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Philly’s DonChristian has released a curious new mixtape called Renzo Piano which meshes his experimental rap style, with a potent mix of sounds that stretch beyond the empirical sounds of hip hop. Boasting expansive drums, echoey snares and murky chords Renzo Piano is based largely on an aesthetic attributed to contemporary R&B. The tape also features a guest verses from our boy LE1F.

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Have we not been telling you about MNEK? See now, this is why…

Our boy, whose refixes have been tearing things down over the past two years, has at long last unearthed his official debut single titled ‘Every Little Word’. Having witnessed this guys star steadily rise it is to no surprise (to us) that ‘Every Little Word’ is the complete and utter smash that it is. Funnelling his influences to a near science and refining his own bewildering talents to a tee, ‘Every Little Word’ demonstrates the perfect pop-formula – serving Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown and MNEK realness.

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TDE’s first lady SZA released her wonderful new EP today – in other words, today is a good day. The 10 track expended player (album?) includes collaborations with label mates Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, as well as the previously released single with Chance the Rapper and is filled to the brim with the textures, colours and mood structures SZA has used to gain her dedicated and wide-reaching following. There are a lot of female singers riding the spacey-R&B-wave at the moment (and we’re not complaining) but SZA applies a subtle, but explicit edge that sets her apart from a lot of them. Sink into this one via Spotify after the jump or purchase it in full from iTunes.

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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.

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Introducing vocalist/producer dd elle, whose latest single ‘love me only’ (no caps) will have you smitten with its effortless, dreamy vibe and hazy vocals. Melt into the hushed, colourful palette and let its sweet and tropical aroma tug at your heartstrings. Not much is known on dd elle but we do know he/she is releasing his/her debut EP soon, and that it will be titled u. Press play. We’ll keep you updated.

Introducing Bangalore duo Klypp, and their spectacularly constructed debut EP Manifest. Band members Faheem and Karthik Basker entrance with jolts of cool, breezy electronica and mellow vocals that simmer elegantly. The four tracks seem to collide perfectly; seamlessly moving from chapter to chapter – it’s quite beautiful. This is perhaps one of the strongest debuts we’ve heard all year, take a listen below.

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Following the splendid ‘Word’s I Don’t Remember‘, How To Dress Well shares another gem from his forthcoming new album What is This Heart? out June 23. ‘Repeat Pleasure’ finds the perfect equity between hazy aerial soundscapes and heartfelt melody as it sees Tom Krell expressing that exquisitely tuned falsetto. This material feels a lot more refined this time around; it’s fuller and more colourful. Take a listen below, and check out the tracklist for What is This Heart? after the jump.

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Drake

Despite finishing his takeover world tour just last week Drake is clearly not keen on slowing things down. This week has already seen the release a new Lauryn Hill-sampling freestyle called ‘Draft Day’ and now today, he lets loose another new cut titled ‘Days in the East’. Produced by fellow Canadian PARTYNEXTDOOR, the new slow jam features Aubrey’s astute melodic word play that this time even sees him shouting out our beloved Erykah Badu (“remember one night i went to to Erykah Badu house, she made tea for me, we talked about love and what life could really be for me”). Take a listen.

Oceaán – EP

This has quickly become one of the best EPs I’ve heard all year. Producer and vocalist Oceaán’s swirling lo-fi aesthetic takes flight in his self-titled debut EP. In tracks like ‘Turned Away’ and ‘Need U’, Oceaán lets his soft, airy vocals caress the minimal soundbed provided, bringing a sense of calm and relaxation. Highlight tracks ‘Basement’, ‘Turned Away’ and ’Your Side’ leave you gushing over Oceaán production style. Tuck in below, this is golden.

What can’t this guy do? He produces, sings, writes and records everything he does; BOOTS, and his ever growing repertoire of killer tracks. Showing his versatility both as a singer and a producer ‘Ride Ride Ride’ is a spacious ballad with crisp drums, smooth synths and seductive attitude. Whilst ‘Alright’ takes things to another level with its intense, unrelenting soundscape and witty lyrics. ‘Alright’ is his most experimental track to date, BOOTS’ cacophonous flow is broken by a thick jazz intersection that changes the tracks entire persona – he’s pushing his sound. Pick your favourite (if you can) below!

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