FKA twigs is a Khaeleesi incarnate in the music video for ‘Two Weeks’, the lead single from her recently announced debut LP1. The self-produced number is a jittery cacophony of rich layers of stuttering beats that engulf her luxuriously sexy voice. Like all things twigs, the accompanying visual, directed by NABIL, is a (bizarre) treat which sees the avant-garde songstress draped in gold looking like the Mother of Dragons. LP1 drops August 11, go get it here!
French Cuban twins Naomi & Lisa-Kainde Diaz have been signed by iconic British label XL Recordings under the moniker Ibeyi (“ee-bey-ee”), the word for “twins” within the Yoruba culture. Their debut single titled ‘Oya’, produced by Richard Russell, is a multilayered epic which finds 19 years old, Lisa-Kaïndé’s laying down some truly magnificent vocals whilst sister Naomi takes control of percussion duties and delivers some stunning backing vocals. Citing James Blake as one of their many influences, and with hints of Bjork scattered throughout, Ibeyi capture a surreal sound mirrored to perfection by the track’s eerie and strangely captivating visual. Those harmonies are pretty breathtaking.
This is Youceff Yunque Kabal aka YUS, an independent musician based in Phoenix, Arizona. Below, is his dazzling sophomore effort, Talisman, which is out today through his very own Manneken Records. Combining elements of bubbling pop melodies with some snazzy electronics, the record shows of YUS’ flair for sweet sounding psychedelic, lo-fi sounds – especially on tracks like ’20 Million’ and ‘Zzz’. Stream the entire record below, it’s brilliant!
Jamie xx is back with an adventurous new track in the form of ‘All Under One Roof Raving’. Released by Young Turks today, it follows the double A-side single ‘Girl/Sleep Sound‘ which is also lifted off his forthcoming debut album. Jamie’s distinct, future tropics sound on ‘All Under One Roof Raving’ (an ode to his love for London) that yet again cements his position as one of Britain’s best producers.
Many heads will be familiar with Lil Silva from his various post-grime releases and collaborations over the past few years, but a more mainstream audience were most likely introduced to him through his recent work with rising pop goddess BANKS.
Now though Silva has announced his much anticipated solo return with a new 5-track EP titled Mabel, a project which will see him push his unique talents further into the stratosphere. Silva’s new release not only signifies a huge sonic leap for him as a producer, but also introduces him as an impressive frontman singer. Take a listen to the EP’s title track below and get ready for that new extended player on August 4th – we’ve had it on repeat for a couple months now, you won’t be disappointed.
Beloved, award winning indie outfit Alt-J (now a three-piece) return to the fray with the first single lifted off their much anticipated sophomore album This is all Yours (September 22nd). Marking what the band herald a “new sound”, ‘Hunger of the Pine’ is a sublimely forged, exceptionally cool power epic brimming with multilayered instruments and a poetic vocal performance from lead singer Joe Newman.
… And that Miley Cyrus sample is inspired.
Whilst we’re still well and truly in the dark regarding that Jai Paul album, his brother Anup or rather A. K. Paul, has been quietly offering his own sounds up to the likes of Jessie Ware (‘Devotion‘), Sam Smith (‘Nirvana‘) and most recently London songstress Nao (pictured). ‘So Good’ has a fresh and futuristic feel to it, with choppy electronics setting the funk/soul mood under Nao’s sensual vocals. Listen up and while you’re at it, check out her debut single, ‘Back Porch‘ too.
Brother/sister duo BROODS continue their glorious run of pop hits with ‘Mother & Father’, the lead single from their debut album out later this year. This might just be their best track to date, it’s thick with layers of slick synths driven by thumping drums and great vocals.
London producer/vocalist Leo Kalyan recently dropped ‘Breathe‘, a light n’ murky number but now he’s teamed up with our boy MNEK and Karma Kid on his new single titled ‘Over You’. Despite the emotional sentiment behind the track, this is another breezy single that exudes a perfectly seasonal mood. Nicely done.