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.

Presenting ‘Shudder’, the brand new single from Nashville trio BASECAMP. Once again those Sampha-esque vocals swirl around sparkling layers of synths and shimmering electronics, bringing a refinement to their breezy take on R&B. If this isn’t good enough to feature on their next EP, we can’t help but imagine what will… Listen up!

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Following their recently released single ‘Hot Love’, London’s We Are Shining push forward with another cosmic production – this time in the form of ‘Breaks’, featuring Andrea Balency and written by FKA Twigs. Far more celestial then the exotic influences that warped ‘Hot Love’ into the spectacular that it is, this single serves as slightly more mechanical insight into the multiple layers that comprises this duo.

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Next week the PinBoard mob will be heading to Amsterdam once again for Appelsap (August 9th), the cities fast rising festival dedicated to hip hop and electronic music. The one-day event has grown significantly over the years, with this year being no exception. Oosterpark will play host to a healthy mix of local and international talent which includes Glasgow’s very own super producer Hudson Mohawke, Travi$ Scott, FS Green, DJ EZ and a whole host of others.

Tickets are still on sale, so if you’re in Amsterdam on August 9th – get you some.

We Are Shining show up in a corner shop to perform their afrofuturisic new funk-opera ‘Hot Love’ while hypnotic beauty and rising model Adwoa Aboah loses herself on the desolate streets of North-East London. The duo (formally known as The Shining), made up of Morgan Zarate and Acyde, create a cacophony of juxtaposed sounds melding the worlds of fusion-jazz, gospel, and bluesy-electronica into their own warped version of reality. You’ll be singing this all day.

SBTRKT has finally revealed details on the follow to his shifting self-titled debut album; Released on September 22nd, the new album will be titled Wonder Where We Land. The albums first single ‘New Dorp. New York’ (above) is an ode to the Big Apple and features Vampire Weekend front-man Ezra Koeing – and what a way to kick things off - you hear that funk?

The new record boasts a pretty star-studded line up with contributions from Sampha, Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, Denai Moore and Raury amongst others. Full tracklisting after the jump.

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South London producer/singer Palmistry recently released ‘Protector SE5′ his second Mixpak single, and now goes his video for it. The bouncy jitters in the tracks production juxtapose the clip’s slow-mo vibe.

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The internets have been waiting on this collaborative extended player for some time now, and excuse us for being a couple days late in bringing it to your attention.

When two mutually respectful worlds align to create something new in the way Shlohmo & Jeremih have, it can rarely been seen as a disappointment. In fact it should be celebrated. And regardless of whether you feel this joint project is better or worse than each of their solo offerings, you have to respect their gusto - it’s easy to forget how much of a dirty word “R&B” was just a few years ago, especially in the electronic community. And who knew Jeremih would swing back after that meme-inducing chart topper?!

For the most part No More is a convincing release, it pushes forward with the current understanding of what contemporary R&B is – a genre no longer stagnant in the shadow of its golden era. It is for the most part however carried by Shlohmo’s productions which are wonderfully industrial and appropriately gully. Jeremih’s vocals unfortunately slip key far too often and his Weeknd-esque wailing at times is a little indulgent.

That said there are gems in here, pay particular attention to ‘The End’ and an extended version of ‘Fuck You All The Time’.

Download No More for free here.

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