Keeping on trend with many producers these days, Pearl is releasing music in near-total anonymity; there is at present little to no information on the web about him. What is known however is that he is signed to JMSN’s White Room Records label, and that his new album Open was released very recently. Comprised of 10 tracks, the LP hosts’ a slew of invited guest singers like Nylo, Channy Leaneagh (POLIÇA) and label head JMSN, who interpret Pearl’s obscure, strangely melodic productions in their own eccentric and exciting ways. It’s an interesting, and trippy listen – tuck in below.

And lets ignore that artwork.


Shabazz Palaces produced one of my favourite hip hop album of recent years with 2011’s Black Up; An album that represented what I felt many hip hop albums have lacked – genuine experimentalism and creativity. Following their acclaimed debut album Ishmael Butler (of the legendary Digable Planets) and multi-instrumental genius Tendai Maraire have returned to the fore with their much anticipated sophomore effort titled Lese Majesty. Released next week, the album is available to stream now via NPR, and marks an exciting second chapter in this wonderful duo’s musical exploits.

Tuck in over at NPR now.


XL Recordings’ RATKING has offered up a full stream of their debut album So It Goes ahead of its April 8th release. The new album builds on the bands already acclaimed New York grime-rap sound and features previous singles ‘So Sick Stories’ featuring King Krule  and ‘Canal’. RATKING’s approach to stuttered beats is met with unapologetically hardened verses. Listen up – this is beautiful.

Head over to NPR to listen to So It Goes in full.


Producer Brenmar unloads High End Times, Vol. 1, his debut mixtape of original music featuring eight heavy hitters that bounce from bass heavy hip hop, slinky R&B and wide-eyed dance. Featuring the likes of Sasha Go Hard, Mykki Blanco, Maluca and more – this isn’t the type of soundtrack you want to put on while thinking of a 20-minute cat nap. Draw for this when you need a pick-me-up at your desk.


If you reached the last Deviation session  you’ll fully understand the deep levels Kaytranada brought during his set at XOYO. I was pretty sure the roof was moments away from being smashed to pieces. With a queue lining the block outside, it was undoubtedly one of Deviations most road-block sessions. For those who didn’t reach the show, i-D have come through with the set in full – an hour and twenty-nine minutes of pure vibes, lovingly traced by the legend we know to be Judah.

Tune in, turn up. This is your shitty Monday fixed.

BBC Radio 1’s resident selector Benji B hosted a special Young Turks takeover at Maida Vale last night featuring the labels best talent including some XL Recordings artists. Assisted by the Deviation strings, the show saw exclusive performances from Koreless, Sampha, Pional and Jamie xx (who spun his ‘Sleep Sound’ track for the first time on radio), as well as some other names you’ll recognise from hanging out here. Oh, and Jamie announces some pretty massive news. Been hyped about this for a few weeks now, so head over to the BBC to enjoy.

… Sampha though. Jheeze.

P.s Unfortunately if you’re outside of the UK you won’t be able to watch/listen to this via the BBC. If an internationally friendly version drops, we’ll update.

Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, follows his beautifully crafted 2011 album Coastal Grooves with another masterfully produced long player Cupid Deluxe. Having spent the past year penning silky anthems for the likes of Solange, MKS and Sky Ferrerira, he returns as a solo artiste with a wonderful bag of fabulously crafted pop gems. Hynes doesn’t falter, Cupid Deluxe proves that. Stream the entire album up top.

Pusha T’s long awaited, early anticipated debut album My Name is Pusha T is a week away from being released and as has become tradition and in light of any potential (or rather unavoidable) leaks it’s being served up as a full stream via Myspace. The feature heavy album sees Pusha collaborate with Chris Brown, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chains, Big Sean, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar and others. And with production from Kanye West, Hudson Mohawke, Swizz Beatz and of course (?!) Joaquin Phoenix – it’s doubtful you’ll be disappointed.

Head over to Myspace to listen.

It’s time. It’s time for the world to hear how Janelle Monae follows up her debut opus The ArchAndroid. The cascading multi-suite epic remains one of the most impressive debuts in recent history, but how would Monae continue to build her creative legacy? Well, teaming up with Erykah Badu, Miguel and his Purple Holiness is probably a good place to start. Adding Solange and Esperanza Spalding into the mix can’t hurt much either. The anticipation is now over as Monae has served up a full album stream of The Electric Lady, a 19-track body of work drenched in her unique brand of future funk and electronic soul. Waste no time, get into this.

Sidenote: Janelle and Prince = Mindfucked.

Ahead of it’s September 9th release, The Weeknd has offered up a full stream of his first official album Kiss Land. The project has already seen a number of singles and videos released including it’s title track, the Drake assisted ‘Live For’, ‘Love In the Sky’ and ‘Belong to the World’.

Take a listen to the entire album via NPR.

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