17 year-old Rainy Milo returns with an interesting cover of The Clash’s 80′s classic ‘Bankrobber’ – debuting what seems to be her first big departure from the chilled, laid back material she debuted (and we posed) back in 2011. The song puts a lot of emphasis on Milo’s powering vocals and for the most that’s great; although I would have liked to have heard her build up more and hear her flex the more subtle intricacies of her voice, which I feel are lost here. But thats a relatively small critique for what is otherwise a cool pop track.
New York based, Oakland raised rapstress Gita delivers an attitude fuelled debut single produced by British producer Darq E Freaker. Freaker’s hyperactive production coupled with Gita’s fierce flow captures the rapid-fire sound that’ll very easily appeal directly to her fast-growing fanbase; Many of whom have been with her since her ‘Let That’ and ‘Hood Rich’ days.
The xx are among the hundreds of performers taking part in this years Coachella music and arts festival in California. The celebrated British band took to the stage last night and played material from their new album Co-exist, as well as music off their ’09 debut. During the hour-long set the band invited singer Solange on to the stage to perform a couple tracks, including cover of Aaliyah’s 1997 classic ‘Hot Like Fire’ (around the 20 minute mark). But this isn’t the first time these lot have got together to cover an R&B classic – you’ll remember in January Oliver xx and Solange performed a dope rendition of Nicole Wray’s ‘Make It Hot’.
Frank Ocean’s split screen video for his lastest single features footage of him traveling the world over the course of the last year in support of his Grammy award winning debut album channel ORANGE. Watch up top.
Man like Ghostpoet comes through with a typically London looking video for his new single ‘Meltdown’ featuring two young couples on very different (bus) journeys. The new single comes off Obaro’s forthcoming album Some Say I So I Say Light, due out May 6th and as it always does – sounds like nothing else around.
James Blake releases another beautiful new video, this time for his album title track ‘Overgrown’. As one of the standout tracks off his new LP, the emotive song is captured wonderfully by director Nabil through a series of cinematic landscapes and dramatic set ups. Haunted by his inner thoughts Blake finds himself walking alone during magic hour, only to be pursued by an army of hooded ghosts…
I didn’t think I could love Jessie Ware’s album any more than I already do but with the arrival of ‘Imagine It Was Us’, apparently I can. The Julio Bashmore produced up-tempo will feature as a bonus track on the U.S version of Ware’s debut album Devotion and now has a shiny new video to accompany it. Set within a circus and featuring some interesting characters, the song has fast become one of my favourites from Jessie and this may possibly be one of her best videos to date.
The A$AP Rocky remix of ‘Wildest Dreams’ will also appear on Jessie’s U.S release.
At their peak TLC were one of the biggest girl groups on the planet, they released a string of hugely successful singles and albums during the 90′s which culminated in their 1999 opus Fanmail. They were however struck by tragedy in 2002 when founding member Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez died in a car crash in Honduras. Despite a follow up album released that same year, they never fully recovered from the loss. Their legacy however did endure, as did their place in pop culture.
The group’s single ‘Creep’ taken off their massive ’94 album CrazySexyCool not only won the girls a Grammy, it also produced one of their most iconic videos. Now nearly 20 years after it’s release an alternative (possibly original) video has surfaced. Directed and released today byLionel C Martin, the new version is completely different from the original. Gone are the iconic silky pyjamas & slow-mo dance moves and in their place a typically 90′s looking outdoor party with a… typically 90′s ‘narrative’. Not sure why two videos were shot or why this one was ditched – whatever the reason, it’s very cool that it has finally seen the light of day.
In anticipation of the impending Beyonce promo overload that we’re all blatantly going to be subjected to in the coming days/weeks – let us quickly post this back-to-back with her last announcement and move on. Reports surfaced last week that Beyonce and Andre 3000 would record a cover version of Amy Winehouse’s iconic ‘Back to Black’ (single) for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming new film ‘The Great Gatsby’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The films soundtrack (curated by Jay-Z) will also feature new music from Jay, Coco O (Quadron), Q-Tip, The xx, Lana Del Rey, Florence + the Machine and more. You can hear short previews of some of the songs (including ‘Back to Black) in the just-released trailer up top. You can also check out the full OST tracklist after the jump.
Bey’s hyped up big announcement yesterday has turned out to be a bit of an anti-climax. Instead of revealing her new single (in full), a music video and/or album details, she’s released a new… Pepsi commercial. There has to be more coming, surely? Most excitingly however is that the new advert does preview more of that new single we heard yesterday. Produced by Timbaland ‘Grown Woman’ is reported to be the first single taken off Beyonce’s upcoming 5th album, expected later this year.