On his EP2!, JPEGMAFIA swaps his typically overdriven and confrontational delivery in exchange for a more dialled back approach. Tracks like “FIX URSELF!” and “FEED HER!” show a softer side to the Los Angeles-based rapper, as he sings against a gnarled collage of strings, synthesisers, and unidentifiable noises, his voice barely a whisper. His lyrics are a stream of consciousness, touching on everything from self-doubt and jealousy to the killing of George Floyd, Love Island, and Hideo Kojima’s video game franchise Metal Gear Solid. An introspective addition to the rapper’s already extensive body of work, EP2! simmers with lo-fi emotion and sizzling honesty.
Elsewhere, Nigerian, London-based artist Loshh shares his long-awaited debut ÍFARADÁ, Lauren Auder joins forces with producers Danny L Harle and Clams Casino on her mesmerising EP, and slowthai drops his second album, TYRON.