Canadian producer Jacques Greene has announced a new EP titled Phantom Vibrate which is due for release on April 28th. This follows last year’s splendid On Your Side EP, which featured vocalist How to Dress Well on the EP’s stunning title-track. In conjunction with announcement Greene shared ‘No Excuse’, the first taste from the three-track project. Transcendent instrumentation is elegantly jazzed up by splashed of crashing electronics, topped by Greene’s vaporous vocals.
As part of Converse’s ‘Three Artists, One Song’ project, Frank Ocean, Diplo and The Clash team up to deliver, arguably, this years freshest collaboration titled ‘Hero’. This is the first we’ve heard from Frank since his impressive debut channeORANGE dropped in 2012. His distinctively velvet vocals take on another level as Diplo’s orchestration serves up the goods. Honing it at under thee-minutes, the track takes a slightly rockier route towards the end and is giving befitting anthemic climax. Listen and download below.
TDE’s SZA continues to charm us with her infectiously dreamy R&B – this time via her new single ‘Babylon’. Over the years listened to her blossom into one of the freshest and forward-leaning voices out there. Unconventionally mesmerising, the visual too, seem to capture a mystifying aesthetic – watching as she peels away her layers before before submerging herself in a lake.
Information on Hoodlem is meagre and as such we’re not entirely sure if what we’re listening to is by a solo artist, a band, a duo or what. What we do know is that this new track called ‘Old Friend’ has our ears well and truly piqued. Branded as hip hop, pop and electronic, the Australian outfit takes things us on quite the musical journey – opening with angelic harmonies and giving way to crisp bit-crushed soul-claps and a quietly confident beat. File next to BANKS and Feist.
How To Dress Well is back!
After a couple features here and there last year, and his absolutely stunning sophomore Total Loss from 2012, Tom Krell is back with brand new material. ‘Words I Don’t Remember’ takes off where ‘Cold Nites‘ and ‘Ocean Floor For Everything‘ left us; heartbroken but in awe. Once again Tom’s sublime vocals transcend the elegant, atmospheric soundscape of the record as soft synths are carried by sweet HTDW subtitles. No word on an album yet, but this is enough for now – great to hear that falsetto again!
Whilst rumours continue to swarm the internet regarding a certain debut album, from a certain Jai Paul, we think we may have a suitable female counterpart. Introducing Dutch songstress Sevdaliza, whose debut single ‘Clear Air’ is very interesting. While listening to this, you’re reminded of Jai’s ‘Genevieve‘ – recalling it’s playful instrumentation and ghostly vocals. Something about this feels special. Check the songs video here too.
After dropping their brilliant self-titled EP, New Zealand duo BROODS continue their glorious run with a heartfelt video for ‘Never Gonna Change‘. Mirroring the track’s darker aesthetic, you’ll find yourself captivated and slightly confused as to what happens on screen as the brother-sister duo take you on the waterlogged journey. It’s all very bizarre, but oddly entertaining.
Remember when music videos were full of digital fantasies of the future with sci-fi TV screens and metallic blue/grey walls? And remember when folk used to sing from random, super-modern swanky hotels/apartments? This video kind of reminds me of that. Aside from the obvious – the fact that this tune is massive – the video works perfectly.
London’s new darling girl-group, Juce, have released a brand new track called ‘Braindead’ which they remarkably recorded in half day with producer Dan Carey, who also helmed their sensational debut single ‘Call You Out’. The new serving is a sensational summer soaked new track, teaming with fabulously airy production and riddled in divine disco-references. Clearly channeling the sounds they were exposed to during their formative years, band members Cherish, Georgia and Chalin all come to the fore with breezy vocals and carefree harmonies. ‘Braindead’ is out on 7″ on the 7th of April via Speedy Wunderground.
These girls. We’ll keep telling you.
Kaytranada reworks AlunaGeorge’s ‘Kaleidoscope Love’ into a bubbling new dance floor anthem featuring a typical vibeyz production from the Canadian producer. Kayranada’s remixes have gathered quite a fan base over the past couple years, the crowd he drew at Deviation last month (check his set here) caught me off guard. Its one thing to see online heads losing their shit but when that translates IRL – it impresses me.
Yeah, I said IRL.