After this weeks 13-minute collaboration with the Gorillaz, GQ Magazine were fortunate enough to sit down with elusive numen we know as André 3000 for an exclusive interview. Among other things, they discuss new OutKast material, his solo project plans, misconceptions, and his fears about other peoples expectations…
GQ: [When can we] expect to hear the album we’ve all be waiting on?
André 3000: It depends on which album you’re talking about.
GQ: A new ‘Kast album!
André 3000: There’s been a lot of talk on the Internet about an OutKast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another OutKast album. There’s a lot of music on the horizon. I’ve been living off the excitement of new artists. I’ve been privileged to have these new artists kind of reach out and grab back and say, “Hey, Andre, we want you on this song.” So I’ve been taking those calls and for the last two years, I’ve been doing collaborations. So these new artists have kind of been keeping me alive. I’ve just really been feeding off of that and this year I think I’m planning to do a solo project. I don’t know when it will come out, but hopefully it’ll come out this year. As far as OutKast, I really don’t know if or when that will happen.
GQ: What’s the new solo album going to be like?
André 3000: The only thing I can really say is I’m going to get back to having fun because that’s what it was all about when I started this in high school—with OutKast—those were like high school dreams. I’m 36 now, so I have grown-man dreams. This album will just be me being myself as normal.
‘DoYaThing’ is the smashing new single from Gorillaz featuring James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem (on hook duty) and Outkast’s André 3000. As standard the God-emcee delivers a killer verse – throwing even more fuel on our desperation for a new album – the song as a whole works nicely, reminds me a little of Gnarls Barkley.
Update: Added the new 13-minute version…
Roses Gabor – young female songstress who uses London as her roots, but has shared a fair amount of stages, singing alongside the likes of Gorillaz all across the world. And of course who could forget last year’s summer tune with SBTRKT ‘Pharoahs‘.
With very little of her own solo material floating around the interwebs, it was perfect timing for Gabor to release her first official mixtape. Entitled The Wonderful World of Roses Gabor, going by the mixtape, I assume her world is full of partying, dancing and more partying. With fall to floor beats, dance samples and instrumentals provided from Hudson Mohawke, Redlight, Dizzee Rascal, Mac Band and Dead Prez, what else is there to think other than… party!
Great pre-shoobz music… stream below and download.
Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn steps in and takes a shot at remixing Lana Del Rey’s single ‘Born to Die’. His bump-hard version follows reworks from Clams Casino & Woodkid and I must say – the gent does a fantastic job. Maybe this onslaught of named-producer remixes can close that ever growing canyon of split opinion Miss Grant seems to be causing. Who knows…
Lana Del Rey’s debut album Born to Die is due out January 30th.
Something brand new from Szjerdene and a touch of something different too. Used to the sounds of more folk led pauses, then dubbed basslines, it’s refreshing to hear Szjerdene lay her vocals over the deep electronic sounds of Dimlite.
With the track mixed by Mar, vocals recorded by The PSM (Gorillaz Sound System) and the artwork by the lady herself, quality is written all over this track.
Download below and be sure to catch her free gig tonight.
Many of our favourite artists have graced our ‘Rehearsal Room’ over the past 6 months, musicians we both admire and respect. As our exclusive show, produced in association with Red Bull Studios London, continues to grow we decided to create a mini-series within it designed solely to put focus on new talent emerging.
Our ethos has always been to concentrate on good music and an important undercurrent of that is discovering and exposing a new generation of music makers. Thus we have filmed a number of new episodes featuring fresh-faced musicians who you may or may not have heard of previously. They were selected for one reason and that reason is that we feel they are among some of tomorrow’s most promising acts.
Our first ‘introduces’ episode features Daley, a young R&B-Soul singer hailing from Manchester who recently signed a deal with Universal Music. In 2010 his vocals featured on ‘Doncamatic’ by Gorillaz which came off the animated bands Plastic Beach album, he was also nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll.
Daley’s beautifully complex voice effortlessly evokes emotion and his unique brand of ‘slow-jam’ Soul is as passionate as it is encapsulating. And as he readies the release of his much anticipated mixtape Those Who Wait, he performs an exclusive track called “Be” for us live at Red Bull Studios London.
Just watch. And listen.
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As Tyler was missing his regular home comforts so much recently whilst travelling the world, touring and spreading Wolf Gang fever in every corner he can possibly reach, he created a new alias (DJ Stank Daddy) and made a mixtape. So vintage. Bless. It features the likes of Badu, Smith Westerns and Tyler’s favourites – N.E.R.D
The man himself wrote:
Hi. I’m On A Big Tour In Europe Right Now, Pretty New To This. I’m Used To Spending Summers Not Doing Anything Productive With My Friends. I’m Really Fucking Home Sick, Not Only That, I Have A Cast On, So, To Feel Better, I Put Together An Hour Mix Of Songs That I Like To Listen To, That Reminds Me Of Summer Back Home. Fuck A Tracklist, Figure It Out. GOLFWANG. -Tyler.
No need to go figure, tracklist after the jump.
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I promised myself I wouldn’t blog on Christmas day, but as the fam begin cooking (yes, cooking in my house starts at 12am) I thought I’d quickly post up the brand new (and extremely free) album from the Gorillaz. The Fall is the animated groups Christmas gift to you and yours – download via their website OR be cheeky and download via mediafire by clicking on the album artwork up top.
After the jump peep some (insightful) information on the album, where and how it was recorded and more…
The Gorillaz continue to smash through their advent calendar – today offering a live visual from their Plastic Beach 2010 tour for their song with Little Dragon called ‘Empire Ants’. The group are readying the release of their new free album The Fall released on Christmas day.