New Music: Accurate, Wangechi, Valentine Ziki, Jarel + J_Kali

Accurate – Throwback

Hip-hop collective  The Switch Up are gearing up for the release of their TSU mixtape set for early October. To add to the tracks from the mixtape that are already out is Throwback by Crew Teflon’s BV Accurate. He hops on beats from Joey Bada$$’ Waves  off his 1999 mixtape with some entertaining Kenyan-centric lyrics covering everything from Al-Shabaab, mob justice, youth’s disillusionment to dirty politics. Oh, and there’s a Maya Angelou tribute somewhere in there as well.  Watch the video above.

Wangechi – Play + Attention Shopper

Currently the most popular female rapper around these parts after the success of her Consume mixtape, Wangechi is hard at work trying to complete her self-titled debut album whose release had to be pushed forward from December 2013 to a yet to be disclosed date. The singles from the album have began to trickle in, all produced by Kevin Provoke.  Have a listen to Play and Attention Shopper below. 

Valentine Ziki – Get It

Speaking of Kevin Provoke, the producer is also responsible for a glorious new track by Valentine Ziki entitled Get It.  With a sound slightly reminiscent of Pharell’s Happy, it has Provoke’s signature reverb style all over it. Check it out below. 

Jarel – Fairy Tales + Let Go

Jarel has teamed up with Jim Chuchu for what they call The Plus Minus Collection which is basically a bunch of hard to define tracks that play around with elements of jazz, soul and folk genres. With a plan to release a new song each month until October 2014, the tracks out so far include the haunting Fiary Tales and Let Go, all available for streaming on Bandcamp with a name-your-price purchase option. 

J_Kali – Hero

For his solo project called Star Gazer, Crew Teflon’s J_Kali drops some heavy bars on Hero which uses a sample of Regina Spektor’s Hero. it’s no wonder that Crew Teflon and TSU are on our 2014 Watch List