Shlohmo & Jeremih are pretty smart dudes; this pairing they’ve devised is going to undoubtedly bring in some serious coin this summer and beyond. Just take a look at the two of them performing their latest joint ‘No More’ at The FADER Fort at SXSW presented by Converse. As one of my favoured electronic producers Shlohmo rarely puts a step wrong, and I have nothing but eternal respect for how Jeremih flipped the switch on his career since that debut single; although that said – his vocals during this performance weren’t the sharpest.
However overlooked ‘Stranger in Moscow’ is amongst Michael Jackson’s iconic discography, it survives as one of his most haunting classics. Taken off Jackson’s double-disc HIStory album, the ballad has amassed a near cult-appreciation since its release in 1996; the portrait of loneliness MJ paints in that song (and its unforgettable video) is eerily tangible. His performance is flawless.
It feels befitting then that an emotive band like Tame Impala felt inspired enough by the song to cover in such a delicate and respectable way. Impala’s softly curated palate of padded drums, coiling synths and echo-soaked vocals gives an exciting new dimension to Michael’s near-mythic original. This is wonderful.
London producer Cronos comes through with a simmering new remix of Donell Jones’ classic ‘U Know Whats Up’, re-imagined and retitled here as ‘U Know’. Cronos takes the original hit apart and applies a subtly constructed beat surrounded by ghostly vocal samples. This hits the sweet spot.
As iconic albums goes, Grace Jones’ Nightclubbing sits among the greatest. From the iconic cover, to Grace’s unmistakable blend of reggae inspired disco – it is an album regarded as one of the best ever released (and personally sits among my most treasured albums). To mark its 20+ year legacy the album will be comprehensively remastered and repackaged to include hard-to-find alternative versions of some of Jones’ most iconic songs, plus two new tracks including ‘Me! I Disconnect From You’, a cover of Gary Numan’s 1979 cult-classic. Take a listen to the newly uncovered gem up top – its rather fabulous.
Yo. Get ready for some nostalgic euphoria. Our girls Juce have released their debut music video via Noisey for their sassy single ‘Call You Out’. Jam packed in 90′s shenanigans and structured around “standard school-day issues”, the girls perform in a myriad of fabulously fierce outfits and set ups – including a nod to TLC’s ‘Creep’, silky pyjamas, dance routines and all.
Get it ladies.
Devileyes is the new mixtape from London duo We Are Shining. The tape features 8 brand new song including ‘Devileye’, which we featured on 22Tracks, ‘Hey You!’ and ‘Wheel’ featuring Roses Gabor. Steeped in sound clash experimentalism, each song is a sprawling insight into the minds of both Acyde (yes sir!) and Morgan, known collectively as We Are Shining. Through an in-depth understanding of broken groove, kaleidoscopic beats and colourful textures – everything here sounds remarkably on-point.
Download Devileyes here.
Remember when music videos were full of digital fantasies of the future with sci-fi TV screens and metallic blue/grey walls? And remember when folk used to sing from random, super-modern swanky hotels/apartments? This video kind of reminds me of that. Aside from the obvious – the fact that this tune is massive – the video works perfectly.
London’s new darling girl-group, Juce, have released a brand new track called ‘Braindead’ which they remarkably recorded in half day with producer Dan Carey, who also helmed their sensational debut single ‘Call You Out’. The new serving is a sensational summer soaked new track, teaming with fabulously airy production and riddled in divine disco-references. Clearly channeling the sounds they were exposed to during their formative years, band members Cherish, Georgia and Chalin all come to the fore with breezy vocals and carefree harmonies. ‘Braindead’ is out on 7″ on the 7th of April via Speedy Wunderground.
These girls. We’ll keep telling you.
Kaytranada reworks AlunaGeorge’s ‘Kaleidoscope Love’ into a bubbling new dance floor anthem featuring a typical vibeyz production from the Canadian producer. Kayranada’s remixes have gathered quite a fan base over the past couple years, the crowd he drew at Deviation last month (check his set here) caught me off guard. Its one thing to see online heads losing their shit but when that translates IRL – it impresses me.
Yeah, I said IRL.
The very first look at the Andre 3000 starring as Jimi Hendrix in ‘All Is By My Side’ has surfaced ahead of its SXSW screening this weekend. The short clip is of a scene between Hendrix and Linda Keith (Imogen Poots), the former girlfriend of Keith Richards about his upcoming – turned historic – show at Monterey Pop Festival. Take a look at 3 Stacks performance up top – I need to see more before I cast my full judgement.