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Shabazz Palaces produced one of my favourite hip hop album of recent years with 2011′s Black Up; An album that represented what I felt many hip hop albums have lacked – genuine experimentalism and creativity. Following their acclaimed debut album Ishmael Butler (of the legendary Digable Planets) and multi-instrumental genius Tendai Maraire have returned to the fore with their much anticipated sophomore effort titled Lese Majesty. Released next week, the album is available to stream now via NPR, and marks an exciting second chapter in this wonderful duo’s musical exploits.

Tuck in over at NPR now.

This is Youceff Yunque Kabal aka YUS, an independent musician based in Phoenix, Arizona. Below, is his dazzling sophomore effort, Talisman, which is out today through his very own Manneken Records. Combining elements of bubbling pop melodies with some snazzy electronics, the record shows of YUS’ flair for sweet sounding psychedelic, lo-fi sounds – especially on tracks like ’20 Million’ and ‘Zzz’. Stream the entire record below, it’s brilliant!

Junglepussy’s ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’

Back in March, we introduced you to Junglepussy and her blazing single ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed‘. Today we’re graced with her debut album, also called Satisfaction Guaranteed. And just as we guessed - it’s pure fire! JP spits with confidence and ferocity over darkened beats penned by Shy Guy. This is life according to Junglepussy and we’re listening…

… And finally it’s here. Well for those in the U.S at least.

It has been no less than eight years since Pharrell’s last solo project and although we’ve been blessed in abundance by his talent this past year, G I R L feels like the unwrapping of a very well deserved, long awaited present.

Streaming for free a week before release via iTunes Radio the album produces features from Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and returning the favour – Daft Punk. Officially out on March 3rd for all, but for now and for those outside the U.S listen to ‘Gust of Wind’ below.

One of the most highly anticipated records of the year, M.I.A.’s Matangi, is now available to stream in its entirety ahead of its release next week. The 15-track project, which features the previously heard tracks ‘Bad Girls‘, ‘Bring the Noize‘, ‘Come Walk With Me‘ and  ‘Y.A.L.A.‘ also sees the London native sample The Weeknd’sLonely Star‘ on ‘Exodus’ and ‘Sexodus’. Elsewhere, we have production courtesy of Switch, Hit-Boy, Illangelo, M.I.A. herself and more. One final note, there are some absolute tunes on this record, make sure to catch it November 5.

Pusha T’s long awaited, early anticipated debut album My Name is Pusha T is a week away from being released and as has become tradition and in light of any potential (or rather unavoidable) leaks it’s being served up as a full stream via Myspace. The feature heavy album sees Pusha collaborate with Chris Brown, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chains, Big Sean, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar and others. And with production from Kanye West, Hudson Mohawke, Swizz Beatz and of course (?!) Joaquin Phoenix – it’s doubtful you’ll be disappointed.

Head over to Myspace to listen.

It’s time. It’s time for the world to hear how Janelle Monae follows up her debut opus The ArchAndroid. The cascading multi-suite epic remains one of the most impressive debuts in recent history, but how would Monae continue to build her creative legacy? Well, teaming up with Erykah Badu, Miguel and his Purple Holiness is probably a good place to start. Adding Solange and Esperanza Spalding into the mix can’t hurt much either. The anticipation is now over as Monae has served up a full album stream of The Electric Lady, a 19-track body of work drenched in her unique brand of future funk and electronic soul. Waste no time, get into this.

Sidenote: Janelle and Prince = Mindfucked.

Ahead of it’s September 9th release, The Weeknd has offered up a full stream of his first official album Kiss Land. The project has already seen a number of singles and videos released including it’s title track, the Drake assisted ‘Live For’, ‘Love In the Sky’ and ‘Belong to the World’.

Take a listen to the entire album via NPR.

Yesterday our minds were positively blown by King Krule’s majestic ‘Neptune Estate’, today though and a week ahead of it’s scheduled release the artist formally known as Zoo Kid shares a full stream of his debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. Aged just 18, it’s no exaggeration to say that this young man has one of the most uniquely powerful voices on the planet and that this debut will undoubtedly end up one of the highlights of the year. Stream the entire LP below and buy the album on August 24th via XL Recordings. The album is also streaming live over some CCTV of London at kingkrule.co.uk.

Ahead of it’s official release next week A$AP Ferg does the right thing and serves stream of his new album Trap Lord, probably in anticipation of that inevitable leak. The album, which originally started out as a mixtape, features appearances from mob leader A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Waka Flocka Flame and more. Head over to Ferg’s official website to stream the album in full.

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