What would you get if you concocted Sampha’s stirring vocal musings with The xx’s minimal production style? The answer… BASECAMP. A trio from Nashville, who as surprising as it may seem, aren’t country singers. Their iridescent, layered vocals sparkle against choppy, lustrous synths merging into the glitchy R&B aesthetic we’ve become accustomed to over the past few years. Stream their debut track ‘Emmanuel’ below and set your mind back to the 00′s as a result of that underlying garage beat.

Hyperdub stalwart Sara Abdel-Hamid aka Ikonika gives us the video for ‘Mr Cake’ from her forthcoming album Aerotropolis. With a sound full of 80′s synth-pop and video game influences, it’s no surprise the visuals combine the two in an animated ‘Grand Theft Auto’ style clip in which we see the protagonist riding around in a convertible, dancing at a strip club and then taking off in a stolen jet.

The follow up to 2010′s Contact, Love, Want, Have was inspired by Ikonika living near Heathrow airport and builds upon the bright, upbeat electronica of her debut whilst also adding vocal elements. Exclusively stream Aerotropolis before its release on July 28th via the Guardian after the jump…

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French house artist Kavinsky has enlisted The Weeknd to inject his nonchalant vocals on the remix to his latest single ‘Odd Look’, taken from his 2013 debut album OutRun. We’re so accustomed to hearing Tesafye’s lush, debonair voice over hazy production, that this electro-house plethora of cluttered beats and fast-moving melodies results in a refreshing blend of the two styles. Along with two other remixes from A-Trak and Surkin,  this vocal from The Weeknd will also be bundled into an EP, set to drop July 23rd. The Weeknd will drop Kiss Land later this summer, and earlier this week unveiled the video to new single ‘Belong to the World‘.

In the absence of Jai Paul, with no real word on when we’ll be hearing any new material from the equivocal Londoner, we have someone who can comfortably fill his shoes, for now. Ben Khan, a twenty year old producer/singer/songwriter gears up with some boisterous synths, ethereal vocals and throbbing bass for his debut track, ‘Drive (Part 1)’. Agreeably, it’s no ‘Jasmine’, or ‘BTSTU’ for that matter, but hey, what is?! Stream Khan’s fabulous debut single below, or peek the raunchy video here.

Rudimental and Bipolar Sunshine

As part of the Bacardi Beginnings project, established electronic act Rudimental have coalesced with emerging talent Bipolar Sunshine in a challenge to write, produce, record, release and perform a new track in 24 hours. The result is a summery, groove infested track with a vibe that Toro y Moi would be pretty proud of. With a trendy jazz interjection in the latter half of the record alongside Bipolar’s jovial vocals, ‘Distance’ is a cracking summer listen. Stream the cut below.

Danish duo Quadron follow up their critically acclaimed and much loved self-titled debut album with Avalanche, a 10 track long player filled with warm soulful tones, rhythmic funk and pop imagery. Coco. O and producer Robin Hannibal have certainly progressed since their last outing – their sounds has grown richer, more vivid and certainly a lot more confident. A few tracks have leaked over the past couple days, including their Kendrick Lamar collaboration ‘Better Off’ but we wanted to reframe from listening until we could hear the entire release, which we can now do via the New York Times.

Stream: Quadron – Avalanche 

So, this happened.

The internet is a buzz with the surprise appearance of a ‘some type of’ Jai Paul release that made it’s way onto bandcamp early this morning. While there’s no official word on what exactly this is, there a few cryptic messages and tweets floating around that suggests that this obscure release (discovered and dissected by CiTR) is an official release i.e. was uploaded by or on behalf of the elusive Rayners Lane singer/producer.

None of the 16 tracks (including a cover of Jennifer Paige’s ‘Crush’ and a few tracks that you’ll already have heard floating around) are labelled and many sound unfinished or in demo form, but for fans who have been waiting for anything from this guy – this is a huge moment. ‘BTSTU’ (track 16) dropped back in ’07 and ‘Jasmine’ (track 9) was uploaded to soundcloud in 2012 – since then, we’ve all been in an unnerving state of limbo. We even tried harassing some friends of ours who are close to the project – their answer: “when Jai Paul decides to release something, he’ll release something, but until then we’ll be waiting just like you”… So this type of ‘random’ release fits his MO and at this stage no one is claiming it to be a fake or an illegal upload – including his record company XL Recordings.

I suggest you listen and buy whatever this is (we’ll call it the Holy Grail tape for now) before it disappears forever and digest what looks to be an album/mixtape that for many of us has been over six years in the making.

Update: Jai Paul has released a statement on twitter stating that the untitled project that hit the web yesterday was an unauthorised leak and not an official release. Taking to his until-now-dorment twitter account the reclusive singer said “To confirm: demos on bandcamp were not uploaded by me, this is not my debut album. Please don’t buy”. The 16 track upload has since been pulled from to bandcamp and customers who purchased the release have begun receiving refunds.

… A sceptic might say this all a feels a bit suspect, but hey – who really knows. Lets just hope this guy releases something soon.

Shlohmo’s recent pairing with How To Dress Well excited a lot of folk last week (myself included) and so the full stream of his highly anticipated new EP Laid Out (courtesy of Pitchfork) couldn’t have come sooner. Boasting five new songs the release seems to reflect a growth in Shlohmo’s productions – now more so than ever before his beats form captivating and enigmatic compositions full of unraveling suspense and emotion.

… Still excited to hear that pending Jeremih collaboration too.

We’ve been enjoying Inc’s debut album No World for a few months here at PB HQ – the guys were kind enough to send us an advance copy. It very quickly became one of our favourite albums of the year so far (we’ll say this year because technically it’s released in 2013).

Following the release of their debut EP in 2011 and new singles ‘The Place’ & ’5 Days’, brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged have cultivated an exciting blend of avant-garde R&B, soul & pop and in doing so have created a cohesive long player filled with lush vocal arrangements and dreamy productions. Definitely one for the record collection.

No World drops February 19th. Update: Buy No World via iTunes now.

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It’s not everyday you get to hear an unreleased song from one of the most iconic groups in music history but with the imminent release of a new Jackson 5 compilation album this month, today is an exception. ‘If The Shoe Doesn’t Fit’ is a classic sounding Jacksons uptempo packed with iconic instrumentation and groove. As expected a young Michael Jackson takes centre stage as the kid genius, while his brothers back him with soulful BV’s and pristine harmonies. Happy Friday.

Head over to NPR to stream ‘If The Shoe Doesn’t Fit’. Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls is out September 18th.

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