Rochelle Jordan

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.

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Keeping on trend with many producers these days, Pearl is releasing music in near-total anonymity; there is at present little to no information on the web about him. What is known however is that he is signed to JMSN’s White Room Records label, and that his new album Open was released very recently. Comprised of 10 tracks, the LP hosts’ a slew of invited guest singers like Nylo, Channy Leaneagh (POLIÇA) and label head JMSN, who interpret Pearl’s obscure, strangely melodic productions in their own eccentric and exciting ways. It’s an interesting, and trippy listen – tuck in below.

And lets ignore that artwork.

Adult Jazz are perhaps the most exciting band to have burst onto the scene since alt-J, and their debut album, Gist Is, exemplifies why. The four-piece from Leeds begin proceedings with the seven-minute long ‘Hum’, where frontman Harry Surgess enchants with his fluttery voice transcending the spiritual instrumentation.

Over the course of the LP, we see the band spread their wings and take an experimental turn in tracks like ‘Idiot Mantra’ and ‘Be A Girl’ which revert from a straightforward 4×4 beat whilst still maintaining accessibility through the lyrics (“my heart, it is still spinning all over the ground“). The LP is rounded off with ‘Bonedigger’, a smooth and airy number, which brings us back to a more conventional flow.

Gist Is, takes you on an ethereal journey of intricately crafted, forward-thinking compositions, rammed with layer upon layer of sparkling rhythms, magical vocals and introspective songwriting. Stream the entire album over at NPR, before it drops August 4.

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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.

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