LE1F has announced a new record deal with Terrible Records / XL Recordings that will see him release a new EP titled Hey on March 11th. The new five-track release will including Le1f’s cut-throat single ‘Wut’, along with four new tunes including ‘Boom’. Featuring a fittingly boisterous beat, LE1F’s unmistakable steeze leads the way for what sounds to be a legit new chapter in the career of this rising emcee. “Working with XL Recordings was my teenage dream. Ethan [Silverman, Terrible Records] made that a reality. I’ve been keeping quiet about this for almost a year. I’m excited I could finally brag about it”.

It has become quite clear over the past few years that Wireless has become one of the hypest London festival of the calendar year.

This year they’ve done it again and secured headliners Kanye West, Drake, Bruno Mars, as well as Outkast and Pharrell. Not to mention countless other acts like Azealia Banks, A$AP Ferg and others who have yet to be announced. Oh yea, did we mention Salt N Pepa too? Yah.

And it was hard to imagine Wireless topping last year. Not only did they lock in headliners Justin Timberlake & Jay Z but they also put on one of the most progressive hip hop lineups I think we’ve ever seen in a mainstream UK festival. I mean – they had A Tribe Called Quest there!

This year they’ll help tick another life box with Outkast (!!). Although not billed as a headliner (however strange that may feel, it’s actually not that unusual when you think about it), Andre and Big Boi, as promised, will for the first time in over 10 years perform live.

Moreover this years show will not take place at the Olympic Village as it did last year, but instead will happen in North London’s Finsbury Park. And as a North Londoner, that’s pretty much the icing on the cake. Moreover, the festival will also be heading to Birmingham for the very first time.

For more information and for tickets head to wirelessfestival.co.uk. We’ll keep you updated on new announcements to come.

Dive into this little gem courtesy of The Trp (pronounced, The Trip) and Michael Tousana. Channelling a broad pallet of sounds, ‘Catching Fire’ is a super smoothed out tune, perfect to ease you into the working week. The relatively unknown trio call it “Exotic Hip-Hop” and to be honest, that’s a perfect description of what they do. Swoon over the record above, and look out for the collaborative album YAHUDA coming soon.

Dive into this little gem courtesy of The Trp (pronounced, The Trip) and Michael Tousana. Channelling a broad pallet of sounds, ‘Catching Fire’ is a super smoothed out tune, perfect to ease you into the working week. The relatively unknown trio call it “Exotic Hip-Hop” and to be honest, that’s a perfect description of what they do. Swoon over the record above, and look out for the collaborative album YAHUDA coming soon.

Hot off the heels of their U.S television debut last night on Jimmy Fallon, the UK’s grammy nominated golden boys Disclosure lend their talents to rapper Bishop Nehru by producing this vibey new single ‘You Stressin”. Taking a soulfully laid back approach the boys provide a smooth soundbed of harmonic synths and include just enough bass under the hood to keep Nehru riding a throwback style set of verses. Take a listen.

Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire have been announced as headline acts for Coachella 2014.

Each year the festival, which takes place over two weekends in April (11th-13th & 18th-20th) sees a whole load of acts take to the stage and of course this year is no exception. Pharrell, Disclosure, Nas, Solange, HAIM, Lana Del Rey, Blod Orange, the Internet, Shlohmo, A$AP Ferg and many others will all head to the desert to perform. It’s crazy how all those awesome names feel relatively unimpressive when stacked up under Outkast, right? Full line up above.

More info here. See you in the desert.

Pusha T made a lot of people happy when he announced he was going into the studio with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo – aka The Neptunes for 20 days to record new music. Things got even more hyphy when he uploaded a snap of them all in the studio together. At the same time rumours began to swirl that the studio sessions were also being used to reunite The Clipse – a rumour that now seems pretty official after Pusha linked to a Karen Civil post on Facebook with the comment “Clipse working on new album”.

I’ll let you sit with that while you wipe your brains from off the wall. It’s happening.

Kendrick Lamar keeps the good kid, m.A.A.d city flame alight with a set of new visual for ‘Sing About Me’. The seven-time Grammy nominee teams up with graffiti artist Eddie Peake on the black and white video which sees Kendrick drive around his home-town Compton whilst Peake delivers a new piece of artwork. The transparency and subtlety of the clip mirrors the track’s message, the simple idea… “When the lights shut off, an artist’s dream is that their work will stand the test of time. The ones that influence our culture are the ones we most remember. Here, two powerful creative forces come together to elevate the status quo and lay ground to their legacy. This is their poetry. Sing about them. 

Influential New Jersey beat maker Clams Casio has released the third and final instalment of his instrumental mixtape series. Vol.3 which follows his 2011 and 2012 releases features beats from DOOM and A$AP Rocky as well as a plethora of unreleased gems. Download the full tape here.

Following a hugely successful year which saw Disclosure release their #1 selling debut album, embark on a successful world tour and receive a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Dance Album’ – it’s quite difficult to imagine how they’d round 2013 off. Well as per usual they manage to do so something special by commissioning two excellent remixes.

The first is put forward by the legendary DJ Premier – which for any artist is a ridiculous honour – who transforms the Sam Smith assisted ‘Latch’ into something completely new. The second offering comes from the slightly more obscure, but no less exciting electronic producer SOHN who dissects ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’. Take a listen to both – doubt you’ll be disappointed in either.

‘Latch’ (DJ Premiere Remix)

‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ (SOHN Remix)

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