Hyperdub stalwart Sara Abdel-Hamid aka Ikonika gives us the video for ‘Mr Cake’ from her forthcoming album Aerotropolis. With a sound full of 80’s synth-pop and video game influences, it’s no surprise the visuals combine the two in an animated ‘Grand Theft Auto’ style clip in which we see the protagonist riding around in a convertible, dancing at a strip club and then taking off in a stolen jet.

The follow up to 2010’s Contact, Love, Want, Have was inspired by Ikonika living near Heathrow airport and builds upon the bright, upbeat electronica of her debut whilst also adding vocal elements. Exclusively stream Aerotropolis before its release on July 28th via the Guardian after the jump…

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Rudimental and Bipolar Sunshine

As part of the Bacardi Beginnings project, established electronic act Rudimental have coalesced with emerging talent Bipolar Sunshine in a challenge to write, produce, record, release and perform a new track in 24 hours. The result is a summery, groove infested track with a vibe that Toro y Moi would be pretty proud of. With a trendy jazz interjection in the latter half of the record alongside Bipolar’s jovial vocals, ‘Distance’ is a cracking summer listen. Stream the cut below.

Brand new remix of The xx’s single ‘Chained’ courtesy of John Talabot & Pional Blinded. Inspired by The Streets’ ‘Blinded by The Lights’, the revision transforms the sombre ballad into a slow burning bubbler. Listen up top.

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.

Songstress Terri Walker returns doing what she’s been doing best in the last few years, even as one of the most renowned Brit soul voices of the last decade. Following on from the vibe of huge 2010 anthem ‘Heartbeat’ produced by neo-Funky champ T. Williams, that track feels like the stimulus of this summer-infused package, condensing her various collabos with other UK producers in the last couple of years. Including Garage legend Artful (of Dodger) and latter day guys like Brackles, it’s a well considered selection that reminds us how Walker knows where to apply her chops to the right dance riddim.

Despite all her Ski Beatz material we imagine still sitting on a fat hard drive waiting to see daylight, Matters Of The Heart re-emphasises her strengths on home soil with the twang and the sass. It’s a feel-good affair.

Leaving the current bassy sounds for a minute, Scuba’s lastest release is an sunshine yellow, acid house, dance friendly packed track , with happy go lucky visuals for added positivity. Jammed full of starburst colour and a iconic Normski, who once presented the Dance Energy on the BBC at one point, making a aptly referenced cameo.

Shout out to Piff Gang’s Nick Bam too. All 6″7 of you.

Body Language are a Brooklyn based 5 piece ‘Electro-Pop’ band and as with most ‘Electro-Pop’ bands their music takes influences from a wide range but from what I can hear from these New Yorkers – its mainly… Electro and Pop.

This is the official video for their track ‘You Can’ and its plodding bass lines and stabby synths make a perfect bed for their breathy vocal harmonies to course through.

Native to the New York club scene Body Language have been doing their thing since 2009 and ‘You Can’ which is taken from their second EP Social Studies is available now on Lavish Habits.


This banger comes off the recently released Black Boulder album which dropped on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons imprint. Featuring the buttery vocal talents of Tunde Olaniran (who reminds me somewhat of PB favourite Marques Toliver), this 2-stepper is straight vibes and available to pick up here, the rest of the album follows in a similar vein and you can hear snippets over on Phon.O’s Soundcloud

Both Ayah and Slakah continue to push forward, giving away a bag of music each year. Pretty underrated by the mainstream, the pair press on and have been integral over the years to the soul movement. Particularly in their native Canada. But for a small cost this time around, you can buy their new release, a minimal, airy dance enthused 9 minute climatic track with a buff bassiness. Seems only fair.

Stream it below – definitely worth it.

French soundbites, inspiration from film noir and 8 bit synthesizers. What could you not like about this track?

UK producer Kidnap Kid, recently released a 3 track EP, Alphaville and accompanied ‘Vehl’ with a monochrome slick video. The pounding beat and sexy words for us English speakers translate to “Your voice/Your eyes/Your hands/Your lips/The look/The words/And the fact that I love you.”

This is going to be a rage on the dancefloor. Rewind.

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