‘Signal Loss’ is a dark, brooding track that relies respectably on post-Burial conventions, but also incorporates enough of Arthur Cayzer’s ‘izms’ to create a wonderfully epic composition. Echoing chords, chilling vocal loops and warm deep reaching basslines combine sublimely to make what is ultimately a fascinating listen.
Fantastic Mr Fox returns with a mighty, mighty new single titled ‘Speak Nuh’. The bouncy House riddem – clearly a massive amalgamation of influences – is glitchy, tropical and yet somehow expansive at the same time. Oh, and that bassline? Silly business. What’s dope about this is that it’s not quite clear where the song is going until you get a massive sonic slap across your melon – a bruise worth while.
Mr Fox continues to tantalize us with his releases – lest we forget his Brandy flip last year and his recent pairing with Alby Daniels.
Last night The xx performed the first in a string of intimate shows in London/around the UK. They opened the first show by performing a brand new song – it’s unclear at present what the title of the song is, but the recording up top is pretty clear – you hear enough to recognise the bands trademark sound is still very much in tact.
We’ve been a fan of Suzi Analogue’s afro-future soul sound for a minute now and been following her steadily paced releases too. After the brief break collaborating with TOKiMONSTA, Suzi Analogue is back in her solo comforts behind the sonics and puts together an 30 minute instrumental package full of soul electronic fusions.
At only 24 years old, the Philly native produces a well rounded blend of Raw&B over mellow waves of synths, staggered mpc and hip hop switches. Great audio beds to listen and vibe to as stand alone tracks, but The Streets homage ‘Single File Line’ and punchy soulful ‘Hi School’ would make for the a perfect starting point for artists to jump on. Just saying.
Some UK bassline for you with this 5 tracker. We featured Londoner Last Japan previously, when he dropped the 3Thousand EP from last year. With this release, he gets hold of legendary Roll Deep member Trim to ride along the nightrider droned instrumental and sets off the EP.
Throughout Last Japan gives us the truest UK sounds available. Grungy, deep rooted warehouse bass, gritty neck breaking 140bpms’ and the pick of the right features (Rudeboy, Avrg Joe) all bringing out the dirty darling nature that London (can) possess.
As we all know, the original was a favourite here but sadly for some/us Usher’s album hasn’t quite go in the direction that most/we may have been led to presume.
… But the Diploma produced single did do the job of raising Usher’s profile within certain quarters (that until then had largely ignored his most recent offerings) and now 22 year old Londoner Raf Riley is doing the same. Some may say this remix envelopes more boundary blurring, avant-gardeness than Usher’s original but we don’t see that as a bad thing.
Yes Riley has incorporated a few pre-existing formulas here – chopped ‘n’ screwed verses, dubstep drops, but to his credit he’s mixed them well and keeps you guessing right to the end as to which way it might go..
Keep your ears peeled for Raf’s forthcoming EP Dog Unit on Diplo’s Jaffree records coming soon.
Kindness releases a new video for his single ‘House’ taken off his brilliant new album World, You Need A Change of Mind. In it he discusses Pop music and it’s relevance to society before teaching a young kid how to play House. It’s kinda weird, but very sweet and probably the most original music video we’ve seen this year. Peep up top.
P.s Kindness is playing 100 Club in London tonight, if you can – suggest you reach.
Now a new song and video for ‘Too Many Stars’ by Nova Dreams featuring Flowzard & Rainy Milo has surfaced. The sexy drums and ethereal synths with thundering basslines continues LNIP’s brand of Electronic R&B/Soul confidently. If you’re fan of Odd Future’s The Internet, you’re sure to like this – not to say they’re carbon copies.
Last Night in Paris continue to impress. They’re an interesting motley crew of young creatives and as gangs, mobs and collectives continue to spring up out of the States to worldwide support/acclaim, it’s about time a group of artists from the UK make a mark.
Disclosure continue to churn out nut-busting singles – this time they incorporate orgasmic groans to help prove their point. After the release of their sensational track ‘Boiling’ earlier this month, the group follow up sharply with another bubbling 2-stepper. Toe curling basslines and enough groove for you to squirm to – ‘What’s in Your Head’ will cause a fair few knocks in ye ol’ headboard. #Smash.
After releasing one of the best albums of 2010 (Lucky Shiner), Gold Panda returns with some exciting new music. Inspired by “modern Hip Hop”, he says “the 808 snares on ‘Mountain’ are a nod to Noah “40″ Shebib and some-time Drake collaborators Boi-1da. ‘Financial District,’ at 125 bpm, though actually feels slower than that because the drum machine pattern on it has a completely different feel. It’s in the rhythms that I depart from that initial hip-hop idea”.
Pure quality across both songs – the sombre connotation ‘Financial District’ carries is contrasted beautifully by the far Eastern influences of ‘Mountain’. At present these songs are stand alone but Gold Panda has already hinted at a larger project inspired by the creation both songs.