Pusha T’s long awaited, early anticipated debut album My Name is Pusha T is a week away from being released and as has become tradition and in light of any potential (or rather unavoidable) leaks it’s being served up as a full stream via Myspace. The feature heavy album sees Pusha collaborate with Chris Brown, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chains, Big Sean, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar and others. And with production from Kanye West, Hudson Mohawke, Swizz Beatz and of course (?!) Joaquin Phoenix – it’s doubtful you’ll be disappointed.
In June we posted Forest Swords’ foreboding new single ‘Thor’s Stone’ and today are treated to it’s equally epic video directed by Dave Ma. Filmed in the industrial outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, the video stars dancer Guzman Rosado who interprets the song through a powerful and eerie body performance.
The Weeknd serves up another new video for his new Kiss Land lifted single ‘Pretty’. The video starts off with Abel traveling through an airport and chauffeur driven car, seemingly on route to meet his lover… But this is a Weeknd video so obviously things aren’t exactly how they initially appear. Check the dramatic visual up top.
Powerful new video from Pulse Films director Dave Ma for Modular signed, Sydney based trio Movement for their second single ‘Us’. The songs quiet, thematic beauty is depicted through the eyes of a young man mourning the loss of a murdered friend/relative. In his grief he decides to join a gang – we follow him being brutally initiated then given a gun which he uses to take revenge. Take a look – it’s a compelling watch, with an interesting twist.
Solange can do no wrong – even when she dances awkwardly it comes off ‘quirky’ and ‘cute’. Her latest video is a hipsters dream. Set in what looks like an indoor shopping centre (sorry, mall) not too unlike the dusty-but-loveable one in Dalston (and no, the irony is not lost on me here) Solange flexes herself about in various outfits while performing ‘Lovers in the Parking Lot’ – her infectious single taken off her True EP. Like I said – she can do no wrong, every time she’s on screen we all fall a little deeper in love with this woman.
Kelela’s powerful presence is felt all over her Nguzunguzu-produced new single ‘Enemy’. Taken off her forthcoming debut release CUT 4 ME, the song sees the Los Angeles based songstress wrapping her vocals around a 90′s, Kelis-style melody, brilliantly juxtaposed against Nguzunguzu imposing and uncompromising beat which eventually switches up to be a bit of a bass monster. You hearing Kelela’s harmonies and BV’s? Oouff.
Earlier today Willow Smith’s debut performance of her single ‘Summer Fling‘ on The Queen Latifah Show sparked a pretty interesting debate on our Facebook page. Smith’s breezy ballad is a pretty impressive offering, it’s got a sweet melody and a brilliantly catchy hook. And perhaps surprisingly (or maybe unsurprisingly given her gene pool) she performs it with a genuine conviction and firmly controlled, albeit limited, vocals. Everything is good until you’re reminded that Smith is 12 years and is singing about a summer fling. For some (many of whom commented on our FB post) that isn’t an issue – merely a result of Generation Cyrus. But for others it sits a little too close to an uncomfortable edge. Either way, and faux British accent aside, it’s been obvious since her ‘Whip My Hair’ debut (aged just 9) Miss Smith is out to take some spots and if I were Rihanna, I’d be keeping a close eye on her movements.
Our girl Katy B pays ode to the magic hour with this sensually charged new banger titled ’5 AM’. In typical Miss Brien fashion the song is a perfect soundtrack for the dance, specifically that moment at end of the dance – you know the one. ’5 AM’ is lifted off Katy’s forthcoming sophomore album currently being produced with Geeneus, it follows her single ‘What Love Is Made Of’ and last years excellent Danger EP.
MNEK is a badman. But then we already knew that. Aside from being a great songwriter and an incredible singer, his ear as a producer is really quite something too. Here he blends Aaliyah’s version of ’At Your Best’ and George Michael’s ‘Fast Love’, two songs seemingly worlds apart and from them creates one of his (now infamous) refixes – perhaps one of his best yet. Vocally what he does on this is nothing short of remarkable – very few singers (in the world) are able to riff as elegantly and as controlled as this guy. MNEK for the world.
Following the massive success of his debut album, masked producer SBTRKT returns with a stellar new single titled ‘IMO’. Dedicated to the memory of his of his brother, the winding and motional track is lifted from his “album recordings” – it’s unclear whether or not it will feature on his forthcoming (as yet untitled) album. The multilayered song feels a more refined and emotive than his previous releases, hopefully more of this to come on that new LP.