‘Man x Woman’ is definitely ticking boxes and certainly serves its purpose as a sexy dance floor filler, but personally I’d have been more excited by hearing it more downplayed and progressive, in a similar vain as to what it evolves into towards the latter part of the track. Whether it’s because the aesthetic of the track has become so abundant over the past couple years or quite simply because it’s been a long time since we heard Mar sing (and lets face it, no one sings like Mar) – I do miss the leftist mentality Full Crate & Mar applied when they approached their early material and debut EP; Not suggesting that needs to be replicated, but I am finding myself in need of that particular spirit of European experimentalism again.
That said, tuck in to this – ‘Man x Woman’ is a sure fire winter warmer with delicious chords and sexy drops. It’s also great to see these guys back at it again. Mar’s forthcoming EP Form is coming soon.
Take a look at King Krule’s latest video for ‘A Lizard State’ presented by Alfred Hitchcock (obvs) and directed by Jamie-James Medina. The track is taken off Krule’s tremendous debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon – which still stands out as one of the most impressive albums (let alone debuts) we’ve heard in years.
We’ve been championing Kwabs for a few years now but it finally feels like 2014 might be the year everyone else rightfully catches on. The track he released with SOHN last year called ‘Last Stand’ melted hearts on first listen and excitingly singer and producer have come together once again for another polar vortex thawing collaboration.
Directed by SOHN’s masterful imagination, ‘Wrong or Right’ carries an undeniable soul-groove, nicely digitised for contemporary satisfaction and gracefully touches upon a multitude of intriguing and contrasting influences. But as has been the case time and time again it’s the resounding, all encompassing powerhouse vocal that Kwabs emits that solidifies the unyielding beauty of this and every other song he sings on. Swoon.
Kwabs will release his debut EP Wrong or Right on February 3rd via Atlantic Records.
BBC Radio 1′s resident selector Benji B hosted a special Young Turks takeover at Maida Vale last night featuring the labels best talent including some XL Recordings artists. Assisted by the Deviation strings, the show saw exclusive performances from Koreless, Sampha, Pional and Jamie xx (who spun his ‘Sleep Sound’ track for the first time on radio), as well as some other names you’ll recognise from hanging out here. Oh, and Jamie announces some pretty massive news. Been hyped about this for a few weeks now, so head over to the BBC to enjoy.
… Sampha though. Jheeze.
P.s Unfortunately if you’re outside of the UK you won’t be able to watch/listen to this via the BBC. If an internationally friendly version drops, we’ll update.
Here’s some exciting, but perhaps not all too surprising, news. Electronic experimentalist Shlohmo and R&B comeback kid Jeremih have announced a collaborative EP which is due out February 2014. The news follows their excellent track ‘Bo Peep (Do You Right)’ which was dropped via Yours Truly earlier this year. Watch the trailer for the new project up top. Must say I’m pretty excited about this – I think this combination will naturally push out some really creative stuff. Here’s to 2014.
Last week North London collective Piff Gang released a brand new mixtape appropriately titled Pizzy – it premiered on Fader.com. As one of the city’s finest rap outfits it’s unsurprising that their new 13-track tape supplies a plethora of crisp beats and unmistakable verses – fine-blazed to vibe to. PG’s strength has always been that they are a talented collective of sharp, well versed emcees who are fully immersed in and committed to the culture and generation that they minister too. Time to reach for that sticky and listen up.
… And shouts to all the producers who worked on this.
Kanye’s new video premiered on Ellen, rightfully so too because this has to be a joke.
I don’t even know what this is. And I’m sure Yeezy will have a grand ol’ explanation (I didn’t stick around for the post-video interview on Ellen, but you can – just keep watching until the end) but this is not good. By any means. Maybe it isn’t meant to be, maybe it’s supposed to rile people up – either way, it’s a hot mess. Kim’s getting played… and/or paid (spot the difference).
I mean. What’s to say here? Sam Smith and Disclosure have teamed up with Nile Rodgers and Jimmy Napes to create ‘Together’, a ridiculously fonky new jam which combines a plethora of their styles into a fabulously packaged tune. Nothing but great thing to say here. Listen loudly.
Raleigh Ritchie made fans of us with his single ‘Stay Inside’ (and dope video), which he followed with ‘In Too Deep‘. Today he releases a new tune called ‘Free Fall’ and like his previous releases combines his unabashed and laid back R&B vocals, unfiltered twang and a soundbed of smooth production – which bumps – into a vibey jam. This is another win for this young gun. ‘Free Fall’ is taken off Ritchie’s forthcoming Black and Blue EP.
Premirered via Fader