6 Songs, 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Huge in the U.K. but still relatively obscure in the States, Sway is a London-born emcee who's been putting in work since the early 2003. Flexing a more electronic approach heavy on drum and bass, he has released a grip of mixtapes, toured with The Streets, and dropped albums like This Is My Demo and The Signature LP. On Level Up, his 2011 hit song is reinvented by producers including DCY & BBK, International, and The Next Room. Each brings a unique vibe to the table, ranging from 8-bit videogame dubstep (Slowjob Mix), to high-speed techno (Blame Remix featuring Leshurr). American ironic rap specialist Childish Gambino appears on one version, dropping his signature Kanye-esque verses over nicely layered synths. But for the most part, this is love-it-or-hate-it British electro pop-rap.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Huge in the U.K. but still relatively obscure in the States, Sway is a London-born emcee who's been putting in work since the early 2003. Flexing a more electronic approach heavy on drum and bass, he has released a grip of mixtapes, toured with The Streets, and dropped albums like This Is My Demo and The Signature LP. On Level Up, his 2011 hit song is reinvented by producers including DCY & BBK, International, and The Next Room. Each brings a unique vibe to the table, ranging from 8-bit videogame dubstep (Slowjob Mix), to high-speed techno (Blame Remix featuring Leshurr). American ironic rap specialist Childish Gambino appears on one version, dropping his signature Kanye-esque verses over nicely layered synths. But for the most part, this is love-it-or-hate-it British electro pop-rap.

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