The Lovebox line-up this year is insane. Not only have they announced performances from soul-God D’Angelo, but the 3-day festival will also see live sets from hip hop icon Lil’ Kim, electronic superstars Disclosure and Flying Lotus, Julio Bashmore, Quadron, Azealia Banks, AlunaGeorge, Wiley, Zebra Katz, Mykki Blanco, Gold Panda and many, many others.
Unbelievably though, they’ve managed to up the ante again, this time by adding the legendary So Solid Crew to the line-up. Gah. Ghostpoet, Charli XCX and Jon Hopkins have also been announced as performers.
For more information, full line-up and tickets head over to Lovebox.
Danish duo Quadron follow up their critically acclaimed and much loved self-titled debut album with Avalanche, a 10 track long player filled with warm soulful tones, rhythmic funk and pop imagery. Coco. O and producer Robin Hannibal have certainly progressed since their last outing – their sounds has grown richer, more vivid and certainly a lot more confident. A few tracks have leaked over the past couple days, including their Kendrick Lamar collaboration ‘Better Off’ but we wanted to reframe from listening until we could hear the entire release, which we can now do via the New York Times.
There are very few singers as powerful and as arresting as Coco. O and even fewer producers able to produce her as well as her bandmate Robin Hannibal. The two stunned critics with their gorgeous debut in 2009 and are now beginning to ready the release of their anticipated sophomore album Avalanche. The album’s lead single titled ‘Better Off’ is a shimmering, subdued affair with warm tonal tendencies & smooth textures and is also the only track on the album with a featured artist. The duo are assisted by an unmistakable guest verse from Kendrick Lamar, who expressed his admiration for the Danish group when he sampled ‘Tiden Flyver’ (a single they released through their off-shoot group Boom Clap Bachelors) on his seminal ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’ single.
Having already featured on Tyler, the Creator’s new album and having caught the ear of Jay-Z – it could be a huge year for Quadron. Expect their new album Avalanche on June 4th.
Jay-Z’s much anticipated contribution to ‘The Great Gatsby’ soundtrack has finally surfaced in full. ’100$ Bill’ will feature alongside new music from Lana Del Rey, Beyonce & Andre 3000, Emeli Sande, Coco O (Quadron), The xx and many others on the films upcoming soundtrack, executively produced by Jay.
In anticipation of the impending Beyonce promo overload that we’re all blatantly going to be subjected to in the coming days/weeks – let us quickly post this back-to-back with her last announcement and move on. Reports surfaced last week that Beyonce and Andre 3000 would record a cover version of Amy Winehouse’s iconic ‘Back to Black’ (single) for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming new film ‘The Great Gatsby’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The films soundtrack (curated by Jay-Z) will also feature new music from Jay, Coco O (Quadron), Q-Tip, The xx, Lana Del Rey, Florence + the Machine and more. You can hear short previews of some of the songs (including ‘Back to Black) in the just-released trailer up top. You can also check out the full OST tracklist after the jump.
It’s astonishingly been 4 years since Quadron released their self-titled debut album to unanimous critical acclaim. The Danish duo consisting of singer Coco and producer Robin Hannibal wooed us all with their core-stirring brand of electronic soul. The pair have now returned with ‘Hey Love’ the lead single from their (as yet untitled) forthcoming sophomore album. The single marks a slight departure from the balladry we’ve come to expect from Quadron, instead the single is a forgoing mid-tempo with powering pianos and driving percussions – the hand claps (and some of the BV’s) remind me of ‘Rolling in the Deep’ a little.
Very happy to have these two back. No one messes with Coco’s vocals.
As we reported, Michael Jackson’s estate is planning the re-release of Bad to commemorate the albums 25th anniversary. Along with a remastered and repackaged album, the release will also include remixes, unreleased material and a DVD of Michael’s legendary live show at Wembley Arena during his “Bad” tour.
‘Don’t Be Messin’ Round’ (which I’m sure has been bouncing around in snippet form for a while) is the first ‘new’ song to surface from the reissue and like most things Jackson touched during this period – it’s brilliant – even in demo form. Typically 80′s and classically MJ, it boasts funky chords, cowbells and of course that much loved, much missed, iconic voice. We need an album filled with music like this.
The estate seemingly have it right on this occasion.
The legendary Leon Ware, known for penning hit songs for Michael Jackson, Donny Hathaway, Minnie Ripperton and crafting opus albums with/for Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones and Maxwell (to name a few) has returned with new music.
Proving a musician’s evolution is never really done, Ware teams up with Danish duo Quadron on this new single ‘Orchids for the Sun’. As elegant as you’d expect a song from such a esteemed veteran to be – this is. Wrapped in beautifully vintage ambiance, the song features bustling horns, exotic percussives and an ever-cool vocal delivery from the main man himself. Quadron’s presence, as ever – is felt and loved.
We’ve got alot of love for this duo; watching their ascension from European niche to Indie Soul darlings in the last couple years. Musically, their vibe is so serine with Robin’s blissful productions and Coco’s voice that’s an absolute dream (I mean, girl can saaang!). This video fits the song like a glove – shot in the Caribbean while sailing on a beautiful schooner – it features idyllic footage of Coco swimming in crystal blue waters in a scarlet red dress. Float away with those flutes…
‘Day’ is taken off Quadron’s sensational self-titled debut album which was released back in ’09. Seriously need that new album, yesterday!