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Willow Smith is making a habit of surprising us. It’s easy to forget how bewildering it was when she first smashed into our consciousness with ‘Whip My Hair’, but since then her team (which already consists of Will Smith, Jay Z and probably President Obama, and L. Rob Hubbard) have been working hard to strategically manoeuvre her ascend into superstardom. Controversial love songs, weird photos, and a couple noteworthy covers have worked well to build an interesting, if not somewhat little freakish, reputation. The girl is still only 13 years old. (Yes, 13).

Anyways – take a listen to her latest, another left-leaning and rather serendipitous cover of King Krule’s ‘Easy Easy’. A cover like this says a lot more than just what a singer can do with their talent – it affirms that she, or her rather her aforementioned team of advisors have their ears very close to the ground and their eyes firmly set on the credible internet underground. Either way, it kind of has to be applauded – it would be much easier (and quicker) for them all to continue to release more ‘Whip My Hair’ singles.

BOOTS has been on a break since releasing his brilliant WinterSpringSummerFall mixtape earlier this summer, but the silence is broken with new number ‘Mercy’. As with previous releases, BOOTS continues to embark on new pastures as he exposes his raw vocal over a soft piano melody before things gradually intensify as strong, electric guitars are joined by thudding drums  around the three-minute mark.

We predicted Disclosure would (or rather, should) produce Mary’s new album back in January. It makes perfect sense, and it was obvious from the moment Blige jumped on ‘F For You’ that something bigger was in the work. Mary has found herself in the same position many artists who reigned supreme in the 90′s and 00′s – despite a global fanbase they’re ultimately unable to shift sufficient records because their audience are on or have passed the cusp of those who buy records. Disclosure have that market on lock, and so this is a fantastic partnership. Something the Mariah’s of this world should be taking note of.

In any case – ‘Right Now’ is the first single taken off Mary’s forthcoming The London Sessions, which is being executively produced by Lawrence brothers. It’s definitely a healthy step in the right direction, and an exciting premise for Mary at this stage in her career.

Jessie Ware shares ‘Want Your Feeling’ (co-written by Dev Hynes), another gem taken from her forthcoming album, Tough Love out October 6th. On the track, Ware delves into the bouncy soundscape with great poise, as her pristine vocals shape the track’s groovy aesthetic. From what we’ve heard so far, Tough Love is oozing class, then again, we didn’t expect any different!

London is gearing up for the biggest and baddest weekend of the year – come rain or shine – and Carnival looms, our girls JUCE have come forth with a beautiful prelude with their new video for ‘Burning Up’. A sun soaked salutation to our glorious city, the video was shot on 16mm at Brixton Splash a couple weeks ago and was directed by Jess Colquhoun, and features a whole host of typically London character portraits. Notting Hill Carnival soon come, but in the mean time – press play and get ready.

Watch as Haim take over the (fictional) Dallas Murphy show, hosted by SNL’s Vanessa Bayer, in the music video for ‘My Song 5′ featuring a guest verse from A$AP Ferg. With appearances from Ezra Koenig, Ke$ha, Big SeanGrimes and even their parents(!), the visual is pretty hilarious with cotton-ball-phobias, mime-fetishes and more. Take a look above!

Kwabs follows up his Wrong or Right and Pray For Love EPs with ‘Walk’, a brand new, stand-alone single out September 29. Unlike the soulful bursts, electronic glitches and R&B vibes of his previous efforts, this new one will have you head banging with its military-like marching drums carrying Kwabs’ rich tones along. Give it a spin below!

‘Say You Love Me’ is Jessie Ware’s third offering from Tough Love, her sophomore effort out October 6. The record takes things down a notch from the more profound title track and ‘Share It All‘ as Ware graces the soft, sombre BenZel production with an effortless air of elegance and vocal control.

Ibeyi follow up their ethereal debut ‘Oya‘ with  ‘River’, a choppy pop track which sees the twin sisters share spoken/sung verses before coming together in the chorus. That’s the Ed Morris directed video above, a dedication to Oshun, the river Goddess, picturing the siblings submerged underwater whilst performing the track.

 

Ryn Weaver, real name Aryn Wuthrich, burst out of nowhere when she dropped her Cashmere Cat/Benny Blanco produced debut single ‘OctaHate’, an enthralling explosion of twinkling sounds spearheaded by the singer’s super-strong vocal. Today, the LA born singer has shared the title-track to her forthcoming EP, Promises. Amongst the catchy lyrics, Ryn evokes more sentiment in this one, really bringing light to that powerful voice of hers. Give both tracks a spin below, you won’t be disappointed.

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