Nicolay feat. Black Spade: “I Am the Man”

I’m on a bit of a singles kick of late, and, thanks to HBO, my wife has been a bit of a Singles kick. Big difference. Anyway, in Arizona, when the weather cools down and you can drive with windows down without scorching your skin, I want to listen to hip-hop. Cool breeze, heavy beats. It’s the best.

This track, by Dutch producer Nicolay, is exactly the kind of song I want, with its mesmerizing keyboard loop that rides lovely on that steady beat. It comes off his full-length debut, Here, which you can stream, um, here. His production feels textured and far from exclusionary, as Here jumps between hip-hop and R&B without being offensive to either.

Nicolay feat. Black Spade | I Am the Man (via World’s Fair)

Thanks to Gorilla vs. Bear for stalking RJD2’s MySpace page and letting us know that RJ is streaming his new single, You Never Had it So Good, from his forthcoming album, The Third Hand (due out March 6 on XL).

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