LA songstress and renowned goddess BANKS lends her vocals to ‘Don’t You Love’, the latest song from fellow collaborator Lil Silva’s forthcoming Mabel EP. Silva’s soft musings open the slow-burning atmospherics of the track before BANKS mixes in her own elegant harmonies. This is the first of two tracks the two have conjured up for the EP out August 4, hold tight.

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Following their recently released single ‘Hot Love’, London’s We Are Shining push forward with another cosmic production – this time in the form of ‘Breaks’, featuring Andrea Balency and written by FKA Twigs. Far more celestial then the exotic influences that warped ‘Hot Love’ into the spectacular that it is, this single serves as slightly more mechanical insight into the multiple layers that comprises this duo.

FKA twigs follows up the her vivid ‘Two Weeks‘ single with ‘Pendulum’, the second track from her hotly anticipated debut album LP1 (out August 11 via Young Turks). Twigs shrouds her typically leftist production with dreamy vocal of hers. Big love to Jesse Kanda too, who shares some of the bizarrely beautiful shots of Twigs in hero latest video. Beautiful use of FKA’s falsetto towards the end – divine…

As promised, Worcestershire based producer astronomyy has just released his debut There For U EP, via his own Lunar Surf label, and if you hadn’t guessed already, it’s pretty good. Whilst ‘U Make Me Feel Good‘ was a smooth and beautiful offering, it’s the EP’s title track (demo form here) which really stands out. Everything from the lush vocals to the mellow down production is vastly on point. There’s also a pretty trippy stream of the entire EP over at his website, check it out.

We Are Shining show up in a corner shop to perform their afrofuturisic new funk-opera ‘Hot Love’ while hypnotic beauty and rising model Adwoa Aboah loses herself on the desolate streets of North-East London. The duo (formally known as The Shining), made up of Morgan Zarate and Acyde, create a cacophony of juxtaposed sounds melding the worlds of fusion-jazz, gospel, and bluesy-electronica into their own warped version of reality. You’ll be singing this all day.

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Our beloved home girl Jessie Ware comes through with the second single taken off her forthcoming sophomore album titled ‘Share It All’. The sultry ballad, co-written by Romy Madley-Croft of The xx, sees Ware apply her airy vocals tenderly around a soft bed of padded drums and muted synths. Most excitingly though is that it feels like ‘Share It All’ further shows off Jessie’s growing confidence, her vocals on this record feel more beautiful and poised than ever.

Having melted our hearts with her debut single ‘Touch‘ earlier this year, Shura returns with ‘Just Once’. The songs warm, endearing tones are softened by its simplistic and fluid production; it really feels like a perfect pop song.

Rochelle Jordan

For me at least, Rochelle Jordan is the very definition of R&B futurism. I don’t think any other artist has captured the genre’s avant-garde quite like she and her producer KLSH. And although there are some noteworthy contenders (Tinashe, Jhene Aiko, Teyana Taylor, Tink G), Jordan leads the way each time. In fact it kills me to know how many people missed or slept on her P R E S S U R E album, which stands unquestionably, as one of my favourite R&B albums, period.

Her latest single, following on from ‘Lowkey‘, is ‘Back in the Day’ which once again offers another look into of her flawless delivery. KLSH’s pristine post-Timbaland production thaws exquisitely around Jordan’s honey-cool vocals. I guess I’ve gushed enough – listen below.

P.s Rochelle also features on Cyril Hahn’s new single ‘Slow’ – listen to that here.

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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.

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The internets have been waiting on this collaborative extended player for some time now, and excuse us for being a couple days late in bringing it to your attention.

When two mutually respectful worlds align to create something new in the way Shlohmo & Jeremih have, it can rarely been seen as a disappointment. In fact it should be celebrated. And regardless of whether you feel this joint project is better or worse than each of their solo offerings, you have to respect their gusto – it’s easy to forget how much of a dirty word “R&B” was just a few years ago, especially in the electronic community. And who knew Jeremih would swing back after that meme-inducing chart topper?!

For the most part No More is a convincing release, it pushes forward with the current understanding of what contemporary R&B is – a genre no longer stagnant in the shadow of its golden era. It is for the most part however carried by Shlohmo’s productions which are wonderfully industrial and appropriately gully. Jeremih’s vocals unfortunately slip key far too often and his Weeknd-esque wailing at times is a little indulgent.

That said there are gems in here, pay particular attention to ‘The End’ and an extended version of ‘Fuck You All The Time’.

Download No More for free here.

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