Sim Hutchins is the club music saviour we never asked for. The self-proclaimed lover of magenta has lent perspective to the typically rose-tinted nostalgia of back-in-the-day raving (Clubeighteen2thirty), while user-generated web projects pairing fan-submitted voice notes with tear-jerking club tracks (Club Love) will make you yearn for the dance in the most troubling of times. Whether it’s rolling out edits of Eurodance B-sides or printing stickers that read “EDM Not IDM” – no irony lost that his debut LP is pretty IDM – he somehow treads a line between sincere and tongue-in-cheek with consummate ease.

Going from an early diet of metal and jump-up drum & bass to his recent output, Sim is no stranger to a dramatic left-turn. It might be a surprise to some, but he’s now setting sights on rap music in all its conceivable guises; above all else, this guy clearly just loves good music regardless of genre, era or convention. For that reason, having been hit up for a mix, we should have known he’d go against the grain of what we’ve come to expect here at If-Only. Irreverent as ever, the audio-visual artist went off-script with a mix dedicated to the best in contemporary rap music.


“From 21 Savage’s pistol silencer bars to 03 Greedo’s Cali autotune crooning, we live in a golden age of rap music (no matter what the old heads tell you). I’ve been curating the best in contemporary hiphop over on my FKA Wrapped Spotify playlist, and this mix is another package delivered hand-to-hand that will literally make you a millionaire (not a guarantee).

Rubbing shoulders with the club bangers (can I still say that?) are tracks from underground up-nexts I’ve connected with over lockdown; the likes of Kellza1, Capalone and 1800gs, and producers like 6Slugz, Wav Runr and Bacheabou. I’m actually getting ready to drop ‘The Beat Tape’, a producer-based playlist focused on compiling the best in beat-maker talent, and I’m always looking to connect with that talent, so hmu @simhutchins. “Damn, Sim… Where’d ya find this?” Etc.” 

Tracklist:

Smileyface – Stay Inside (feat. Yung Duney)
Gucci Mane & Chief Keef – Don’t Loose No Load
6Slugz – SHADOW BOXING
M Huncho – Ocho Cinco
Yung Lean – Pikachu
Gucci Mane – Money Habits (feat. Young Scooter)
Golden Boy – Exhale (instrumental)
DurtMuni – OBBO
Capalone – No Cap
Sim Hutchins – Neon Nerds
Lancey Foux – SassyRed Red Wine
Bacheabou – Starboy
Eone – Frost Ruin
Octavian & Future – Rari
Lil Trevo –  Catching Plays
Golden Boy – A’W ’20 Collection (instrumental)
21 Savage & Metro Boomin – Brand New Draco
Lil Wayne – She Will (Feat. Drake)
Kellza1 – Blessed
Internet Money – Right Now (feat. Cochise & Tyfontaine)
Chief Keef & Zaytoven – Ain’t Gonna Happen
Rich Gang – Flava
03 Greedo – Gettin’ Ready
Desto Dub – Outta Lucc (feat. Thirtsy P)
Wav Runr – Tap In
1800gs – Balance
Baby Keem – Hooligan
Lil Keed – Proud Of Me (feat. Young Thug)

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