May 2014 18

Take a look at Jay and Bey’s new ‘fake-movie-music-video’ which casually stars some of Hollywoods biggest names including Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Emma Rossum, Guillermo Diaz, Rashida and Kidada Jones. Directed by Melina Matsoukas, the clip has been released to promote the couples forthcoming ‘On the Run’ tour – which starts in the States in June. And although I’m still confused as to why the Carter-Knowles’, with all their business acumen, feel the world needs another tour from either of them (following Jay’s run with JT and Beyonce’s year-long world wide tour), I must admit this is exactly the type of star power video that will make people want to buy tickets. And we’re purposely not getting into the chronology of this video appearing just a week after that video smacked the world upside its head.

Timing is everything.

May 2014 17

Huge news for our girls Juce who this week signed a record deal with Universal/Island Records following the release of their universally adored debut single ‘Call You Out’. Announcing the big news on their Facebook page, the girls were pictured celebrating with label boss Darcus Beese and the Island team that will be helping the London trio to craft their debut album. Furthermore the girls have also been announced as performers at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend . A huge look. #Proud.

With a new song promised for this Monday, take a look at Georgia, Cherish & Chalin performing ‘Call You Out’ live at the BBC. Beaut.

May 2014 15


After a premature breakup Diddy’s ex-girls Danity Kane finally reemerge with a new single called ‘Lemonade’ – and it’s hot. It’s easy to ignore the fact that these girls delivered two stand out pop-R&B albums before their boss realised breaking them up would be far more TV-worthy than if they stayed together. Internal dramas aside though, and a member down, ‘Lemonade’ once again brings DK’s sassy, no-nonsense flair to the fore and reminds us just how sparse legit-girl groups are these days. Oh, and recognise that sample?

May 2014 12


The return of Jazmine Sullivan has finally arrived!

She took a break amidst label/industry frustrations, but she’s back and hopefully (seemingly!) in full control of her output. ‘Dumb’ features the raspy, powerhouse voice thats been missing from our collections and reflects the best of her previous material.

Artists like Sullivan often get lost in labels – CEO’s trying desperately to create a commodity that will sell to the masses, while the artist desperately tries to impart genuine reflections of themselves into their material. This struggle is audibly evident across both Jazmine’s first two albums –  projects half filed with sultry bangers like ‘Lions, Tigers & Bears’ and ‘Holding You Down’, next to watered down label-fodder. Hopefully the arrival of ‘Dumb’ marks the dawn of a new day in her career and hopefully she’ll be left to her own musical devices t0 create the body of work we all know she’s capable of producing.

Welcome back.

May 2014 05

Since Usher has been taking care of business on The Voice, the landscape for male R&B-pop singers has shifted quite a bit. Granted young guns Chris Brown and even Justin Bieber still have a long way to go before they’re considered genuine threats, but with the return of Justin Timberlake and the universal smash hit ‘Blurred Lines’ was for Robin Thicke – Usher has a lot to contend with. But as ‘Good Kisser’ proves, Raymond has little to be concerned about; Taken off his forthcoming eighth album his new single is every bit the smash we’ve come to expect from one of R&B’s longest reigning frontmen (and yes, we’re purposely ignoring all the Euro-trash shit that came after Confessions). Musically confident, vocally ferocious and generally well put together – everything here signals great things to come from that new album. This is a smash.

Well come back Ursh.

May 2014 05


Having burst onto the scene after writing and producing for Beyonce’s self-titled surprise album, singer/songwriter/producer Boots has been steadily leaking samples of his debut solo project. Released today WinterSpringSummerFall is Jordy Asher formal introduction and like his previous offerings tis a tape full of twists and turns. Like ‘Haunted’ on Beyonce much of WinterSpringSummerFall centres around murky notions of post-naughties R&B – punctured along the way with aching reverb, cascading chords and eccentric production. Joining Beyonce on the tapes featured-artist list are ShlohmoJeremih,  Kelela, Son Lux and Margot.

May 2014 05


The leaks from “Michael Jackson’s” new album Xscape keep coming; presumably a convenient marketing ploy from the label to keep interest up. Mission accomplished in part, because here we are discussing ‘Chicago’, the latest track restructured by Timbaland using original vocal recordings from the late King of Pop. The soulful-pop mid-tempo is surprisingly understated, with Timbo giving enough room across production to allows Jackson’s iconic voice to take centre stage. This isn’t a life changing addition to Michael’s discography, but it is good to hear his voice strong like this again.

May 2014 02

They’re really going to town with this new Michael Jackson album. If they spent this much energy on the first posthumous debacle, maybe all of this wouldn’t have such a bitter taste.

That said – this new single really isn’t bad. ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ originally written and demoed in 1983 with Paul Anka and Kathy Wakefield now features Justin Timberlake and throwsback to Jackson’s inspired Off the Wall era. Personal feelings on the XSCAPE project aside – I’m really happy with the way this song turned out.

Strange however that it was Usher who “performed” the track during the iHeartRadio Music Awards and not JT.

Apr 2014 29


Between announcing “a big project” with Timbaland and today’s collaboration with Kelela & DJ Dahi, comes the final version of ‘Don’t Tell Nobody’, Tink’s slow burner featuring Jeremiah Internz. A tag heavy sample of the song has been scattered around the internets for a while now, but today sees the fully loaded version.

Apr 2014 29


PMR have announced the signing of South East London duo No Artificial Colours to its roster, which currently already houses the likes of Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Julio Bashmore & Cyril Hahn. ‘Reach For Me’ is the first single from the group that PMR will release and as standard – it’s a bit of a gem. Featuring sultry vocals from Alex Mills and infectious summer-clad production from its creators – its all very warm and breezy. We likes.

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