With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
Following a continuous, steady stream of single releases, AJ Tracey has finally dropped his eponymous debut album. Teases of the rapper’s undeniable talent have been showcased in these stand out singles, as his completely unique take on the grime genre offers a fresh and interesting variation of the beats and bars combination, with his latest album drop consistently offering exactly the same. Tracks that lend a hand from fellow emceeing talents add even more variation to his premier record, with grime peer Not3s delivering lyrics in ‘Butterflies’, New York rapper Jay Critch adding a US hip hop feel to ‘Necklace’ and ‘The Landlord’ Giggs taking the tempo down to his staple beat that oozes cool and calm. AJ Tracey has always delivered his own brand of rap with an air of confidence - but never arrogance - and so long as he’s producing belter records like this one, we hope he continues to do so.
AJ Tracey joins the Lost & Found lineup in May as Annie Mac hosts him and a long list of other top acts in St Paul’s Bay of Malta from Thursday 2nd - Monday 6th May. On the first weekend of June it’s Parklife Festival’s turn to host the MC, as Tracey will be delivering his bars to Heaton Park crowds on Saturday 8th June. On August Bank Holiday weekend, the multi-genre Leeds Festival will also host AJ Tracey.
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