Almost exactly two months ago, SBTRKT perfectly set the tone to his new album with ‘NEW DORP. NEW YORK‘ which features vocals from Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. Today the illustrious producer has shared a rather dark and creepy, animated music video which features a panther/lizard-type creature making its way around streets, cars and mist before coming to a rest on a metallic, open arm to recreate the album’s artwork. Check out the visual above, and look out for Wonder Where We Land when it drops next Monday!
Mercury Prize nominee FKA Twigs performed her single ‘Two Weeks’ on Later… With Jools Holland last night – take a look at her ambrosial performance up top. Can’t not love the Rick James hair-homage.
French/Cuban sister duo Ibeyi share the studio version of ‘Mama Says’, the song which kick-started their XL journey from earlier this year, following a spellbinding live performance of the aforementioned track last year. ‘Mama Says’ sees the twins slow things down as a soft piano melody is the backbone for the sisters to deliver some stunning vocals.
Introducing London based singer and producer Sakima, and his brilliant debut single ‘Energy’. His deep and endearing vocal seamlessly transitions between the woozy soundscape consisting of powerful percussive inflections and speedy handclaps. ‘Energy’ finds Sakima marrying the introspective electronics of James Blake with SOHN’s empowering vocal depth whilst entailing his own distinct style. Spin the track above, and give its reworking a listen too.
Having produced for the likes of FKA twigs and Kanye West in the past year, electronic artist and producer Arca has announced the release of his debut album, Xen, out November 3rd via Mute Records. ‘Thievery’ is the first track to surface from the record, and from the get go sees the Venezuelan producer continue to push boundaries. The striking artwork (above) was designed by long time collaborator Jesse Kanda, the magician behind LP1’s stunning cover. Xen, will be available in a number of formats, including a special hand-numbered bundle which’ll include a bonus 10″ record of exclusive Arca material as well as a copy of his exceptional &&&&& mixtape; all sealed in black PVC.
Stream ‘Thievery’ below and check out the full tracklisting for Xen after the jump/
London producer Throwing Shade delivers a trippy new video for her aggressively hyphy single ‘Blanx’. The track, filled with twinkling xylophones, broken hi-hats and a neck breaking beat is visually transcribed into psychedelic colours and shapes that make little sense up close but watch til’ the end to see what it all means…
Willow Smith is making a habit of surprising us. It’s easy to forget how bewildering it was when she first smashed into our consciousness with ‘Whip My Hair’, but since then her team (which already consists of Will Smith, Jay Z and probably President Obama, and L. Rob Hubbard) have been working hard to strategically manoeuvre her ascend into superstardom. Controversial love songs, weird photos, and a couple noteworthy covers have worked well to build an interesting, if not somewhat little freakish, reputation. The girl is still only 13 years old. (Yes, 13).
Anyways – take a listen to her latest, another left-leaning and rather serendipitous cover of King Krule’s ‘Easy Easy’. A cover like this says a lot more than just what a singer can do with their talent – it affirms that she, or her rather her aforementioned team of advisors have their ears very close to the ground and their eyes firmly set on the credible internet underground. Either way, it kind of has to be applauded – it would be much easier (and quicker) for them all to continue to release more ‘Whip My Hair’ singles.
Take a look at, and/or get properly aquatinted to Maxine Ashley, the Bronx-born singer who has been steady on her grind for quite some time now. Signed to i am OTHER/Outsiders (Universal), and mentored by man-God Pharrell Williams, her latest single ‘By Your Side’ is an sensual slow jam filled with exotic percussions, a mean bass line, and Ashley’s soaring, multilayered voice. This bumps.
Expect Maxine’s Moodswings EP soon.
BOOTS has been on a break since releasing his brilliant WinterSpringSummerFall mixtape earlier this summer, but the silence is broken with new number ‘Mercy’. As with previous releases, BOOTS continues to embark on new pastures as he exposes his raw vocal over a soft piano melody before things gradually intensify as strong, electric guitars are joined by thudding drums around the three-minute mark.
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.