I put you on Benin City last year, when they caught me with the stirring “Baby”, since then not much has caught my ear from them if I’m honest.

The London trio’s new track Wha Gwan is in the lead up to their headline Electrowerkz gig at the end of the month and the electronic bass threesome have won me over with their latest offering. It errs a little on Ghostpoet territory at times for me (think Lines) but reclaims it’s own uniqueness with the use of the elegant brass section and a alluring tail off towards the end. Such beautiful instrumentation.

 

Hands up if you danced frantically to Africa HiTech’s dangerous beats that killed the dance a couple years back? If you liked that, then this will be right up your street. One half of the heavy hitting production, Mark Pritchard returns with a four track EP Make A Livin’ dropping November 11th. He hangs up his alias, yet still delivers the footwork enthused, dubbed synths and rave ready sound. Using the ever popular 20th Century Steel Band’s 1975 single ‘Heaven & Hell Is on Earth’, the Aussie producer creates his own entity out of the frequented sample. Ranging from pulse racing 8 bits to a smooth transition towards the rear which transform into a jungle riddem. Wait for the drop and the album on Warp early part of next year.

The 15th annual Red Bull Music Academy, which this year heads to New York, will take place between April 28th-May 15th and will involve a plethora of influential and respected names in music. The academy will feature 236 artists across 34 nights which will include academy lectures, special one-off concerts, A/V installations and film screenings among other things.

The first round of names taking part this year have been announced and as expected – the list (already) includes some of the most pioneering names in contemporary music. Among the first to be revealed include Four Tet, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Brien Eno, James Murphy, Skream & Questlove. Head over to redbullmusicacademy.com for the full lowdown and ticket information. Expect further (rather epic) announcements in the coming days.

So… New York in April? #yesplease.

Sidenote: They’ve also just launched a new (highly distracting!) Red Bull Midi Academy site featuring “cutting-edge [midi] renditions of all your favourites like Flying Lotus, TNGHT, Mount Kimbie and more…”. The site goes in-hand with the H∆SHTAG$ series they’re currently airing on internet music culture – peep the first three episodes (featuring How To Dress Well, Zodiac, Main Attrakionz, Flatbush Zombies, Mount Kimbie and many others) here.

Heads won’t have forgotten Artful Dodger’s classic ’00 debut It’s All About the Stragglers, it was an album that for many helped summarise a golden period of (commercial) Garage. They also won’t have forgotten one of the smash singles that came from it ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On’ featuring Lifford (what the f*ck happened to that guy?). Well now those Disclosure boys have taken on the challenge to re-vibe it (brave!) – have a listen/watch up top and see how they do…

Major Laser use some of their biggest shows over the past year as the backdrop for their new video for ‘Jah No Partial’ featuring Flux Pavillion. If you were waved at this years Red Bull Carnival Party in London, have a look and see if you can spot yourself doing something silly. Johnny Osbourne, whose “Mr. Marshall” is sampled in the song, opens the video in tribute.

Our most beloved London girl, Katy B features on Mosca’s epic new single ‘What You Came For’, which we first shared with you back in August. Sadly Miss Brien doesn’t make a cameo in the video but her vocals are, as always, impossibly infectious and instantly gratifying. Love this lady.

New album soon please!

Still riding high off her recent Mercury Music Prize nomination, songstress Jessie Ware has unleashed 3 new reworkings of her single ‘No To Love’, taken off her debut album Devotion. The EP features craftsmanship from George Fitzgerald, Ewan Pearson & Todd Edwards and so, as you’d imagine, it’s advisable you turn up those subs… Gah.

Listen / buy below via Soundcloud.

For a song called ‘Latch’, the action would have to be lip-locking. Liberally sprinkled with that, a brand new video from the duo that will be taking over. This single, which has already made a soundcloud-step to half a milli wheel ups, is out November 5th on PMR Records.

A brief rip of an unreleased Hud-Mo jaunt named ‘Tingle’ from Benji B’s Radio 1 show. At some point, the Scot beatsmith will probably reach that status of British Hip-Hop production royalty. If you can’t wait till the big rollers start officially vocal’ing his tracks, check out features on recent G.O.O.D. Music comp Cruel Summer with Teyana Taylor and John Legend: ‘Bliss’ gets very Butter. But charging forward into rider territory where TNGHT left off, is ‘Tingle’, crushing low freak-quency and skitters. Subs on as they say and mind out for the nutty turntable…

Hailing from Derbyshire, Jake Norman a.k.a Armeria follows in a similar vein to PinBoard favourites Karma Kid and the Disclosure boys. Bouncy future garage, chopped and screwed female vocals over a healthy dose of 808 percussion and bass. Tasty. Keep it locked on his soundcloud here for future vibes

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