Whilst we’re still well and truly in the dark regarding that Jai Paul album, his brother Anup or rather A. K. Paul, has been quietly offering his own sounds up to the likes of Jessie Ware (‘Devotion‘), Sam Smith (‘Nirvana‘) and most recently London songstress Nao (pictured). ‘So Good’ has a fresh and futuristic feel to it, with choppy electronics setting the funk/soul mood under Nao’s sensual vocals. Listen up and while you’re at it, check out her debut single, ‘Back Porch‘ too.

Following the magnificence of his London EP, enigmatic singer OFEI is back with ‘Wow’, the first single from his second project. True to its name, the track wows as layer upon layer of rich percussive goodness is poured over those golden, silky vocals that we’ve been swooning over for so long.

O Boy

If you happen to stumble upon Locke’s website, you’ll be greeted by this curious image, and the following text: “it’s getting dark. save me from a world without love. all that is masculine is feminine is masculine is feminine is masculine is feminine… no one is LOCKED.Intrigued? Read on. 

‘O Boy’ is the follow up single from enigmatic NYC based artist Locke, who’s inexplicably dark and malevolent debut single ‘We Are the Prey‘ was released a couple months back. ‘O Boy’ serves a cold backdrop of sparse post-Timbaland drums guided by Locke’s eerily whispered chants (“it’s getting darker everyday, save me”). You’ll find yourself utterly drawn into this, it’s a hypnotising.

BOOTS shows off his camera skills in a self-directed new video for WinterSpringSummerFall cut ‘EST’. The stunning amalgamation of clips featuring trippy shots of The Eiffel Tower, the calming French countryside and more, giving us a an in-depth perspective into the life of Jordan Asher. He was a key force behind Beyonce’s self-titled LP, he’s dropped an impressive debut mixtape, and now he’s directing his own videos: what can’t this guy do?!

Lying & Deceiving

Take a listen to ‘Lying & Deceiving’ by Florida duo The Loft. Linking the aesthetics of contemporaries like The Weeknd and Julian, the track delves into a silky R&B jam with woozy beats spearheaded by soft drums, crisp claps and simmering synths. Not to mention those foggy, plush vocals. Whilst you’re at it, give ‘Rain‘, their debut single a spin too.

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Producer Jacques Greene shares another new gem from his forthcoming Phantom Vibrate EP released today. As exemplified on the EP’s lead single ‘No Excuse’, this new number continues to reveal Greene’s creative savvy for designing wonderfully intense soundscapes riddled in emotion and zeal. Listen to ‘Feel What’ below and purchase Phantom Vibrate via iTunes.

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Introducing vocalist/producer dd elle, whose latest single ‘love me only’ (no caps) will have you smitten with its effortless, dreamy vibe and hazy vocals. Melt into the hushed, colourful palette and let its sweet and tropical aroma tug at your heartstrings. Not much is known on dd elle but we do know he/she is releasing his/her debut EP soon, and that it will be titled u. Press play. We’ll keep you updated.

Here at PB we’re constantly looking out for progressive artists who want to push boundaries; those who stick their heads out and try something a little different. Someone who is beginning to fill that criteria is Coleman Hell, a Toronto based singer who shakes things up on ‘Venezuela’. Whilst maintaining a straight pop aesthetic, the track challenges itself with a distinct vocal approach and skittering electronics which merge to create a rather surreal soundscape. This is kind of left.

After delivering one of last year’s stand out EP’s, producer/vocalist Until the Ribbon Breaks is back with ‘A Taste of Silver’, lifted off his forthcoming EP. At it’s core the song is a rock track, but this being UTRB, things get spicy when he mixes in some snazzy drums, blazing bass’ and some pretty slick vocals. “When you’ve had a taste of silver / then the pennies won’t do”  - preach. The Other Ones EP is out March 25.

Listen to Jay Electronica's New Song

Another year has passed, and still no sign of that long-long-long awaited Jay Electronica album. A shame considering how genuinely excited we were when Jay began his now internet-imfamous onslaught of new-realm rap. Unsurprisingly interest has waned since then. In any case hip hop’s curious socialite took to SXSW to unveil his first new track since his feature on Big Sean’s ‘Control’. ‘Better in Tune with the Infinite’ is held together by a simple piano accompanied by cinematic strings, as Jay Elec goes spits an elegant rhyme and LaTonya Givens provides a spirit-reviving testimonial.

… Its difficult to stay mad at him when you hear something like this. FFS.

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