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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.

FKA twigs is a Khaeleesi incarnate in the music video for ‘Two Weeks’, the lead single from her recently announced debut LP1. The self-produced number is a jittery cacophony of rich layers of stuttering beats that engulf her luxuriously sexy voice. Like all things twigs, the accompanying visual, directed by NABIL, is a (bizarre) treat which sees the avant-garde songstress draped in gold looking like the Mother of Dragons. LP1 drops August 11, go get it here!

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Brother/sister duo BROODS continue their glorious run of pop hits with ‘Mother & Father’, the lead single from their debut album out later this year. This might just be their best track to date, it’s thick with layers of slick synths driven by thumping drums and great vocals.

Junglepussy’s ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’

Back in March, we introduced you to Junglepussy and her blazing single ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed‘. Today we’re graced with her debut album, also called Satisfaction Guaranteed. And just as we guessed - it’s pure fire! JP spits with confidence and ferocity over darkened beats penned by Shy Guy. This is life according to Junglepussy and we’re listening…

FKA twigs Announces Debut Album LP1

FKA twigs has announced the release of her long-awaited debut album via Young Turks/XL Recordings. Entitled, LP1, the full length will be upon us August 11 and will feature 10 brand new tracks. Check out the striking album cover designed by Jesse Kanda (above) along with the full tracklisting after the jump. Get excited…

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With the release of “What Is This Heart?” just around the corner, How To Dress Well has dropped yet another masterpiece in the form of ‘Face Again’. There’s almost a Hip Hop vibe to the song as Krell lays down his immaculate falsetto over echoey drums that’re lifted by a platter of  majestic synths and eerie electronics. Listen up!

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