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Following the video for his single ‘She Dried’, Jamie Isaac stirs up another heartfelt track titled ‘Mother’s Love Don’t Stretch’. The songs desolate memorandum is filled by Isaac’s stylised melody, a sunken piano and an undercurrent of ornate glitches & subtle drums. And although its clear he is an artist very much about carving his own path, parts of this brushes on the ground that sits somewhere between James Blake and King Krule.

M.I.A. has released her DIY music video for Matangi cut ‘Double Bubble Trouble’, and there’s a lot going on. Under all the hyperactive video samples of people dancing, smoking, kids playing football and selfie-taking, there’s an underlying, thought-provoking political message (duh!). Take a look.

Ben Khan’s glistening soul infused pop is difficult to resist; especially when its back up by a stellar debut EP like 1992. Today, the 21 year-old magician unveiled the BRTHR directed visual to his super vibey single ‘Youth’. Find yourself mesmerised by the graphic but gorgeous aesthetics while a story unfolds in thematic flashes.

Sidenote: We’ve been talking about Ben for nearly a year now, so its exciting to see him beginning to get support from further afield – both online and offline.

Bayou’s ‘Loopback’ mixtape is out today

London bedroom producer Bayou has dropped his debut mixtape Loopback, and it’s incredible.  Joining the likes of previously aired tracks ‘Airlock‘ and ‘Thugs‘, are Bayou’s early tracks ‘Varsity Jacket‘ and ‘Cherry Cola’ which had us swooning back in 2012. Once again those lush melodies are embraced by Bayou’s ever so delicate vocals in tracks like  ‘Speakerstax’ and ‘Drones’, whilst ‘Loopback Cotton’ encompasses a more avant-garde aesthetic.  Loopback is available to download, free of charge below:

Here’s another sweet sounding number from Brighton-based duo IYES. With ‘Toys’, the bands follow up to the MNEK co-produced ‘Breathe‘, they get all woozy with a lush dancefloor groove. Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanova’s impassioned vocals create the perfect ambience while bubbling synths are accompanied by a skittering beat. A full sounding track despite it being a demo.

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PMR have announced the signing of South East London duo No Artificial Colours to its roster, which currently already houses the likes of Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Julio Bashmore & Cyril Hahn. ‘Reach For Me’ is the first single from the group that PMR will release and as standard – it’s a bit of a gem. Featuring sultry vocals from Alex Mills and infectious summer-clad production from its creators – its all very warm and breezy. We likes.

You’ll remember back in March we introduced you to Oceaán and his brand of R&B-tinted productions, well now you can enjoy the video for his enslaving single ‘Need U’. Visually speaking its all rather simplistic and predictable – the video follows a couple of dancers breaking around town hitting up estates, chicken shops and cornershops – but any excuse to re-up this tune should be taken. Make sure you grab his debut EP if you haven’ already…

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Warping us out of our scheduled hiatus is British producer Tourist and his latest collaboration with singer/songwriter and Prince’s BFF Lianne La Havas. ‘Patterns’ is a brooding new track that begins quietly enough, before exploding into sly 2-step bubbler with backing choir and killer-killer vocals from Miss Havas. Summer nights sound great like this.

Dedicated to all the beautiful girls in Hackney, of course.

Take a gander at ‘Girl’ the b-side to Jamie xx’ ‘Sleep Sound’ which he unloaded last month. Hazy in all the right places Mr Smith seems on course to capture the sound of summer 2014. ‘Girl’ was originally broadcast by James Blake during his BBC Radio 1 residency, he fooled the world by claiming it was by an unknown artist and titled ‘Bloke’; ah, those pesky electronic producers and their… wit.

Expect ‘Sleep Sound’ & ‘Girl’ on May 5th via Young Turks.

Every year it seems Coachella manages to ensemble and even more exciting motley crew of performers to headline their stages. This year they outdid themselves by reuniting one of hip hop’s most beloved group – Outkast – following a near 8-year hiatus. Add to that show stopping performances from Pharrell Williams, Disclosure, Nas, A$AP Ferg, Solange, Warpaint, Lana Del Rey, Banks and heaps of others, not to mention the special guests some of these artists brought out including Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J et el.

As the first weekend comes to an end, we’ve compiled some of the best performances from the past two days for you to sit back and enjoy. We’ll keep adding more full performances as they become available. And we’ll do the same with next weekends festivities too. Watch Outkast’s set up top and all the others after the jump.

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