Although the name Purple Ferdinand may not widely resonate with people from around the world, this wonderful young lady has been steady on the London live circuit for quite some time, quietly building her army of eclectically-cool followers. Of course we’ve loved her from time. But with the arrival of her new single it feels like the tide may be about to change for London’s most musical tattoo artist. Ukulele in hand and donning a pink (hopefully faux) fur jacket with body art exposed, Purple delicately performs her beautiful new single ‘Birds’ via her new portrait video.

Following the magnificence of his London EP, enigmatic singer OFEI is back with ‘Wow’, the first single from his second project. True to its name, the track wows as layer upon layer of rich percussive goodness is poured over those golden, silky vocals that we’ve been swooning over for so long.

Here’s a treat, just in time for the weekend…

SBTRKT and Sampha join forces once again with ‘Temporary View’, the instrumental of which featured on the former’s Transitions EP as ‘Resolute’. As with everything these two come up with, it’s an absolute treat. Sampha’s heartwarming vocals rise with warmth over SBTRKT’s stream of glistening electronics. No word on whether this’ll feature on SBTRKT’s forthcoming album, either way, give it a spin below!

22tracks

22Tracks have just relaunched their site with a brand new, exquisitely designed player and improved iPhone app. Heralded for its simplicity both in concept and design, 22Tracks is a curation platform devoted entirely to music discovery. The site, cultivated by specialist tastemakers and DJ’s, offers a fully immersive experience into new sounds across 22 genres from key European hubs like Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and of course London (Berlin and U.S cities to follow). Each playlist is updated with five new songs every week.

Over the past two years PinBoard has been at the helm of London’s soul/R&B channel, a space we devote to the genres leading-edge. As with our own platform we carefully curate our playlist to expose artists and sounds that fracture the traditional.

Head over to 22tracks.com now, check out all the channels up for grabs and make sure you download their brand new free iPhone app.

JUCE have shared their new video for  ‘(H)ours‘, the groove infested jam which had us all ready for summer. The Kate Moross directed visual captures the girls throwing up some vintage shapes…

Swedish songstress Seinabo Sey has been creating quite a buzz with her singles ‘Younger‘ and ‘Hard Time’. Produced by Magnus Lidehäll, the latter, sees her golden vocals find home over a powerful instrumental. The accompanying video is also an intense affair with bold, striking imagery and fast-moving colour ways. 

Steven A Clark

Steven A. Clark has been steady on his grind for a few years, in fact his wondrous single ‘Lonely Roller’ can be traced as far back as 2012. However this month saw the release of Clark’s quaint 3 track Late EP, a project that skims the delicate frontiers of soul, R&B and pop. Although these songs were previously released under the project name Fornication Under the Consent of the King, this streamlined EP marks the singers first release on Secretly Canadian.

Free‘s tour de force is unquestionably its aforementioned opener ‘Lonely Roller’, an instant vintage paradox of feel good melancholy and exhilarating soul (with a devastatingly killer hook, may I add); You’ll find yourself endlessly reloading this one – advance warning. ‘Just Ride’, the EP’s second number is a richer, more R&B affirmed mid-tempo which wouldn’t feel totally out of place on a Miguel record. ‘Seashore’, the EP’s closing track concludes proceedings as its most defiant record – an anthemic bubbler that makes a resolute statement about the copious facets of its creators palette.

Listen to Steven A. Clark’s Late EP via Spotify below and/or buy it via iTunes.

For those who missed (or didn’t miss) the live stream this week…

Earlier this week D’Angelo sat down for an extremely (extremely) rare live interview with Nelson George as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The one hour and twenty-four minute conversation covered an host of topics including the motions behind Brown Sugar and Voodoo, the studio techniques he uses when recording (he records vocals between two speakers in a tipi!); And also saw Mr Archer sharing personal anecdotes about writing and recording ‘U Will Know’ for the Black Men United project, having transcendent conversations with Sly Stone, and the story about how he first came to meet Questlove (told by Questlove).

A lot more was lightly discussed, but disappointingly questions about D’Angelo’s new music were apparently completely off limit – a few things were alluded too, but nothing worth writing home about – a great shame considering, but hey – when D speaks, we listen…

Bursting with groove, ‘Time’, the latest single from London’s elusive outfit JUNGLE, will sprinkle summery vibes into this rather stormy Thursday. Taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut (via XL Recordings), the track infuses all kinds of glorious sounds to form this lusciously layered, super funky jam.

JUCE - (H)ours

Days after signing to Universal/Island Records, our three favourite London ladies aka JUCE have dropped their follow up to ‘Call You Out‘, via Annie Mac’s Free Music Mondays. ‘(H)ours’ has us gushing over the girls’ impeccably lush harmonies and blissfully soulful, MJ-esque soundscape; it’s just perfect for the summer. Chalin’s lower register is divine.

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