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Five For Friday is back again with 5 releases from the past week you should pay attention to.

Five for Friday is back again giving you 5 great tracks/projects for your Friday. Friday is essentially the most important day of the week musically, and typically a lot of music drops on Friday’s. Friday is the day that the official charts are announced letting us know who holds the coveted number one position. To make life a little easier this Friday we are giving you 5 of our top picks that have recently dropped to start off your weekend listening.

Mecca Erica – Deeply

Mecca Erica makes her 2021 debut with ‘Deeply’ following on from a strong 2020 which saw her being championed by the likes of Apple Music 1, BBC 1Xtra, and Spotify. On ‘Deeply’ she once again proves why she is a name that people should be paying attention to even though she’s so early on her journey. Her silky vocals glide over the ethereal, percussion led production in a way that invites you into the tracks world. It is a real sublime pairing and that’s without mentioning how well she conveys emotion through her use of melodies. Mecca is an exciting addition to what seems like a newly invigorated UK R&B scene.

UKNWN – Dance 4 Me

UKNWN is someone that deserves more credit than he currently gets, and hopefully, after having signed to Relentless last year 2021 is the year we’ll see a bigger push. The Trap/Wave artist has kicked off 2021 with a strong release in ‘Dance 4 Me’ and given it an excellent visual pairing. It’s the first video in a little while we’ve had from UKNWN that wasn’t heavily animated but the production value remains extremely high with this one and we even get to see UKNWN without a balaclava. The track itself is mellow but still has a bounce to it and is one of those songs that makes sense in almost every context you could want to listen to it.

Yaw Tog ft. Stormzy & Kwesi Arthur – Sore (Remix)

Yaw Tog is the new face of the Drill movement in Africa in no small part down to his smash hit ‘Sore’. Last night we got the remix to the track and he enlisted a local favourite in Kwesi Arthur as well as a heavyweight from the Ghanian diaspora in the form of Stormzy. For the still teenage star to have received that kind of international co-sign is huge for him but it is only right with how talented he’s already shown that he is alongside his ability to do numbers. The feature has been teased for a long time so to finally see the end product and the fact everyone delivered makes the radio silence since it was teased worth it. If you liked the original or didn’t catch it make sure you spin this remix.

Drake – Scary Hours 2

Drake gives us a surprise drop and it isn’t the long-awaited Certified Lover Boy. Instead, he has given us the sequel to his 2018 EP Scary Hours, the 2018 offering featured the chart dominating ‘God’s Plan’, and the follow up is a good teaser of what’s to come. The three-track EP does a good job of hinting at the direction the new album will be going in but also cements the fact that Drake’s pen is still sharp. The standout record on Scary Hours 2 has to be ‘Lemon Pepper Freestyle’ featuring lemon pepper’s most high profile endorser, Rick Ross. The smooth production on that alongside the two stars trading slick wordplay across well-crafted verses is a reminder that the duo coming together is a real recipe for success. Hopefully, we don’t have too long of a wait left until we hear the Canadian’s 6th studio album.

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Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – Leave The Door Open

Silk Sonic make their highly anticipated debut and it is just as glorious as fans would want it to be. The combination of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak really does just make sense, the pairs styles are extremely complimentary of each other whilst still remaining distinct which helps provide variety. If ‘Leave The Door Open’ is the first track of an upcoming project we are in for great things from Silk Sonic. This track feels like it’s production is slightly more Bruno Mars’s bag so it will be interesting to see how the two continue to develop their sounds and if this will mean we’ll hear Bruno Mars over production a bit more typical of Anderson .Paak. Either way, we need to hear more from the duo’s Silk Sonic collaboration. 

You can check out the previous Five For Friday here.

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