When I first heard ‘PrimeTime’ at Janelle’s album preview in London this summer, I wasn’t instantly grabbed. Something didn’t feel right. But since the release of The Electric Lady and within the context of the album – I’ve grown to enjoy it (it’s still not my favourite song on the album though). Featuring R&B’s rising prince Miguel, the strength of ‘PrimeTime’ is in the way that it feels like a good ol’ fashioned crossover duet – the kind that died out time ago. It also mark one of Monae’s safest songs to date, especially considering the exploratory heights of her early EP’s and debut album. Disappointingly though the video falls victim to the tracks traditionalism and offers almost nothing exciting or new, an unfortunate notion which reminds me of my initial thoughts of the song.

The song is a great radio coup and hopefully serves it’s purpose well – the world needs to catch on to this lady, I just hope it doesn’t come at too high a price.

London’s soulful starlet Ofei delivers a stunner of a new track with his brand new single ‘Tomorrow’. The poignancy of the way he utilises auto-tune coupled with the sweet intricacy of his piano melodies result in an angelically empowering record. Of course it isn’t the first time we’ve been dazzled by his mysterious brilliance, just give his outstanding debut ‘London‘ a spin – it’ll definitely have you gasping for breath. 

Just when we thought Stubborn Heart had seduced us enough with their charming glitches, tonal twitches and smooth vocals, this stellar new remix arrives at our door. Working his magic their single ‘Penetrate‘, Leo from The Invisible propels the song with a sweeping beat and tingling rhythms which coincide beautifully with the mellow vocals penned by Ben Fitzgerald, giving the track a dynamic edge whilst preserving that effortless futuristic soul we’ve come to enjoy. Taken off their self-titled album, ‘Penetrate’ will be rebundled as an EP and released on October 30.

British producer/singer Kwes dropped the accompanying video to his scorchingly mellow single ’36′, taken off from his forthcoming debut album, ilp. The video sees the singer reliving his youth in a nostalgic sequence of shots where he joins a group of kids chilling in a park and meandering through streets and fields. Watch the video above, ilp drops October 14 and is available to pre-order here.

North London producer Digital Farm Animals shows here how he continuing to mature and develop his sound. ‘Bad Idea’ is the second track from his Bugged Out EP, which was released last month. On this track the classically soulful voice of Holly Partidge glides like silk over 80s synth-influenced melodies. Meanwhile, hiding in the background with his trademark classic BV’s is young rising star MNEK.

The Internet continue to embrace their fuller sound with an insatiably soulful new number ‘Dontcha’. Lifted off their upcoming Feel Good album and following the albums first single ‘Partners In Crime Two’, it’s another out the park number for the Odd Future group. Syd’s confidence and voice has developed wonderfully since Purple Naked Ladies and the Chad Hugo assisted production she’s singing over complements that perfectly. Looking forward to the new album more and more – expect it September 24th.

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Following the silky R&B vibes of ‘Platoon‘ London duo Jungle release a beautiful new single titled ‘The Heat’. A delicious burst of tropical beats spurred on by flickering snares and soft, breezy percussion. Synths smother the sleek, airy vocals that snuggle perfectly inside a cocoon of jazz-funk goodness. Chess Club Records are bringing The Heat EP to you October 21 and as the boys so rightly say “don’t let it catch ya”.

Following on from their surprise single release last week, The Internet have released a teaser for their forthcoming sophomore album Feel Good due out at the end of this month. Take a look at the short clip up top.

It feels like an age ago that Brittany Bosco was serenading the blogosphere with her ambrosial brand of soultronica. She’s since reworked her output and now goes by her band name BOSCO – an outfit that feels less soul inspired and more chill-wavey. Take a listen to ‘Black Book’, their most recent showcasing – a slow-churning ballad of floating synths and airy vocals. Download available for free below.

Our enduring appreciation for Southampton born singer/producer Gang Colours is no secret ’round these sides. His debut album is still one of the more compelling releases from the past year. Now as Will Ozanne readies the release of his sophomore album Invisible in Your City on September 16th and following the projects first single and a cheeky cover of Craig David’s ‘Fill Me In’, he’s now released a second single. ‘Led By Example’ is another emotionally charged ballad filled with softly projected, deep reaching, dream-like instrumentation and Ozanne’s etherial vocal. Beautiful stuff as per usual.

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