Welcome to 'Now Playing', our new regular playlist which runs down all the hot-off-the-press tracks and mixes we've been loving over the past few weeks. Amongst this edition's selections of releases are the latest from the enigmatic H.E.R, the first teaser from Nabihah Iqbal's (fka Throwing Shade) upcoming new album, and the new Hessle Audio release courtesy of Joe (which almost didn't make the stores as the truck carrying the records was seized by police.) SOPHIE also makes a surprise return with the soft whispers of It's Okay To Cry, her first solo track since 2015's high-octane singles like Bipp and Lemonade.
For the third installment of the SHUFMIX series, Del Monte steps up to the plate. Bristol born and bred, the DJ and producer has not only been making waves on his hometown's DJ circuit, but also off the back of a recent trip to LA, as an up-and-coming photographer. His productions, akin to his photographs, are at once punchy and spirited, gritty and slick. Blending flavours of footwork, grime and R&B in a playful and intricate display, 003 is an hour of ceaseless energy from the young talent.
Be sure to check out Del Monte's SoundCloud here
Photography: Julian Caldwell