On May 24th The Jet Age of Tomorrow will release their third full length album The JellyFish Mentality for free. Made up of musicians Matt Martians (The Internet/Odd Future) and Hal Williams (Pyramid Vritra) the duo’s upcoming release will feature an impressive list of collaborators including SBTRKT, Hodgy Beats, Kilo Kish, Jesse Boykins III and Earl Sweatshop. In the lead up to this weeks release they’ve uploaded a looming new a two-part single titled ‘ON!’ to their soundcloud, listen below…
Solange enlists Kendrick Lamar for the official remix of ‘Looks Good with Trouble’, a track lifted off her True EP. For the most part the song stays true to the version on the EP but Lamar’s Andre 3000 inspired verse helps add a fresh new dimension to it. The track is available to purchase via iTunes now.
Rising enigma Twigs follows up her self-titled debut EP released late last year with a new gothic ballad titled ‘How’s That’. The songs industrial operatics can be instantly likened to the pioneering works of artists like Björk or Portishead, but Twigs’ delicate future-pop resolution and fragile vocal ensure that her presence is felt throughout; The songs spectral video is a treat too.
Janelle Monae returns with a wonderfully stylised new video for her lead single ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ taken off her forthcoming second album The Electric Lady. Featuring soul’s high-priestess Erykah Badu, the track advances Monae’s exploration into afro-futurism, soul & funk. Perhaps not as complex as the orchestral suites and acid-soul overtures that made up The ArchAndroid, as a lead single ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ still makes a bold statement. It again demonstrates Janelle’s fearlessness when approaching music or rather the music industry. On paper and probably in practice too this ticks very few boxes from a major label stand point – not only does it not have an easy-on-the-ears, microwave-ready hook, it also stars two cult-followed avant-garde soul artists. Not exactly One Direction.
But for those impatiently waiting to see what Janelle Monae will evoke on The Electric Lady this should serve as a titillating preview. Because above all else this once again proves that neither Janelle Monae or Erykah Badu are from this planet.
‘Drift’ is the first single released from Kiran Kai + Carla, a newly emerged production duo from South London who waste no time flaunting their smorgasbord influences. Of course this being 2013 means that little-to-no information on these guys (outside of their tumblr) is readily available, but from the get-go the track seems to say a lot about where they both are sonically. In many ways the airy guitar, blunted 808′s and crisp hi-hats (along with a gloriously positioned sax) feels like a 2013 ode to the forgone-but-much-loved soultronica movement that emerged out of L.A around ’08. Add to this the cultural significance of R&B over the past few years and the synthesis of Kiran Kai’s screwed raps against Carla’s sultry vocal (along with those velvety ad-libs) and you’re left with a very promising/exciting juxtaposition.
New York based production duo CREEP have finally announced the release of their first full-length album echoes. Scheduled to be released on August 13th their debut album will feature 10 songs including the previously released singles ‘You’, ‘Animals’, ‘Call Her’ & ‘Days’. Each song on the LP will feature a guest vocalist – expect collaborations from Sia, Romy Madley Croft (The xx), Alpines and Planningtorock who features on their awesome new single ‘Introduction’. The new track demonstrates everything there is to love about CREEP – it’s dramatic and bold, yet still manages to be delicate and emotive – listen below.
The tracklist for echoes can be found after the jump.
Imagine you took The xx’s understanding of space and atmosphere and then added a humougous orchestral string section to it. Well, in what is arguably one of the groups most beautiful songs to date, that’s exactly what they’ve done. Sending their sound into the cinematic stratosphere ‘Together’ is a slow building masterpiece that quietly crescendos into a symphony of lush strings. The song will feature on ‘The Great Gatsby’ soundtrack (May 6th) helmed by Jay-Z, along side new music from Florence + the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce & Andre 3000 and many others.
‘Voices’ is a bonus track taken off Inc’s sensational debut album No World, which they released back in February on 4AD. Frequenters of this site will know that we’ve been preaching about Inc. since 2011 and have recently taken up any opportunity to boast about their album. ‘Voices’ could have very easily made the final cut of No World - it’s overlain romanticism, quiet drama and of course those unfuckwitable harmonies that only siblings like these two can really match is a great addition to the other 11 songs already on the LP. ‘Voices’ captures the ethereal pop and R&B fanaticism that Andrew and Daniel Aged steam into all their productions. Make sure you grab that album if you haven’t already.
The xx are among the hundreds of performers taking part in this years Coachella music and arts festival in California. The celebrated British band took to the stage last night and played material from their new album Co-exist, as well as music off their ’09 debut. During the hour-long set the band invited singer Solange on to the stage to perform a couple tracks, including cover of Aaliyah’s 1997 classic ‘Hot Like Fire’ (around the 20 minute mark). But this isn’t the first time these lot have got together to cover an R&B classic – you’ll remember in January Oliver xx and Solange performed a dope rendition of Nicole Wray’s ‘Make It Hot’.