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”.
Emerging from the echoes of R&B’s revivalism is Londoner Gent Mason, a softly-toned vocalist who here is bouncing rhythmic melodies over cluttered and fuzzy electronic beats. Sparse synths and reverberated drums make up the majority of his latest single ‘Head’, a track which sees Mason showcasing his whispery falsetto to some impressive effect. Gent’s preceding single ‘Eden’ is another example of his stylised approach; At it’s core is has a beautifully structured melody but surrounding it is thick layer of electronic influences.
Hopefully more space will be given for Mason’s vocals in future releases, but for now – these both stand as strong introductions.
Renowned selector Oneman continues to extend his skills into production with his remix of Mount Kimbie and King Krule’s collaborative effort ’You Took Your Time.’ Over the past year the Rinse FM mainstay has released a series of edits including A$AP Rocky’s‘Purple Swag’ and The xx‘ ‘Chained’. Oneman’s contemplative take on the track features vocals from oddball Brainfeeder rapper and producer Jeremiah Jae who delivers fittingly melancholic bars.
The quiff is back! Miguel has dropped another song fresh after teaming up with Janelle Monae. Keeping with the synthy rock feel of last year’s Kaleidoscope Dream and as ever has Miguel flexing his brilliant song writing abilities. The clever hook “I can’t sleep. You can’t sleep. Let’s can’t sleep together” proves again that he understands how to craft an anthemic song. And to set the record straight, there have been plenty of Prince pretenders (but lets leave Terrius out of this for now) but very few actually worthy and although there still lightyears apart, Miguel’s output and approach can’t be overlooked.
Australian beatsmith Ta-Ku gears up his upcoming Songs To Break Up To EP which drops at the end of the month by unveiling this recently dropped cut titled ‘We Were in Love’. The slow burning track haunts and chills with the flipped up vocals of songstress Jhene Aiko. The recurrent ambient beat coincide with Aiko’s delectably soulful voice to form the perfect post-break up jam. Gratify your relationship woes with the soft, distinct subtleties of the track down below, and all will be okay.
Toro Y Moi aka Chaz Bundick, is embarking on his rather hefty North American tour and with him will be a special tour-only 7″. Swirling in gloriously smooth melodies, the guitar driven ‘Campo’ serves up as yet another highly infectious, tasty little number to chill out to. The piece will be released through Carpark Records along with the B-side, ‘Outside With You’. Check out the delightful A-side below and enjoy.
Jamie Woon. That’s really all I saw when I was sent the press release for BANKS’ new single ‘This Is What It Feels Like’. The fact that it was also produced by Lil’ Silva and for BANKS is a wonderful bonus, but lets face it – if this signifies the return of The Woon, the universe is as it should be. I digress. Fast-rising singer BANKS seems to be making all the right moves, as her buzz steadily grows she’s now aligning herself with leading producers who all seem to have her best sonic interests at heart. Take a listen – it’s a wonderful piece and d’you hear those warped Woon BV chants? Yes.
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.
Earlier this week, we introduced 19-year-old Australian, Margiela Madman’s snazzy Jai Paul influenced single ‘Live Fast‘ to your ears. Now we have two more tracks for you to devour. The first is a rock-influenced number titled ‘Ideaz’ which incorporates some unyielding drums, Madman’s murky vocals and to finish, a snazzy guitar solo. Margiela goes onto meddle with rap with his second new cut, ‘Margiela Fantastic’, where he does his thing over a recurrent soundscape driven by a minimal beat. Whilst we question whether Madman will drop a jazz, or classical track next, you press play and enjoy the two tracks below.
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.