Rising British singer Moko applies her powerful vocal presence all over her new single ‘Honey Cocaine’, a dramatic new power ballad which sees her flexing every facet of her 21 year young voice. The songs chilled, soulful production works as the perfect sound bed for Moko’s eruptive performance – arguably her best to date. Moko’s vocals during the last half of the song in particular is actually pretty mind blowing…
Thom Yorke premiered the new video for ‘Before Your Very Eyes…’ during his Atoms for Peace show in Los Angeles last night. The animated video is a delicious visual treat… Despite it reminding me of that Shanks & Bigfoot video. This is one of my favourite songs from AMOK, glad it got a video.
Justin Bieber’s #MusicMonday campaign has already churred out a couple decent tunes, namely ‘All That Matters’ released this week. And with the exception of the songs douchey video, which sees Beebs doing his best Chris Brown impersonation on the Great Wall of China, it’s already proving to be a smart market research idea (we’ll get into that another day). In any case, Netherlands based producer Jeftuz has served up a remix that takes what was already a strong slow jam into a slightly more musical affair. Not much has changed, but the subtitles that he’s applied help to push the track into an even stronger place.
Shout to Dennis.
Active Child takes his echoey, synth heavy brand of theatrical pop to new heights on his latest EP Rapor. The projects lead single ‘Subtle’ features Mykki Blanco and assumes an over the top Michael Jackson-esque stance – it’s all a bit fabulous. But the rest of the EP is equally exciting – just in different ways. Ellie Goulding sounds surprisingly less annoying than she normally does on ‘Silhouette’ (although I reckon this has more to do with Active Child than it does Goulding), the sizzlingly 80′s sound of ‘Feeling is Gone’ wouldn’t sound out of place on the “Drive” soundtrack and ‘Evening Ceremony’ is an elegant closer.
Listen below and grab the full EP from iTunes
It’s been years since I’ve found Eminem musically interesting. His talent was never overlooked nor was the fact that I looked up to this guy throughout my teens, but his inability to release anything decent post-The Marshall Mathers LP (some stretch it to The Eminem Show, I don’t) was depressing. It didn’t matter though, this guy still sold more records than any other hip hop artist in the world. It kind of says a lot then that ‘Rap God’ is the first Em record we’ve deemed interesting enough to post up. And even then it’s still a way off from his best. It would appear however and at the very least that Slim Shady (sans ridiculous muppet voice) has once again reared his ugly peroxide stained head. ‘Rap God’, powered by the visceral hunger omitted from most of his recent releases sees Eminem spitting fire uninterrupted for 6 minutes across a harrowing, bass heavy beat. This is more like it Marshall.
Lifted off The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
When you see a parental advisory disclaimer on a music video in 2013, you kind of expect to see something “shocking”, right? Me too. Apparently a bunch of hipsters getting twat-faced in London is considered controversial now, because that’s literally all that happens in Disclosure’s new video for ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’. If this video was to be about drugs and how fucked you can get on a night out and they wanted a parental advisory warning – it should have been a lot better. It’s nicely shot though.
Update: Disclosure’s label PMR have pulled the video issuing the following statement: “The video for Disclosure’s new single was revealed this morning and as with previous Disclosure videos, it was about the connection of people having a good time, something that Disclosure want associated with their music and what we hope people have done when they’ve seen the band live or while listening to their music. Unfortunately the video has received a few comments referencing the use of drugs within the video. PMR feel very strongly against the glamorisation of drugs in any capacity and as such we have made the decision to remove the video”.
Recently signed to Kendrick’s TDE label, singer SZA satisfies appetites with a new video for her sweltering slow jam ‘Teen Spirit’. As R&B begins to fully permeate again, artists like SZA (and recently Kelela) continue to push things confidently in the right direction. ‘Teen Spirit’ is a bass famished downtempo that sees SZA flexing her delicately echoed falcetto over warm docile tones. Very nice indeed.
When I first heard ‘PrimeTime’ at Janelle’s album preview in London this summer, I wasn’t instantly grabbed. Something didn’t feel right. But since the release of The Electric Lady and within the context of the album – I’ve grown to enjoy it (it’s still not my favourite song on the album though). Featuring R&B’s rising prince Miguel, the strength of ’PrimeTime’ is in the way that it feels like a good ol’ fashioned crossover duet – the kind that died out time ago. It also mark one of Monae’s safest songs to date, especially considering the exploratory heights of her early EP’s and debut album. Disappointingly though the video falls victim to the tracks traditionalism and offers almost nothing exciting or new, an unfortunate notion which reminds me of my initial thoughts of the song.
The song is a great radio coup and hopefully serves it’s purpose well – the world needs to catch on to this lady, I just hope it doesn’t come at too high a price.
If you want an example of how to execute a great album campaign – look no further than David Bowie‘s The Next Day. As a genuine icon Bowie has always tightly controlled his output and image, so it makes perfect sense how seamless his The Next Day album campaign has been promoted both at release and now during it’s second phase.
On November 5th Bowie will re-release his Mercury Prize nominated album as an expanded three-disc set featuring new remixes and previously unreleased material. To kick things off BBC 6 Music premiered James Murphy’s 10 minute reinterpretation of ‘Love is Lost’ – a track taken off the albums original disc. The LCD Soundsystem front man applies a grand electronic design to Bowie’s unmistakable performance in turn transforming it into a multi-chapter epic. This is a must listen for any Bowie or Murphy fan. Stream via Pitchfork.
Following on from his Janet Jackson sampled single ‘Anna’, producer Stwo teams up with Montreal based singer Shay Lia for a sensual new slow jam titled ‘Virgo’. Stwo’s quiet storm production knocks while Lia sweetly serenades any ears within earshot with her tenderly applied ambrosial vocals. Listen up.