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TDE’s first lady returns with a woozy new track produced by Thundercat, Chris Calor, Cody, LoveDragon and Sounwave, seemingly featuring an obscure sample (astutely observed) from Welsh producer Ifan Dafydd’s ‘Treehouse’ – which we first gushed about back in 2011. ‘Sobriety’ finds SZA pouring her unfiltered heart out, colourfully swooning about past loves and strained relationships. Produced, arranged and performed beautifully by all involved the track is another exciting prospect from the St. Louis native. Hopefully we’ll get that full project soon.

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King Push returns with another Kanye West produced killer-killer. As much as I miss hearing Pusha (or rather Clipse) spit over those Neptunian beats, it goes without saying that the chemistry between him and label boss Yeezy is undeniable. Kanye’s weird-guy vision stays winning.

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Tinashe’s contribution to the Lorde-curated Hunger Games soundtrack takes shape as ‘The Leap’, a woozy down-tempo full of breathy vocals, and a slyly crisp beat. Soundtracks can always be a bit dodgy, but ‘The Leap\ sounds likes a track left over from Aquarius, Tinashe’s recently released, well received debut album and so feels like a song that belongs to her.

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2014 has certainly produced its fair share of promising R&B. Tineshe’s debut album Aquarius entered the mainstream thanks to its clever pop-crossover, while Teyana Taylor’s less compromised new LP VII released on Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music label has been pleasing muso ears since debuting last week.

But the one I’ve really been waiting for was released yesterday.

Toronto’s Rochelle Jordan first piqued our interest sometime back in 2011 when she – alongside some other early innovators – began unleashing a futuristic view on a genre many had long given up on; it’s easy to forget now how soiled the word “R&B” was before this period. Since then she released Pressurea “mixtape” stronger than most albums, along with a number of loose tracks and singles that lead her up 1021.

Together with her long-time collaborator KLSH, Jordan’s new album is a cascade of sentimental lyricism, swirling vocals, lush harmonies and pristine productions. And by “pristine” I really mean they knock effin’ hard. The influences are clearly there and easily traceable, but compared to the aforementioned artists/albums referenced above 1021 stands out as the most authentic and visionary. This album couldn’t exist in any other period of time but now and for that it already gets my vote as one of the best LP’s of the year.

1021 is out now on iTunes and available to stream on Spotify.

Kahlil Joseph directs the dramatic and utterly riveting new video for muso-darling FKA Twigs‘ single ‘Video Girl’. Shot on gritty black and white film, Joseph’s muse delivers an impassioned performance while witnessing (her lovers?) federal execution. Gorgeously pieced together, the 4:33 film cuts in and out of an uncompromising narrative full of suspense and beautiful tension.

FKA Twigs is up for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize tonight, lets hope she takes home the gold.

Producer and one third of cult-band The xx, Jamie xx, has announced a new single featuring ‘Sleep Sound’ and ‘Girl’, the former of which can be heard up top. The gentle track is build on padded drums, densely layered vocal samples and Jamie’s trademark tropical ethos. ‘Sleep Sound’ builds into a really beautifully sonic venture – but then, when doesn’t Jamie’s productions?

‘Sound Sleep’ and ‘Girl’ will be available on 12″ and download on May 5th via Young Turks. These tracks mark Jamie’s first solo release since the release of his seminal Gil Scott-Heron collaboration We’re New Here in 2011. Pre-order the new single here.

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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.

Yo. Get ready for some nostalgic euphoria. Our girls Juce have released their debut music video via Noisey for their sassy single ‘Call You Out’. Jam packed in 90’s shenanigans and structured around “standard school-day issues”, the girls perform in a myriad of fabulously fierce outfits and set ups – including a nod to TLC’s ‘Creep’, silky pyjamas, dance routines and all.

Get it ladies.

Not sure if there is a person left on the planet who hasn’t fallen under the charm of Haim’s carefree brand of pop but if there is – their latest video for ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ will probably sort that out. The video choreographed by Fatima Robinson whose iconic work includes choreography for the likes of Aaliyah, Michael Jackson and films like Dreamgirls and Save the Last Dance, sees the sisters indulge in retro-fabulous get ups with spinning stages and neon signs. It’s all amazing basically.

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Abel Tesfaye is the latest to jump onto Beyonce’s ‘Drunk in Love’, adding his XO charm to what turned out to be this year’s Valentines soundtrack. His partisan falsetto dazzles as the track is flipped into a masochistic tribute to the sound he perfected during his Trilogy saga. 

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