Southampton based singer/songwriter Will Ozane, otherwise known as Gang Colours, quietly released one of the best albums of last year with his debut The Keychain Collective. It was an album created in a post-James Blake world, where melancholic electronica was emotively infused with rhythm & blues melodies and UK bass shifts.
A year later and Ozane returns with an intriguing new single titled ‘Invisible In Your City’, a twinkling folk ballad dedicated to the complexities of human nature and the loneliness that is susceptible to city life. Melodically speaking the single isn’t as sweet as songs found on his debut, nor does it have the same swing, but his soft-natured vocals and ornate approach to production certainly continues to pique our interest.
Watch a trailer for his upcoming music video for ‘Invisible In Your City’ after the jump.
Escaping the dreaded one-hit-wonder curse is no mean feat, but Jeremih brought his career back from the brink following his 2009 mega-hit ‘Birthday Sex’. In fact he’s not only come back, he’s also created the rare and coveted cult following very few R&B artists get to enjoy. Even electronic producers were stanning. ‘Ex-To-See’ (get it?) is Jeremih’s latest free offering, a precursor for his upcoming new album Thumpy Johnson – it’s a cleverly titled ode to, you guessed it, running into an ex.
We’ve been a little enamoured with Raleigh Ritchie since hearing his debut single ‘Stay Inside’. And even though it was only released less than a month ago, a lot has happened since then for the young Bristonian – including an support slot for Kendrick Lamar and a performance at Wireless. Today though the singer returns with a new single titled ‘In Too Deep’, a seasonally appropriate ballad-bubbler shrouded in summery synths, dancing hi-hats and reverbed vocals.
Although perhaps not as immediately striking as ‘Stay Inside’, the songs potential is certainly evident. ‘In Too Deep’ is lifted off Ritchie’s debut EP The Middle Child.
Inspired by iconic women like Grace Jones and Nina Simone and created in collaboration with British director Matthew Donaldson, the video for ‘Lst Ctrl’ is another fierce offering from Zebra Katz. Take a look at the carnivorous tension builder up top and grab Katz’ Drklng EP now.
Just as we’re about gearing up to see Justin Timberlake at the Olympic Village for day 1 of Wireless, our guy drops his new single ‘Take Back the Night’ in full. You’ll remember he posted a teaser the other day, well today his officially kicks off The 20/20 Experience, Part 2 with the albums first single ‘Take Back the Night’. Timberlake, back working with long-time collaborator Timbaland, has always pushed the pop-envelope, none more so than on his sophomore album Future Sex/Love Sounds, but ‘Take Back the Night’ harkens back to the classic Off the Wall-steeze channeled on Justified - specifically his early work with The Neptunes. And remember what Questlove said…?
The 20/20 Experience, Part 2 is released September 30th.
Producer Jacques Greenereleases his new music video for ‘Faithful’, the latest single taken off his One Your Side EP, which also spawned his glorious collaboration with How To Dress Well. The video was shot and edited by TRUSST using an iPhone, Mini DV and some models. Difficult not to love this tune.
Ta-Ku flips a sample of Willow Smith’s controversial single ‘Summer Fling’ and creates a hypnotic new production with warm 808′s, isolated piano chords and cinematic strings. The song will feature on the Australian producer’s woefully titled new EP Songs To Break Up To due out in a few months and is available now as a free download, grab it below…
Justin Timberlake seems to have officially kicked off promo for the second installment of The 20/20 Experience with a teaser featuring a snippet of a new song titled ‘Take Back the Night’. In the video, JT is shown holding up placards which point out the various release dates of his recent releases (‘Suit & Tie’, ‘Mirrors’ etc); The penultimate card reads ‘Take Back the Night’ and is followed by a blurred-out sign presumably hiding the songs release date. The camera then follows him into a club where a snippet of the new (MJ-esque) track can be heard playing. Take a look/listen…
Timberlake’s second installment will be released September 30th. He’ll be taking to the stage this weekend in London for Wireless where he’ll headline on Friday and then again on Sunday with Jay-Z. Get ready.
Just as the news of Sampha’s impending EP goes viral, his record label Young Turks have released the first single lifted from it. The breezy ballad features the velvet coated voice we’ve all fallen in love with over the past few years, decorated with twinkling keys, organic production and subtle basslines. As is often the case with Sampha, his simplistic approach to songwriting and production exudes a quiet confidence that reaffirms him as one of the most interesting young artists on these shores.