No, I know that’s not a picture of Misha B, but I may have to drop this in honour of upcoming producer Mnek who’s exceptionally twisted Pop production here steals the show. I couldn’t resist. Jumping between 90s House stabs and Bashment, this is the kind of Labrinth’esque deftness that’s gone on to create breakthroughs in the last couple of years. With remixer here as also producer of the original version, he’s given it an an edge the original lacked – and when Mnek’s time truly comes, he’s going to be doing very large things in British mainstream.
‘Home Run’ is out now.
Aside from the fact that Kendrick Lamar is a rising messiah, this latest collaboration with T-Minus off his upcoming debut album good kid m.A.A.d city is a perfect marriage between two of Hip Hop’s most promising practitioners. ‘Swimming Pool (Drank)’ puts Lamar’s schizophrenic genius centre stage and has him balancing the near faultless cross between Outkast and Bone Thugs.
Moreover, T-Minus’ production on this reaffirms the producers position as a key force in mainstream Hip Hop; His work on Drake’s Take Care was outstanding and he’s already proved a successful creator of killer anthems in the past (see: ‘I’m On One’). His sound could potentially help expose Kendrick to a wider audience beyond online, with a style that feels bold yet encompasses the artist he is.
good kid m.A.A.d city is out October 2nd.
A few months ago we popped up a striking record by this up and coming LA songtress, titled ‘Dr. Lock‘. It recalled the vintage zest of Neo-Soul we’d loved and experienced too long ago. That is, right before ‘neo’ sadly turned into tired BBQ music with poor engineering, bland imagery, minimal progression and fell victim to it’s dull caricatures (exceptions being Erykah, Bilal and forthcoming D’Angelo all of whom manage to experiment with relevance). But that’s besides the point. Bago is moving on – here to excite in a realm beyond any 10-year-cycle retro labelling and yank Soul into the present.
‘Remember’, like ‘Dr. Lock’, is again produced by fellow Westcoaster Alexander Spit who himself hints at being a flexible force. In a turn for the neoteric mindset meeting time-honoured grit, the two have managed to take the Shangri-La’s 1964 classic ‘Remember (Walking In The Sand)‘ and turn it into a maybach banger with fat lows, belligerent drums and Bago’s powerful resound echoing like some femme fatale right before she empties the clip. And just when contemporary soul was in need of a trill’er makeover…
Sunday Best, Bago’s produced entirely by Spit, is coming soon.
East London electro-boogie suppliers Royalty recently released these visuals for their swanky hark back to the 80s that is ‘Eroica’. The infectious number itself features ever evolving Swedish dame Kissey Asplund on the frosty, pining vocals. Accompanying that is dry ice, hot whips and lots of fierce posing. Thank god it’s Friday.
Royalty’s four-track EP drops July 16th on local label Five Easy Pieces and can be acquired via bandcamp here.
Who’s Twigs? Whose fanny is that? Who knows? A mysterious UK-based artist has just released these fetching, abstract visuals but what’s caught our attention even more is the track itself. A skittery slow jam with the kind of timbered percussives resembling James Blake’s ‘Unluck’, the soft vox and slow chops allude to a sensual collision between R&B and dream-pop. Whilst information is scarce, don’t let that stop you from adding Twig’s little entry into blog mythology to your boudoir jukebox.
French electronic duo Justice have a history of releasing epic visuals and their latest written, directed and edited by stylistic Spanish production team Canada might be the biggest of their career. Filmed in Barcelona, the big budget spectacle pays homage to numerous retro-futurist classics and sports flicks including Rollerball and Any Given Sunday and works like a really loving collage of references. It’s a ballsy clip with big action sequences, sfx and cinematic design transforming the song into a little bit of a gung-ho anthem. Enjoy this. An actual ‘event’ video in the age of disposable media and shoe-string budgets.
The New Lands EP is available now on iTunes as is the bands second album Audio, Video, Disco.
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Ahead of their July 23rd release date for album Shrines and with the pressure on to see if their huge online buzz translates into critical acclaim (with a debut that hopefully doesn’t fall victim to novelty)… the Canadian duo release mysterious visuals directed by Young Replicants for their excellent Trap-Pop banger that is ‘Fineshrine‘.
In similar fashion to Blood Orange’s recent cinematic excursion into 80s New Wave and neo-noirist fantasy, Brooklyn dandy Twin Shadow drops a new video for his single ‘Patient’ from 4AD released sophmore LP Forget. Whilst the clip bares resemblance to The Lost Boys, the track itself however is like the fist-balling, synthy embodiment of Patrick Swayze or Kurt Russell at their most strapping. You’ll understand what I mean once pressing play.
If there’s one thing we’re known to be fond of here, it’s ladies getting ratchet. From Chicago’s burgeoning drill scene, Sasha Go Hard is slowly emerging as that drawl chick you wouldn’t really want to get in an altercation with. If you recently caught our post on her blistering joint ‘I’m Hotta‘, available to download now is Sasha’s new tape featuring a tonne of volatile, low-pitch laden beats by local producers including Young Chop and palaver about getting paid, tatted and beating people up (presumably a few ex’s). Whilst it’s not 100% consistent throughout she does have moments, and when a pinch of double-time kicks in for a few bars in the middle of any given verse there’s some swag to admire. Don’t expect a curtsey.
Download: Sasha Go Hard – Do You Know Who I Am (Mixtape)