Following ‘Draft Day‘ and ‘Days In The East‘, Drake dropped his latest cut ’0 to 100 / The Catch Up’. Co-produced by Boi-1da, Noah “40″ Shebib and Nineteen85 the six minute treat sees Drizzy go in hard whilst hinting strongly as to when the release of his next album will be (“we already got spring 2015 popping“). And those vocals at the end? They belong to James Blake.
Leeds quartet Adult Jazz return with their latest track ‘Spook’. Taken off their forthcoming debut album, Gist Is (August 4th) the song really shows off the band’s depth and knack for churning out gorgeous sounds. Yes it’s 10-minutes long, but sit with it – it’s worth it.
If you happen to stumble upon Locke’s website, you’ll be greeted by this curious image, and the following text: “it’s getting dark. save me from a world without love. all that is masculine is feminine is masculine is feminine is masculine is feminine… no one is LOCKED.” Intrigued? Read on.
‘O Boy’ is the follow up single from enigmatic NYC based artist Locke, who’s inexplicably dark and malevolent debut single ‘We Are the Prey‘ was released a couple months back. ‘O Boy’ serves a cold backdrop of sparse post-Timbaland drums guided by Locke’s eerily whispered chants (“it’s getting darker everyday, save me”). You’ll find yourself utterly drawn into this, it’s a hypnotising.
Chicago songstress Jean Deaux has dropped an aqueous new track, appropriatedly titled ‘Into the Wayer’. Penned by THEMpeople and featuring TheMIND, the sensual soundscape serves as a woozy cradle to support Deaux’s clouded vocals. If you haven’t already, check out Jean’s collaboration with Sampha and look out for her debut album, Soular System out soon.
Rochelle Jordan and her right hand producer KLSH return with a brand new, hard-as-fuck track called ‘Lowkey’, which once again reaffirms their position as one of R&B’s most encouraging duos. The current deluge of aspirational singers attempting to capture the current notions of R&B by sloppily applying drawn-out synths and murky vocals can at times make it difficult to differentiate between the irreverent and the genuinely impressive - but heads up, this is how it’s done. As these two musical kin continue to progress down their dedicated soundscape, their talents and sound progress with them – expanding in depth, colour and form at every turn. Tuck into this.
Both Oceaán and abhi//dijon have created a buzz with their delectably eloquent slices of R&B, and last week, the Maryland duo shared a beautiful rendition of the former’s ‘Need U‘. Over a sugary soundbed of shimmering echoes and a gushing bassline, Abhi and Dijon add some foggy vocals into the mix; invigorating a super chilled vibe.
A new Kanye West song titled ‘God Level’ produced by 88Keys, Hudson Mohawke, Mike Dean & Noah Goldstein has surfaced in a new Adidas FIFA World Cup commercial for their All In or Nothing campaign, which you can watch here. This probably isn’t the full track but take a listen to what we have so far below – hopefully we’ll get a fuller version soon because this sounds like a healthy addition to the Yeezus tracklist (it was obviously recorded during the album sessions) – an LP I still believe to be one of the best of 2013 (contrary to popular opinion).
L.A’s Tinashe has released a retake of Drake’s ‘Days in the East’ (produced by PARTYNEXTDOOR) which she uses to showcase the ornate fractions of her whisper-led voice. Retaining the emblematic melancholy of a Drizzy slow jam, Tinashe refocuses her efforts into a dedication to her West Coast roots. This will be a fair few reloads.
Of the seventeen tracks on Mariah Carey’s new album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse (lets not get into it), only one grabbed my attention. Nestled ten tracks deep, ‘Meteorite’ is the serendipitous gem jostled within a void of underwhelming, middle-of-the-road songs.
Bewilderingly produced by Q-Tip, the track features a warm house beat, a lush disco backdrop and an album-highlight vocal performance from Carey. I wasn’t aware Tip was involved until a few reloads after but it would make sense that amidst some of the worlds biggest hit makers (Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins, Mike Will Made It) it would be left to The Abstract to come through with the albums only noteworthy offering. Go figure.
While the album version had me at hello, a new ‘Q-Tip version’ has appeared online boasting a slightly softer and richer sound. The differences between the two versions aren’t enormous, but this rendition offers slightly more atmosphere than the original. Listen to the album version here, and the alternative version below.