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.

Take a look at, and/or get properly aquatinted to Maxine Ashley, the Bronx-born singer who has been steady on her grind for quite some time now. Signed to i am OTHER/Outsiders (Universal), and mentored by man-God Pharrell Williams, her latest single ‘By Your Side’ is an sensual slow jam filled with exotic percussions, a mean bass line, and Ashley’s soaring, multilayered voice. This bumps.

Expect Maxine’s Moodswings EP soon.

BOOTS has been on a break since releasing his brilliant WinterSpringSummerFall mixtape earlier this summer, but the silence is broken with new number ‘Mercy’. As with previous releases, BOOTS continues to embark on new pastures as he exposes his raw vocal over a soft piano melody before things gradually intensify as strong, electric guitars are joined by thudding drums  around the three-minute mark.

SBTRKT follows up the Ezra Koenig featuring ‘New Dorp. New York‘ with another stellar collaboration; this time, teaming up with Atlanta based wonderkid Raury on ‘Higher’. The track begins with an eerie atmosphere before the bass kicks in and Raury pounces with a killer and uber catchy chorus. Wonder Where We Land, SBTRKT’s sophomore offering is out September 22, for now though, stream ‘Higher’ above.

Having announced the release of You’re Dead last month, Flying Lotus has shared the first cut ‘Never Catch Me’ which features Kendrick Lamar. FlyLo packs quite a punch with the frenzied beat for Lamar to add his super fiery flow on to as a gentle piano-led melody underlines and brings the track together. These two were made for each other; collaborative project anyone? We’re in.

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Former Jessie Ware drummer Dornik continues to bring those grooves with ‘On My Mind’, the follow up to last year’s ‘Something About You‘ and ‘Rebound‘. The singer/producer adorns the track with glistening electro-funk sounds that shimmer and shine under that glossy vocal of his. That nine month wait was well worth it… Get vibing to the track below.

We predicted Disclosure would (or rather, should) produce Mary’s new album back in January. It makes perfect sense, and it was obvious from the moment Blige jumped on ‘F For You’ that something bigger was in the work. Mary has found herself in the same position many artists who reigned supreme in the 90′s and 00′s – despite a global fanbase they’re ultimately unable to shift sufficient records because their audience are on or have passed the cusp of those who buy records. Disclosure have that market on lock, and so this is a fantastic partnership. Something the Mariah’s of this world should be taking note of.

In any case – ‘Right Now’ is the first single taken off Mary’s forthcoming The London Sessions, which is being executively produced by Lawrence brothers. It’s definitely a healthy step in the right direction, and an exciting premise for Mary at this stage in her career.

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