Dahlia Black aka Blue Daisy releases a video to accompany his new single ‘F*ck a Rap Song’ which dropped late last week. Some will no doubt cite some Tyler, the Creator references on watching this but that (imo) would be a bit of a pointless generalisation. Yeah sure he’s rocking a ski mask and looks somewhat demonic but you are hearing that beat, right? Dahlia Black is on some next level with this material. Dope graphics too btw.
The Invisible release a beautiful new bonus track today lifted off a special re-release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album Rispah. Lead singer Dave Okumu’s trance-like vocals float over the songs dramatic orchestration, resulting in a rather voluminous affair. The reissue (released Feb 25th) will also feature new remixes from Hot Chip, Kwes and Micachu.
Prince just released some new songs on his (now not so) mysterious website 3rdEyeGirl.com, all for just $0.88 each. Among the 4 songs available to purchase is ‘Breakfast Can Wait’ – his latest attempt to impregnate you with a purple love child. Back on his smooth-as-f*ck groove, Prince exercises his iconic falsetto over sexy synth, guitars and a deep-soul beat. Dude switches it up chimpunk style (literally) and still sounds better than everyone else. F*ck.
Hot off the heels off her epic Super Bowl show last night, Beyonce appeases her legion of world wide fans by announcing her biggest world tour to date. Titled ‘The Mrs. Carter Show’, the tour will see Queen Bey performing across the world for nearly an entire year. She will hit UK and Europe before moving on to America and Asia – most excitingly for us though is her 4-night stint at the 02 Arena April/May. Watch her regal 02 Priority promo video up top and ready to part with yo’ cash. Pre-say tickets go on sale to O2 customers on February 21st.
Producer/rapper Blue Daisy adopts a new moniker and unleashes his dark side on a new record titled ‘F*ck a Rap Song’. Although his prior productions always seem to have a natural quirk, his new venture marks an entirly new direction. The emanating beat sounds like it just rolled off an abandoned production-line, while his near-demonic approach to the verses cement the songs unnerving, yet fully gratifying nature. He kind of ended sh*t with this, look forward to hearing a lot more from Dahlia Black…
Beyonce had the world grasping for air during her 12 minute performance at this years Super Bowl Half-Time show. Performing some of her biggest hits including ‘Crazy In Love’, ‘Baby Boy’, ‘End of Time’ and ‘Halo’, Queen Bey also reunited with her Destiny’s Child band members who together performed ‘Bootylicious’, ‘Independent Women’ and ‘Single Ladies’. Although many expected Bey to perform a new song from her upcoming 5th album, she stuck with the hits – no ones complaining. Take a look at the entire performance up top… Try closing your mouth while doing so.
P.s Powercut at the Superdome after Bey’s performance? Shut down.
It was assumed that Drake would unveil his new single ‘Started From the Bottom’ on Grammy night but OVO’s very own decided to unleash it tonight via his tumblr. The single, the first to be taken off his as yet untitled third album, was produced by OVO producer Mike Zombie and sounds refreshingly reserved. It still bumps though. The song was accompanied by a letter written by Drake to his fans…
“My good friends, it has truly been too long. I assume you’re all keeping well and making the most of this year that has been given to us. Today is the day to begin sharing my newest work with you. This is the first single off of my upcoming album. I feel sometimes that people don’t have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn’t consistent with actual events. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen. I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I’m excited for this song to find a place in your life as well. I didn’t feel I needed any interviews or radio or press to launch this song. It felt right to come back to the site that I started on and release it to the people that started here with me. Judging by this post, the tour that we’ve been planning, the conversations about new songs and album artwork…I think it’s safe to say we’re back together again. Looking forward to seeing you all soon”
New York rapper Le1f has returned with a new 13-track mixtape entitled Fly Zone featuring guest appearances from the likes of Haleek Maul and Kitty (Pryde). Fly Zone features the type of cut-throat fierceness we’ve come to expect from Le1f and as such sees him expressing his thoughts and opinions no holds barred. Listen / download below.
Following the release of Full Crate’s critically acclaimed Golden Glasses and Mar’s celebrated Seeing Her Naked project, the pair have reunited and are preparing to release the long-awaited follow up to their now cult-classic Conversations With HerEP. Having both successfully explored new musical grounds with their solo works they’ve (naturally) returned with a new energy and direction. Moving away from the soulful sound that first introduced us to them on their debut, producer Full Crate extends his electronic influences (see: Golden Glasses) but this time moulds it perfectly around Mar’s distinctive vocals (albeit pitched-down). Enjoy the weekend…
Red Bull Music Academy have launched a new series called H∆SHTAG$ (produced by PinBoardFilm) which looks to explore the influence the internet has had on music and it’s many emerging sub-cultures. Across it’s six episodes (to be released weekly) H∆SHTAG$ looks to discuss different ideas that have been nourished, nurtured and/or birthed by the internet and it’s interconnecting technologies. Featuring exclusive interviews from Flying Lotus, TNGHT, Mount Kimbie, AlunaGeorge, Shlohmo, Charli XCX and many more, the series will also features opinions from predominant journalists, tastemakers and bloggers from across a wide spectrum of digital platforms, print and digital media.
The first episode Don’t Call It #AltR&B features How To Dress Well, producer Jeremy ‘Zodiac‘ Rose (The Weeknd), R&B futurists Rochelle Jordan & KLSHand Grammy nominated singer Miguel. It focuses on the re-emergence of contemporary R&B and whether or not the internet has played a role in it’s current form. Don’t Call It #AltR&B also talks to Alex Macpherson (The Guardian), Melissa Bradshaw (The Quietus) and Erik Kirtley (Indie R&B).