Earlier this year Låpsley mesmerised us with her brilliant debut singles ‘Station‘, and more recently ‘Painter (Valentine)‘, but today the eighteen year-old Liverpudlian returns with her strongest effort yet. ‘Falling Short’, premiered by Annie Mac last night on Radio 1, is formed by a simple piano motif which runs through the track allowing Låpsley’s powerful vocals to enchant.

Whilst she hid her voice behind the floaty instrumentation in her previous singles, you can really hear the clarity in her voice on this new one. It shows a great deal of growth and maturity on her part; something that can only help in the future, because let’s face it, she’s going to be huge!

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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.

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Over the past six months, south Londoner TALA has had everyone under her spell with some introspective, multicultural (by way of Iran) electronica. So, why mention her now? To be frank I didn’t really get the hype, it all felt a little noisy to me.

But it’s with new single ‘Alchemy’ where things change. It’s by far her most interesting track to date, and by far, her best. Her hazy vocals, reminiscent of BANKS, ignites a moody atmosphere as the scattered beat (produced by TALA herself) brings it all together. The single is taken from her forthcoming Alchemy EP which is out 17th November via Aesop. Whilst you’re at it, give the rest of her music a listen over at her Soundcloud.

Dornik channels his inner MJ on new number ‘Second Thoughts’, the b-side to his latest single ‘On My Mind‘. This new one pretty mellow and laid-back, perfect for Dornik to absolutely nail those high notes as the breezy soundscape brings the track forwards. Give it a spin…

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Life-soundtracks are often dictated by the seasons, and so with the arrival of the first day of Autumn (perhaps my favourite season) its fitting that Rochelle would unleash a new remix of one of her strongest singles ‘Lowkey’, this time featuring crooner JMSN. There’s nothing not to love about this.

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Top Dawg’s Kendrick Lamar drops off a brand new track titled ‘i’, marking the first single lifted of his much-much anticipated forthcoming sophomore album. Produced by Rahki, the track samples The Isley Brothers’ ‘That Lady’, and carries with it – dare we say – a near-ATLien aesthetic. Listen up.

French/Cuban sister duo Ibeyi share the studio version of ‘Mama Says’, the song which kick-started their XL journey from earlier this year, following a spellbinding live performance of the aforementioned track last year. ‘Mama Says’ sees the twins slow things down as a soft piano melody is the backbone for the sisters to deliver some stunning vocals.

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Introducing London based singer and producer Sakima, and his brilliant debut single ‘Energy’. His deep and endearing vocal seamlessly transitions between the woozy soundscape consisting of powerful percussive inflections and speedy handclaps. ‘Energy’ finds Sakima marrying the introspective electronics of James Blake with SOHN’s empowering vocal depth whilst entailing his own distinct style. Spin the track above, and give its reworking a listen too.

London producer Throwing Shade delivers a trippy new video for her aggressively hyphy single ‘Blanx’. The track, filled with twinkling xylophones, broken hi-hats and a neck breaking beat is visually transcribed into psychedelic colours and shapes that make little sense up close but watch til’ the end to see what it all means…

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Willow Smith is making a habit of surprising us. It’s easy to forget how bewildering it was when she first smashed into our consciousness with ‘Whip My Hair’, but since then her team (which already consists of Will Smith, Jay Z and probably President Obama, and L. Rob Hubbard) have been working hard to strategically manoeuvre her ascend into superstardom. Controversial love songs, weird photos, and a couple noteworthy covers have worked well to build an interesting, if not somewhat little freakish, reputation. The girl is still only 13 years old. (Yes, 13).

Anyways – take a listen to her latest, another left-leaning and rather serendipitous cover of King Krule’s ‘Easy Easy’. A cover like this says a lot more than just what a singer can do with their talent – it affirms that she, or her rather her aforementioned team of advisors have their ears very close to the ground and their eyes firmly set on the credible internet underground. Either way, it kind of has to be applauded – it would be much easier (and quicker) for them all to continue to release more ‘Whip My Hair’ singles.

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