Kate Tempest & Loyle Carner – Guts

Track of the Day is just too good refuse this fine Wednesday, with two of our favourite Londoners coming together to create a piece of hip-hop that is encapsulating from start to finish.

Kate Tempest and Loyle Carner joined each other for a day in the studio as part of producer Dan Carey’s project Speedy Wunderground.

The label releases 7″ singles that solely produced by Carey himself, providing a constantly fresh platform for the man who has worked with the likes of Toy, The Kills, MIA, Franz Ferdinand and Far Out favourites Childhood.

The consistent quality of his production was recently further demonstarted by the fact that two albums he worked his magic on – Tempest’s Everybody Down and Nick Mulvey’s First Mind – were shortlisted for the 2014 Mercury Prize.

This time around, pairing Carey’s infectious and vibrant backdrop with two of the finest wordsmiths in UK hip-hop has worked a treat.

Tempest has rocketed into consciousness this year with her debut LP and an arsenal of spoken word that saw her scoop the Ted Hughes Award – not to mention a thrilling live tour, which we were lucky enough to catch in Manchester last week.

Meanwhile, Carner caught our attention with his EP A Little Late, displaying a brand of mood-stirring and thought provoking hip-hop that is all too rare within the confines of today’s mainstream.

His track ‘Pieces’ made such an impression that it took our Unsigned Sunday title back in September.

So sit back, strap in, and bask in the glory of this three-pronged collaboration that gets better with every listen.

Patrick Davies

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