Sep 2014 29

Earlier this year Låpsley mesmerised us with her brilliant debut singles ‘Station‘, and more recently ‘Painter (Valentine)‘, but today the eighteen year-old Liverpudlian returns with her strongest effort yet. ‘Falling Short’, premiered by Annie Mac last night on Radio 1, is formed by a simple piano motif which runs through the track allowing Låpsley’s powerful vocals to enchant.

Whilst she hid her voice behind the floaty instrumentation in her previous singles, you can really hear the clarity in her voice on this new one. It shows a great deal of growth and maturity on her part; something that can only help in the future, because let’s face it, she’s going to be huge!

Sep 2014 29

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Keeping on trend with many producers these days, Pearl is releasing music in near-total anonymity; there is at present little to no information on the web about him. What is known however is that he is signed to JMSN’s White Room Records label, and that his new album Open was released very recently. Comprised of 10 tracks, the LP hosts’ a slew of invited guest singers like Nylo, Channy Leaneagh (POLIÇA) and label head JMSN, who interpret Pearl’s obscure, strangely melodic productions in their own eccentric and exciting ways. It’s an interesting, and trippy listen – tuck in below.

And lets ignore that artwork.

Sep 2014 26

Over the past six months, south Londoner TALA has had everyone under her spell with some introspective, multicultural (by way of Iran) electronica. So, why mention her now? To be frank I didn’t really get the hype, it all felt a little noisy to me.

But it’s with new single ‘Alchemy’ where things change. It’s by far her most interesting track to date, and by far, her best. Her hazy vocals, reminiscent of BANKS, ignites a moody atmosphere as the scattered beat (produced by TALA herself) brings it all together. The single is taken from her forthcoming Alchemy EP which is out 17th November via Aesop. Whilst you’re at it, give the rest of her music a listen over at her Soundcloud.

Sep 2014 26

Dornik channels his inner MJ on new number ‘Second Thoughts’, the b-side to his latest single ‘On My Mind‘. This new one pretty mellow and laid-back, perfect for Dornik to absolutely nail those high notes as the breezy soundscape brings the track forwards. Give it a spin…

Sep 2014 26

Mary J Blige roundhouse london itunes festival

With more than 20 years in the game you might be forgiven for thinking that Mary J. Blige’s live shows have calmed down since her high octane days in the 90’s and early 00’s. This of course would be a ridiculous assumption, not only has Blige maintained her energy, she’s gotten even stronger and even more powerful… and lest we not speak of the in-cred-ible shape she’s in.

Taking to the iconic stage at London’s Roundhouse for the iTunes Festival last night, Mary used the first half of her show to remind everybody how it is she’s managed to maintain such a long and successful career – her hits are bewilderingly endless. Covering a substantial amount of ground, she played through her discography and performed fan-favourites like ‘You Remind Me’, ‘Happy’, ‘Real Love’, ‘Family Affair’ and of course the holy-spirit-squat inducing ‘No More Drama’.

But it was clear from the shows introduction that Mary had a bigger agenda than just to indulge in blind nostalgia – she wanted to use her moment to unveil new music from her 13th studio album The London Sessions.

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Sep 2014 23

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Life-soundtracks are often dictated by the seasons, and so with the arrival of the first day of Autumn (perhaps my favourite season) its fitting that Rochelle would unleash a new remix of one of her strongest singles ‘Lowkey’, this time featuring crooner JMSN. There’s nothing not to love about this.

Sep 2014 23

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Top Dawg’s Kendrick Lamar drops off a brand new track titled ‘i’, marking the first single lifted of his much-much anticipated forthcoming sophomore album. Produced by Rahki, the track samples The Isley Brothers’ ‘That Lady’, and carries with it – dare we say – a near-ATLien aesthetic. Listen up.

Sep 2014 22

Almost exactly two months ago, SBTRKT perfectly set the tone to his new album with ‘NEW DORP. NEW YORK‘ which features vocals from Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. Today the illustrious producer has shared a rather dark and creepy, animated music video which features a panther/lizard-type creature making its way around streets, cars and mist before coming to a rest on a metallic, open arm to recreate the album’s artwork. Check out the visual above, and look out for Wonder Where We Land when it drops next Monday!

Sep 2014 17

Mercury Prize nominee FKA Twigs performed her single ‘Two Weeks’ on Later… With Jools Holland last night – take a look at her ambrosial performance up top. Can’t not love the Rick James hair-homage.

Sep 2014 16

French/Cuban sister duo Ibeyi share the studio version of ‘Mama Says’, the song which kick-started their XL journey from earlier this year, following a spellbinding live performance of the aforementioned track last year. ‘Mama Says’ sees the twins slow things down as a soft piano melody is the backbone for the sisters to deliver some stunning vocals.

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