Last year quirky Parisian singer Piu Piu dropped one of the illest and most shockingly cool covers of Rick Ross’ ‘B.M.F’; Her trippy and inventive re-imagination was an instant grab. A second single titled ‘Almighty Sun’ followed shortly after, but since then nothing had been heard from her – until now. Finally Piu Piu has released her debut mixtape Nightintale, a 13-track project filled with the same European swag she demonstrated back in January ’11. Piu Piu’s uber-cool vocals and laid back charm cuts through heavy basslines, roomy synths and dispersed hi-hats in a very refined way. Heavily influenced by the sub-frequencies of trap and the ethereal disposition of edgy pop Nightintale features production from the likes of Bambounou, French Fries, Metro Zu, Myth Syzer, Scntst and Ryan Hemsworth; Piu Piu’s brand of R&B is densely layered and cool-as-f*ck. Tuck in to Nightintale below - listen/download for free.
Today marks the official U.S release of Kanye West’s sixth studio album Yeezus; To coincide with it’s launch West has released his “American Psycho” themed short film starring Kim Kardasian’s brother-in-law Scott Disick and BFF Jonathan Cheban. An over the top and somewhat bizarre production, the film is more about Kanye taking the piss than it is anything else. Terrible performances aside, the script is pretty hilarious…
A snippet of Drake’s ‘On My Way’ dropped back in 2010, after that though nothing about the song, which also features vocals from James Fauntleroy, had been heard. Now though a full albeit unfinished version of the song has leaked – no word on where it came from or who leaked it but it’s definitely worth a listen.
M.I.A returns with a brand new single titled ‘Bring the Noize’ and in typical fashion is another multilateral pop anthem with epic drops, chopped vocals, cutting verses and the same iconic rebellion she’s built a career on. Produced by Switch and Surkin ‘Bring the Noize’ is the lead single off her fourth album Matangi, due out later in year on N.E.E.T / Virgin EMI. An accompanying video is due out later this week, in the meantime – tuck into this.
Chris Brown is not shy about making terrible unpopular decisions, but sampling R&B’s holy grail is by all standards brave. It is not a decision any artist, especially one as divisive as Brown should take on lightly. Not only because there’s a very real and probable potential for (genuine) backlash but because she is not here to defend her legacy and therefore anything done in her name should be done with the utmost respect and intention. And although honestly speaking ‘Don’t Think They Know’ isn’t as bad as it could have been, it is not good, strong or important enough to validate the use of such a sacred sample. Brown offers nothing particular interesting on his part, in fact and rather unsurprisingly the most interesting thing about the entire record is… Aaliyah. People didn’t respond too kindly to ‘Enough Said’ (… we did), I think even fewer will react well to this.
‘Deal Me Briefly’ is the vibey new single from songstress Rainy Milo, which sees her returning to the soulfully vanguard sound she first impressed us with in 2011 with‘Bout You (Interlude)’. The songs downplayed effervescence and Milo’s ambrosial musings incorporate much of what makes this young lady such a pleasure to listen to.
Banks works her magic on Peter Gabriel’s ‘In Your Eyes’ and in doing so transforms the 80′s classic into a more characteristically darker affair. Her infatuating and distinct voice carries with it a fresh ethos that naturally seems to translates over the songs brooding canvas from which she administers her compelling charm. Listen and download for free below.
Following the delivery of his single ‘Stay Forever’ earlier this month, spellbinding British producer Catching Flies returns with the release of his new EP The Long Journey Home. Featuring the aforementioned lead single and two others (‘Grey Skies’ and ‘The Long Journey Home’) the instrumental EP is covered in warm thoughtful beats and affectional samples (including a cheekily incorporated Badu reference on ‘Long Journey’). Listen below.
“We don’t have any rules, everyone is trying to figure it out. That’s why the internet is like the wild west”.
Last night Jay-Z has announced the release of his twelfth studio album titled Magna Carta Holy Grail which will be released on July 4th; The first million copies will be given away for free through a specifically designed Samsung Galaxy smartphone, after which it’ll become available to everyone worldwide. A trailer for the album was aired in the States last night and featured appearances from LP collaborators Timbaland, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz and Pharrell Williams. This appears to be a shrewd business deal on all sides and is probably just the beginning of what’s to come. And although this isn’t necessarily the first time a music superstar has teamed up with a technology company, this is Jay-Z and that means something significant. Take a look up top and get ready for July 4th.
As Chicago beat makers The-Drum prepare to release their debut album Contact, they release a celestial new trailer filled with hallucinogenic 3D graphics which chronicle each of their 11 new songs. Created and produced by The-Drum and lead designer Theodore Darst, the trailer also features works from Omega Point and Logan Owlbeemoth. Contact is released June 25th.