22Tracks have just relaunched their site with a brand new, exquisitely designed player and improved iPhone app. Heralded for its simplicity both in concept and design, 22Tracks is a curation platform devoted entirely to music discovery. The site, cultivated by specialist tastemakers and DJ’s, offers a fully immersive experience into new sounds across 22 genres from key European hubs like Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and of course London (Berlin and U.S cities to follow). Each playlist is updated with five new songs every week.
Over the past two years PinBoard has been at the helm of London’s soul/R&B channel, a space we devote to the genres leading-edge. As with our own platform we carefully curate our playlist to expose artists and sounds that fracture the traditional.
Head over to 22tracks.com now, check out all the channels up for grabs and make sure you download their brand new free iPhone app.
Miguel has released a new video for his track ‘Smallthings’ which premiered on HBO’s hit show Girls a few months ago. Like all things ‘Miguel’, the ballad is dedicated to the object of his affection, a passionate ode to the simple things…
Steven A. Clark has been steady on his grind for a few years, in fact his wondrous single ‘Lonely Roller’ can be traced as far back as 2012. However this month saw the release of Clark’s quaint 3 track Late EP, a project that skims the delicate frontiers of soul, R&B and pop. Although these songs were previously released under the project name Fornication Under the Consent of the King, this streamlined EP marks the singers first release on Secretly Canadian.
Free‘s tour de force is unquestionably its aforementioned opener ‘Lonely Roller’, an instant vintage paradox of feel good melancholy and exhilarating soul (with a devastatingly killer hook, may I add); You’ll find yourself endlessly reloading this one - advance warning. ‘Just Ride’, the EP’s second number is a richer, more R&B affirmed mid-tempo which wouldn’t feel totally out of place on a Miguel record. ‘Seashore’, the EP’s closing track concludes proceedings as its most defiant record – an anthemic bubbler that makes a resolute statement about the copious facets of its creators palette.
Listen to Steven A. Clark’s Late EP via Spotify below and/or buy it via iTunes.
Rochelle Jordan and her right hand producer KLSH return with a brand new, hard-as-fuck track called ‘Lowkey’, which once again reaffirms their position as one of R&B’s most encouraging duos. The current deluge of aspirational singers attempting to capture the current notions of R&B by sloppily applying drawn-out synths and murky vocals can at times make it difficult to differentiate between the irreverent and the genuinely impressive - but heads up, this is how it’s done. As these two musical kin continue to progress down their dedicated soundscape, their talents and sound progress with them – expanding in depth, colour and form at every turn. Tuck into this.
A new Kanye West song titled ‘God Level’ produced by 88Keys, Hudson Mohawke, Mike Dean & Noah Goldstein has surfaced in a new Adidas FIFA World Cup commercial for their All In or Nothing campaign, which you can watch here. This probably isn’t the full track but take a listen to what we have so far below – hopefully we’ll get a fuller version soon because this sounds like a healthy addition to the Yeezus tracklist (it was obviously recorded during the album sessions) – an LP I still believe to be one of the best of 2013 (contrary to popular opinion).
L.A’s Tinashe has released a retake of Drake’s ‘Days in the East’ (produced by PARTYNEXTDOOR) which she uses to showcase the ornate fractions of her whisper-led voice. Retaining the emblematic melancholy of a Drizzy slow jam, Tinashe refocuses her efforts into a dedication to her West Coast roots. This will be a fair few reloads.
For those who missed (or didn’t miss) the live stream this week…
Earlier this week D’Angelo sat down for an extremely (extremely) rare live interview with Nelson George as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The one hour and twenty-four minute conversation covered an host of topics including the motions behind Brown Sugar and Voodoo, the studio techniques he uses when recording (he records vocals between two speakers in a tipi!); And also saw Mr Archer sharing personal anecdotes about writing and recording ‘U Will Know’ for the Black Men United project, having transcendent conversations with Sly Stone, and the story about how he first came to meet Questlove (told by Questlove).
A lot more was lightly discussed, but disappointingly questions about D’Angelo’s new music were apparently completely off limit – a few things were alluded too, but nothing worth writing home about – a great shame considering, but hey – when D speaks, we listen…
Of the seventeen tracks on Mariah Carey’s new album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse (lets not get into it), only one grabbed my attention. Nestled ten tracks deep, ‘Meteorite’ is the serendipitous gem jostled within a void of underwhelming, middle-of-the-road songs.
Bewilderingly produced by Q-Tip, the track features a warm house beat, a lush disco backdrop and an album-highlight vocal performance from Carey. I wasn’t aware Tip was involved until a few reloads after but it would make sense that amidst some of the worlds biggest hit makers (Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins, Mike Will Made It) it would be left to The Abstract to come through with the albums only noteworthy offering. Go figure.
While the album version had me at hello, a new ‘Q-Tip version’ has appeared online boasting a slightly softer and richer sound. The differences between the two versions aren’t enormous, but this rendition offers slightly more atmosphere than the original. Listen to the album version here, and the alternative version below.
Following the video for his single ‘She Dried’, Jamie Isaac stirs up another heartfelt track titled ‘Mother’s Love Don’t Stretch’. The songs desolate memorandum is filled by Isaac’s stylised melody, a sunken piano and an undercurrent of ornate glitches & subtle drums. And although its clear he is an artist very much about carving his own path, parts of this brushes on the ground that sits somewhere between James Blake and King Krule.
BANKS just premiered her latest single ‘Drowning’ on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, which she has now shared online for everyone to enjoy. The melancholy ballad is yet another striking single from the Los Angeles singer, who is currently preparing the release of her debut album.