Following his solo version of ‘Too Much’ comes another new single called ‘Happens’ from our guy Sampha. Piano led and naturally emotive, Sampha performs his delicate new ballad through a silhouette. Nothing beats what this guy is doing – especially when it comes to soul music, which is still trying to churn out shit we could have heard back in ’96-’98. This though, this is now.
Buy via iTunes now.
R&B’s cult princess and hipster queen collide for a blissfully calm new single titled ‘Indo’. Cassie embraces Solange’s nuance for synthy pop on a new track taken off the Saint Heron compilation which will also feature songs (some new, some not) from Kelala, Sampha, Jhene Aiko and more. The project is the launch release for Solange’s new label Saint Heron (which she says will be bed for ‘genre defining R&B’) and marks the latest phase in the youngest Knowles’ ambitions to forge a genuine space for herself as an artist and muso, away from the glare of the mainstream. Saint Heron is out now via iTunes.
This whole release needs your attention, but you might need to listen to this BC Kingdom track quickly too.
Once again Drake pulls out all the stops for a video, this time with a 10 minute ode to Memphis for Nothing Was The Same‘s standout track ‘Worst Behaviour’. Drizzy’s making a bit of a name for himself when it comes to his videos but in his case, it’s not necessarily for the best reasons. For those who find his over-emotional odes to woes, women and weed unbearably corny – his videos only add fuel to the fire. Make up your own mind watch ‘Worst Behaviour’ up top.
Introducing L.A emcee Moors and his compelling new single ‘Asphyxiated’ for which a video was just released. Premiered via Noisey, the David M. Helman directed clip sees Moors wander into a dark motel before submerging himself in a pool… Only when he surfaces he finds himself transported some else entirely.
When Drake employed Sampha to appear on his new album, he exposed one of musics best kept secrets to the type of global audience only superstars like Drake have access to. We’ll never forget seeing this guy, who we along with a few other key bloggers, have supported from day, appearing on Jimmy Fallon with Aubrey. An opportunity that otherwise probably wouldn’t have presented itself without Drizzy’s co-sign. And while ‘Too Much’ on NWTS was special enough, Sampha’s newly unearthed original solo version, now titled ‘Too Much / Happens’ tips the scale one step further. And well, I don’t suppose I need to tell you how beautiful it is…
Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, follows his beautifully crafted 2011 album Coastal Grooves with another masterfully produced long player Cupid Deluxe. Having spent the past year penning silky anthems for the likes of Solange, MKS and Sky Ferrerira, he returns as a solo artiste with a wonderful bag of fabulously crafted pop gems. Hynes doesn’t falter, Cupid Deluxe proves that. Stream the entire album up top.
Big fan of the sound Bombay Bicycle Club have been pushing out over the years and now they return after what has seemed like a long two year hiatus with their fourth album. ‘Carry Me’ was launched officially on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show last night, with the four piece announcing their interactive video to go with it shortly after. You can interact with the band and the dancers involved when you watch the video via carryme.tv – it’s quite impressive. Try it for yourself here.
That aside, you can listen to the developments on the bands past work and find ‘Carry Me’ pushes their previous sound one experimental-step further. Tinged with vibrant drums and the lead singers ever faithful voice, we’re excited to have the BBC back in the mix. New album drops early next year.
Justin Timberlake is a futurist in his own right, but his latest move proves he remains a veteran artist with a strong understanding of what’s happening right now to a generation who may not have grown up during the Justified or Futuresex/Lovesounds era. Timberlake has recruited alt-R&B eidolon The Weeknd to open for him on his forthcoming 20/20 Experience Tour. Abel, currently on his own tour will join Justin during his shows in March and then join Drake on his tour shortly after.
Skin Town, a LA based duo consisting of Zola Jesus’s musician Nick Turco and flirty vocalist Grace Hall. First time I have heard of the pair and they have caught me with their slightly coy, yet enticing soft R&B number. Awash with voluminous 80′s style synths with an affectionate undertone thanks to Hall’s bashful falsetto, that is perfectly suited for teasing, “Midnight Lover”. Reminds me of a mixture between New Look and Summer Camp vamped up.
Their debut EP ‘The Room’ will be released on the 5th November.
We put you on to Sza over a year ago when she humbly put out a couple EP’s plus her sensual voice. Fast forward a year later and now signed to Kendrick Lemar’s Top Dawg Entertainment, she lends her allure to another new signee that goes by the name Isaiah Rashad. The TDE newcomer displays his affection for those he loves, over a mellow beat with the dulcet tones of Sza interjecting. Peep the collaboration below.