On the back of widespread lauding from the likes of VICE, The Fader and many more, we’re delighted to bring you the premiere of Dramas Vol. I: a new mixtape from UK RnB/garage producer and vocalist Stevie Neale.
The mix – which you can stream below – scans like a whirlwind ride through Neale’s influences, past and present. Opening on the rattling, electronic hi-hats and descending synths of Azealia Banks’ ‘Liquorice’ – the closing track from her 1991 EP – Dramas goes on to take in an eclectic selection of cuts, ranging from the smooth, liquid RnB of Ashanti’s ‘Things You Made Me Do’ to the futuristic, smokey post-dubstep of ‘NY is Killing Me’ – taken from Jamie xx’s Gil Scott-Heron remix album We’re New Here.
Proceedings are drawn to a close – in rather appropriate fashion – with the twinkling lounge pianos, churning cellos and melancholic farewells of the main theme to the 1983 Japanese WWII flick Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. Rounding out the mix nicely, it fits perfectly with the moments of lovelorn, urban soul that are interspersed throughout Dramas. It’s a suite of songs that illuminates Neale’s deft hand for arrangement; one that showcases the old school vibes that inform her current sound and the insider knowledge that’s sure to keep her relevant for years to come.
Also, you can check out Neale’s forthcoming single, the garage-nodding ‘Dangerous’ – which is out Nov 5 through Week of Wonders – below:
- Alex Cull