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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Converse continue their impressive residency at 100 Club with the announcement that How To Dress Well will headline a show, supported by Koreless, on April 23rd. As like Converse’s packed-out shows with A$AP Ferg and Blood Orange earlier this year, tickets for HTDW’s show will be free via their official website from today (April 8). Make sure you get yours.

In case you missed it, take a listen to How To Dress Well’s fabulous new single ‘Repeat Pleasure’ lifted off his forthcoming new LP What Is This Heart? due out June 23rd.


Sony announced this week plans to release another posthumous Michael Jackson album titled Xscape which will hit shelves on May 13th. The news was accompanied by the albums, quite frankly ridiculous, artwork and was met (by me) with large scepticism. And even despite the latest news that our hero D’Angelo will have a production credit on a track featuring Questlove & Mary J. Blige – my scepticism is still vigilant.

Of course the very notion that D’Angelo has even glanced at a song graced by Michael Jackson is enough to make our heads (and presumably, the universe) explode but the truth is, these are songs Jackson never intended to see the light of day. These are incomplete songs void of MJ’s true completed vision – I can’t imagine any true artist (past or present) feeling satisfied at the idea of their music being released without their approval; hence why Stevie Wonder, Prince and Madlib all intend on having their masters destroyed after they die – to protect the integrity of their legacy… Not to mention everything that Sony has touched since MJ’s passing has been utterly shambolic.

So yes, a pretty significant, albeit selfish, victory for us fans but we’ll wait until we hear the full thing before we embrace an illegitimate Michael Jackson album.


JUNGLE, the ever mysterious outfit from London have announced the release of their debut, self-titled LP which is out sooner than you think. The 12-track long player will feature previously heard singles ‘The Heat‘, ‘Platoon‘, ‘Lucky I Got What I Want‘, ‘Drops‘ and ‘Busy Earnin‘ alongside fresh, new material. Watch the uber cool album trailer up top and preorder the album here; peep the tracklisting below,  and cop the album come July 14.

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Woah! What a lineup!

Lovebox may have changed the format from 3 days to 2 days this year, but they are sure packing a lot into the 18th and 19th July.

Victoria Park is a must this year. The decade old East London festival has just confirmed proud Londoners MIA and Chase and Status as the weekend headliners, alongside the likes of Bonobo, A$AP Rocky, Katy B, Banks, Joey Badass, Mount Kimbie, Bondax, MNEK, Submotion Orchestra and more. Have a funny feeling they have a few more surprises up their sleeve too…#justsaying

 Find more information and get your tickets (start from £35) here!



I shouldn’t be, but I’m still amazed that we still don’t have that new D’Angelo album, especially considering everyone was saying how ‘almost finished’ it was. Anyways, while we continue to wait – there is some pretty exciting news in the world of D. Nearly 20 years after its first (limited) release, Virgin/UMe will re-release a repackaged version of D’Angelo’s Live at The Jazz Cafe EP later this month. The new edition will include the entire set from the legendary 1995 show and also will include an essay from D’s manager Alan Leeds.

It’s not a new album but we’ll take it. My Live at The Jazz Cafe album is one my prized possessions, this will add nicely to my collection. Gassed. Full track list after the jump.

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LE1F has announced a new record deal with Terrible Records / XL Recordings that will see him release a new EP titled Hey on March 11th. The new five-track release will including Le1f’s cut-throat single ‘Wut’, along with four new tunes including ‘Boom’. Featuring a fittingly boisterous beat, LE1F’s unmistakable steeze leads the way for what sounds to be a legit new chapter in the career of this rising emcee. “Working with XL Recordings was my teenage dream. Ethan [Silverman, Terrible Records] made that a reality. I’ve been keeping quiet about this for almost a year. I’m excited I could finally brag about it”.

It has become quite clear over the past few years that Wireless has become one of the hypest London festival of the calendar year.

This year they’ve done it again and secured headliners Kanye West, Drake, Bruno Mars, as well as Outkast and Pharrell. Not to mention countless other acts like Azealia Banks, A$AP Ferg and others who have yet to be announced. Oh yea, did we mention Salt N Pepa too? Yah.

And it was hard to imagine Wireless topping last year. Not only did they lock in headliners Justin Timberlake & Jay Z but they also put on one of the most progressive hip hop lineups I think we’ve ever seen in a mainstream UK festival. I mean – they had A Tribe Called Quest there!

This year they’ll help tick another life box with Outkast (!!). Although not billed as a headliner (however strange that may feel, it’s actually not that unusual when you think about it), Andre and Big Boi, as promised, will for the first time in over 10 years perform live.

Moreover this years show will not take place at the Olympic Village as it did last year, but instead will happen in North London’s Finsbury Park. And as a North Londoner, that’s pretty much the icing on the cake. Moreover, the festival will also be heading to Birmingham for the very first time.

For more information and for tickets head to We’ll keep you updated on new announcements to come.

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