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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.

For those who missed (or didn’t miss) the live stream this week…

Earlier this week D’Angelo sat down for an extremely (extremely) rare live interview with Nelson George as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The one hour and twenty-four minute conversation covered an host of topics including the motions behind Brown Sugar and Voodoo, the studio techniques he uses when recording (he records vocals between two speakers in a tipi!); And also saw Mr Archer sharing personal anecdotes about writing and recording ‘U Will Know’ for the Black Men United project, having transcendent conversations with Sly Stone, and the story about how he first came to meet Questlove (told by Questlove).

A lot more was lightly discussed, but disappointingly questions about D’Angelo’s new music were apparently completely off limit – a few things were alluded too, but nothing worth writing home about – a great shame considering, but hey – when D speaks, we listen…

Huge news for our girls Juce who this week signed a record deal with Universal/Island Records following the release of their universally adored debut single ‘Call You Out’. Announcing the big news on their Facebook page, the girls were pictured celebrating with label boss Darcus Beese and the Island team that will be helping the London trio to craft their debut album. Furthermore the girls have also been announced as performers at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend . A huge look. #Proud.

With a new song promised for this Monday, take a look at Georgia, Cherish & Chalin performing ‘Call You Out’ live at the BBC. Beaut.

Every year it seems Coachella manages to ensemble and even more exciting motley crew of performers to headline their stages. This year they outdid themselves by reuniting one of hip hop’s most beloved group – Outkast – following a near 8-year hiatus. Add to that show stopping performances from Pharrell Williams, Disclosure, Nas, A$AP Ferg, Solange, Warpaint, Lana Del Rey, Banks and heaps of others, not to mention the special guests some of these artists brought out including Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J et el.

As the first weekend comes to an end, we’ve compiled some of the best performances from the past two days for you to sit back and enjoy. We’ll keep adding more full performances as they become available. And we’ll do the same with next weekends festivities too. Watch Outkast’s set up top and all the others after the jump.

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