Dec 2013 19

Following a hugely successful year which saw Disclosure release their #1 selling debut album, embark on a successful world tour and receive a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Dance Album’ – it’s quite difficult to imagine how they’d round 2013 off. Well as per usual they manage to do so something special by commissioning two excellent remixes.

The first is put forward by the legendary DJ Premier - which for any artist is a ridiculous honour – who transforms the Sam Smith assisted ‘Latch’ into something completely new. The second offering comes from the slightly more obscure, but no less exciting electronic producer SOHN who dissects ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’. Take a listen to both – doubt you’ll be disappointed in either.

‘Latch’ (DJ Premiere Remix)

‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ (SOHN Remix)

Dec 2013 13

I’d probably need a few days to properly digest and discuss what Beyonce has managed to pull off today, but for now – hear the lady herself speak about her new self-titled “visual album” and try get your head around the fact that she, one of the worlds biggest superstars, managed to not only avoid leaks but also news about the release of her epic new project.

Buy Beyonce via iTunes now.

Update: Watch Part 2 of Bey’s mini-documentary series after the jump…

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Dec 2013 11

The man who may have started it all has today released a brand new EP called Hiders. And by ‘started it all’ I know you know what we mean. Following a string of characteristically random releases over the past couple years and while we still wait for a proper follow up to 2007′s Untrue, Burial’s new 3-track Hyperdub release should suitably satisfy most fanboy appetites. Although – that new long player seriously needs to happen soon.

Listen to ‘Hiders’ up top and purchase the entire EP via Hyperdub.

Dec 2013 10

It’s been a while (or at least it feels that way) since Rochelle Jordan released new music – we’ve been patiently waiting for her to follow up 2012′s Pressure. Thankfully it appears that she has been using her time wisely, because her new single ‘Follow Me’ is a well-worth-the-wait serving. Wrapped tightly amidst Jordan’s love of noughties R&B, her sultry inflictions and sassy melody shows a genuine growth – those vocals (… and riffs) have a new found confidence too. Of course like everything Rochelle graces musically, her producer KLSH is by her side delivering a skilfully evolving soundbed of airy, fractured beats that bump hard. Together these two can do no wrong.

Buy ‘Follow Me’ via iTunes.

Dec 2013 10

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.

Nov 2013 21

22 year old Evian Christ returns on full beast mode today with his new single ‘Salt Carousel’ – the first track taken off his forthcoming Waterfalls EP due out next year. Evian proved his sonic aptitude on his 2012 Kings and Them EP, which of course led him to work with hip hop’s behemoth Kanye West earlier this year. But his sound has grown a lot bigger since his first EP, much bigger in fact – so much so that perhaps a little a bit of Hudmo rubbed off on him during those Yeezus sessions. Grown too has his respect for the hallowed sparseness that he seems to lovingly appropriate across ‘Salt Carousel’ and much of his productions. Oh, and of course – it’s filled to the brim with fugly basslines and epic drops – standard.

Nov 2013 19

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).

Nov 2013 15

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.

Nov 2013 14

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

Nov 2013 12

Well cot damn, look what’s just arrived.

After a painfully long absence from releasing new music, New Zealand’s finest soul adventurers Electric Wire Hustle finally answer our calls and deliver a brand new track titled ‘Numbers and Steel’…

And it’s with great pleasure (and relief) that, even with a slight rearrangement in band members (Mara and Taay are now joined by drummer Mario Crew & bassist Johnny Lawrence), they’ve returned to us with a sound that evolves further than what they left us with in 2010, yet rings warmly familiar. Their musical impressions and soulful inflictions are still very much present, only now the sound is further formed and refreshingly in contemporary way.

True story: if it wasn’t for EWH and a chance encounter with them back in 2010 at Red Bull Studios London (where we filmed them), we would have never have created the Rehearsal Rooms series, which eventually led us to film some truly incredible artists including Raphael Saadiq, Jessie Ware, Emeli Sande, A$AP Rocky, Jamie Woon and loads more.

Download ‘Numbers and Steel’ for free via their website.

via OKP

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