The year is basically over and what a great year it’s been! So many outstanding artists have been discovered, so many heartfelt and infectious songs have been released and so many lively shows have been put on. In our last playlist of 2017 we are running down our favourite tracks of the past weeks. We cannot wait to see what 2018 has got in store for us musically!

MAINE ft. A’B Noire – Closer Pt. 2

After his successful tracks ‘Eenie Meenie Moe’ and ‘Hitta’, West London’s rapper Maine ends the year with a bang by releasing his reflective and rather melodious new single Closer Pt. II featuring A’B Noire. With this one the Too Rare To Die artist again demonstrates his sublime capability of lyricism and both singing and rapping skills, while A’B Noire finishes it off with his strikingly smooth vocals. Keep an eye out for a project to be released in the near future! Follow @NobodyIsMaine

Eklipse – East Manna Man EP and Remix ft. Jammz, Darkos Strife, Dubz D and SGT Static

It’s already been over a year since the Grime MC released his single ‘East Manna Man’ – now the East London artist finally released his same-titled EP, a refreshingly vigorous project which comes with seven tracks in total. Taken off his EP Eklipse recently dropped the visuals for ‘East Manna Man Remix’, featuring fellow East London MCs Jammz, Darkos Strife, Dubz D and SGT Static. Perfect for everyone who is a fan of Grime or infectious music in general. Follow @MrEklipse

Patrin – BL@CKBOX Freestyle

Following up on his current mixtape ‘Time Will Tell’, North West London’s Patrin is back with a new freestyle via BL@CKBOX’s highly anticipated YouTube channel. Once again the wordsmith proves his dazzling gift of speaking up about thought-provoking subjects and emblazons a steady rap flow. Stay tuned for more of him to come soon! Follow @iampatrin

Lemzi – Autumnal Aura EP Live Sessions

In order to celebrate the one-year-anniversary of his stunning EP ‘Autumnal Aura’, rapper Lemzi recently released the live version of his project. It even comes with two bonus tracks ‘Freedom’ and ‘Hidden Gems’ featuring frequent collaborator Tonia who adds the special touch with her incredibly powerful and passionate vocals. While the recorded version has already been pleasing our ears, the live session showcases Lemzi’s fantastic ability of making music in a whole other dimension. Follow @LemziArtist

Eight9Fly – Smooth

Being named as ‘One To Watch’ by the MOBO Awards to working together with Moelogo – South London’s one and only Eight9Fly has had a greatly productive year. To end the year with a high, the rapper has dropped his EP ‘Go Time’, followed by the visuals for his current single ‘Smooth’. Demonstrating a vivid and stirring flow, this artist is only just getting started, so keep an eye out for him! Follow @Eight9Fly

Lavz – Run It

Following up on her EP ‘Not This Time’ which was released via her own label Minor II Major back in July, rapper Lavz has now unveiled the official music video for the second single off the project, ‘Run It’. The track speaks up about the important and still relevant issue of female empowerment and gives us women an unabashed heads up that we do rule this world. The visuals, shot by Video Vexens, cleverly adopt Lavz’s breezy style of 90’s West Coast R&B vibes. Follow @ItzLavz

Fifth Quarter – Eternal Recurrence

Combining music with art is the ethos of London’s creative collective Fifth Quarter. Their visuals genuinely represent today’s DIY generation by ingeniously combining the strengths of each of their members – them being Syf, Hennessey, Lilith and Evil Edie. Next to a brand new EP, titled ‘Eternal Recurrence’, Fifth Quarter accompanied a new same-titled music video – both focusing on ‘the lifespans of an average man who with the help of a time machine struggles to find his existence’. Follow @5sio2