5 For Friday: Jesse James Solomon, p-rallel & More

We can’t get enough of the good music that’s dropped today, so much music, but so little time to listen to it all. We can finally say PARTYNEXTDOOR is back after being away for a good part of the year, returning with two new singles — The News and Loyal feat. Drake — which you’ve got to hear right now. You’re in for a special treat with this week’s round of sounds including a collaboration in the guise of Not3s and Blade Brown as well as the genre-pushing DJ and producer p-rallel who tags Lava La Rue. Get your weekly dose of good music below and thank us later.


PARTYNEXTDOOR breaks his silence with a double dose of records to seal 2019 in a truly enigmatic fashion. A new track entitled ‘The News’ arrives alongside ‘Loyal’ featuring Drake amidst rumours of a new project, ‘Club Atlantis.’

‘The News’ boasts the enigmatic qualities of the Canadian crooner who hops on an alternative R&B offering produced by Bizness Boi and Hoskins. It’s a moody sonic which lumps choppy hi-hats and mellow piano chords with Party’s pensive pen, in which he casts his gaze back to an unhealthy relationship. In this life you’ve got to pick your poision and it seems like Party would rather overdose in misery of what is love.

Jesse James Solomon feat. Giggs – Tit For Tat

Two generations of South London rappers, past and present, connect on ‘Tit For Tat’, as Jesse James Solomon and Giggs trade bars over a trippy onslaught whipped up by Farhot.

Black Butter’s newest signee, Jesse James takes a crack at the mid-tempo beat, which he rides with a bounce unique to his sound. Rhyming over percussive patterns ‘Tit For Tat’ contrasts a fizzling synth line with a smoky string-led bridge in a what could only be perceived as organised chaos. Jesse James’ rap lines find him dabbling between trap and rap, while Giggs alludes to his crazy lifestyle in signature style.

p-rallel – 99 Ft. Lava La Rue

p-allel unites with rapper and NiN8 co-member Lava La Rue on ’99’, which sits on his latest EP ‘In Due Time.’ On their collaborative effort, the duo give us a glimpse into the underground and tantalise our ears with an eclectic combo of sounds.

‘99’ is a song that personifies all the finer qualities of classic rave culture, as p-rallel treats us to a musical blend of sounds which will get you on to your feet. Lava La Rue handles hook duty and delivers a verse which finds her cruising through a whirlpool production boasting a clutter of percussion and minimal electronic keys. Urging you to practice what you preach, Lava La Rue indulges in some good ol’ self-love.

GRM Daily, Not3s & Blade Brown – Cash Train

To commemorate the heights that ‘urban’ music has reached over the years, GRM Daily enlist Not3s and Blade Brown to mark their ten year run with a compilation tape.

Opening up the fray with hollow vibrations wavering in-and-out of the production, Not3s delivers a smooth melody with his soft tone croons. Blade Brown swaggers in with his rugged delivery which contrast against early 2000’s era Neptune production. With direction by our own Ray Fiasco, both Not3s and Blade Brown casually run through their contributions in the glimmer of neon lights and red panels with cameos from Posty & Remedee.

Joe Hertz – Cross My Mind feat. Sophie Faith

Joe Hertz closes out 2019 with one last offering in which he recruits Sophie Faith to add a neo-soul touch on ‘Cross My Mind.’ Following on from ‘One Sided’ featuring Kaleem Taylor, this cut is a jazzy selection which is sure to leave you on a high.

‘Cross My Mind’ offers warm vibrations and features a rich set of instrumentation that include glossy piano keys, funk-laden strings and a horn section which oozes with juicy flavour. Sophie Faith’s sleek vocals find her revolving around the themes of love and the infatuation that come with getting caught in its web.