Behold, a Christmas miracle!!!

D’Angelo has just announced the title of his long-awaited, near-mythical new album – the followup to 2000’s magnum opus Voodoo.

Appropriately titled Black Messiah, the LP is officially credited to D’Angelo and the Vanguard. The announcement is marked by short teaser which presumably featurs a snippet of new music off the album. Furthermore, an event chaired by Nelson George and sponsored by Red Bull Music Acedemy and Afropunk will debut the project in New York this Sunday (!!). Posters of the Black Messiah artwork have been spotted around the city…

D hits London town in February as part of his new European tour, so expect to hear fully formed new songs… you’ll find us somewhere near the front losing our minds (again).

Now excuse us while we go clean our brains off the ceiling… #ohmygod.

Update: It has been confirmed that Black Messiah will be released on iTunes tonight at midnight (EST)! Get ready, only a few hours to go!

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.

Having produced for the likes of FKA twigs and Kanye West in the past year, electronic artist and producer Arca has announced the release of his debut album, Xen, out November 3rd via Mute Records. ‘Thievery’ is the first track to surface from the record, and from the get go sees the Venezuelan producer continue to push boundaries. The striking artwork (above) was designed by long time collaborator Jesse Kanda, the magician behind LP1’s stunning cover. Xen, will be available in a number of formats, including a special hand-numbered bundle which’ll include a bonus 10″ record of exclusive Arca material as well as a copy of his exceptional &&&&& mixtape; all sealed in black PVC.

Stream ‘Thievery’ below and check out the full tracklisting for Xen after the jump/

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Summer in London is a beautiful thing, it is arguably one of the most beautiful things this city can offer. But summer isn’t really summer for Londoner’s until Carnival weekend comes around – and this year we’re celebrating 50 glorious years of this historic event.

As line up’s are steadily announced many heads look to RBMA’s Carnival Party to see what they have in store. Last year they had the Marley’s – which was beyond! This year, and perhaps somewhat surprisingly, they’ve opted to recruit Basement Jaxx as headliners, supported by record label Mixpak (Popcaan, Dre Skull & Sticky), bashment leaders The Heatwave, as well as  Protoje & Yaardcore, Tropkillaz and Kalbata & Mixmonster.

Ticket registration for the party opens on August 11-15th, and are free, head over to redbull.co.uk/carnival for more info.

The only other party you need to know about is Deviation, but more news on that a little later. Although you might want to buy tickets now because they won’t be around for very long. Trust us.

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Next week the PinBoard mob will be heading to Amsterdam once again for Appelsap (August 9th), the cities fast rising festival dedicated to hip hop and electronic music. The one-day event has grown significantly over the years, with this year being no exception. Oosterpark will play host to a healthy mix of local and international talent which includes Glasgow’s very own super producer Hudson Mohawke, Travi$ Scott, FS Green, DJ EZ and a whole host of others.

Tickets are still on sale, so if you’re in Amsterdam on August 9th – get you some.

SBTRKT has finally revealed details on the follow to his shifting self-titled debut album; Released on September 22nd, the new album will be titled Wonder Where We Land. The albums first single ‘New Dorp. New York’ (above) is an ode to the Big Apple and features Vampire Weekend front-man Ezra Koeing – and what a way to kick things off – you hear that funk?

The new record boasts a pretty star-studded line up with contributions from Sampha, Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, Denai Moore and Raury amongst others. Full tracklisting after the jump.

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Following the success of his Would You Like a Tour show earlier this year, coupled with the unanimously positive reception of last year’s Nothing Was the Same, Drake has announced the title of his next album. As reported by Billboard, and even though recording has yet to begin, Drizzy’s fourth LP will be titled Views From the 6. This follows yesterday’s announcement that OVO Sound will also be dropping PARTYNEXTDOOR’s second full length PARTYNEXTDOOR Two as well as Majid Jordan’s debut EP Place Like This later this month on July 29. That’s a lot of OVO.

FKA twigs Announces Debut Album LP1

FKA twigs has announced the release of her long-awaited debut album via Young Turks/XL Recordings. Entitled, LP1, the full length will be upon us August 11 and will feature 10 brand new tracks. Check out the striking album cover designed by Jesse Kanda (above) along with the full tracklisting after the jump. Get excited…

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22tracks

22Tracks have just relaunched their site with a brand new, exquisitely designed player and improved iPhone app. Heralded for its simplicity both in concept and design, 22Tracks is a curation platform devoted entirely to music discovery. The site, cultivated by specialist tastemakers and DJ’s, offers a fully immersive experience into new sounds across 22 genres from key European hubs like Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and of course London (Berlin and U.S cities to follow). Each playlist is updated with five new songs every week.

Over the past two years PinBoard has been at the helm of London’s soul/R&B channel, a space we devote to the genres leading-edge. As with our own platform we carefully curate our playlist to expose artists and sounds that fracture the traditional.

Head over to 22tracks.com now, check out all the channels up for grabs and make sure you download their brand new free iPhone app.

Steven A Clark

Steven A. Clark has been steady on his grind for a few years, in fact his wondrous single ‘Lonely Roller’ can be traced as far back as 2012. However this month saw the release of Clark’s quaint 3 track Late EP, a project that skims the delicate frontiers of soul, R&B and pop. Although these songs were previously released under the project name Fornication Under the Consent of the King, this streamlined EP marks the singers first release on Secretly Canadian.

Free‘s tour de force is unquestionably its aforementioned opener ‘Lonely Roller’, an instant vintage paradox of feel good melancholy and exhilarating soul (with a devastatingly killer hook, may I add); You’ll find yourself endlessly reloading this one – advance warning. ‘Just Ride’, the EP’s second number is a richer, more R&B affirmed mid-tempo which wouldn’t feel totally out of place on a Miguel record. ‘Seashore’, the EP’s closing track concludes proceedings as its most defiant record – an anthemic bubbler that makes a resolute statement about the copious facets of its creators palette.

Listen to Steven A. Clark’s Late EP via Spotify below and/or buy it via iTunes.

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