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 new music that we think you should hear.
Following the drop of ‘Blacked Out’ in August, a single that showcased the young emcee’s talent, AJ Tracey drops his Secure The Bag EP, with the pre-released teaser track serving as an album opener. With any grime records guest bars are a given, and AJ has borrowed bars from some of the best in the game, with 67 taking on verses in ‘Tour Team’, a single recounting tour tales and both JME and Denzel Curry are included in track ‘Alakazam’, a spellbinding track that switches between tempos and flows with ease. That’s not all in terms of guests, as the one and only R&B legend Craig David takes on the mellow grand finale of ‘You Don’t Know Me’, and his soulful tones sing the leading hook, adding a stark contrast to Tracey’s vicious spitting. He might just have dropped one of his first full length releases, but the undeniable talent of AJ Tracey is well and truly sold in this EP.
AJ Tracey heads out to perform these fresh new tracks live, taking on Bristol’s Motion on Wednesday 25th October, before joining the likes of My Nu Leng and SASASAS for a Detonate Halloween party on Saturday 28th October at O2 Academy Sheffield. On actual Halloween, which this year falls on Tuesday 31st October, AJ Tracey takes his Secure the Bag tour to sold out Brighton’s Concorde 2.
Photo courtesy of AJ Tracey
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