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Mind Enterprises, musical project of Italian 27-year-old Andrea Tirone, is on the roster of Because Music, the record label also home to the likes of Metronomy and Django Django.  And I think the sort of music one might expect of an artist belonging to that roster is almost exactly the kind of music that Mind Enterprises’ ‘My Girl’ EP showcases.

I mean that in a very positive way, overall – it’s an EP that boasts that sparse yet complex brand of thoughtfully produced electronic pop that’s just a little bit strange.  Lead single ‘My Girl’ is full of fun, vibrant splashes of synths; weirdly, nicely intricate layers of his falsetto vocals and light as air, glitchy, shuffling beats.  Recently announced second single, ‘Morning Lie’ has a kind of tropical tinge with spirals of rich, hazy instrumentation and beats that jump all over the place.  Then ‘New Underground’ slowly shimmers and crescendos into another woozy dance number while ’74’ is all scratchy, fun beats with some more lovely swathes of melody.

It’s that brand of alternative, eccentric electropop that everyone seems to be loving right now and rightly so – for now, it’s a fresh, exciting sound and style.  I guess I just can’t help but wonder if this sort of glitchy, sparse pop is going to get a bit stale soon.  For now, at least, Mind Enterprises has a delightful little EP under his belt.

The ‘My Girl’ EP is out now on Because Music, and you can buy it here.

beachhiphop

I have no idea what the weather is like where you are, but the past two days have been kind of wonderful and sunny where I am and it got me thinking about how great that Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie summer mixtape is.  A friend first introduced it to me last September but remarked that it was really best enjoyed in the summer – and certainly I’ve been realising this past month that it’s a real nice place to start your soundtrack for a sunny day.  But for those of you compiling your own summer playlists and looking to go further, here are five more fairly randomly selected hip-hop songs which are not so well known but which I think are excellent for blasting out beneath those sunny blue skies:

1) Mobb Deep ft. Nas – ‘It’s Mine’

Breezy nonchalance with beautiful, light instrumentation (with what I think is a sample from Scarface?) and smooth lyrics – especially from Nas – this would be so great to cruise along scenic routes with the windows rolled down.  Excellent little tune (though it is admittedly hard to not think of that similarly great Brandy and Monica tune during the chorus).

2) M.I.A. – ‘Amazon’

As far as I’m concerned M.I.A. has enough elements of hip-hop to be considered as an artist of said genre and I’m a big fan of this lady – possibly because she’s South Asian and cool and artsy and I’m South Asian and wish I was cool and artsy.  I digress.  This little tropical-tinged beauty from ‘Arular’ twinkles with sunshine, wild, jungle beats and lyrics alluding to those sweet little Rubicon juice boxes.

3) Tupac ft. Snoop Dogg – ‘If There’s A Cure’ 

My flatmates of the past year will attest to the fact that I play this song a lot.  Like, probably an annoying amount.  That brilliant, lazy bass line, the (not unexpected) incredible flow from both artists and that chorus.  “If there’s a cure for this, I don’t want it, I don’t need it” – so simple but so sublime.  Lounge around in the sun and have a little bop at a barbecue to this.  Ahhh.

4) 213 – ‘So Fly’ 

213 were a veritable hip-hop supergroup with Nate Dogg, Warren G and Snoop Dogg, and this song is kind of great.  The orchestral sample is delicate but joyous, the vocals are all soft and smooth and in general it just has a nice, chilled vibe for a sunny day.

5) Kendrick Lamar ft. Dr. Dre – ‘Compton’

My current favourite to turn on and turn up and generally jive to when the sun is out – absolutely glorious brass fanfares and a euphoric chorus, I do not live in a place with any cities nor have I ever been to the much lauded Compton but there’s still something so perfect about that refrain of “ain’t no city quite like mine”.  The Kool and the Gang sample is so nicely executed too and the way the song builds up in general is just fantastic.  Happy days of sunshine encapsulated.

Yeah, needless to say, I have a whole lot of love for hip-hop in the summer.