Forward Playlist – Ekali X Frank & Oak

Lauren Bobek, 5 years ago
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This mix isn’t particularly recent, but every time I listen it just keeps getting better, and it definitely deserves the publicity. This Forward Playlist mix featuring artist Ekali is a collaboration done with the online men’s clothing company, Frank & Oak. ( This company collabs with different artists for their SoundCloud Forward Playlist project and offers discounts for the brand with each mix.

Canadian producer Ekali made what I think of as a perfect mix, compiling some of the best songs from artists including Mr. Carmack, Mura Masa, Rusty Hook, Stwo, Diversa and more. (If you haven’t heard any of these producers, you should. They are important. So go listen to their music.) This mix covers genres across underground trap, hip-hop and R&B influenced beats, and future bass, but Ekali mixed them in the best way that they could have been combined. It starts out with hard trap vibes, continues into a chill vibe, and ends on a sexy BPM.

I wanted to wait until Ekali released another song to cover him because his music is so good, but I couldn’t wait after listening to this while studying (and then getting distracted—but it was worth it). Ekali has received support from known groups like Soulection and Sonny Digital.

Follow Ekali and listen to his music because like the other artists included in this mix, he is important too. Expect a lot from him in the future.

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