Take a look at, and/or get properly aquatinted to Maxine Ashley, the Bronx-born singer who has been steady on her grind for quite some time now. Signed to i am OTHER/Outsiders (Universal), and mentored by man-God Pharrell Williams, her latest single ‘By Your Side’ is an sensual slow jam filled with exotic percussions, a mean bass line, and Ashley’s soaring, multilayered voice. This bumps.
Expect Maxine’s Moodswings EP soon.
We predicted Disclosure would (or rather, should) produce Mary’s new album back in January. It makes perfect sense, and it was obvious from the moment Blige jumped on ‘F For You’ that something bigger was in the work. Mary has found herself in the same position many artists who reigned supreme in the 90’s and 00’s – despite a global fanbase they’re ultimately unable to shift sufficient records because their audience are on or have passed the cusp of those who buy records. Disclosure have that market on lock, and so this is a fantastic partnership. Something the Mariah’s of this world should be taking note of.
In any case – ‘Right Now’ is the first single taken off Mary’s forthcoming The London Sessions, which is being executively produced by Lawrence brothers. It’s definitely a healthy step in the right direction, and an exciting premise for Mary at this stage in her career.
So, Prince is back on some future-soul-funk shit with his new solo music.
The second single taken off his forthcoming album ARTOFFICIALAGE following ‘Clouds’ is this silky imagining titled ‘U Know’. With Prince’s relentlessly cool vocal-talk in full effect, ‘U Know’ feels like a really promising prospective. Prince’s second release PLECTRUMELECTRIUM with his band 3RDEYEGIRL which will also be released on September 29th, will feature ‘Whitecaps’ – a soft-rock ballad featuring lead vocals from his female counterpart. Somewhat less exciting than the solo track, but hey.
Listen to ‘U Know’ below and head over to Prince’s soundcloud to hear ‘Whitecaps’, and get ready for one of the purplest days on record: September 29th.
We’re a hot minute away from Drake’s forthcoming – recently announced – fourth album Views From the 6 but it seems the project has already sprung a leak as the LP’s title track has surfaced. It’s unclear as to how the song found its way online, and its leak has already prompted featured rapper E Batt to dismiss that it had anything to do with him. On the upside though – it’s pretty exciting how strong this is sounds; I doubt it’s the final version, but #HiRihanna.
I don’t think anyone can release a better album this year than Shabazz Palaces, at least not for me anyway. Everything about Lese Majesty is supreme – from the endless influences they pack into every inch of their material, to their eccentric themes of tribal afro-futurism – it all works like a wonderfully chaotic symphony. Enter then their new video for ‘#CAKE’, masterfully directed by Hiro Murai – a beautiful post-apocalyptic visual that weaves in and out of kaleidoscopic urban landscapes, desolate locations and performance shots. File this next to their Kahlil Joseph directed ‘Black Up’ video (which incidentally was my favourite music video of 2011).
London is gearing up for the biggest and baddest weekend of the year – come rain or shine – and Carnival looms, our girls JUCE have come forth with a beautiful prelude with their new video for ‘Burning Up’. A sun soaked salutation to our glorious city, the video was shot on 16mm at Brixton Splash a couple weeks ago and was directed by Jess Colquhoun, and features a whole host of typically London character portraits. Notting Hill Carnival soon come, but in the mean time – press play and get ready.
With his King of the Fall tour fast approaching, The Weeknd unveils his brand new music video for ‘Often’, marking the third video created with director Sam Pilling. 5 star hotel rooms, beautiful women, girl on girl action – it’s all in there, so perhaps don’t play it in eye shot of your boss. I’ve never considered this to be Abel’s strongest offering but Pilling’s cinematic approach and camera technique builds enough of an atmosphere for me to reconsider my position. Watch up top.
Futurist Kelela and hip hip radical Le1f team up for a new spaced out duet titled ‘OICU’ produced by P. Morris. The track pays homage to both their respective styles: Le1f’s fierce baritone cuts through the thickly textured atmosphere, while Kelela’s pristine vocal soars above it – the result of which is a hazey, eccentric melodrama disguised as undercover slow jam.
Master of alt-soul Bilal teams up with Adrian Younge and the great Ali Shaheed Muhammad on ‘Sirens II’ for a sterling new slow burner filled with rich live instruments, lush (and familiar) samples and of course, a vocal odyssey courtesy of one of the best vocalists we have (and no, I don’t consider that an exaggeration). Taken off Bilal’s as yet untitled new album which is due for release early next year – this new one has me buggin’ for whats to come.
Flying Lotus returns with animated and fully psychedelic new album teaser featuring some of the mind-altering new material from his forthcoming album You’re Dead! Dubbed as a pioneer from the get go, it’s rare to see an artist live up to their buzz like FlyLo has and is. Known for fearlessly blending the golden traditions of hip hop, electronica and jazz, this new project feels even fuller and more established than his previous releases – which considering his catalogue is quite the feat already.