Mali Hayes ft. LayFullStop: Oceans

Beautiful sounds from Mali Hayes, on her new single, Oceans. Having recently made a fantastic appearance on the final Foreign Beggars album, the singer-songwriter now turns her focus back towards her city, with a track alongside fellow Manchester artist and blog favourite, LayFullStop. The song was produced by RKW.

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First Word Records: Two Syllables Volume Sixteen (Stream)

A great selection of music here, as First Word Records wheel out their latest end of year compilation. For Two Syllables, DJ Gilla compiled a number of tracks that have been released by First Word artists over the last 12 months, including gems from Don Leisure, Darkhouse Family and 14KT, as well as a brand new song from Manchester soul-rap duo, Children of Zeus. You can stream the selection in full below and free downloads are available via Bandcamp.

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Free Nationals: Free Nationals (Stream)

Beautiful sounds from the Free Nationals, as they release their joyously soulful debut album. As you would expect the self-titled LP features an impressive support cast, including reggae vocalist, Chronixx, The Internet’s, Syd, and the man responsible for first bringing them to my attention, Anderson .Paak. You can stream a few tracks from the album below, including the Syd-assisted, Shibuya. Full downloads are available via Bandcamp.

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Seanie T ft. Roots Manuva, Rodney P, Blak Twang, Ragga Twins, Tony D & More: Veterans

Absolute monster of a track from Seanie T, as he gathers up fellow veterans from across the genres for this sprawling posse cut. The list of participants is impressive, with more years of service than I can count, under their collective belts. Roots Manuva, Rodney P, Blak Twang, Ragga Twins, Tony D, Ty, MC Creed, Hill Street Soul and Ricky Rankin are just a few of the 20+ artists involved, all backed up by some nice production from DJ Suro and Seanie T. Veterans is lifted from Seanie’s Rough, Rugged & Smooth album, which saw its release earlier this year.

Gardna ft. Omar: Good Time Not A Long Time

A soulful energetic cut from Gardna, as he releases a video for the title track from his upcoming solo LP. On Good Time Not A Long Time, the Bristol MC has enlisted the ample talents of veteran soul singer, Omar, along with some fine production from Brad Baloo of The Nextmen. The video was made by Chris Lucas. More news on the album soon.