Kwabs follows up his Wrong or Right and Pray For Love EPs with ‘Walk’, a brand new, stand-alone single out September 29. Unlike the soulful bursts, electronic glitches and R&B vibes of his previous efforts, this new one will have you head banging with its military-like marching drums carrying Kwabs’ rich tones along. Give it a spin below!
Only a band like alt-J can make a line like ‘I wanna turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet’ sound so very… appealing. It’s from the trio’s latest tune ‘Every Other Freckle’, taken from their forthcoming full length This Is All Yours out September 22. Once again we’re thrown into a whirlwind of elegant, sophisticated vocal melodies and eclectic instrumentation; and once again, we’re absolutely smitten.
‘Say You Love Me’ is Jessie Ware’s third offering from Tough Love, her sophomore effort out October 6. The record takes things down a notch from the more profound title track and ‘Share It All‘ as Ware graces the soft, sombre BenZel production with an effortless air of elegance and vocal control.
Ibeyi follow up their ethereal debut ‘Oya‘ with ‘River’, a choppy pop track which sees the twin sisters share spoken/sung verses before coming together in the chorus. That’s the Ed Morris directed video above, a dedication to Oshun, the river Goddess, picturing the siblings submerged underwater whilst performing the track.
Summer in London is a beautiful thing, it is arguably one of the most beautiful things this city can offer. But summer isn’t really summer for Londoner’s until Carnival weekend comes around – and this year we’re celebrating 50 glorious years of this historic event.
As line up’s are steadily announced many heads look to RBMA’s Carnival Party to see what they have in store. Last year they had the Marley’s – which was beyond! This year, and perhaps somewhat surprisingly, they’ve opted to recruit Basement Jaxx as headliners, supported by record label Mixpak (Popcaan, Dre Skull & Sticky), bashment leaders The Heatwave, as well as Protoje & Yaardcore, Tropkillaz and Kalbata & Mixmonster.
Ticket registration for the party opens on August 11-15th, and are free, head over to redbull.co.uk/carnival for more info.
The only other party you need to know about is Deviation, but more news on that a little later. Although you might want to buy tickets now because they won’t be around for very long. Trust us.
Having first caught our attention with ‘Honey Cocaine‘ last year, Moko steps it up a notch with ‘Ceremony’ the first single from her upcoming Gold EP (out September 7). The British starlet lays down some seriously effortless vocals over a fast-moving drum and bass soundbed. Damn, this girl can sing!
Presenting ‘Shudder’, the brand new single from Nashville trio BASECAMP. Once again those Sampha-esque vocals swirl around sparkling layers of synths and shimmering electronics, bringing a refinement to their breezy take on R&B. If this isn’t good enough to feature on their next EP, we can’t help but imagine what will… Listen up!
Ryn Weaver, real name Aryn Wuthrich, burst out of nowhere when she dropped her Cashmere Cat/Benny Blanco produced debut single ‘OctaHate’, an enthralling explosion of twinkling sounds spearheaded by the singer’s super-strong vocal. Today, the LA born singer has shared the title-track to her forthcoming EP, Promises. Amongst the catchy lyrics, Ryn evokes more sentiment in this one, really bringing light to that powerful voice of hers. Give both tracks a spin below, you won’t be disappointed.
New York singer/songwriter I/O (Ayo) evokes all kinds of sorrow with ‘Face With No Name’, his latest single. Holding a personal sentiment, that being a loss of a friend, the track’s beauty is spirited by its slow and sombre production, carried by the singer’s pensive vocals and mournful lyrics. Peak the video above, and look out for his second solo mixtape, the follow-up to 2012′s Isolation, out soon.
Oh, wait – you thought Beyonce’s was done? Nah.
Queen Bey calls upon the lyrical excellence of Nicki Minaj to accompany and help rework her hyphy single ‘Flawless’. In keeping with Yonce’s new found freedom “to speak her mind”, she raps about that elevator incident, as well as her rumoured divorce from husband Jay Z. Of course Minaj brings her own levels - no one can touch her when she’s grilled up like this. As remixes go – this may be one of the best ones Bey’s released so far.