The Downpour
Brighton-based label, Village Live Records put out some of our favourite albums of the year last time out – Remulak, Ded Tebiase and Teal being some of them.
They’ve started 2018 strongly, too, putting their good ear for cripsy production into full effect again by pressing the work of this Ukranian producer, Klim Beats. An atmospheric record from start to finish, we recommend checking out the full album, but The Downpour provides a fine free sample of it.
Mr Slipz – Mic Loud (featuring Vitamin G and Verbz)
Yogocop Records beatmaker, Mr Slipz, has a very dope solo project coming out. His last album was the brilliant Lessons of Adolescence with Verbz who features on this track, as Slipz brings that fire 90s sound to this, the first track released off of ‘It Don’t Stop.’
Check the video for this one as Vitamin G’s gone through the trouble of climbing a basketball hoop to make it a very sick visual – and keep an eye out for a ‘5 minutes with Mr Slipz’ feature coming from us real soon.