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2015 Published: November 18, 2015 Updated: February 19, 2019  |  WORDS: Hana Kim

5 Tracks for This Week’s Grind: Mean, Tracing Silhouettes, Snakehips ft. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper and More

Got too turnt up over the weekend at our SELF-MADE party? Here are some tracks that could help with nursing your hangovers.

1) Mean, “Emotions”

The myth of the dearth of hip-hop artists in Singapore may very soon be overturned by a new wave of wavy artists who have come out of our shores. One such is Mean who’s just about to release his newest album, NSFW: Not Safe For Work, this Saturday, November 21st. The album, created by Mean along with the young, talented beatmakers from H Y B R D T H R Y, promises to be “a musical trip laced with distinct blend of hazy hip-hop beats and rhymes”. If “Emotions” is anything to go by, NSFW  will probably hit a spot. Forward-looking, with a hint of A$AP Rocky thrown into the mix, “Emotions” and by extension, NSFW, are poised to present themselves as some really cool tingz.

2) Tracing Silhouettes, “¥$Ħ”

Next on this mix is music from another Singaporean, Tracing Silhouettes (Norman Tay), who’s a one-man, one-bedroom music project. He plays around with hip-hop and ambient sounds across his tracks, though he usually opts for a freeform style production. This track in particular samples an older-than-dust song “Ye Shanghai” mixed in with other orientalesque soundscapes, along with chill hop elements. Overall, we’re diggin’ it.

3) fLako ft. Dirg Grener, “Lonely Town”

Probably the best song pick for late night drives. The chill vibes and RnB beats are accentuated with the sounds of mellow vocals, making this a seriously soulful track.

4) Snakehips ft. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper, “All My Friends”

This hype collaboration finally dropped a video to accompany the track and boy was it worth the wait. The London-based pair put together a mellow RnB beat with hints of nu-wave bass that’s all in all the ideal 3am party anthem song you’ll find yourself still singing even when the party’s over.

5) Conrad Sewell, “Hold Me Up (Cash+David Remix)”

You’d probably notice Conrad Sewell’s infectious vocals from Kygo’s hit song, “Firestone”, that made waves this summer. Electro-pop British duo has done themselves justice with this remix of his debut single. Stripping down his raspy voice, they made this Aussie summer lovin’ track fit for the gritty city with a heady beat and a slight touch of trap.