Every clique needs a secret weapon.
Scottish label LuckyMe might officially be a big deal these days, with Cashmere Cat and Baauer infiltrating pop music, Hudson Mohawke going from bedroom Just Blaze disciple to one of Kanye’s right hand men, and Lunice and Eclair Fifi becoming two of electronic music’s favourite live acts and DJs, respectively, but S-Type is as good as anyone on the roster.
After a couple of under-the-radar records (the first released on his older brother Tommy’s label in 2005), S-Type made his first real impact with Billboard, a six-track EP of widescreen rap beats, oversexed funk and, in ‘You Da Best’, a closer that’s about as sweet as instrumental hip-hop gets when it’s 150bpm with a hundred snares a minute.
Two more records on LuckyMe followed: Rosario continued Billboard‘s way with undeniable melodies and added guest spots from Roc Marciano, YC the Cynic and Rustie, while SV8 saw him team up with Lunice, Inkke and Yung Gud for no frills club music. S-Type’s biggest collaboration, however, came with Hud Mo on The Rap Monument, a 36-minute rap song featuring Young Thug, Pusha T, Raekwon and a whole lot more. It took the idea of a posse cut to whole new levels, proved that branded content doesn’t need to suck and was generally pretty damn impressive.
We’ve been badgering S-Type for a mix for a good couple of years now, and it’s pure coincidence that it’s ended up number 500 – but it also feels kinda fitting. There’s few people working at his level, but S-Type doesn’t always get the props he deserves – the sort of artist we’ve tried to champion since the start.
P.S. Unreleased TNGHT.
KCPK – Five To One (S-Type remix)
YT Triz – Vamonos ft. Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
Jaisu – Drum Circle
μ-Ziq – Neusal
BoySlashFriend ft. GetOverHer – UP2U (prod. Joseph Marinetti)
Two-9 – World Go Crazy
Inkke – Sand Serpent
S-Type ft. Yung Gud – Fire / 50 Cent ft. Justin Timberlake – Ayo Technology (Acapella)
Mele – The Art of Noise
Kaytranada – Drive Me Crazy ft. Vic Mensa
Big Dope P – Get Dat Money ft. DMP
D Double E – Can’t Come Back
Gunplay ft. Rick Ross – Aiight (Darq E Freaker Remix)
TNGHT – Bron
Ariana Grande ft. Cashmere Cat – BMB (DJ Sliink Remix)
Mssingno – Highlike
Bushido & DJ Milktray – Cuckoo Clock
DJ Paypal – Sonnade
Two-9 ft. Slim Jxmmi – Functioning
Jaisu – Whussamadda
Tyler, The Creator – Smuckers ft. Kanye West