DJ/producer Anthony Valadez calls on the unmistakeable presence of Mar to assist in bringing his new track ‘Under Water’ alive. Taken off his upcoming album Just Visiting due out on Plug Research, the sexy slow jam brings both parties together beautifully. Mar’s voice is silly on this.
The track has been reworked by Full Crate too – he takes it to the dance #vibes. Listen to that and AntVala’s version below…
Ab-Soul has let loose a new song called ‘Empathy’ from his upcoming Control System album. The undiluted soul that bumps out is evenly matched by the serenely cool vocals of fellow Black Hippy member Alori Joh, who sadly passed recently. The song, dedicated to Joh also features JaVonte and further exemplifies the various aspects of Ab-Soul’s musical personality.
No Freedom Without Sacrifice is the critically acclaimed debut album from First Word Record’s Homecut. It featured collaborations with Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae, Mercury Prize nominee Soweto Kinch, US rap legend J-Live, cutting edge soul siren Andreya Triana and members of the Cinematic Orchestra and itself was a wonderful collection of audible gems. The Longplayer now gets the remix treatment courtesy of some production heavyweights. With some heavy-hitting hip- hop from Marc Mac (4 Hero), DJ Vadim, Herma Puma and PinBoard homie, kidkanevil. Reggae vibes from Lotek, broken dancefloor action from Souleance, deep cinematic funk from Capstone, hip hop-soul from Social Beings ft Ad-Apt and futuristic beats from Planas and Blue Daisy. Have a listen below and cop the album.
Back with his stirring, passionate voice that moves souls, Bobby Womack reveals the title track from his forthcoming album of the same name.
Tender strings begin drawing us in unison with every bow, as Womack loosens his raspy vocal on us. As the punctuated electronics come in, you can hear Damon Albarn and XL label top dog, Richard Russell producer influences that fit perfectly. With encouraging, yet heartfelt lyrics that are distributed evenly over the subtle peppered ivories, we are left with lasting hope that this album will be something special indeed.
Certain songs get constant rotation no matter what time of year it is and Def Sound provided one of mine with this colourful number.
Since then, I have been more than open to keep an eye and ear on the sounds created out of this LA native.
This time, the rapper goes mysteriously darker and trillwaved. Based treble gives way for his wordplay to show up and stunt, especially if he can’t. Producers can also feel free to remix away and grab the vocal stems from here.. Tripped out animation and hypnotizing visuals courtesy of Joe Merrell too. Looking forward to hearing more, until then watch up top.
Love me a mixtape. So does Kwes and classically trained come Garage DJ every once in a while, Micachu it seems.The pair recently announced the release of their second mixtape together as Kwesachu and had a special Southbank centre launch party at the weekend for it.
If like me, you missed out on grabbing a bespoke actual mixtape over the weekend, no fret Soundcloud is at hand to save us digital folk.
Prepare for heightened electronics, oddball screeches and the additions of PinBoard homies Ghostpoet and DELS.
By now it’s pretty clear that Usher’s forthcoming album ironically titled Looking For Myself will be an unfortunate mix of Euro-Pop and R&B.
The world fell to his feet with the release of his Diplo produced single ‘Climax’, a song which not only sparked a renewed interest in mainstream R&B but also (for the first time in a long time) rejuvenated his position as a contemporary music contender.
… But then his second single ‘Scream’ dropped and with it a collective (but personally speaking not surprising) sigh. The sinful follow up was a disappointing return to Raymond’s ‘OMG’ disgrace, a song not befitting of an artist with a diamond selling album like Confessions or classic songs like ‘You Make Me Wanna’, ‘My Way’ and ‘U Got It Bad’ (to name a few). Instead it reminded us of how much our veterans have become consumed with desperation to remain relevant by achieving easy international hits.
But hope returned somewhat with the release of this, Usher’s latest single featuring Rick ‘Bawse’ Ross. By no means a career landmark, but a welcome return to what Usher does best. Better yet – what he was born to do.
It’s a continually sad sight to see R&B artists who crafted many of the fundamental rules of the genre regress into an uninspired and lazy mind state. Instead of pushing forward their creatively and finding legitimate ways for their music to evole and service a new (albeit much different) audience – they sloppily jump on a uninspired band wagon lead by super villain Guetta.
Enigmatic U.S rapper Danny Brownteams up with London’s Darq E Freaker for an utterly mind altering collaboration. ‘Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)’ is a genre bending insanity which confidently places itself at the forefront of a movement that’s been brewing here for quite some time.
With Freaker’s quintessentially British influences amalgamated with the Bass heavy trill of U.S Trap, he’s opened up the flood gates for something entirely fresh – British Trap. Combine this with Danny’s unmistakable flow and tripped out lyrics – what you’re left with is an exciting marker for a new wave of what’s about to blow the f*ck up.
Watch as Darq E and his gang of models descend into lunacy as they navigate through London Town.
As an added bonus, enjoy remixes of ‘Blueberry’ from Star Slinger, Morri$, Pelican Fly All Stars and Sinden & 5kinandbone5 – here.
I have been fully embracing of Miguel’s Art Dealer Chic series and now with the third instalment, he continues to impressively piece together his own brand of colourful, avant garde R&B. The boy did good.