‘Off Main St.’ is a new documentary series following some of the most exciting musicians on the rise. The first episode features Brainfeeder’s resident genius Thundercat and follows him around some of his favourite spots in Los Angeles. During the 30-minute episode he talks about his early life, his adolescent obsession with the Thundercats cartoons and how he eventually adopted the namesake, his musical family, his career thus far and his influences. The episode also features live footage from his show at The Echoplex.

It would appear that Prince is in a rather nostalgic mindset these days. His latest slew of 3rdeyegirl records have all in one way or another harkened back to the 90’s – from grunge rock to R&B/soul. This reflective theory is reinforced on this undercover reworking of Janelle Monae’s ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ featuring Erykah Badu. Played during his 3rdeyeTV stream a few days ago Prince resurrects his 1991 New Power Generation days with a remix that recalls the dirty steeze of ‘Gett Off’.

Heaven only knows if this will ever see an official release but for the time being (or at least until it gets shut down) enjoy it below.

Update: Unfortunately we’ve had to remove the stream following a DMCA infringement notice from Warner Music Group. Blame them.

Last night and in typical fashion, Prince released a new single with no fuss or warning. ‘Ain’t Gonna Miss U When U’re Gone’ is his latest 3rdeyegirl.com offering and features vocal powerhouse Ledisi. Among the slew of random releases Prince has released over the past few months ‘Ain’t Gonna Miss U When U’re Gone’ is probably most akin to his Musicology period than any thing else. Personally I prefer it when Prince releases more progressively charged material, this feels a little too cliche to me. No word on whether these songs will appear on a new album or whether they’re just little purple treats. Head to his website to download.

Earlier this week we were invited to join Janelle Monae for an exclusive playback of her new album The Electric Lady. Held on a gorgeous rooftop bar in Central London, the event quickly turned into an impromptu concert starring Monae and her Wonderland Arts Society.

During the playback we were played six new songs including ‘Q.U.E.E.N’, the albums monumental title track and her duet with R&B singer Miguel called ‘Primetime’. She also teased about a third album collaborator that she was excited about but was “unable” to announce; We instantly presumed it was Prince… And we were right. In a new cover story interview with Billboard The Archandroid singer confirms her Purple collaboration saying “I had a chance to produce an icon… It’s not every day that [Prince] collaborates. I’m honoured and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend and I am forever indebted. I can’t say too much else about it”. 

Epic collaborations aside the most notable revelation during the playback was Janelle’s new found openness to discuss (and sing) about her personal life and her experiences with love and relationships; Themes we are not necessarily accustomed to her being so directly forthright about. The new songs on The Electric Lady are still charged with the same kinetic energy as her previous works, only this time everything sounds suitably more… Accessible. Something particularly discernible on the Miguel collaboration.

The Archandroid was an irrefutable triumph which on release received universal acclaim – it didn’t however earn the mainstream attention many felt it deserved (a tragic truth traceable to some of the best albums in history). And although a single listen of any track is never enough to decisively conclude anything, what is certain is that The Electric Lady is going to surprise a lot people when it’s released in September.

Ahead of the Lovebox weekend on June 19-21st, RBMA have just announced a special pre-show on June 14th at The Forum headlined by living legend Nike Rodgers and his iconic group Chic. The show will present a “sensational musical journey charting the lineage of the electronic dance music of today back to the sounds of ’70s New York City Disco” and will also feature sets from Seth Troxler, Derrick Carter, DJ Pierre, Nicky Siano & Rebel Rebel. This will be amazing.

Head over to RBMA to purchase tickets.

Presented by the first and second lady of modern funk, Prince was honoured with Billboard’s Icon Award during last night’s awards ceremony. Erykah Badu & Janelle Monae, donning their ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ get up introduced the legendary enigma before he performed an explosive rendition of ‘Lets Go Crazy’ and his new single ‘Fix Up Ur Life’ backed by his all-female band 3rdEyeGirl. Although I’m not sure I’ll ever be down with that new afro, watching this man do what he does will never ever got old. Nor will seeing Badu & Monae side by side for that matter.

Thundercat not-so-subtly dedicates his latest disco-funk anthem to the little narcotic that started it all. Masterfully co-produced by Flying Lotus, ‘Oh Sheit It’s X’ soaks in an extravagant arrangement of soaring synths, infectious drums and one of the most insane bass sections I’ve ever heard. ‘Oh Sheit It’s X’ is the lead single taken off Thundercat’s forthcoming sophomore album Apocalypse due out on July 9th via Brainfeeder.

“When I heard people trippin on the new daft punk song I said to myself. Wait till they hear this new @Thundercatbass” – Flying Lotus.

Don’t think there is a more befitting title for a song that unites Janelle Monae with Erykah Badu. As promised and right on time the android princess unveils her much anticipated lead single off her recently announced sophomore album The Electric Lady. It was impossible to predict where Monae would/could go after her illustrious debut but ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ paints a wonderful new portrait of an album soaked in even richer and more colourful soundscapes. ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ brings Badu’s neo-funk power face to face with Monae’s afro-futurism and in turn they’ve created a gloriously fonky nu-age gospel; their minds together sound like Prince’s immaculately conceived alien love child.

God damn, this is too much.

Since debuting her Neptunian-funk in ’98 with the release of her cult-classic debut Kaleidoscope, Kelis has gone through a number of musical rebirths. And although her decision to part ways with Pharrell & Chad after 2003’s Tasty album unsettled many fans (myself included) her fearlessness to constantly switch direction can only be admired.

After releasing her dance-heavy fifth album in 2010, Kelis returns after three years away with a warmer, more soulful sound. It’s unclear whether ‘Call On Me’  (which sounds a little unfinished) will feature on Her forthcoming new LP is currently being worked on by Dave Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, TV On the Radio, Santigold) and if the bursting horns, exotic percussion and sexy funk riffs on this record are anything to go by – their collaboration sounds very appetising. Hopefully we’ll get more of this on that new album.

Update: Kelis just uploaded the official version of her new track, now called ‘Jerk Ribs’ onto her soundcloud. Sounds even better.

Ask and you shall receive. Having endured her absence for far too long, Janelle Monae finally announces the follow up to her 2010 debut The ArchAndroid. Titled The Electric Lady Monae fell short of declaring a release date but did reveal specific information of the albums first single. Scheduled to be released on April 22nd at precisely 7:54pm EST a new single featuring Erykah Badu aptly titled ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ will be released to the world… After which the universe will probably implode.

Let that sink in.

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