So, Prince is back on some future-soul-funk shit with his new solo music.
The second single taken off his forthcoming album ARTOFFICIALAGE following ‘Clouds’ is this silky imagining titled ‘U Know’. With Prince’s relentlessly cool vocal-talk in full effect, ‘U Know’ feels like a really promising prospective. Prince’s second release PLECTRUMELECTRIUM with his band 3RDEYEGIRL which will also be released on September 29th, will feature ‘Whitecaps’ – a soft-rock ballad featuring lead vocals from his female counterpart. Somewhat less exciting than the solo track, but hey.
Listen to ‘U Know’ below and head over to Prince’s soundcloud to hear ‘Whitecaps’, and get ready for one of the purplest days on record: September 29th.
Australian singer/songwriter/producer Margiela Madman reflects on life’s path in new track ‘Could This Be Real Life?’. Amongst twangy guitar riffs, thick, pumping bass, and elegant piano melodies, the twenty year-old musician also taps into his love of Hip Hop with a spoken word verse towards the end which further addresses the track’s theme. Go check out a slew of other tracks over at his BandCamp, including a brilliant take on Jai Paul’s ‘Genevieve‘.
Jessie Ware shares ‘Want Your Feeling’ (co-written by Dev Hynes), another gem taken from her forthcoming album, Tough Love out October 6th. On the track, Ware delves into the bouncy soundscape with great poise, as her pristine vocals shape the track’s groovy aesthetic. From what we’ve heard so far, Tough Love is oozing class, then again, we didn’t expect any different!
We’re a hot minute away from Drake’s forthcoming – recently announced – fourth album Views From the 6 but it seems the project has already sprung a leak as the LP’s title track has surfaced. It’s unclear as to how the song found its way online, and its leak has already prompted featured rapper E Batt to dismiss that it had anything to do with him. On the upside though – it’s pretty exciting how strong this is sounds; I doubt it’s the final version, but #HiRihanna.
Acquaint yourself with British three-piece R I T U A L who’ve created quite an atmosphere in ‘The Fall’, their debut single. The trio create an elegant flow of smooth electronics in-between what essentially is, a hip-hop beat whilst filling in with some soulful undertones. Just like the track, the music video too, draws you in with its beautifully shot clips of skies, trees and crashing waves.
I don’t think anyone can release a better album this year than Shabazz Palaces, at least not for me anyway. Everything about Lese Majesty is supreme – from the endless influences they pack into every inch of their material, to their eccentric themes of tribal afro-futurism – it all works like a wonderfully chaotic symphony. Enter then their new video for ‘#CAKE’, masterfully directed by Hiro Murai – a beautiful post-apocalyptic visual that weaves in and out of kaleidoscopic urban landscapes, desolate locations and performance shots. File this next to their Kahlil Joseph directed ‘Black Up’ video (which incidentally was my favourite music video of 2011).
London is gearing up for the biggest and baddest weekend of the year – come rain or shine – and Carnival looms, our girls JUCE have come forth with a beautiful prelude with their new video for ‘Burning Up’. A sun soaked salutation to our glorious city, the video was shot on 16mm at Brixton Splash a couple weeks ago and was directed by Jess Colquhoun, and features a whole host of typically London character portraits. Notting Hill Carnival soon come, but in the mean time – press play and get ready.
With his King of the Fall tour fast approaching, The Weeknd unveils his brand new music video for ‘Often’, marking the third video created with director Sam Pilling. 5 star hotel rooms, beautiful women, girl on girl action – it’s all in there, so perhaps don’t play it in eye shot of your boss. I’ve never considered this to be Abel’s strongest offering but Pilling’s cinematic approach and camera technique builds enough of an atmosphere for me to reconsider my position. Watch up top.
JMR (Joshua Michael Robinson) is blessed with one heck of a voice. ‘Doesn’t Feel Human’, the American’s latest offering serves up a whisper-lead falsetto floating through an interchanging soundscape of warm, pulsating synths and glitchy effects. This is real nice…
Futurist Kelela and hip hip radical Le1f team up for a new spaced out duet titled ‘OICU’ produced by P. Morris. The track pays homage to both their respective styles: Le1f’s fierce baritone cuts through the thickly textured atmosphere, while Kelela’s pristine vocal soars above it – the result of which is a hazey, eccentric melodrama disguised as undercover slow jam.