Acquaint yourself with British three-piece R I T U A L who’ve created quite an atmosphere in ‘The Fall’, their debut single. The trio create an elegant flow of smooth electronics in-between what essentially is, a hip-hop beat whilst filling in with some soulful undertones. Just like the track, the music video too, draws you in with its beautifully shot clips of skies, trees and crashing waves.

With his King of the Fall tour fast approaching, The Weeknd unveils his brand new music video for ‘Often’, marking the third video created with director Sam Pilling. 5 star hotel rooms, beautiful women, girl on girl action – it’s all in there, so perhaps don’t play it in eye shot of your boss. I’ve never considered this to be Abel’s strongest offering but Pilling’s cinematic approach and camera technique builds enough of an atmosphere for me to reconsider my position. Watch up top.

JMR (Joshua Michael Robinson) is blessed with one heck of a voice. ‘Doesn’t Feel Human’, the American’s latest offering serves up a whisper-lead falsetto floating through an interchanging soundscape of warm, pulsating synths and glitchy effects. This is real nice…

Futurist Kelela and hip hip radical Le1f team up for a new spaced out duet titled ‘OICU’ produced by P. Morris. The track pays homage to both their respective styles: Le1f’s fierce baritone cuts through the thickly textured atmosphere, while Kelela’s pristine vocal soars above it – the result of which is a hazey, eccentric melodrama disguised as undercover slow jam.

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.

 

Presenting ‘Shudder’, the brand new single from Nashville trio BASECAMP. Once again those Sampha-esque vocals swirl around sparkling layers of synths and shimmering electronics, bringing a refinement to their breezy take on R&B. If this isn’t good enough to feature on their next EP, we can’t help but imagine what will… Listen up!

New York singer/songwriter I/O (Ayo) evokes all kinds of sorrow with ‘Face With No Name’, his latest single. Holding a personal sentiment, that being a loss of a friend, the track’s beauty is spirited by its slow and sombre production, carried by the singer’s pensive vocals and mournful lyrics. Peak the video above, and look out for his second solo mixtape, the follow-up to 2012′s Isolation, out soon.

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Oh, wait – you thought Beyonce’s was done? Nah.

Queen Bey calls upon the lyrical excellence of Nicki Minaj to accompany and help rework her hyphy single ‘Flawless’. In keeping with Yonce’s new found freedom “to speak her mind”, she raps about that elevator incident, as well as her rumoured divorce from husband Jay Z. Of course Minaj brings her own levels - no one can touch her when she’s grilled up like this. As remixes go – this may be one of the best ones Bey’s released so far.

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