Here we go again. Wonderkid MNEK storms through with yet another impeccably crafted new single titled ‘Wrote a Song About You Last Night’. Driven by an infectious house beat, the song puts real focus on MNEK’s genius for penning undeniable pop bangers. Not only that – he also happens to be out-singing every one of his contemporaries without really breaking a sweat. All this from a guy still in his teens – mind blowing.
Our boy Darq E Freaker comes through with another monstrous single, titled ‘Minger’, that combines an epic fusion of trap extravagance, grime dystopia and a slew of undercover Timbo influences (do you hear that?). His new video, premiered on FACT and directed by rising London director Sally Sibbet, embodies Freaker’s horror-core ranking perfectly – it’s set in what appears to be Lucifer’s playpen, riddled with snake wielding demon strippers and disembodied hearts. A madness. Check it out.
Our homegirl Roses Gabor returns to the fore with a fierce new single produced by our wonderkid hit-maker MNEK – a video for which has just been premiered on Noisey. The track, created in a flurry of “electrical chemistry” between singer and producer turns out to be a pulsating voltaic slow jam which Gabor elevates through her calming vocal chords.
Rap provocateur Mykki Blanco serves up another savage video in support of his gritty single ‘She Gutta’. Released as part of his Spring/Summer 14 EP, the video is filled with images and scenes sex, drugs and violence but is stolen by Mykki’s powerful performance and indisputable charisma. Bundled together with two other songs ‘Wish You Would’ and ‘Booty Bamboo’, Blanco’s new Spring/Summer 14 EP is available via iTunes now.
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.