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

Kwabs

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…

Apr 2014 10

MNEK

Have we not been telling you about MNEK? See now, this is why…

Our boy, whose refixes have been tearing things down over the past two years, has at long last unearthed his official debut single titled ‘Every Little Word’. Having witnessed this guys star steadily rise it is to no surprise (to us) that ‘Every Little Word’ is the complete and utter smash that it is. Funnelling his influences to a near science and refining his own bewildering talents to a tee, ‘Every Little Word’ demonstrates the perfect pop-formula – serving Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown and MNEK realness.

Apr 2014 08

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TDE’s first lady SZA released her wonderful new EP today – in other words, today is a good day. The 10 track expended player (album?) includes collaborations with label mates Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, as well as the previously released single with Chance the Rapper and is filled to the brim with the textures, colours and mood structures SZA has used to gain her dedicated and wide-reaching following. There are a lot of female singers riding the spacey-R&B-wave at the moment (and we’re not complaining) but SZA applies a subtle, but explicit edge that sets her apart from a lot of them. Sink into this one via Spotify after the jump or purchase it in full from iTunes.

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