Apr 2014 29

Cult beloved singer Lykke Li has shared her latest single ‘Gun Shot’, the second taken off her forthcoming third album I Never Learn (May 5th). Armed with the power of 80’s power-balladry ‘Gun Shot’ carries remnants of Madonna new-wave era across its entire soundscape. This is more than a little bit great, it’s wonderful.

You can stream I Never Learn in full via NPR.

Apr 2014 29

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Fresh from releasing his prodigious Waterfall EP last month, British wonderkid Evian Christ rehashes Young Thug’s blaze anthem ‘Stoner’. As per usual, Christ beefs up Young Thug’s original by attaching a fully loaded, fully murky bassline, unrepressed synths and some Timbo reminiscent effects (tell me that one bit don’t sound like a baby crying?). Download here, listen loudly.

Apr 2014 29

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The legendary Roots crew return following their acclaimed Undun LP in 2011 with ‘When the People Cheer’, the first single taken off their forthcoming album … And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Bathed in the thoughtful overtones Roots fans have become accustomed too, the track  serves a nocturne beat which Black Thought uses to trace his contemplative verses. This may not be the most “exciting” single floating around but Roots heads will appreciate it. We’re nodding.

Apr 2014 29

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Warping us out of our scheduled hiatus is British producer Tourist and his latest collaboration with singer/songwriter and Prince’s BFF Lianne La Havas. ‘Patterns’ is a brooding new track that begins quietly enough, before exploding into sly 2-step bubbler with backing choir and killer-killer vocals from Miss Havas. Summer nights sound great like this.

Apr 2014 29

Dedicated to all the beautiful girls in Hackney, of course.

Take a gander at ‘Girl’ the b-side to Jamie xx’ ‘Sleep Sound’ which he unloaded last month. Hazy in all the right places Mr Smith seems on course to capture the sound of summer 2014. ‘Girl’ was originally broadcast by James Blake during his BBC Radio 1 residency, he fooled the world by claiming it was by an unknown artist and titled ‘Bloke'; ah, those pesky electronic producers and their… wit.

Expect ‘Sleep Sound’ & ‘Girl’ on May 5th via Young Turks.

Apr 2014 13

Every year it seems Coachella manages to ensemble and even more exciting motley crew of performers to headline their stages. This year they outdid themselves by reuniting one of hip hop’s most beloved group – Outkast – following a near 8-year hiatus. Add to that show stopping performances from Pharrell Williams, Disclosure, Nas, A$AP Ferg, Solange, Warpaint, Lana Del Rey, Banks and heaps of others, not to mention the special guests some of these artists brought out including Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J et el.

As the first weekend comes to an end, we’ve compiled some of the best performances from the past two days for you to sit back and enjoy. We’ll keep adding more full performances as they become available. And we’ll do the same with next weekends festivities too. Watch Outkast’s set up top and all the others after the jump.

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Apr 2014 13

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Singer Kwabs reunites with producer SOHN for another epic ballad called ‘Something Else’. Boasting a foreboding mix of hammering drums and soundclash of electronics, ‘Something Else’ continues the narrative that Kwabs and SOHN have been building since ‘Wrong or Right’. But of course no amount of production can distract from Kwab’s all-empowering voice which again here takes its rightful place centre stage.

Apr 2014 13

 

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Philly’s DonChristian has released a curious new mixtape called Renzo Piano which meshes his experimental rap style, with a potent mix of sounds that stretch beyond the empirical sounds of hip hop. Boasting expansive drums, echoey snares and murky chords Renzo Piano is based largely on an aesthetic attributed to contemporary R&B. The tape also features a guest verses from our boy LE1F.

Apr 2014 13

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Sunday’s are normally about catching a vibe but fuck it, – you need this. Melé teams up with Nu Brand Flexx’s Boya Dee and Peigh on ‘I Like It’, a  new booty anthem built around trap foundations and grime aesthetics. Never mind that hangover you’re nursing, turn this up and piss your neighbours off.

Apr 2014 13

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The sunshine pouring over London today is perfectly suited to match the summery appeal of Throwing Shade’s new track ‘Sweet Tooth’ featuring Emily Bee. The songs blue-sky approach uses church-organ synths to build itself into a twinkling pop production. Take a listen…

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