Lana Del Rey revealed her 27 minute long epic short-film Tropico last night and it may be one of the most trippiest and strangely beautiful things you’ll see all year. The Anthony Mandler directed visual sees Del Ray accompanied by model Shaun Ross in a paradisiacal garden of Eden with the likes of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Jesus. The clip also depicts a darker, more sinister side of “L.A.”. Littered throughout the entire experience are clips of typical Lana Del Ray montages of Americana-tinted sunsets, clouds and blooming flowers. It’s feels like a perfectly respectable way to conclude Lana’s Born to Die chapter/saga and move into her next which begins with the release of her sophomore effort, Ultraviolence – due our early next year.

Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, follows his beautifully crafted 2011 album Coastal Grooves with another masterfully produced long player Cupid Deluxe. Having spent the past year penning silky anthems for the likes of Solange, MKS and Sky Ferrerira, he returns as a solo artiste with a wonderful bag of fabulously crafted pop gems. Hynes doesn’t falter, Cupid Deluxe proves that. Stream the entire album up top.

James Drake. Man, that was a fun moment for stans. But this, this is better than any of that bootleg gold. Pioneering British singer/producer James Blake flips Drake’s ‘Come Thru’ into his own hyphy-warped imaginings – and it’s wonderful. Take a listen through deep cans or heavy duty speakers, this deserves every part of your aural attention. Cha.

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London based eclectic songstress come producer reveals her new track with a monochrome visual to match. Hotly tipped and often mentioned in the same breath as Grimes, the Berlin bred artist is not letting the pressure get to her just yet. Content with her own blend of quirky electronica beats, lined up alongside Sinah’s whispy half spoken, half sung innocent vocals, the track definitely has mainstream appeal. For some “Just Ok” may take a couple of listens before realising Sinah has created a perfect union between lo fi and pop, but for those that have caught on, official release is coming 11th November on Noise Praise. 

Attu

New band alert. On first listen, North London quartet leave you feeling warm and well erm.. toasty inside with their first foray into the music world. The efforts of Don’t Sleep’ are well appreciated, as are the bubbling synths that rise by just the right amount throughout. Pleasingly everything snuggles into tight knitted guitars and quirky vocals, all of which lends to the songs general breezy’ness. Starting off as just a side project for Stefan Antoinette and quickly developing into a concrete four piece, this could be an interesting outfit to watch out for when their EP arrives in 2014.

Being a sucker for a shoegaze guitar and an emosh song, multi instrumentalist Marc Zito who flies under the musical radar as Fractures, had my ear at ‘Cadence.’

Lusting after the Melbourne producer’s provocative chords, you find yourself lured in, settled, then fittingly soaked into Fractures pain. Fractures calls each shot, with well placed full bodied harmonies, rich in tone and a heart being laid bare by compelling repetition of “I’ve got you stuck on mind, and it’s driving me crazy.” All the components of a modern day pop tune by default, yet soulful in essence, we can expect more when he releases his debut EP early 2014.

Flicker (Bedroom Demo)

It’s been well over a year since Shivum Sharma’s florid vocals and intricate melodies entranced our ears with the fluttery debut single, ‘Steady As We Go‘. The South Londoner graces us with a tender track in ‘Flicker’. Another beautiful slice of his nonchalant atmospheric pop. Elevated by the singer’s soaring vocals and harmonised to perfection. A soft piano takes charge and leads the way as the track glides seamlessly into flight.

After she revealed plans to drop her debut album Night Time, My Time (October 29) last week, things didn’t quite go as planned as Sky Ferreira went and got herself arrested for possessing Class A drugs. Yet despite these rather serious personal problems, the law doesn’t seem to be slowing her down from sharing the albums lead single ‘You’re Not the One’. Sky’s sweet yet sultry vocals, the lush instrumentation spearheaded by that soaring, infectious chorus almost ensures radio success. Watch the accompanying video above as Sky is seen channelling her inner rock goddess.

 

The Weeknd serves up another new video for his new Kiss Land lifted single ‘Pretty’. The video starts off with Abel traveling through an airport and chauffeur driven car, seemingly on route to meet his lover… But this is a Weeknd video so obviously things aren’t exactly how they initially appear. Check the dramatic visual up top.

Dev Hynes returns as Blood Orange with an understated, MJ indebted cut ‘Chamakay.’ Since his album Coastal Grooves, Mr. Hynes has been busy playing, song-writing and producing for most notably Solange as well as Sky Ferreira, MKS and New York based band Friends. ‘Chamakay’ features Caroline Polachek from Chairlift who compliments Hynes’ falsetto with equally delicate vocals which float above the track’s tinkling synths. The video sees him visit his mother’s homeland of Guyana and captures him meeting his 92 year old grandfather for the first time.  Expect ‘Chamakay’ to feature on forthcoming album Cupid Deluxe.

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