Jams of the Week: 808ink, Anuka, Hana, Shama Rahman, Third Smoke

This week we’re rolling with 808ink, break­ing off scrubs with Hana, and sum­mon­ing the water spir­its with Shama Rah­man.

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‘Come Down’ by 808ink

South Lon­don crew 808ink (pic­tured) have come through with a tight selec­tion of neon-tinged hip hop on their major label debut, When I’m About, You’ll Know. It’s all bot­tles, rhymes and good times with pro­duc­er 808Charmer and rap­per Mum­blez Black Ink. ‘Flex­ing’ side A and B, and  ‘Handy’ are all bang­ing tunes. But it’s the man-with-plan machis­mo of ‘Come Down’ that we can’t get enough of. It’s a like A Tribe Called Quest-Bus­ta Rhymes jam for the grime era. Trust: the flex is strong with this one.

‘Used’ by Anuka

Anu­ka is mak­ing art of per­son­al anguish. ‘Used’ is Anuka’s expres­sion of how her obses­sion for some­one else caused her to lose her sense of self-worth. singer, song­writer and pro­duc­er from the Nether­lands. Sound­ing like Annie Lennox meets Dido and a rhyth­mic ten­sion, we’re here for this pop therapy.

‘Personal (feat. Hana)’ by London Rebels

Lon­don Rebels (aka LDNRBS) is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pline arts col­lec­tive, and are best known right now for its radio show of the same name – broad­cast on PulseRa­dio. Last month, they released Shades Reloaded – an updat­ed ver­sion of their 2017 project, show­cas­ing new music by UK R&B and hip hop artists. It’s worth giv­ing the whole thing a spin on Sound­Cloud. But if you only lis­ten to one track, check out Per­son­al fea­tur­ing Hana for some slow, smoky break-up music that’s some­where between Janet Jack­son and Kali Uchis.

‘Personal Grey’ by Shama Rahman

If you’ve had a par­tic­u­lar­ly exhaust­ing day, the lan­guid embrace of Shama Rah­man’s reflec­tive songs is nour­ish­ing. Cush­ioned by hyp­not­ic gui­tar and sitar music, Rah­man speaks this calm­ing vocal medi­a­tion into being. Hear more of Rahman’s gor­geous music on her Truth BeTold EP.

‘Maya’ by Third Smoke

Irish rock­ers Third Smoke caught our ear recent­ly with ‘Maya’. If there’s one thing that U2, The Script and Imag­ine Drag­ons all share it’s a knack for anthemic crowd-pleasers with big chords and big cho­rus­es. These fel­las are chas­ing down that ener­gy with admirable gus­to. Give the group’s Maybe in Time EP a listen.

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Image: cour­tesy of 808ink