22 year old Evian Christ returns on full beast mode today with his new single ‘Salt Carousel’ – the first track taken off his forthcoming Waterfalls EP due out next year. Evian proved his sonic aptitude on his 2012 Kings and Them EP, which of course led him to work with hip hop’s behemoth Kanye West earlier this year. But his sound has grown a lot bigger since his first EP, much bigger in fact – so much so that perhaps a little a bit of Hudmo rubbed off on him during those Yeezus sessions. Grown too has his respect for the hallowed sparseness that he seems to lovingly appropriate across ‘Salt Carousel’ and much of his productions. Oh, and of course – it’s filled to the brim with fugly basslines and epic drops – standard.
Kanye’s new video premiered on Ellen, rightfully so too because this has to be a joke.
I don’t even know what this is. And I’m sure Yeezy will have a grand ol’ explanation (I didn’t stick around for the post-video interview on Ellen, but you can – just keep watching until the end) but this is not good. By any means. Maybe it isn’t meant to be, maybe it’s supposed to rile people up – either way, it’s a hot mess. Kim’s getting played… and/or paid (spot the difference).
I mean. What’s to say here? Sam Smith and Disclosure have teamed up with Nile Rodgers and Jimmy Napes to create ‘Together’, a ridiculously fonky new jam which combines a plethora of their styles into a fabulously packaged tune. Nothing but great thing to say here. Listen loudly.
Raleigh Ritchie made fans of us with his single ‘Stay Inside’ (and dope video), which he followed with ‘In Too Deep‘. Today he releases a new tune called ‘Free Fall’ and like his previous releases combines his unabashed and laid back R&B vocals, unfiltered twang and a soundbed of smooth production – which bumps – into a vibey jam. This is another win for this young gun. ‘Free Fall’ is taken off Ritchie’s forthcoming Black and Blue EP.
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After a painfully long absence from releasing new music, New Zealand’s finest soul adventurers Electric Wire Hustle finally answer our calls and deliver a brand new track titled ‘Numbers and Steel’…
And it’s with great pleasure (and relief) that, even with a slight rearrangement in band members (Mara and Taay are now joined by drummer Mario Crew & bassist Johnny Lawrence), they’ve returned to us with a sound that evolves further than what they left us with in 2010, yet rings warmly familiar. Their musical impressions and soulful inflictions are still very much present, only now the sound is further formed and refreshingly in contemporary way.
True story: if it wasn’t for EWH and a chance encounter with them back in 2010 at Red Bull Studios London (where we filmed them), we would have never have created the Rehearsal Rooms series, which eventually led us to film some truly incredible artists including Raphael Saadiq, Jessie Ware, Emeli Sande, A$AP Rocky, Jamie Woon and loads more.
Download ‘Numbers and Steel’ for free via their website.
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.
Buy via iTunes 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…
Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, follows his beautifully crafted 2011 album Coastal Grooves with another masterfully produced long player Cupid Deluxe. Having spent the past year penning silky anthems for the likes of Solange, MKS and Sky Ferrerira, he returns as a solo artiste with a wonderful bag of fabulously crafted pop gems. Hynes doesn’t falter, Cupid Deluxe proves that. Stream the entire album up top.
Justin Timberlake is a futurist in his own right, but his latest move proves he remains a veteran artist with a strong understanding of what’s happening right now to a generation who may not have grown up during the Justified or Futuresex/Lovesounds era. Timberlake has recruited alt-R&B eidolon The Weeknd to open for him on his forthcoming 20/20 Experience Tour. Abel, currently on his own tour will join Justin during his shows in March and then join Drake on his tour shortly after.