Following his solo version of ‘Too Much’ comes another new single called ‘Happens’ from our guy Sampha. Piano led and naturally emotive, Sampha performs his delicate new ballad through a silhouette. Nothing beats what this guy is doing – especially when it comes to soul music, which is still trying to churn out shit we could have heard back in ’96-’98. This though, this is now.
R&B’s cult princess and hipster queen collide for a blissfully calm new single titled ‘Indo’. Cassie embraces Solange’s nuance for synthy pop on a new track taken off the Saint Heron compilation which will also feature songs (some new, some not) from Kelala, Sampha, Jhene Aiko and more. The project is the launch release for Solange’s new label Saint Heron (which she says will be bed for ‘genre defining R&B’) and marks the latest phase in the youngest Knowles’ ambitions to forge a genuine space for herself as an artist and muso, away from the glare of the mainstream. Saint Heron is out now via iTunes.
This whole release needs your attention, but you might need to listen to this BC Kingdom track quickly too.
When Drake employed Sampha to appear on his new album, he exposed one of musics best kept secrets to the type of global audience only superstars like Drake have access to. We’ll never forget seeing this guy, who we along with a few other key bloggers, have supported from day, appearing on Jimmy Fallon with Aubrey. An opportunity that otherwise probably wouldn’t have presented itself without Drizzy’s co-sign. And while ‘Too Much’ on NWTS was special enough, Sampha’s newly unearthed original solo version, now titled ‘Too Much / Happens’ tips the scale one step further. And well, I don’t suppose I need to tell you how beautiful it is…
Soon after Kanye’s ’Bound 2′ performance on the same stage, Drake premiered a brand new track titled ‘Too Much’ last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Accompanied by Sampha (our boy’s still killing it) this track shows Drizzy getting more personal and deep than ever before. Driven by the soft but powerful piano beat of Sampha (who also, quite beautifully, sings the hook) Drake addresses that the fame and fortune he’s gained through his successful career has distanced him from friends and family with whom he was close to before. The performance comes one day after the release of the hyped-about track ‘Wu-Tang Forever‘ his homage to the legendary Clan – who don’t seem too happy about the joint. Sampha was previously featured on ‘The Motion‘ which came out back in June.
Prior to his performance on the show, Drake was interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, speaking about the Nothing Was The Samecover art, the collaborators he worked with and the tour that will follow. Watch the full interview above and skip to 5:20 for the performance.
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…
Earlier this week Solange announced that she’s had to cancel all of her European summer festival dates in order to focus on making her third solo album. She explained that along with personal commitments of being mother, she needs the time to concentrate on the new record.
Having released her True EP last year, Knowles has now confirmed to Billboard that her next long player will be released in 2014 and that she is working closely with Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth and Patrick Wimberly of Charlift fame. She also mentioned working with SBTRKT and Drake collaborator Sampha on the new project too. The yet-titled album will be released through Solange’s own label imprint Saint, but will be distributed worldwide through Sony.
“I’m actually trying to give myself a deadline this time around. One of the pros of being independent is having that space and that time… But it’s also a major con when you don’t set aside a deadline and keep going and keep going. When you have a goal in mind you definitely stay motivated. I’m trying to stay motivated because I know it took four years before my last record came out. That is not happening – it’s gonna come out next year”. On speaking of the musical direction of the upcoming record, Solange said “…I think in terms of this record, the sonic is gonna be established this year and the rest of the summer. And recording [in New Orleans] I’m sure will seep into the record in some kind of way. But I’m gonna be back and forth between here [New York] and New Orleans, and there’s obviously so much great music happening here as well”
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.
Staying true to his word, Drake just dropped his latest cut from his highly anticipated third studio album, Nothing Was the Same, dropping September 17th. Linking up with 2 Chainz and Big Sean on the laid back stoney basslines of ‘All Me’, the track is briefly introduced by comedian Aziz Ansari. ‘All Me’ isn’t necessarily Drake’s strongest single, although considering the toned down simplicity of the silky production (crafted by Key Wane) and coupled with yet another contagious sing-song hook, it’s certainly not his worst. Plus Drake’s switch up at the end is hard. Following the release of ‘The Motion’ featuring our ownSampha, along with the slew of other new tracks Drizzy has dropped over the past few weeks indicates that album number three is shaping up nicely.
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.
Sampha day continues! Following on from today’s EP release, Yours Truly presents a rare and intimate look into the usually camera shy singer’s life. Filmed in his brothers old bedroom / his studio, the 6 minutes and 30 second long piece offers an insightful look into Sampha’s recording process, personal world and early years. It also features some beautiful moments of Sampha performing the new version of ‘Indecision’ found on Dual, while also recording new material. Take a look/listen up top and if you haven’t already – get that new EP.