This is Will’s wedding song to Kate.
Brand new late night freestylin’ Miguel. Never one to mince his words this guy.
Download: Miguel – ‘P*ssy Is Mine’
Glad these two settled their differences and decided to record material again together.
As an adolescent back in ’99 I remember thinking Em and Royce were a deadly combination first time I heard The Slim Shady LP. Haven’t felt like a Shady fan in a long time (excessive middle-age, male-menopause Marshall raps in that grating delivery on Recovery), but this displays their classic lyrical sparring – punches, wordplay, hunger and rash, scathing humour.
The EP is out June 14th via Interscope, and will feature production from Bangladesh, DJ Khalil, Havoc and Mr. Porter.
Download: Eminem & Royce Da 5’9 – ‘Fast Lane’
Brand new Lykke visuals for another of Wall-of-Sound leaning number off the recent, excellent Wounded Rhymes.
Directed by Tarik Saleh and co-starring known Hollywood’s go-to Swede actor Stellan Skarsgard, she gets buggered off a liquid lunch and proceeds to flaunt her Kate-Bush-dingbat inheritance. Nice lighting.
Been feeling some of Bristol producer Kahn’s work this year. His previous double-sided 12 inch ‘Like We Used To/Helter Skelter’ that we featured is still getting intensive, dim-lit-boudoir spins.
A couple days ago ’70s pioneering, mixed-raced, Punk queen Poly Styrene of band X-Ray Spex lost her battle with cancer and Kahn put out this Soundcloud’ed flip in tribute. Immaculate vocal chops as always and a 2-step regulation to honour the icon well.
Rest in peace Madame.
Plug Research just dropped Danish vanguard Alt-Soul collective Boom Clap Bachelors latest EP Mellem Dine Læber, three years after their last quirky, brilliant album.
Comprised of Robin Hannibal of Quadron, Ronnie Vindahl, Thomas Bisballe, and David Cytryn; with additional vocal contributions from Coco O of Quadron and Liv Lykke. The group was formed due to their common “love of hip hop, soul and funk,” meeting once a week to share everyone’s music, while helping each other with pointers. The casual meetings amongst friends evolved into the loose league now known as Boom Clap Bachelors, showing their various influences from the likes of D’Angelo, J Dilla, SA-RA, Erykah Badu, as well as 70s and 80s Danish music.
Previewing this now, and my garrrd as expected – detailed instrumentation, romantic strings, exotic rhythms with electro-underbellies, soft, aerial vocal arrangements and European kink – just their own, enchanting sound.
You wanna float? Something about Coco’s voice always makes me want to fall in love. Press play below. You may have very few experiences that feel like this today. Highly recommended purchase on iTunes. Check out their back catalogue also.
Oh, we’ll be ready to greet Robin Hannibal & Coco in May when they perform as their acclaimed duo Quadron for a debut London show, click here for our info on that.
Experimental/Downtempo Soul musician Bilal Salaam should have been more exposed than he is.
First heard one of this Washington natives jawns back in ’07 and he’s released an all too intermittent stream of stuff since – albeit some abstract, ear-swirling work. Did he miss the Electro-Soul boat that was expected to ride the high seas three or four years ago? Maybe…
But now he’s definitely moved forward to the beat of his own metronome, returning unscathed with this fascinating take on Brazilian educator and theorist Paulo Freire’s book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, available here as a 7 track project.
View, listen, read above. Underneath the prose & polyrhythms, you can tell there lies a rather esoteric mind.
Shouts to SoulBounce
He was amongst a new generation of Leftcoast trailblazers at the end of the last decade who genuinely gave the West it’s first glimpses of revival. Fellow champions of LA lyricist Blu – how bloody long have we been waiting for this?
Tracklisting for his debut solo set leaked via a mysterious tumblr earlier that had the heads murmuring (clickworthy, some brilliant photography on there). Considering long anticipated NoYork is on a major (Warner), he’s managed to seize a crazy, off-beat feature list: Theophilus London, U-God, Edan, J* Davey, Pac Div, U-N-I, Tiron, Ayomari, Co$$, Tiombe Lockhart, Suzi Analogue with production from Madlib, Flying Lotus, Shafiq Husayn, Knxledge, Exile, Samiyam, Daedalus & Dibia$e. Wet!
It’s endearing for genuine fans how he’s developed lyrically and stylistically since his breakthrough project Below the Heavens with Exile in ’07, where he’d shown that immense promise at a relatively young age. Last year, I would actually say the verses he exhibited on The Roots outstanding tenth effort How I Got Over were amongst some of the dopest, deepest bars to grace wax amongst his peerage. Maybe, finally, this is his time. Don’t let us down Blu.
1. Doin’ Nothin Feat. U-God)
2. Everything Ok Feat. Jack Davey)
3. Super Dooper U
4. A Bove Crenshaw feat. Cashus King)
5. Every Body Nose
7. Ta G’s feat. Exile
9. Annie Hall
10. Spring Winter Summer Fall feat. Jimetta Rose)
11. Down To Earth feat. The Donel Smokes, Double O, Definite
12. My Sunshine
13. Ronald Morgan feat. Edan
15. And The Jazzmen
17. Doin Something
Not exactly new if you’re a bloggofreak – been floating around for the last year in unrefined, straight-out-the-DAW form. Final mix-down is now ready, still lo-fi, but why debase it’s underdog charm right?
Originally recorded in 2007, it merges maximal and minimal laptop wizardry with a clever foresight into how sonics would unfold over the next few years. However BTSU’s key strengths may lie in 22 year old North Londoner Paul’s subtle, pining falsetto: it sits on the right side of sweet with a satirical edge. Quite the quixotic synthesis. Still curious to hear more from him as both producer and harmonizer. See what you think for yourself. And don’t f*** with him.
Filmed on an estate in Brixton, producer Toddla T gets his Jazzie B stabs on for this 90s inspired dancefloor filler and video. ‘Take It Back’ features Shola Ama (where’s she been hiding?) and J2K.
Summer. London city. BBQs. Yard shoobz’s. Sweaty raves. Let’s go.
His new album Watch Me Dance debuting on Ninja Tune, released later in the year features Roisin Murphy, Skream, Wayne Marshall and Ms Dynamite among others.
Oh & here’s the Dillon Francis remix of the track, available for free download below…