During our three week
blackout hiatus, songstress Shura mesmerised our ears with her beautifully elegant debut single ‘Touch’. The breezy pop tune has now been given an accompanying video, and it’s pretty intimate. Inevitability, some will have their eyes locked onto all those girls kissing. However, it’s the soothing aesthetic from the track’s blissful atmospherics that should really be the centre of attention in the visual. Either way, enjoy!
The latest to join XL Recordings, are London outfit JUNGLE. who absolutely tore 2013 apart with their infectiously jazzy concoctions of R&B and soultronica. Their mystery around these guys is slowly fading (they initially fooled us into thinking they were a duo) as their latest track, ‘Busy Earnin’ is given the full visual treatment. The video sees a dance troop busting some moves in perfect synch to the snazzy vibes of the track. Look out for an album on the way, for now, tuck into this.
Hip hop always needs more females, fact. Even with the likes of Angel Haze, Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea spearheading, it has to be said, its already getting a little boring; especially considering none of the aforementioned have actually produced anything truly noteworthy. That’s where Junglepussy comes in. The name says it all, she’s fierce, full of fire and can spit. In ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’, Junglepussy goes all out – her raw, distinctive flow is well suited with the brash and intrepid backdrop penned by LE1F collaborator Shy Guy. Listen loud.
Hot off the heels of his DaM-FunK video, here goes another killer (albeit unexpected) new joint from Snoop Dogg titled ‘Cadillacs’, produced by none other than master, Madlib. Yeah, Madlib. Snoop’s iconic, behind-the-beat flow glides over Quasimoto’s immaculately produced g-funk haze – everything here is just niiice. ‘Cadillacs’ is taken off the DJ Drama-hosted mixtape Thats My Work Vol. 3 dropping today. We’ll update with the link as soon as we can, for now though – light it up.
Wanna hear something hyphy as fuck? Look no further than 17 year-old producer Hasta and his debut, 6-track EP that brims with elaborately constructued beats. Floral, sees the Norwegian producer incorporate lavishly rotund synths, detailed by snazzy drums – particularly prevalent on songs like ‘RSVP’ and ‘CHNL’. Hasta broadens his repetoir on the Genuine-sampled slow jam ‘Love U More’, which doesn’t feature on the EP but can be heard here.
Kanye West has shared an mammoth new trailer for a forthcoming ‘Yeezus’ film directed by iconic video director Hype Williams. No word on an release date but the official word is that its “coming soon to theatres’. Despite his polarising effect, Kanye’s influence and constant drive to do bigger and better can’t be ignored – this film looks like its going to be a beast. A self-indulgent beast, but a beast nonetheless. Watch the trailer here.
… Least we not forget what West has already done with film (another overlooked gem).
Merseyside resident Evian Christ released Kings and Them back in 2012 and it still gets more re-ups than most EP’s released this year. Everybody knows by now the story of this 22 year old – a story which eventually led him to Kanye’s studio to contribute to the rappers most divisive LP to date Yeezus.
Today’s release though further explains why he’s such a bad man. As aggy tunes go, this one takes the piss. Want to hear how Joshua Leary interprets grime? Take a listen to ‘Waterfall’, a disjointed, near-deluded vision of industrial sounds, interrupted structures and unrelenting force. To describe this as a ‘beautiful mess’ would be an injustice. This guy.