TDE’s first lady SZA released her wonderful new EP today – in other words, today is a good day. The 10 track expended player (album?) includes collaborations with label mates Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, as well as the previously released single with Chance the Rapper and is filled to the brim with the textures, colours and mood structures SZA has used to gain her dedicated and wide-reaching following. There are a lot of female singers riding the spacey-R&B-wave at the moment (and we’re not complaining) but SZA applies a subtle, but explicit edge that sets her apart from a lot of them. Sink into this one via Spotify after the jump or purchase it in full from iTunes.
Introducing Bangalore duo Klypp, and their spectacularly constructed debut EP Manifest. Band members Faheem and Karthik Basker entrance with jolts of cool, breezy electronica and mellow vocals that simmer elegantly. The four tracks seem to collide perfectly; seamlessly moving from chapter to chapter – it’s quite beautiful. This is perhaps one of the strongest debuts we’ve heard all year, take a listen below.
This has quickly become one of the best EPs I’ve heard all year. Producer and vocalist Oceaán’s swirling lo-fi aesthetic takes flight in his self-titled debut EP. In tracks like ‘Turned Away’ and ‘Need U’, Oceaán lets his soft, airy vocals caress the minimal soundbed provided, bringing a sense of calm and relaxation. Highlight tracks ‘Basement’, ‘Turned Away’ and ‘Your Side’ leave you gushing over Oceaán production style. Tuck in below, this is golden.
British producer Evian Christ has shared a stream of his latest EP ahead of its March 18 release on Tri-Angle. Featuring four new tracks, Joshua Leary’s mind still seems to be occupying the space it was in during his Yeezus experience. Truth is ‘I’m In It’ is child’s play compared to these grimacing rap beats. Built on industrial 808’s, icy snares and with enough aggro to warrant a few rounds on GTA – our guy is not fucking around.
Head over to his website for a full stream.
The warm up to SBTRKT’s new album continues.
After a few scattered releases since his self-titled debut, SBTRKT has been relatively scarce with new material. Three years later, the masked wonder releases an interactive EP filled with addictive beats and distinctive instrumentals – almost as an ode to his past. Explaining that “much of the music I released before my debut album was instrumental and I want to continue to share this side of the music I make.” Hopefully we will get a full album next. The warm up continues…
Stream the whole EP here.
Wanna hear something hyphy as fuck? Look no further than 17 year-old producer Hasta and his debut, 6-track EP that brims with elaborately constructued beats. Floral, sees the Norwegian producer incorporate lavishly rotund synths, detailed by snazzy drums – particularly prevalent on songs like ‘RSVP’ and ‘CHNL’. Hasta broadens his repetoir on the Genuine-sampled slow jam ‘Love U More’, which doesn’t feature on the EP but can be heard here.
BROODS continued their twisted take on pop with ‘Never Gonna Change’, late last month. It also happens to be the opening record from their self-titled EP which is available to stream in full below. These guys are showing no signs of slowing down, with each track serving a killer dose of their new-age pop which bursts with lush melodies and divine vocals. Overall Broods is an exquisite pallet of sounds – but then, when you’ve got the guy behind the success of Lorde backing you on production and writing, you know you’re onto a winner. Full EP drops February 2.
Man like Sampha has just re-upped an early release of his called Sundanza, which he explains: “is a collection of early productions of mine… My brother accidentally deleted the master files from my computer so they exist only as low quality unmastered mp3s. It was originally released on very limited hand sprayed CD-R’s in 2010, but I decided to make it available with all income going directly to the Youth Cancer trust”.
Perhaps a little different to the Sampha many have come to know over the past year or so, but for long-time fans – this might sound a little more familiar. Either way this is kinda-new Sampha and is raising money for a great cause – win win.
Listen below and download at a price you see fit.
Bringing some dark, beautiful and twisted R&B to your ears is 19 year-old Mzwètwo (pronounced ma-way-two), from New Zealand. Incorporating a hypnotic, foggy aesthetic with some heavy yet intricate production, coupled with a warming, abrupt vocal, the new EP Gallantino serves an experience . ‘Michael Jackson’ is by far the stand out track, with its distinct woolly beat, but the other two are equally worth your listen. Hit the play button now.