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Step On: the week’s best new music tracks [Feb 5th]

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New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week.

Carly Wilford ‘Generation X’
The popular RinseFM presenter gets around to learning her craft in the recording studio, and here is her debut single. Carly Wilford has made her name in the London underground house scene, but actually grew up in Northants. This is proper four-to-the-floor club material, with guest Mr. V vibing about EDM culture. Glow sticks are mandatory for waving to this one.

props ‘Domino’
The super-rich buy bunkers whilst there’s food shortages, and climate change threatens us all. Our man in Wellingborough response is to “disappear”. Who can blame him. This ’90s lo-fi emo-rock song is just 90 seconds long! There’s no fat here: it’s straight to the point, steals your heart, and leaves you a lovely ear-worm in its place.

NIGHT / MOVES & Maddox Jones ‘All For You’
Lending his big pop vocals to the Danish electronic duo, Northampton leg end Jones shows just why he is so in demand. Melodic, soaring, loved up: just what we need in our water to get us over the interminably boring hibernation period. Imagine hearing this at full volume in a field. Feels good, huh.

E Double U ‘Ain’t On it’
Celebrating his third mixtape Silver Lining, the Northampton/London rapper teams up with KP Beatz for this mad, bad and dangerous track. Undeniably a talent, the track purely bounces along, and is a good representation of a quality parent album that draws mostly from grime, but also plenty of dancehall too. Props for referencing a “posh ting from Banbury” on this one, that raised a smile.

Rawza ‘Aura’
Wellingborough is a new frontier for grime in the past year, and one of the finest is this gentlemen. Already a regular sound on 1Xtra and RinseFM, his sound here is almost bassline here, courtesy of celebrated Kettering producer Young Chencs. It’s hard to ignore something this sharp.

Krankhead ‘Hadouken’
“We don’t take shit like Vladimir Putin”. And why should they with skills like this? Great rhymes from your man Patchy, backed by some serious fullness from producer Mio Flux. Three singles in and it feels like there’s so much more to come. They need the stage back soon though; they are a fine draw in getting the party started.

TradArrr ‘Staunton Whale’
The Midlands folk-rock amalgamation roar into 2021 with third album, Strange News. All their strengths are evident on the latest single from said album, featuring proper medieval riffage, and backed by an ensemble as tight as they come. Much revered for all the right reasons, this is community music at a time when coming together emotionally feels absolutely essential.

Remieworld feat. Vince Law and SKCH ‘Slimes’
Brutal outing from the young Northampton area trio. Edgy like Dizzee and slowthai, using dark beats as the bed for some seriously strong tag-team bars. It’s hard to know who is the best player; they are all showing exactly what they are about in full effect. Feels like we’ll be closing out the year with their names on everyone’s lips.

Jess Orestano ‘Hey You’
The charming Northants singer-songwriter doesn’t release a lot of recorded music, so when she does you pay attention. This one is lovely drive-time radio pop-rock. Imagine cruising a coastal road in 30 degree heat – and this song is blasting the cobwebs away. Feels good, huh? You’ll soon be back to dark February lockdown BrexitLand in a moment – unless you hit repeat.

RB Capone ‘Capone Zone’
Hard working Corby lad deserves a lot of credit for keeping the quality high. If you like a bit of Stormzy/Lil Peep-style beats with club bass he delivers. Plenty of old-skool hip-hop vibes creeping through too; love it.

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