This. THIS! This is why we rate Sam Kay. A few years back, his freestyles – in conjunction with his Jump Off successes – were what truly put him on the map. He’s most definitely back in the groove now, and note that he’s labelled this a “Refix” – it’s entirely appropriate as his verses are substantially better than J.Cole’s original efforts, and Kay’s diction is simply impeccable. He’s releasing freestyle videos; he’s tearing down Jump Off again (just for a laugh); he’s got a collaboration with golden boy Arjun coming soon. It’s safe to say that Sam is back. (Reviewed by Jesal)
Every now and then, an artist releases something so precious and stunning that it makes you realise they’ve simply perfected music – so really, there is no point carrying on. Siy is that guy. “Summertime” – filmed on location at South Shields Beach, no less – effectively means that music can only go downhill from now. We can merely presume that the beat was surely produced by David Guetta, with a percussive rhythm that will set speakers quite literally aflame. Siy delivers a tour de force, with his pitch perfect cadence, breath control, lyrical aptitude and sheer confidence on the microphone. As he says in the outro: “It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, fat, skinny, let’s get together and enjoy the weather.” This deep philosophical musing is the equivalent of encapsulating the DNA of mankind in a single grain of sand, and we now realise that Siy is the leader we’ve all yearned for. (Many thanks to S Sid Ahmed for alerting us).
PS – It seems we made a typo with the score, and it’s actually 1.0. Apologies.