I must admit I wasn’t expecting to love Common’s new album Nobody’s Smiling (out now) as much as I do. Because as much as I loved Lonnie’s Kanye-era (Be still stands), I grew a little tired by The Dreamer / The Believer and I’ve been a die-hard Common fan since Can I Borrow a Dollar, not to mention I belong to the minority group that considers both Electric Circus and Universal Mind Control among the most underrated albums of his career. Yeah, I said it.

Anyways, turns out Common and No I.D still have mad chemistry because Nobody’s Smiling is fire from top to bottom. The LP’s second single ‘Diamonds’ which features an infectious hook and confident verse from Big Sean is a strong example of the richly produced beats and affected flow that both producer and emcee bring to the table. Welcome back sir.

South London producer/singer Palmistry recently released ‘Protector SE5′ his second Mixpak single, and now goes his video for it. The bouncy jitters in the tracks production juxtapose the clip’s slow-mo vibe.

Alt-J have just shared the music video for ‘Hunger of the Pine’, the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore effort This Is All Yours out this September. The trio have enlisted Nabil Elderkin to direct the edgy visual, and he’s captured the track’s sentiment of hope and yearning for love to perfection.

If you aren’t already in the mood for summer, this surely will. American producer/vocalist La+ch teams up with Coleman Hell and Jayme on ‘You Are My Summer’, a hard-hitting cacophony of smooth electronics ensuing that overall, feel good vibe. With watermelon spitting, ice cream slurping and bubblegum blowing; the visual too, is a treat.

Låpsley created a buzz earlier this year with the elegant ‘Station‘ which she continued with her latest single ‘Painter (Valentine)’. Today, the 17 year old singer/producer revealed the Harvey Pearson directed music video to the delicate and ethereal track,  following a couple facing their problems. This is some promising stuff, take a look up top. 

TDE songstress SZA shared a new double video for Z track ‘Julia’ which also ties in a preview of the previously unheard, ‘Tender’. In the video, the singer presents a vibrant and playful persona for the former track whilst a  dark and eerie mood is captured in the latter. The best of both worlds…

Jessie Ware’s new video for ‘Tough Love’ has just arrived. While i’m not entirely sure what exactly is happening here, I do slyly enjoy the 80′s drama it appears to evoke. Not necessarily the video I envisioned for this single but thankfully the track is good enough to sustain it…

JUNGLE have given us a break-dancing kid, a roller-skating duo and a collective dance performance in their previous clips, and now, we have two, more experienced fellas busting some moves in the music video to ‘Time’. Damn these guys can move… The duo’s self-titled debut album is out next week and can be streamed in full over at iTunes.

How To Dress Well has revealed his What is this Heart? video trilogy, which follows a young in-love couple navigating the struggles of their circumstances. Directed by Johannes Greve Muskat, written by Tom Krell and soundtracked by singles ‘Repeat Pleasures’, ‘Face Again’ and ‘Childhood Faith in Love’, the trilogy unfolds into a short film about love, loss and the lengths we go to for those who we truly care for. Watch the entire trilogy from start to finish above and kudos to HTDW for creating something special here.

FKA twigs is a Khaeleesi incarnate in the music video for ‘Two Weeks’, the lead single from her recently announced debut LP1. The self-produced number is a jittery cacophony of rich layers of stuttering beats that engulf her luxuriously sexy voice. Like all things twigs, the accompanying visual, directed by NABIL, is a (bizarre) treat which sees the avant-garde songstress draped in gold looking like the Mother of Dragons. LP1 drops August 11, go get it here!

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