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

fina

‘To Be Like Them’

bedroom pop

The Eska

‘Good Life’

trap/hip-hop

BOY SODA

‘BIG’

contemporary r&b

Ivan Frey

‘Start Over’

adult contemporary/pop

SIDE B

Adrian Sieber

‘Alphabet of Love’

electro pop/chillwave

OchoForeign

‘Do U’

afro-pop

Nedelko 

‘Cœur Bleu’

alternative hip-hop

BONG-747

‘Big Brother’ (lil sys mix)

idm/experimental electronic

I was driving across Georgia with a warlord and his bodyguards riding shotgun with their Kalashnikovs in a convoy of Mercedes and Land Rovers. The guy put on Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ on a cassette, which they played on loudspeakers as we raced across the mountains, and I remember thinking, ‘This sure beats respectable life in England.’

Simon Sebag Montefiore