In a time where musicians can make a career from their bedroom, quality producers are hard to come by, especially in hip hop and R&B. While there’s a saturation of average young producers, there’s still a strong contingent of quality producers who emerge, like July 7.
July is a 19-year-old singer/producer and multi-instrumentalist from Manchester who has had a crazy, whirlwind few years – he’s been producing for artists such as Travis Scott, T.I., Young Thug since he was 15 – he travelled to the States to live and work with these big hip hop names when he was just 17.
Now he’s releasing his debut EP “Sweets”. Though rooted in R&B he melds genres seamlessly, with cascades of synths and an 808 beat as the backdrop to the EP opener “Diamond Chandeliers”, but then a more tropical lilt on “Pronto” (which features a fresh verse from Charlotte-based rapper Jalen Santoy on the remix) and the pitch-shifted steel drum meets sitar wonkiness of ‘Boy” (a nod to Burial). He is rare in that he has an analogue approach to production, using real-life instrumentation as part of his self-taught technique. You can listen to the EP below.