Wiki Just Put Out Two 'No Mountains in Manhattan' Bonus Tracks
"Hands Out" is a dark bop, while "Ballin on the Low" sounds like something to play off rooftop when you're really feeling yourself.
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Surprises are great sometimes. When they don't involve downers like walking into your living room to find your upstairs neighbour’s washing machine has been pooling water in your ceiling for weeks or that your your one true love has been quietly shagging someone else, actually, unexpected events can be a delight. Right now, one of those good ones comes courtesy of New York rapper Wiki. The RATKING member just shared two bonus tracks from the batch of his recordings that made up last year's sprawling, kinetic album ode to his home city: No Mountains in Manhattan. "Hands Out" features Londoner Suspect, while "Ballin on the Low" has a guest verse from LA's Antwon (which features a very very good period sex shoutout) – it seems fitting, after all, for a bonus round of tracks to go beyond the NY-only features on the album itself.
Both songs were originally part of the side-scrolling game that Wiki released to coincide with his album last year, running players through New York’s streets. They sound like the warmth and sun-tingling-on-your-shoulder freedom of summer, as so much of the album did, but that won't stop them working now too (if you're also in the northern hemisphere and staggering through the final death throes of winter). "Hands Out" in particular rolls through with a lightly reverbed-vocals menace that would fit an underground party at 2AM as much as a morning where you open your windows to let the song's bass waft over the next building. Listen to them both above, and scroll down for the loooong list of gigs Wiki's due to play in Europe this summer (many with rising Irish rapper Rejjie Snow).
Wiki headline shows
Wed 11 Apr 2018: Manchester, England; Night & Day
Fri 13 Apr 2018: Liverpool, England; The Shipping Forecast
Sat 14 Apr 2018: Leeds, England; Headrow House
Sun 15 Apr 2018: Brighton, England; The Green Door Store
Mon 16 Apr 2018: Bristol, England; The Thekla
Fri 20 Apr 2018: Dublin, Republic of Ireland; The Workmans Club
Tour dates with Rejjie Snow
Mon 12 Mar 2018: Dublin, Republic of Ireland; The Olympia Theatre
Wed 14 Mar 2018: London, England; The Roundhouse
Thu 15 Mar 2018: Paris, France; Le Trianon de Paris
Fri 16 Mar 2018: Lille, France; Le Splendid
Sat 17 Mar 2018: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Melkweg
Sun 18 Mar 2018: Köln, Germany; Club Banhof Ehrenfeld (CBE)
Tue 20 Mar 2018: Hamburg, Germany; Uebel & Gefährlich
Fri 23 Mar 2018: Stockholm, Sweden; Debaser
Sat 24 Mar 2018: Copenhagen, Denmark; Pumpehuset
Mon 26 Mar 2018: Berlin, Germany; Lido
Tue 27 Mar 2018: Warsaw, Poland; Teatr Warsawy
Wed 28 Mar 2018: Prague, Czech Republic; Futurum Music Bar
Fri 30 Mar 2018: Fribourg, Switzerland; Fri-Son
Sat 31 Mar 2018: Lyon, France; Le Sucre
Sun 01 Apr 2018: Zurich, Switzerland; Dynamo
Mon 02 Apr 2018: Munich, Germany; Ampere
Wed 04 Apr 2018: Bologna, Italy; Locomotivclub
Thu 05 Apr 2018: Milan, Italy; Circolo Magnolia
Fri 06 Apr 2018: Strasbourg, France; La Laiterie
Sat 07 Apr 2018: Brussels, Belgium; Orangerie
Mon 09 Apr 2018: Nantes, France; Stereolux
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