Listen, when Nicki isn’t making mega-hits for 7 year olds, she’s a beast on the mic who, left to her own devices, normally out shines and out-raps the majority of her male counterparts. Her verse on ‘Monster’ (and pretty much every other song she’s ever featured on) can still prove that. And well, that’s exactly what she manages to do here on her new single ‘Only’ featuring label boss Lil’ Wayne, musical-bae Drake and recent collaborator Chris Brown. Listen to Minaj go in… The others are on top form too of course.
Kahlil Joseph directs the dramatic and utterly riveting new video for muso-darling FKA Twigs‘ single ‘Video Girl’. Shot on gritty black and white film, Joseph’s muse delivers an impassioned performance while witnessing (her lovers?) federal execution. Gorgeously pieced together, the 4:33 film cuts in and out of an uncompromising narrative full of suspense and beautiful tension.
FKA Twigs is up for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize tonight, lets hope she takes home the gold.
‘How About Now’ was initially leaked on soundcloud, but theres no word on how it found its way online or where/when it’s from. But it’s clearly authentic, so take a listen to Drizzy’s very lyrical, Jodeci-sampled slow burner below. If this is lifted from Views From the 6 – I’m not mad.
Julio Bashmore just premiered a brand new track ‘Rhythm of Auld’, taken off his debut album which is due for release in February on his own Broadwalk Records label. The track, featuring gorgeous vocals from J’Danna, is a beautifully eccentric nu-disco number. Love this.
Our Toronto girl Rochelle Jordan dropped a little mixtape earlier this week stacked with some loose tracks she’s recorded while prepping her debut album 1021. Featuring production from long-time collaborator KLSH, as well as Machinedrum, the short mix features her JMSN remix of ‘Lowkey’, as well as new covers of tracks by Drake, Aaliyah, and Mary J. Blige.
Take a 22-minute break and vibe to this…
Keeping on trend with many producers these days, Pearl is releasing music in near-total anonymity; there is at present little to no information on the web about him. What is known however is that he is signed to JMSN’s White Room Records label, and that his new album Open was released very recently. Comprised of 10 tracks, the LP hosts’ a slew of invited guest singers like Nylo, Channy Leaneagh (POLIÇA) and label head JMSN, who interpret Pearl’s obscure, strangely melodic productions in their own eccentric and exciting ways. It’s an interesting, and trippy listen – tuck in below.
And lets ignore that artwork.
With more than 20 years in the game you might be forgiven for thinking that Mary J. Blige’s live shows have calmed down since her high octane days in the 90’s and early 00’s. This of course would be a ridiculous assumption, not only has Blige maintained her energy, she’s gotten even stronger and even more powerful… and lest we not speak of the in-cred-ible shape she’s in.
Taking to the iconic stage at London’s Roundhouse for the iTunes Festival last night, Mary used the first half of her show to remind everybody how it is she’s managed to maintain such a long and successful career – her hits are bewilderingly endless. Covering a substantial amount of ground, she played through her discography and performed fan-favourites like ‘You Remind Me’, ‘Happy’, ‘Real Love’, ‘Family Affair’ and of course the holy-spirit-squat inducing ‘No More Drama’.
But it was clear from the shows introduction that Mary had a bigger agenda than just to indulge in blind nostalgia – she wanted to use her moment to unveil new music from her 13th studio album The London Sessions.
Life-soundtracks are often dictated by the seasons, and so with the arrival of the first day of Autumn (perhaps my favourite season) its fitting that Rochelle would unleash a new remix of one of her strongest singles ‘Lowkey’, this time featuring crooner JMSN. There’s nothing not to love about this.
Top Dawg’s Kendrick Lamar drops off a brand new track titled ‘i’, marking the first single lifted of his much-much anticipated forthcoming sophomore album. Produced by Rahki, the track samples The Isley Brothers’ ‘That Lady’, and carries with it – dare we say – a near-ATLien aesthetic. Listen up.