If you reached the last Deviation session you’ll fully understand the deep levels Kaytranada brought during his set at XOYO. I was pretty sure the roof was moments away from being smashed to pieces. With a queue lining the block outside, it was undoubtedly one of Deviations most road-block sessions. For those who didn’t reach the show, i-D have come through with the set in full – an hour and twenty-nine minutes of pure vibes, lovingly traced by the legend we know to be Judah.
Tune in, turn up. This is your shitty Monday fixed.
Oscar Key Sung has been at it for some time now and if you follow our 22Tracks escapades, you would have already heard this gem of a single. The 23 year-old Melbourne based producer/singer/songwriter first started out back in 2010 as one half of dream pop duo Oscar + Martin. ‘Holograms’ however is him out on his own and is one of his strongest records thus far. Channelling the chilled and poetic soundscape of Frank Ocean with the hazy, mystified vocals of Jai Paul; ‘Holograms’ splashes shimmering synths over a cluster of down-tempo beats resulting in a serenely laid out slow-jam.
LE1F has announced a new record deal with Terrible Records / XL Recordings that will see him release a new EP titled Hey on March 11th. The new five-track release will including Le1f’s cut-throat single ‘Wut’, along with four new tunes including ‘Boom’. Featuring a fittingly boisterous beat, LE1F’s unmistakable steeze leads the way for what sounds to be a legit new chapter in the career of this rising emcee. “Working with XL Recordings was my teenage dream. Ethan [Silverman, Terrible Records] made that a reality. I’ve been keeping quiet about this for almost a year. I’m excited I could finally brag about it”.
It has become quite clear over the past few years that Wireless has become one of the hypest London festival of the calendar year.
This year they’ve done it again and secured headliners Kanye West, Drake, Bruno Mars, as well as Outkast and Pharrell. Not to mention countless other acts like Azealia Banks, A$AP Ferg and others who have yet to be announced. Oh yea, did we mention Salt N Pepa too? Yah.
And it was hard to imagine Wireless topping last year. Not only did they lock in headliners Justin Timberlake & Jay Z but they also put on one of the most progressive hip hop lineups I think we’ve ever seen in a mainstream UK festival. I mean – they had A Tribe Called Quest there!
This year they’ll help tick another life box with Outkast (!!). Although not billed as a headliner (however strange that may feel, it’s actually not that unusual when you think about it), Andre and Big Boi, as promised, will for the first time in over 10 years perform live.
Moreover this years show will not take place at the Olympic Village as it did last year, but instead will happen in North London’s Finsbury Park. And as a North Londoner, that’s pretty much the icing on the cake. Moreover, the festival will also be heading to Birmingham for the very first time.
For more information and for tickets head to wirelessfestival.co.uk. We’ll keep you updated on new announcements to come.
Prince sure knows how to launch an album. To celebrate the release of PLECTRUMELECTRUM, the much-craved new album from 3RDEYEGIRL, Prince’s all-female rock trio, he will be playing a series of shows at iconic venues in and around London starting February 3rd. A tour his Purple Holiness has dubbed the ‘Hit and Run’ tour.
The first stop is a living room of Lianne LaHavas. The two struck up a friendship after working together at Paisley Park studio complex in Minneapolis last year.
As standard details around these dates are extremely limited right now, but hold tight because Prince is coming to town!!!
Our girl Rochelle Jordan returns with the video for ‘Follow Me’, a track which has stayed on consistent loop since she first dropped it back in December. As we’ve said many times before, this lady is in a league of her own and while other female singers in the same field may be getting more attention (for whatever reason) – theres absolutely no doubt very few (ahem, if any) do it quite as good as she. With producer KLSH behind her, Jordan can do absolutely no wrong in continuing to evolve the way she has been.
… If you haven’t already (or even if you have), make sure you check our curated 22Tracks playlist. I promise you won’t find a better channel dedicated to leading-edge R&B/soul music. Updated weekly, enjoy the vibes.
L.A based, Dutch multimedia artist Young & Sick has dropped a fabulously illustrated video for his new 7″ single ‘Magnolia’; A dreamy downtempo number with swirling, celestial references to a bygone era of romantic synth balladry. Love.
Take a listen to Young & Sick’s equally brilliant b-side below, a new track called ‘Willow’…
The other day I was randomly musing on twitter as to whether or not we’ll ever actually get a new D’Angelo album, because we were kind of promised it last year but unsurprisingly nothing materialised. And even after a critically acclaimed live comeback in 2012 and a string of festival appearances last year – we’ve still not heard anything concrete about when this album will actually be released.
And while that particular question remains very much unanswered, there is now a little more promise of something happening. In these short videos, uploaded by Russell ‘The Dragon’ Elevado, D’Angelo can be seen jamming in the studio with man-God and collaborator Pino Palladino. And although I didn’t necessarily need evidence that D was working on the album (we already heard a slew of new jams during his live shows), its still amazing to see it happening… I mean it’s fucking D’Angelo!
Hot off the heels of their U.S television debut last night on Jimmy Fallon, the UK’s grammy nominated golden boys Disclosure lend their talents to rapper Bishop Nehru by producing this vibey new single ‘You Stressin”. Taking a soulfully laid back approach the boys provide a smooth soundbed of harmonic synths and include just enough bass under the hood to keep Nehru riding a throwback style set of verses. Take a listen.
Man like Sampha has just re-upped an early release of his called Sundanza, which he explains: “is a collection of early productions of mine… My brother accidentally deleted the master files from my computer so they exist only as low quality unmastered mp3s. It was originally released on very limited hand sprayed CD-R’s in 2010, but I decided to make it available with all income going directly to the Youth Cancer trust”.
Perhaps a little different to the Sampha many have come to know over the past year or so, but for long-time fans – this might sound a little more familiar. Either way this is kinda-new Sampha and is raising money for a great cause – win win.
Listen below and download at a price you see fit.