London producer/vocalist Ben Khan has been blazing the blogosphere with his experimental infusion of R&B and electronica on tracks like ‘Eden‘ and ‘Savage‘ over the past year. Last night, we saw a different side to him; ‘Youth’ showcases a certain vulnerability, the sombre opening gradually intensifies as pounding drums, snazzy synths and Ben’s lush vocals are added into the mix. Get ready for summer guys, this is huge! His 1992 EP drops May 5.
After delivering one of last year’s stand out EP’s, producer/vocalist Until the Ribbon Breaks is back with ‘A Taste of Silver’, lifted off his forthcoming EP. At it’s core the song is a rock track, but this being UTRB, things get spicy when he mixes in some snazzy drums, blazing bass’ and some pretty slick vocals. “When you’ve had a taste of silver / then the pennies won’t do“ - preach. The Other Ones EP is out March 25.
After announcing the release of their debut album, So It Goes, RATKING team up with label-mate King Krule on this album cut called ‘So Sick Stories’. The track, along with the Eric Yue-directed visual, sees the boys in their element as they do their thing over a smoothed out, slightly jazzy beat, whilst roaming the streets of New York.
SOHN has lent his expertise to a number of artists (BANKS, Kwabs et el) over the past year or so, and now, the spotlight’s on him. With his full-length Tremors only weeks away from release, the Vienna based singer/producer takes to the visual art form as a way of promotion. Flashing strobes are in full effect in this stunning rendition of ‘Artifice’, where SOHN shines both vocally and musically as he absolutely murders those synths. Look out for more visuals like this in the lead up to the album, for now, enjoy!
Meet Delooze, and her incredibly stirring brand of future pop. Her latest single ‘Deathstar’, is given a refreshing makeover by this stellar remix which sees her illustrious vocals take flight over the elaborate electronic soundbed penned by Portugal, The Man, who brings it all together quite nicely.
Delooze is also embarking on a UK Tour in support of her forthcoming LP titled Glass Army out April 14th; check out the dates after the jump.
Kwabs’ latest power ballad ‘Pray for Love’ was produced by none other than Ben Drew aka Plan B. Surprisingly tender, Drew frames a vivid landscape of muddy production with flooded drums, poetic strings and a gorgeously reserved piano. The songs crowing glory is of course left to Kwabs – whose masterful, awe-inspiring voice commands every ear in reach. Beyond.
Take a look at Blood Orange performing ‘You’re Not Good Enough’ at last months Converse Gig at the legendary 100 Club in London. I was fortunate enough to attend the show and as my first experience of watching Dev perform – I was legit blown away. Its refreshing (and increasingly rare) to see such an incredible songwriter/producer command such a performance on stage. Our guy has some serious moves.
Elli Ingram brings some heat on her latest single ‘C’ Dawha’ produced brilliantly by Felix Joseph & Aston Rudi. Taken off her forthcoming release The Doghouse, the track (more so than any other she has released thus far) goes a step further in establishing the type of artist she could be. The tracks stellar production avoids corny connotations and is a solid (and promising) shell in which to contain Elli’s sharp and colourful vocal style. This is a vibe.
British producer Evian Christ has shared a stream of his latest EP ahead of its March 18 release on Tri-Angle. Featuring four new tracks, Joshua Leary’s mind still seems to be occupying the space it was in during his Yeezus experience. Truth is ‘I’m In It’ is child’s play compared to these grimacing rap beats. Built on industrial 808′s, icy snares and with enough aggro to warrant a few rounds on GTA – our guy is not fucking around.
Head over to his website for a full stream.
LE1F’s success over the past year or so isn’t surprising to me, but the cultural significance of him performing on one of America’s biggest talk shows is actually a little mind blowing, considering. Despite large parts of the world or rather huge sections of America still harbouring bygone prejudices against the LGBT communities, artists like LE1F, Mykki Blanco and Frank Ocean et el continue to thrive. LE1F has continually proven his talent for fast-whipped, sharp-tongued rap and his performance last night on Letterman reinforced and certified those efforts.
Make sure you grab LE1F’s new Hey EP – out now on XL Records.