Our most beloved London girl, Katy B features on Mosca’s epic new single ‘What You Came For’, which we first shared with you back in August. Sadly Miss Brien doesn’t make a cameo in the video but her vocals are, as always, impossibly infectious and instantly gratifying. Love this lady.
Still riding high off her recent Mercury Music Prize nomination, songstress Jessie Ware has unleashed 3 new reworkings of her single ‘No To Love’, taken off her debut album Devotion. The EP features craftsmanship from George Fitzgerald, Ewan Pearson & Todd Edwards and so, as you’d imagine, it’s advisable you turn up those subs… Gah.
Putting aside the fact that we kind of foresaw Alt-J’s impending success way back in January, it really is a testament to the stature of their debut album that these guys walked away with this years coveted Mercury Music Prize. Many will probably crown An Awesome Wave as one of this years best releases – and I’m not too sure I could argue otherwise – but whats more is the sensational way it / they have become one of 2012′s biggest success stories.
Now the band have contributed to the “Silver Linings Playbook” soundtrack alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan. The new single ‘Buffalo’ features backing vocals from Mountain Man and is teemed in many of the captivating elements found throughout An Awesome Wave.
Raise one & kiss the sky, the axiom of ‘cloud rap’ gets some confirmation by two of it’s high priests, having swirled around the literal internet cloud these last couple of years. Outlandish, drugged hip-hop? Rap pulled from a blunted, ‘zined (un)consciousness? Outcast lifestyles of the experimental and thuggin’? The flap gets somewhat corroborated on ‘Cloud Body’, a celestial slice feel good cloud rap (comes in various flavours), and apparently it’s that shit that you can trust. Squadda and Mondre (Main Attakionz) once again proving they are as important to cyberspace, as Cheech & Chong were to VHS. That Bossalinis & Fooliyones gets lit October 22nd.
Futurist R&B and black widow romance relieved by fresh dirt and crushed blacks – bleak, lo-fi visuals for the beautifully written and sung ‘Shotgun’. Fragile verses and a pumping hook, Torontorian producer KLSH seems to have a thing for curious build-and-drops. A skeletal bed of digital cool sits under Jordan‘s vocal, carried home by her deft neo-classicist 90s/early 00s songwriting. Where he brings the rhythm, she really brings the blues, and this has to be an album highlight for capturing melodic stylism and pairing it with a post-Timbo prog’ness, albeit the simplest, most seductive elements.
Lifted from one of the best underground R&B LPs of the year, download that here.
Glory glory Nintendo, this sweet, twisty AlunaGeorge track and video directed by Feel Good Lost seem intent on flooding back memories from a 16-bit youth. Aluna cooing her cutest with George at his wonkiest, it searches for the soul in that toy box. The song is taken from a new Annie Mac compilation out October 8th.
It has been over a year since his last release, but Ninja Tune’s own Dels is back! With the single already getting airplay by the likes of Zane Lowe it’s obvious he’s going to continue where he left off, with a critically acclaimed LP under his belt and a serious buzz surrounding him. ‘Bird Milk’ is a reincarnation of a track off the Kwesachu mixtape which dropped earlier this year and will feature on the upcoming Black Salad EP dropping 26th November on Big Dada / Ninja Tune. Get into this, wait for the dope break downs in the second half of the track and keep your eyes peeled for what will be another sterling album dropping early 2013.
For a song called ‘Latch’, the action would have to be lip-locking. Liberally sprinkled with that, a brand new video from the duo that will be taking over. This single, which has already made a soundcloud-step to half a milli wheel ups, is out November 5th on PMR Records.
Illusive LA artist Young & Sick dropped a few quiet gems like ‘Room 48′ last year that sounded like demos of something curious bubbling in the online-underground R&B world. He’s advancing forward, or perhaps even backwards in time now with ‘House of Spirits’. Alright, don’t call it post-dubstepped quiet storm, but you might hear where clicks and warped vox meet the vintage Maxwell caress and it’s all cooked up yummy. Sensualist sentiments dogged with former flame guilt trips and break-up sex vibes have this song well and truly smokin’. File alongside Inc. maybe, and do as you will.
Flying Lotus, pioneer, adopter, adapter. If this unreleased audio premiered on Diplo’s Radio 1 show proves just a minute inkling of anything with it’s ripped bass, southern hats and lush sample looping for glory under a veil of dirty compression… it’s that he be put in an $80,000 studio with Drake or Kendrick immediately so we can get some history made. A deep banger, it’s great Lotus has chosen to unleash it from his recently disclosed hard drive. Let’s have some more then.