Continuing to provide something a little different from the current influx of female singers – Lulu James steps outside of the smooth smoulder that we have become accustomed to and instead arcs her R&B sensibility with a pop friendly chorus which could be the radio hit that she has been waiting for. A slick monochrome visual and bubbling 808′s are reminiscent of AlunaGeorge territory too.
James is currently on tour supporting the Drake sampled Ellie Goulding and gearing up for a club tour with Annie Mac, after a recent appearance on Jools Holland this summer.
With all the right pieces in position a healthy chart position could be on the cards come November 3rd.
Drizzy takes us on an hilariously awkward journey back to 1980′s Miami to get his Tony Montana on in this dramatic new video for his 80′s indebted ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ single. The former Degrassi star has already expressed his desire to get back into acting and later this year will have a starring in role in Anchorman 2; yet it still comes as a surprise (an incredibly amusing one at that) to see Drake donning a ski mask and wielding a machine gun in order to rescue his kidnapped beau. Directed by Bill Pope (cinematographer of The Matrix) and featuring A$AP Rocky, song collaborator Majid Jordan and Chicago rapper Fredo Santana the video gives the song a very literal meaning… Whether that’s a good thing or not is up for you to decide.
Soon after Kanye’s ’Bound 2′ performance on the same stage, Drake premiered a brand new track titled ‘Too Much’ last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Accompanied by Sampha (our boy’s still killing it) this track shows Drizzy getting more personal and deep than ever before. Driven by the soft but powerful piano beat of Sampha (who also, quite beautifully, sings the hook) Drake addresses that the fame and fortune he’s gained through his successful career has distanced him from friends and family with whom he was close to before. The performance comes one day after the release of the hyped-about track ‘Wu-Tang Forever‘ his homage to the legendary Clan – who don’t seem too happy about the joint. Sampha was previously featured on ‘The Motion‘ which came out back in June.
Prior to his performance on the show, Drake was interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, speaking about the Nothing Was The Samecover art, the collaborators he worked with and the tour that will follow. Watch the full interview above and skip to 5:20 for the performance.
As anticipation for Drake’s forthcoming album Nothing Was the Same reaches fever pitch, a new track titled ‘Wu Tang Forever’ has surfaced. The track unsurprisingly samples The Wu Tang Clan but contrary to initial predictions turns out to be a atmospherically mellow slow jam. Produced by Noah ’40′ Shebib and sampling Wu Tang’s 97 classic ‘It’s Yourz’ the golden era ballad is another confident serving from Drizzy’s third album. So far every track has been a smash – this is not the exception.
The Weeknd has unleashed his latest music video for his Drake-assisted single ‘Live For’. The elusive spearhead is filmed under thematic strobe lighting sporting his characteristically, erm… wild hairstyle whilst cohort Drizzy looks slick in all black everything get up. Tesfaye dropped his first major label debut, Kiss Land, earlier this week – it’s already climbing the UK charts.
With a release date of September 24th, Drake‘s Nothing Was The Same is quickly approaching and in the early hours of this morning, the official tracklist for the project was published. The 13-track project (+2 on the deluxe edition) will feature guest appearances from Jay Z and Detail. Additionally both Hudmo and James Blake will be contributing to the new set. No other features are listed as yet, but chances are Drizzy still has a few more big names up his sleeve.
Tonight’s annual MTV Video Music Awards took place in New York City’s Brooklyn Centre and played host to some of the biggest and best in music. Performers on the night included Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Miley Cyrus (the less said, the better), Kanye West, Justin Timberlake (who gave one of the best VMA performances of all time) reunited with his former boyband NSync. Hit the jump to check some of the highlight performances.
Yesterday, Drake announced that the release date for Nothing Was The Same had been pushed back a week, to September 24th. Late last night, he decided to console upset fans by releasing the official artwork for the project.
As if [my personal] excitement for Drake’s new album wasn’t hype enough, now comes the news that everyones favourite game-changing Scotsman will be contributing to Nothing Was the Same. Gah. Having successfully transitioned from underground God to mainstream super producer, Hudmo’s alignment with Drizzy following his work on Kanye’sYeezus makes complete sense. Unlike most in hip hop Drake openly embraces the evolution of his sound and already has a proven track record of working with innovative (… and British) producers. The new LP will also feature appearances from Lil’ Wayne (standard) & Jay Z. Nothing Was the Same is out September 17th.