French/Cuban sister duo Ibeyi share the studio version of ‘Mama Says’, the song which kick-started their XL journey from earlier this year, following a spellbinding live performance of the aforementioned track last year. ‘Mama Says’ sees the twins slow things down as a soft piano melody is the backbone for the sisters to deliver some stunning vocals.

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Introducing London based singer and producer Sakima, and his brilliant debut single ‘Energy’. His deep and endearing vocal seamlessly transitions between the woozy soundscape consisting of powerful percussive inflections and speedy handclaps. ‘Energy’ finds Sakima marrying the introspective electronics of James Blake with SOHN’s empowering vocal depth whilst entailing his own distinct style. Spin the track above, and give its reworking a listen too.

Having produced for the likes of FKA twigs and Kanye West in the past year, electronic artist and producer Arca has announced the release of his debut album, Xen, out November 3rd via Mute Records. ‘Thievery’ is the first track to surface from the record, and from the get go sees the Venezuelan producer continue to push boundaries. The striking artwork (above) was designed by long time collaborator Jesse Kanda, the magician behind LP1′s stunning cover. Xen, will be available in a number of formats, including a special hand-numbered bundle which’ll include a bonus 10″ record of exclusive Arca material as well as a copy of his exceptional &&&&& mixtape; all sealed in black PVC.

Stream ‘Thievery’ below and check out the full tracklisting for Xen after the jump/

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London producer Throwing Shade delivers a trippy new video for her aggressively hyphy single ‘Blanx’. The track, filled with twinkling xylophones, broken hi-hats and a neck breaking beat is visually transcribed into psychedelic colours and shapes that make little sense up close but watch til’ the end to see what it all means…

SBTRKT follows up the Ezra Koenig featuring ‘New Dorp. New York‘ with another stellar collaboration; this time, teaming up with Atlanta based wonderkid Raury on ‘Higher’. The track begins with an eerie atmosphere before the bass kicks in and Raury pounces with a killer and uber catchy chorus. Wonder Where We Land, SBTRKT’s sophomore offering is out September 22, for now though, stream ‘Higher’ above.

We predicted Disclosure would (or rather, should) produce Mary’s new album back in January. It makes perfect sense, and it was obvious from the moment Blige jumped on ‘F For You’ that something bigger was in the work. Mary has found herself in the same position many artists who reigned supreme in the 90′s and 00′s – despite a global fanbase they’re ultimately unable to shift sufficient records because their audience are on or have passed the cusp of those who buy records. Disclosure have that market on lock, and so this is a fantastic partnership. Something the Mariah’s of this world should be taking note of.

In any case – ‘Right Now’ is the first single taken off Mary’s forthcoming The London Sessions, which is being executively produced by Lawrence brothers. It’s definitely a healthy step in the right direction, and an exciting premise for Mary at this stage in her career.

Australian singer/songwriter/producer Margiela Madman reflects on life’s path in new track ‘Could This Be Real Life?’. Amongst twangy guitar riffs, thick, pumping bass, and elegant piano melodies, the twenty year-old musician also taps into his love of Hip Hop with a spoken word verse towards the end which further addresses the track’s theme. Go check out a slew of other tracks over at his BandCamp, including a brilliant take on Jai Paul’sGenevieve‘.

Bilal

Master of alt-soul Bilal teams up with Adrian Younge and the great Ali Shaheed Muhammad on ‘Sirens II’ for a sterling new slow burner filled with rich live instruments, lush (and familiar) samples and of course, a vocal odyssey courtesy of one of the best vocalists we have (and no, I don’t consider that an exaggeration). Taken off Bilal’s as yet untitled new album which is due for release early next year – this new one has me buggin’ for whats to come.

Flying Lotus returns with animated and fully psychedelic new album teaser featuring some of the mind-altering new material from his forthcoming album You’re Dead! Dubbed as a pioneer from the get go, it’s rare to see an artist live up to their buzz like FlyLo has and is. Known for fearlessly blending the golden traditions of hip hop, electronica and jazz, this new project feels even fuller and more established than his previous releases – which considering his catalogue is quite the feat already.

Only a band like alt-J can make a line like ‘I wanna turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet’ sound so very… appealing. It’s from the trio’s latest tune ‘Every Other Freckle’, taken from their forthcoming full length This Is All Yours out September 22. Once again we’re thrown into a whirlwind of elegant, sophisticated vocal melodies and eclectic instrumentation; and once again, we’re absolutely smitten.

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