Which 8 current gems will make it on this Hip Cassette round-up? Plug that rusty tape player in, press play and make sure you keep notes…

by Christos Doukakis

SIDE A

Bäckar

‘Self Reflection’

breakbeat/alt pop

Guapo P

‘Step Wit It’

trap/rap

Bobby Freemont & Chrome Daphne

‘Little Bit’

contemporary r&b

Dog

‘Good Boy’

cloud rap

SIDE B

brody

‘HONESTLY’

rap/autotune

K.I.R.B.

‘True Motives’

alt pop/hip-hop

LOBEL x L3ON

‘Terminó’

electro pop/new wave

Alexander Bucaro

‘Viridian’

instrumental hip-hop/downtempo

People have reacted to the length of “Aquarius” in very positive ways. For example, at the beginning, you have people in a car on the beach at night. One character says, “I’m going to play you this great track.” She pushes in a cassette tape, and they listen to about 45 seconds of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.” You can actually see the pleasure registering on their faces, but it takes time, and audiences have appreciated that.

Sonia Braga