Shabazz Palaces produced one of my favourite hip hop album of recent years with 2011’s Black Up; An album that represented what I felt many hip hop albums have lacked – genuine experimentalism and creativity. Following their acclaimed debut album Ishmael Butler (of the legendary Digable Planets) and multi-instrumental genius Tendai Maraire have returned to the fore with their much anticipated sophomore effort titled Lese Majesty. Released next week, the album is available to stream now via NPR, and marks an exciting second chapter in this wonderful duo’s musical exploits.
Tuck in over at NPR now.
The internets have been waiting on this collaborative extended player for some time now, and excuse us for being a couple days late in bringing it to your attention.
When two mutually respectful worlds align to create something new in the way Shlohmo & Jeremih have, it can rarely been seen as a disappointment. In fact it should be celebrated. And regardless of whether you feel this joint project is better or worse than each of their solo offerings, you have to respect their gusto – it’s easy to forget how much of a dirty word “R&B” was just a few years ago, especially in the electronic community. And who knew Jeremih would swing back after that meme-inducing chart topper?!
For the most part No More is a convincing release, it pushes forward with the current understanding of what contemporary R&B is – a genre no longer stagnant in the shadow of its golden era. It is for the most part however carried by Shlohmo’s productions which are wonderfully industrial and appropriately gully. Jeremih’s vocals unfortunately slip key far too often and his Weeknd-esque wailing at times is a little indulgent.
That said there are gems in here, pay particular attention to ‘The End’ and an extended version of ‘Fuck You All The Time’.
Download No More for free here.
Jessie Ware’s new video for ‘Tough Love’ has just arrived. While i’m not entirely sure what exactly is happening here, I do slyly enjoy the 80’s drama it appears to evoke. Not necessarily the video I envisioned for this single but thankfully the track is good enough to sustain it…
Usher teams up with Pharrell once again to deliver yet another showstopper, named this time as ‘She Came to Give It To You’. It’s no ‘U Don’t Have to Call’ – which is a real shame – this is a smoother, more refined and even more MJ-inspired affair (lest we forget ‘U Don’t Have to Call’ was originally penned for the King of Pop). Raymond’s performance once again proves that while others wane, some vocalists only get better and better with time. ‘She Came to Give It to You’ features a solid verse from Nicki Minaj – you know when’s not singing those ridiculous tween hooks, she’s a beast. Listen up.
Lil Silva has shared an emotive new video for his single ‘Mabel’, the title and lead track lifted off his sensational upcoming EP. It’s impossible to forget the magic feeling you had when school (finally) finished for the summer; Six whole weeks to do whatever you wanted, often (in my case, at least) spent aimlessly wondering the city on bikes with friends looking for new adventures. Silva’s new video taps into that exact notion and reminds us all of those wonderful coming of age moments…
Mabel EP is out on August 5 on Good Years.
Following the global success of his partnership with Hudson Mohawke, Lunice returns – finally releasing the official version of his near-mythic single ‘Can’t Wait To’. Crisp hi-hats, flossy drops and enough ignorance to satisfy the most ratchet among us. Listen below.
‘Can’t Wait To’ is out tomorrow via iTunes.
Before Disclosure became Billboard cover stars, they made a name for themselves by releasing a slew of 2-step inspired remixes of songs many of us loved – classic or otherwise. It seems while their debut album circle firmly winds down they’re back on the case applying “the face” to a host of new tracks which now also includes Usher’s ‘Good Kisser’. Is it better than the original? Nah, not quite but it is a nice summer-nights bubbler. Pass the Pimms.
Make no mistake, Dorian Concept is one of the best beatsmiths around. His productions have influenced – directly or indirectly – many of the young electronic producers that emerged from the aftermath of L.A’s beat renaissance back in late naughties. But despite an extended hiatus between 2009’s classic When Planets Explode and 2011’s Her Tears Taste Like Pears EP, he returns with a brand new single called ‘Draft Culture’ and news of a forthcoming album titled Joined Ends.
Armed with a new set of tools (“The new gear was important because the MicroKorg had been my main production unit for a long time… It really tied me down to my old sound. I’ve always been a fan of reduction, so working with analogue gear was a way for me to put my focus back on playing. It feels like my first musical cycle is closing and the start of a new one”), the upcoming LP marks a new era in sound for the Austrian producer and if the lead single is anything to go by – we’re all in for a nice treat.
We featured this track over on our 22Tracks channel this week, but felt it needed extra love here too – simply because it’s so effin’ cold.
19 year old Londoner Billie Black tantalises the senses with new single ‘I Don’t Need Another Lover'; Showing off her jazz-cool vocals, she is accompanied by a hard beat courtesy of Imposters. This seriously knocks and has been on very heavy rotation since it landed in our inboxes. Listen up.
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Many heads will be familiar with Lil Silva from his various post-grime releases and collaborations over the past few years, but a more mainstream audience were most likely introduced to him through his recent work with rising pop goddess BANKS.
Now though Silva has announced his much anticipated solo return with a new 5-track EP titled Mabel, a project which will see him push his unique talents further into the stratosphere. Silva’s new release not only signifies a huge sonic leap for him as a producer, but also introduces him as an impressive frontman singer. Take a listen to the EP’s title track below and get ready for that new extended player on August 4th – we’ve had it on repeat for a couple months now, you won’t be disappointed.