New music Friday: fresh tracks from Nia Archives, SL and more!

This week kicks off with a brand-new set of releases from a wide variety of artists who have made waves across the industry. With a selection of tracks from some people you might know and some you will just be getting introduced to, let us take a look at Kindred's top picks of the week.

Nia Archives - 18 & Over

Sampling Cocoa Tea's 1987 Reggae track "Young Lover", Nia Archives sprinkles her own energetic twist on this jungle and drum and bass track for our sound system lovers. Whilst she injects the track with her own vocals and pays homage to her Jamaican heritage, Nia Archives also included trippy visuals that reference rave culture, directed by TaliaBle. "We kept things even more local by asking Hackney native Mark Solution if we could set up his wicked ‘Solution Soundsystem’ - It was an honour to feature it in my video. There are also some references to the original record that I sampled for viewers to spot," Nia Archives says.

SL - Playtime

South-London rapper, SL returns with new single "Playtime", fit with a stop motion figurine of himself as well as portraying childhood dreams. The single has SL continuing to lead his pathway within grime and drill whilst portraying a toy story-esque visual that has the masked musician delving into his artistic side as well as showcasing his regular tough bars. The single come after his most recent EP, Selhurst SE25, which was produced by American artist Kenny Beats.

Nix Northwest - The Occasional L

Taken from his debut album, Xin's Disappearance, Nix Northwest returns with a new single that combines sounds of jazz, hip-hop and soul. From having a hugely successful run with his debut EP Life's A Bitch, I Just Need An Early Night, his earlier released single "Drive Slow" and now "The Occasional L", has created a buzz within the underground hip-hop scene, with his dedicated fans eagerly awaiting his album release. This track, produced by himself, showcases his remarkable talent for music making as well as a strong pen game.

Mura Masa - 2gether

British producer, Mura Masa released his first single since his album R.Y.C which debuted in 2020 with a lo-fi vibe, featuring vocals from Gretel Hänlyn. Whilst this new track introduces a new chapter for the producer, he incorporates an electronic feel for this new song.

Giggs - Differences/Innocent

Collaborating with Brooklyn rapper Rowdy Rebel, Giggs unveiled the double single "Differences" and "Innocent" which comes after his Now Or Never mixtape, which was released in 2020. With both tracks sitting alongside visuals shot in New York, and his feature from Drake's More Life back in 2017, Giggs has continued to strive in the US grime scene and remains a classic back at home here in the UK.