5 For Friday: Chronixx, Alina Baraz & More

Music maximises our pleasures and in the deepest moments of our lives it comforts us, too. A heavy collection of songs arrive in the masses this week and we honestly wish we could share all of them, but we’ve still got you with the best of the bunch. Chronixx returns with a must-hear offering in which he makes his claim to the reggae music throne with ‘Dela Move’, which is an undeniably great offering from the artist.

Alina Baraz feat. 6LACK – Morocco

From the outset of Alina Baraz musical journey, the shooting starlet has taken strides to maintain her originality. As of such, the tracks from her collaborative project with Galimatias was an organic extension of self. Today, ‘Morocco’ finds our songstress share a brand new single and hitch a ride with 6LACK ahead of her debut album It Was Divine.

‘Morocco’ is a passionate showing form Alina Baraz who makes herself a slave to her lover. Dante Jones and Spencer Stewart play surgeon on this co-production in which they subtract an electric bassline and merge it with major scale keys to arrive at a mesmerising ending. 6LACK adds onto his streak of features on ‘Morocco’ in which he lavishes in the romantic moments spent in the the North African haven.

Terrell Hines – Feel Good

If you can look past his post-apocalyptic outfit then you’ll find that there’s more than what meets the eye with Terrell Hines. An alt-pop seer creating the sound of the future with his vivid soundscapes, sampling elements of deep soul and avant-punk. ‘Feel Good’ provokes listeners to seek self-fulfilment in a time and place where the world is filled with gloom.

Staying true to the cutting edge production, the Possum Hill directed video is set against a blood red backdrop flanked by two feminine silhouettes. Shooting synths set the score on an alternative path and eventually transitions into a gospel rhythm. ‘Feel Good’ slips through a multitude of genres shifting through compositions like Mystique clocking through different bodies. Hines’ pure vocals contrasts against the swaying tambourines, snazzy horns and inarticulate cries. Coming off of his St. Mark Rd EP you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise when you press play.

Mndsgn & Sofie – Abeja

Raised on a healthy diet of hip-hop and gospel music, Mndsgn has gained a reputation as an outstanding producer on the sunny shores of LA. Striving to hit you with the realness with his sound which is defined by its rawness, ‘Abeja’ receives a perky visual treatment courtesy of the Stone’s Throw producer himself.

To pick up the torch and walk the path alongside the label behind the behemoth Madlib is no job for any ordinary producer. Mndsgn works some magic on this beat which is plunged into the thralls of lo-fi era hip-hop. ‘Abeja’ boasts a sample with a mellow breakbeat intertwined with authentic piano keys which siphon into thin puffs of smoke. Mndsgn works away like a gallery curator and pieces together sounds with plucked strings blending seamlessly into the production. The visual rolls through a sunny strip of California and follows Mndsgn and Sofie chopping it up with friends, cruising round the town.

Octavian feat. Skepta – Papi Chulo

Last time Octavian and Skepta linked up on a track they gave us the headbanger ‘Bet’ which ran laps around the masses. Once again, the duo follow up with a sequel to their last number with a flirtatious score entitled ‘Papi Chulo’ in which they break down their sinister yet enticing pursuit of love.

It feels like love is a bit of an understatement, however, you ought to think different once the sultry guitar melody sweeps in full circle. Skepta vernacular shifts between English and Spanish, but doesn’t stretch further than popular phrases as he starts on a rigid sung rap entry. The lone salsa strings launches into a trifecta crushed up by bass and haunted flute billows. Octavian high-pitched ad libs pop up like a bunch of pesky moles nipping out of multiple holes. With a verse that is as equally intoxicated as his delivery, the Essie Gang rapper attempts to recall last night antics over duet of claps and auto-tuned wails.

Chronixx – Dela Move

Jamaica by definition is an oxymoron and considering the sheer size of the nation its impact is colossal. As chart-topping singers and pop icons clamour towards Jamaican art forms such as dancehall and reggae, Chronixx guards the throne with his new-age reggae fusion.

Far from your usual Chronixx trudges into deeper and darker terrain, as hollow drum beats and dastardly slick horns induce your ears into ‘Dela Move’. Chronixx motions through the sinister production and attacks it with the grit of a hip-hop MC on the bass-boosted hook. The Spanish Town native puts his city on the map and plots ahead of the release of his second album, Dela Splash.