SBTRKT follows up the Ezra Koenig featuring ‘New Dorp. New York‘ with another stellar collaboration; this time, teaming up with Atlanta based wonderkid Raury on ‘Higher’. The track begins with an eerie atmosphere before the bass kicks in and Raury pounces with a killer and uber catchy chorus. Wonder Where We Land, SBTRKT’s sophomore offering is out September 22, for now though, stream ‘Higher’ above.
Having announced the release of You’re Dead last month, Flying Lotus has shared the first cut ‘Never Catch Me’ which features Kendrick Lamar. FlyLo packs quite a punch with the frenzied beat for Lamar to add his super fiery flow on to as a gentle piano-led melody underlines and brings the track together. These two were made for each other; collaborative project anyone? We’re in.
Former Jessie Ware drummer Dornik continues to bring those grooves with ‘On My Mind’, the follow up to last year’s ‘Something About You‘ and ‘Rebound‘. The singer/producer adorns the track with glistening electro-funk sounds that shimmer and shine under that glossy vocal of his. That nine month wait was well worth it… Get vibing to the track below.
We predicted Disclosure would (or rather, should) produce Mary’s new album back in January. It makes perfect sense, and it was obvious from the moment Blige jumped on ‘F For You’ that something bigger was in the work. Mary has found herself in the same position many artists who reigned supreme in the 90’s and 00’s – despite a global fanbase they’re ultimately unable to shift sufficient records because their audience are on or have passed the cusp of those who buy records. Disclosure have that market on lock, and so this is a fantastic partnership. Something the Mariah’s of this world should be taking note of.
In any case – ‘Right Now’ is the first single taken off Mary’s forthcoming The London Sessions, which is being executively produced by Lawrence brothers. It’s definitely a healthy step in the right direction, and an exciting premise for Mary at this stage in her career.
So, Prince is back on some future-soul-funk shit with his new solo music.
The second single taken off his forthcoming album ARTOFFICIALAGE following ‘Clouds’ is this silky imagining titled ‘U Know’. With Prince’s relentlessly cool vocal-talk in full effect, ‘U Know’ feels like a really promising prospective. Prince’s second release PLECTRUMELECTRIUM with his band 3RDEYEGIRL which will also be released on September 29th, will feature ‘Whitecaps’ – a soft-rock ballad featuring lead vocals from his female counterpart. Somewhat less exciting than the solo track, but hey.
Listen to ‘U Know’ below and head over to Prince’s soundcloud to hear ‘Whitecaps’, and get ready for one of the purplest days on record: September 29th.
Australian singer/songwriter/producer Margiela Madman reflects on life’s path in new track ‘Could This Be Real Life?’. Amongst twangy guitar riffs, thick, pumping bass, and elegant piano melodies, the twenty year-old musician also taps into his love of Hip Hop with a spoken word verse towards the end which further addresses the track’s theme. Go check out a slew of other tracks over at his BandCamp, including a brilliant take on Jai Paul’s ‘Genevieve‘.
Jessie Ware shares ‘Want Your Feeling’ (co-written by Dev Hynes), another gem taken from her forthcoming album, Tough Love out October 6th. On the track, Ware delves into the bouncy soundscape with great poise, as her pristine vocals shape the track’s groovy aesthetic. From what we’ve heard so far, Tough Love is oozing class, then again, we didn’t expect any different!
We’re a hot minute away from Drake’s forthcoming – recently announced – fourth album Views From the 6 but it seems the project has already sprung a leak as the LP’s title track has surfaced. It’s unclear as to how the song found its way online, and its leak has already prompted featured rapper E Batt to dismiss that it had anything to do with him. On the upside though – it’s pretty exciting how strong this is sounds; I doubt it’s the final version, but #HiRihanna.
Acquaint yourself with British three-piece R I T U A L who’ve created quite an atmosphere in ‘The Fall’, their debut single. The trio create an elegant flow of smooth electronics in-between what essentially is, a hip-hop beat whilst filling in with some soulful undertones. Just like the track, the music video too, draws you in with its beautifully shot clips of skies, trees and crashing waves.
I don’t think anyone can release a better album this year than Shabazz Palaces, at least not for me anyway. Everything about Lese Majesty is supreme – from the endless influences they pack into every inch of their material, to their eccentric themes of tribal afro-futurism – it all works like a wonderfully chaotic symphony. Enter then their new video for ‘#CAKE’, masterfully directed by Hiro Murai – a beautiful post-apocalyptic visual that weaves in and out of kaleidoscopic urban landscapes, desolate locations and performance shots. File this next to their Kahlil Joseph directed ‘Black Up’ video (which incidentally was my favourite music video of 2011).