Officially released today in the UK but ahead of it’s scheduled release tomorrow in the U.S – Azealia Banks has shared a preview of her 1991 EP for us to sample. Featuring 2 new tracks (’1991′ & ‘Van Vogue’) as well as ’212′ and ‘Liquorice’, the project will precede Banks new mixtape and debut album – both due out later this year. Check the vibe she’s going for…

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.

…Otherwise enjoy the stream below.

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.

Gunfingers a’ready.

Three  sisters from sunny LA have been creating a buzz the past few months, with their fresh sound. As children growing up around folk loving parents yet exposed to an influx of mid 90′s heart wrenching/independent women type R&B, the Haim sisters have acquired an appreciation of all sorts, mixing it up and producing a quality version for a 2012.

The EP starts off  with ‘Better off’, an alt- indie number and left at that it would be easy to write the trio off as a cool cross genre band and nothing more. On further listen, you hear the girls hold their own in the harmony stakes. The sisters voices slot into each others and Forever is a great example of how the girls influences have sinked into their music. Where the title track makes you dance with that addictive groove, ‘Go Slow’ makes you listen to the soar of their crystallizing harmonies and sums up that Haim are alot more than meets the eye. Grab the download below

No Freedom Without Sacrifice is the critically acclaimed debut album from First Word Record’s Homecut. It featured collaborations with Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae, Mercury Prize nominee Soweto Kinch, US rap legend J-Live, cutting edge soul siren Andreya Triana and members of the Cinematic Orchestra and itself was a wonderful collection of audible gems. The Longplayer now gets the remix treatment courtesy of some production heavyweights. With some heavy-hitting hip- hop from Marc Mac (4 Hero), DJ Vadim, Herma Puma and PinBoard homie, kidkanevil. Reggae vibes from Lotek, broken dancefloor action from Souleance, deep cinematic funk from Capstone, hip hop-soul from Social Beings ft Ad-Apt and futuristic beats from Planas and Blue Daisy. Have a listen below and cop the album.

 

As one of the strongest purveyors of new wave Soul & R&B, Amsterdam native Mar has etched himself a decorated reputation. Through his work with Full Crate, FS Green and his own ‘Mar Variations’ series he’s established a cult following which is now set to expand exponentially with the release of this – his debut solo EP.

Unlike the material he’s put out in the past, Seeing Her Naked focuses on the more R&B side – touching on both the contemporary and traditional ends of the spectrum. While songs like ‘Our Attempt’ and ‘My Absolute’ look to the revivalist sound the genre is currently bathing in, others like ‘Some To Remember’ take a more traditional approach. While the 5-track player enlightens us to a new side to Mar’s artistry (musically, speaking), it does house those all important trademarks – a la -  spine tingling falsetto, open hearted lyricism and of course – enough sex to keep you and yours occupied.

Get into this below – you can listen/download now…

Last year Beaumont was brought to our attention when he released his 80′s-fantastic single ‘Midnight’, taken off his EP The Blush Response. His understanding of synth-Pop and the way to successfully marry those traditions with contemporary Bass music was really exciting.

The Scottish producer is at it once more, this time with a brand new EP entitled Never Love Me. Ambrosial 2-step and trembling basslines accompany Beaumont’s undeniable 1980′s influences – plainly put, this shit is sexy.

Listen to a preview of Never Love Me below. Expect it digitally April 23rd via Hotflush.

Rvidxr Klvn member Amber London releases her new extended player, but instead of curating an EP full of with low-fi naughties influences, she’s taken it back to 1994. And unlike many others attempting to capture nostalgia – she does it in a alarmingly genuine way. Her beat selections and samples (Aaliyah, 702 etc) are spot on, but coupled with her no-nonsense, straight G-Funk flow – this sounds like time travel. With production from fellow comrade SpaceGhostPurrp – this will surely to turn some heads.

7 songs and no fillers – 1994 is without doubt one of the best projects put out by a female emcee I’ve heard in a long time. The rise of the post-90′s femcee is (finally) upon us.

Download: Amber London – 1994

Through her regular collaborations with the Odd Future clan, Kilo Kish has steadily built a buzz around her name. Her work with The Internet in particular proved quite fruitful earlier this year when she released ‘NAVY’, the first single taken off just released HomeSchool EP.

Spanning 9 tracks, the new extended player focuses on the Future-Soul, Neo-Funk sound that seems to suit Kish so well. The production on this project is what really sells it for me – while Kilo has most certainly homed in on her skills as an emcee, her rhymes and delivery do tend to blend together – separated mainly by the sonically pleasing compositions she’s rapping over.

If you enjoyed Purple Naked Ladies, this one will be a no brainer; While not as accomplished as The Internet’s debut, the two do share an undeniable affinity.

Download: Kilo Kish – HomeSchool

London song bird Szjerdene has just released her much anticipated Patchwork EP via Wonderful Ear Records. Across the 4 tracks featured, she delicately flexes the contours of her voice, radiating undiluted emotion throughout. Blessed with a very special gift, the control and understanding she has over her instrument is a pure joy to get lost in.

The majesty of ‘Blue Lullaby‘, the elegance of ‘Turn’ and the experimentation of ’4th Stranger’ and ‘Go’ depict an artist in full growth. Patchwork is Szjerdene’s most accomplished project to date – instrumentally it’s progressive, lyrically it delves deeper and vocally it’s empowered. She’s never sounded better.

Stream below, buy here. Support this.

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