I don’t think anyone can release a better album this year than Shabazz Palaces, at least not for me anyway. Everything about Lese Majesty is supreme – from the endless influences they pack into every inch of their material, to their eccentric themes of tribal afro-futurism – it all works like a wonderfully chaotic symphony. Enter then their new video for ‘#CAKE’, masterfully directed by Hiro Murai – a beautiful post-apocalyptic visual that weaves in and out of kaleidoscopic urban landscapes, desolate locations and performance shots. File this next to their Kahlil Joseph directed ‘Black Up’ video (which incidentally was my favourite music video of 2011).

Only a band like alt-J can make a line like ‘I wanna turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet’ sound so very… appealing. It’s from the trio’s latest tune ‘Every Other Freckle’, taken from their forthcoming full length This Is All Yours out September 22. Once again we’re thrown into a whirlwind of elegant, sophisticated vocal melodies and eclectic instrumentation; and once again, we’re absolutely smitten.

Adult Jazz are perhaps the most exciting band to have burst onto the scene since alt-J, and their debut album, Gist Is, exemplifies why. The four-piece from Leeds begin proceedings with the seven-minute long ‘Hum’, where frontman Harry Surgess enchants with his fluttery voice transcending the spiritual instrumentation.

Over the course of the LP, we see the band spread their wings and take an experimental turn in tracks like ‘Idiot Mantra’ and ‘Be A Girl’ which revert from a straightforward 4×4 beat whilst still maintaining accessibility through the lyrics (“my heart, it is still spinning all over the ground“). The LP is rounded off with ‘Bonedigger’, a smooth and airy number, which brings us back to a more conventional flow.

Gist Is, takes you on an ethereal journey of intricately crafted, forward-thinking compositions, rammed with layer upon layer of sparkling rhythms, magical vocals and introspective songwriting. Stream the entire album over at NPR, before it drops August 4.

FKA twigs follows up the her vivid ‘Two Weeks‘ single with ‘Pendulum’, the second track from her hotly anticipated debut album LP1 (out August 11 via Young Turks). Twigs shrouds her typically leftist production with dreamy vocal of hers. Big love to Jesse Kanda too, who shares some of the bizarrely beautiful shots of Twigs in hero latest video. Beautiful use of FKA’s falsetto towards the end - divine…

We Are Shining show up in a corner shop to perform their afrofuturisic new funk-opera ‘Hot Love’ while hypnotic beauty and rising model Adwoa Aboah loses herself on the desolate streets of North-East London. The duo (formally known as The Shining), made up of Morgan Zarate and Acyde, create a cacophony of juxtaposed sounds melding the worlds of fusion-jazz, gospel, and bluesy-electronica into their own warped version of reality. You’ll be singing this all day.

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Shabazz Palaces produced one of my favourite hip hop album of recent years with 2011′s Black Up; An album that represented what I felt many hip hop albums have lacked – genuine experimentalism and creativity. Following their acclaimed debut album Ishmael Butler (of the legendary Digable Planets) and multi-instrumental genius Tendai Maraire have returned to the fore with their much anticipated sophomore effort titled Lese Majesty. Released next week, the album is available to stream now via NPR, and marks an exciting second chapter in this wonderful duo’s musical exploits.

Tuck in over at NPR now.

‘Cigarette Song’ is the latest track to surface from Atlanta wonderkid Raury, whose really made a name for himself over the past few months. Driven by an elegant guitar melody, the song (co-produced by Daytrip) sees the teen command the song in way beyond his years and exhibiting his talents as a singer, rapper and producer.

Alt-J have just shared the music video for ‘Hunger of the Pine’, the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore effort This Is All Yours out this September. The trio have enlisted Nabil Elderkin to direct the edgy visual, and he’s captured the track’s sentiment of hope and yearning for love to perfection.

Still just a teen, Swedish rapper Yung Lean first caught our attention a year ago when he dropped his stellar debut mixtape Unknown Death 2002. Since then, he’s continued to deliver the goods, most recently ‘re-charge’. A mellow, slow burning beat holds things together as Lean reflects on life. Listen up.

How To Dress Well has revealed his What is this Heart? video trilogy, which follows a young in-love couple navigating the struggles of their circumstances. Directed by Johannes Greve Muskat, written by Tom Krell and soundtracked by singles ‘Repeat Pleasures’, ‘Face Again’ and ‘Childhood Faith in Love’, the trilogy unfolds into a short film about love, loss and the lengths we go to for those who we truly care for. Watch the entire trilogy from start to finish above and kudos to HTDW for creating something special here.

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