Formally known as Tev’n Kennedy, now rebranded as Tev’n, the North Londoner returns with his new track and he is packing a new sound to boot. Since growing out of his old ways, Tev’n is favouring a subtle R&B palette with electronic undertones. Well that’s at least what ‘Rose Petal’ is providing sonically. Purposefully disjointed in places with a jerky 2-steppy beat coupled with an endearingly authentic hiss bedding the track makes it feel similar to playing one of your favourite vinyl records. Tev’n is clearly driven by making timeless classic music and it will be interesting to hear future efforts from his comforting, wholesome tones.
London female duo, Kaleida unleash their first track taken from their self titled EP, due out at the end of this year. The pair comprises of Christina Wood and Cicely Goulder and ‘Think’ offers us electronic pop in it’s most simplistic essence. With perky synths and nostalgic riffs, the track would slide in to the 80′s perfectly. The visuals compliment the era further with the girls slinking around a sparse monochrome space and aligns with the clean lines of the song too. Looking forward to hearing that EP.
22 year old Evian Christ returns on full beast mode today with his new single ‘Salt Carousel’ – the first track taken off his forthcoming Waterfalls EP due out next year. Evian proved his sonic aptitude on his 2012 Kings and Them EP, which of course led him to work with hip hop’s behemoth Kanye West earlier this year. But his sound has grown a lot bigger since his first EP, much bigger in fact – so much so that perhaps a little a bit of Hudmo rubbed off on him during those Yeezus sessions. Grown too has his respect for the hallowed sparseness that he seems to lovingly appropriate across ‘Salt Carousel’ and much of his productions. Oh, and of course – it’s filled to the brim with fugly basslines and epic drops – standard.
Kanye’s new video premiered on Ellen, rightfully so too because this has to be a joke.
I don’t even know what this is. And I’m sure Yeezy will have a grand ol’ explanation (I didn’t stick around for the post-video interview on Ellen, but you can – just keep watching until the end) but this is not good. By any means. Maybe it isn’t meant to be, maybe it’s supposed to rile people up – either way, it’s a hot mess. Kim’s getting played… and/or paid (spot the difference).
Cut from the same cloth as Haim and Chvrches or well at least via the same start out record label – National Anthem, Ecstasy might be onto something with their latest single.
Taken from their self titled debut which is out 9th December, the fun shoegazed moment is wedged between the summery tones of Toro Y Moi, with a lean towards a pop sensibility of Crystal Castles and the dance ready synths of M83. With all that being said, Ecstasy somehow stand apart and on their own with this number. The London outfit might be on to something here for sure…
Matangi is finally out, but M.I.A. isn’t stopping for no-one. Earlier today, the eccentric pop-star, sorry, “rapper”, unveiled a colour fest in the form of a brand new video for single ‘Y.A.L.A.’. Opening with an epilepsy warning, the Daniel Sannwald directed visual sees (many) flashing lights and vibrant colour-schemes, adding an extra dash of power and life to the already banging track. If you dare, peak the video above.
I mean. What’s to say here? Sam Smith and Disclosure have teamed up with Nile Rodgers and Jimmy Napes to create ‘Together’, a ridiculously fonky new jam which combines a plethora of their styles into a fabulously packaged tune. Nothing but great thing to say here. Listen loudly.
Raleigh Ritchie made fans of us with his single ‘Stay Inside’ (and dope video), which he followed with ‘In Too Deep‘. Today he releases a new tune called ‘Free Fall’ and like his previous releases combines his unabashed and laid back R&B vocals, unfiltered twang and a soundbed of smooth production – which bumps – into a vibey jam. This is another win for this young gun. ‘Free Fall’ is taken off Ritchie’s forthcoming Black and Blue EP.
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Well cot damn, look what’s just arrived.
After a painfully long absence from releasing new music, New Zealand’s finest soul adventurers Electric Wire Hustle finally answer our calls and deliver a brand new track titled ‘Numbers and Steel’…
And it’s with great pleasure (and relief) that, even with a slight rearrangement in band members (Mara and Taay are now joined by drummer Mario Crew & bassist Johnny Lawrence), they’ve returned to us with a sound that evolves further than what they left us with in 2010, yet rings warmly familiar. Their musical impressions and soulful inflictions are still very much present, only now the sound is further formed and refreshingly in contemporary way.
True story: if it wasn’t for EWH and a chance encounter with them back in 2010 at Red Bull Studios London (where we filmed them), we would have never have created the Rehearsal Rooms series, which eventually led us to film some truly incredible artists including Raphael Saadiq, Jessie Ware, Emeli Sande, A$AP Rocky, Jamie Woon and loads more.
Download ‘Numbers and Steel’ for free via their website.
As you may (or may not) have heard, Childish Gambino is releasing his new album, Because the Internet in about a month, precisely, December 10. After sharing a couple of tracks from the album, the rapper unveiled both the cover art (above) and the tracklisting, which will come with a script. The 19-track project will feature the likes of Chance the Rapper, Jhene Aiko and Azealia Banks. Check out full track-listing after the jump.