… 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.

As Chicago beat makers The-Drum prepare to release their debut album Contact, they release a celestial new trailer filled with hallucinogenic 3D graphics which chronicle each of their 11 new songs. Created and produced by The-Drum and lead designer Theodore Darst, the trailer also features works from Omega Point and Logan Owlbeemoth. Contact is released June 25th.

Gold Panda returns following the release of his 2010 debut Lucky Shiner with a sophomore effort titled Half of Where You Live. For the Essex raised producer the new album seems to represents a sizeable shift from the nostalgia-capturing productions he offered on Lucky Shiner, to a more globally influenced sound. Rich textures from the Far East and South America can be heard amongst his laid-back, still glitched electronic productions. Perfect Monday servings.

Stream: Gold Panda – Half of Where You Live

Danish duo Quadron follow up their critically acclaimed and much loved self-titled debut album with Avalanche, a 10 track long player filled with warm soulful tones, rhythmic funk and pop imagery. Coco. O and producer Robin Hannibal have certainly progressed since their last outing – their sounds has grown richer, more vivid and certainly a lot more confident. A few tracks have leaked over the past couple days, including their Kendrick Lamar collaboration ‘Better Off’ but we wanted to reframe from listening until we could hear the entire release, which we can now do via the New York Times.

Stream: Quadron – Avalanche 

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