Since the excitement earlier this month on hearing the return of Jamie Woon (Yes!) claiming his producing credits, along with Lil Silva on fast rising songstress Banks latest track, she couples the beautifully haunting sound with chilling images. Showcasing a more sensual side to her, Banks saunters around a house like a goddess, whilst letting her hypnotic vocals lure you in. With very few female vocalists taking a similar stance providing a subtle powerful vocal and aligning themselves with tastemakers and essential veterans alike, Banks is definitely creating a lane of her own. Her debut EP is out now and she will shortly be joining The Weeknd too on his UK Autumn too.
Jamie Woon. That’s really all I saw when I was sent the press release for BANKS’ new single ‘This Is What It Feels Like’. The fact that it was also produced by Lil’ Silva and for BANKS is a wonderful bonus, but lets face it – if this signifies the return of The Woon, the universe is as it should be. I digress. Fast-rising singer BANKS seems to be making all the right moves, as her buzz steadily grows she’s now aligning herself with leading producers who all seem to have her best sonic interests at heart. Take a listen – it’s a wonderful piece and d’you hear those warped Woon BV chants? Yes.
Yesterday, Drake announced that the release date for Nothing Was The Same had been pushed back a week, to September 24th. Late last night, he decided to console upset fans by releasing the official artwork for the project.
As if [my personal] excitement for Drake’s new album wasn’t hype enough, now comes the news that everyones favourite game-changing Scotsman will be contributing to Nothing Was the Same. Gah. Having successfully transitioned from underground God to mainstream super producer, Hudmo’s alignment with Drizzy following his work on Kanye’sYeezus makes complete sense. Unlike most in hip hop Drake openly embraces the evolution of his sound and already has a proven track record of working with innovative (… and British) producers. The new LP will also feature appearances from Lil’ Wayne (standard) & Jay Z. Nothing Was the Same is out September 17th.
Future Brown is the new musical outfit which brings together Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu & J-Cush and ‘Wanna Party’ is the groups debut collaborative release. Featuring the braggadocios steeze of Chi-town rapstress Tink and some serious swirly, bell-heavy production – this goes hard. Tuck in below.
Catch Fatima Al Qadiri tonight at XOYO along side Evian Christ, Arca, Lil’ Silva & Sampha…
Following on from his widely received new single ‘No Doubt’ featuring Rosie Lowe this week, producer Lil Silva teams up with another smooth-toned vocalist on ‘Salient Sarah’, the latest cut taken off his upcoming EP The Distance. Given Sampha’s reputation and Silva’s understanding of beat construction, this collaboration (which isn’t their first together) was always bound to deliver something special. The stream is currently only available on the BBC iPlayer, international heads – hold tight for a open line. International stream available now.
P.s Lil Silva and Sampha will be playing this Friday at XOYO, along aside recent Kanye collaborators Evian Chris & Arca. More info here.
Bedfordshire born producer Lil Silva has just released a new video for his soulful single ‘No Doubt’ which features vocals from London’s Rosie Lowe, as well as additional vocals from the man himself. The track plays up to Silva’s pop-leaning but still manages to unobtrusively incorporate his trademark bass deconstruction. This track will continue to do well this summer.
‘No Doubt’ is lifted off Lil Silva’s forthcoming new EP The Distance (August 6th), which will also feature the previously released single ‘Mask’, plus a collaboration with Sampha. You can also catch Silva at Deviation this Friday at XOYO – more info here.
A few unexpected but exciting inclusions cropped up in the production credits for Kanye West’sYeezus - among them the efforts of homegrown talent Evian Christ and tastemaker Benji B. Part of Kanye’s ensemble motley crew also included relative unknown (but PinBoard supported) producer Arca. With two LP’s already under his belt via New York label UNO, the Brooklyn native has built an enduring reputation as a specialist in genre-defying, trippy, bass hungry beats which are occasionally complimented by distorted vocals. His latest offering &&&&& is a 25 minute collection of his latest warped and wonderful concoctions. Take a listen below…
… You’ll be able to catch Arca alongside Evian Christ, Lil Silva, Sampha and Fatima Al Qadiri at the next Deviation session at XOYO on August 2nd – more info here.
It could be argued that Swedish rapper Yung Lean is the result of what some may refer to as post-internet hip hop. Or perhaps simply the Lil’ B effect. Hailing from Stockholm and co-signed by Ryan Hemsworth, this charismatic 16-year old combines a lackadaisical flow with abstract and often befuddling lyrics that can range anywhere from transformers, to heroin fuelled sex, to depictions of him crying on the floor.
After meeting producers Yung Sherman and Yung Gud the three formed their Sad Boys collective. Yung Lean’s introduction to the world was largely made through his ‘Ginseng Strip 2002′ video; And although not that much happens in it (aside from him wandering around his hometown of Sodermalm doing the cooking dance), there’s something oddly captivating about it/him.
Lean’s debut mixtape Unknown Death 2002 features production from suicideyear and Friendzone, both of whom have already provided beats for cloud rappers Main Attrakionz. The 12-track release is all rather visceral with dreamy downtempo production, chopped & screwed vocals and Lean’s distinctive lyricism.