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Introducing London based singer and producer Sakima, and his brilliant debut single ‘Energy’. His deep and endearing vocal seamlessly transitions between the woozy soundscape consisting of powerful percussive inflections and speedy handclaps. ‘Energy’ finds Sakima marrying the introspective electronics of James Blake with SOHN’s empowering vocal depth whilst entailing his own distinct style. Spin the track above, and give its reworking a listen too.

Take a look at, and/or get properly aquatinted to Maxine Ashley, the Bronx-born singer who has been steady on her grind for quite some time now. Signed to i am OTHER/Outsiders (Universal), and mentored by man-God Pharrell Williams, her latest single ‘By Your Side’ is an sensual slow jam filled with exotic percussions, a mean bass line, and Ashley’s soaring, multilayered voice. This bumps.

Expect Maxine’s Moodswings EP soon.

On My Mind

Former Jessie Ware drummer Dornik continues to bring those grooves with ‘On My Mind’, the follow up to last year’s ‘Something About You‘ and ‘Rebound‘. The singer/producer adorns the track with glistening electro-funk sounds that shimmer and shine under that glossy vocal of his. That nine month wait was well worth it… Get vibing to the track below.

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.

Prince++3rd+eye

So, Prince is back on some future-soul-funk shit with his new solo music.

The second single taken off his forthcoming album ARTOFFICIALAGE following ‘Clouds’ is this silky imagining titled ‘U Know’. With Prince’s relentlessly cool vocal-talk in full effect, ‘U Know’ feels like a really promising prospective. Prince’s second release PLECTRUMELECTRIUM with his band 3RDEYEGIRL which will also be released on September 29th, will feature ‘Whitecaps’ – a soft-rock ballad featuring lead vocals from his female counterpart. Somewhat less exciting than the solo track, but hey.

Listen to ‘U Know’ below and head over to Prince’s soundcloud to hear ‘Whitecaps’, and get ready for one of the purplest days on record: September 29th.

Australian singer/songwriter/producer Margiela Madman reflects on life’s path in new track ‘Could This Be Real Life?’. Amongst twangy guitar riffs, thick, pumping bass, and elegant piano melodies, the twenty year-old musician also taps into his love of Hip Hop with a spoken word verse towards the end which further addresses the track’s theme. Go check out a slew of other tracks over at his BandCamp, including a brilliant take on Jai Paul’sGenevieve‘.

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!

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…

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