I’ve been an Erykah Badu worshiper for far too long to know that you can’t rush Badoula Oblongata into making new music; but as we approach the fourth anniversary of her seminal New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) LP - the thirst for new material is becoming real. Nevertheless we’ll continue to be patient and in the interim ‘receive life’ through last nights live performance of ‘The Healer’ which she performed during her set at The FADER Fort in her home state of Texas.
Goosebumps every time.
Another year has passed, and still no sign of that long-long-long awaited Jay Electronica album. A shame considering how genuinely excited we were when Jay began his now internet-imfamous onslaught of new-realm rap. Unsurprisingly interest has waned since then. In any case hip hop’s curious socialite took to SXSW to unveil his first new track since his feature on Big Sean’s ‘Control’. ‘Better in Tune with the Infinite’ is held together by a simple piano accompanied by cinematic strings, as Jay Elec goes spits an elegant rhyme and LaTonya Givens provides a spirit-reviving testimonial.
… Its difficult to stay mad at him when you hear something like this. FFS.
Shlohmo & Jeremih are pretty smart dudes; this pairing they’ve devised is going to undoubtedly bring in some serious coin this summer and beyond. Just take a look at the two of them performing their latest joint ‘No More’ at The FADER Fort at SXSW presented by Converse. As one of my favoured electronic producers Shlohmo rarely puts a step wrong, and I have nothing but eternal respect for how Jeremih flipped the switch on his career since that debut single; although that said – his vocals during this performance weren’t the sharpest.
However overlooked ‘Stranger in Moscow’ is amongst Michael Jackson’s iconic discography, it survives as one of his most haunting classics. Taken off Jackson’s double-disc HIStory album, the ballad has amassed a near cult-appreciation since its release in 1996; the portrait of loneliness MJ paints in that song (and its unforgettable video) is eerily tangible. His performance is flawless.
It feels befitting then that an emotive band like Tame Impala felt inspired enough by the song to cover in such a delicate and respectable way. Impala’s softly curated palate of padded drums, coiling synths and echo-soaked vocals gives an exciting new dimension to Michael’s near-mythic original. This is wonderful.
London producer Cronos comes through with a simmering new remix of Donell Jones’ classic ‘U Know Whats Up’, re-imagined and retitled here as ‘U Know’. Cronos takes the original hit apart and applies a subtly constructed beat surrounded by ghostly vocal samples. This hits the sweet spot.
As iconic albums goes, Grace Jones’ Nightclubbing sits among the greatest. From the iconic cover, to Grace’s unmistakable blend of reggae inspired disco – it is an album regarded as one of the best ever released (and personally sits among my most treasured albums). To mark its 20+ year legacy the album will be comprehensively remastered and repackaged to include hard-to-find alternative versions of some of Jones’ most iconic songs, plus two new tracks including ‘Me! I Disconnect From You’, a cover of Gary Numan’s 1979 cult-classic. Take a listen to the newly uncovered gem up top – its rather fabulous.
Yo. Get ready for some nostalgic euphoria. Our girls Juce have released their debut music video via Noisey for their sassy single ‘Call You Out’. Jam packed in 90′s shenanigans and structured around “standard school-day issues”, the girls perform in a myriad of fabulously fierce outfits and set ups – including a nod to TLC’s ‘Creep’, silky pyjamas, dance routines and all.
Get it ladies.
L.A songstress BANKS has shared the music video to her Shlohmo produced single ‘Brain’. The fiery track is given a moody visual, which sees BANKS appear in dark, shadowy silhouettes (looking as fabulous as ever), whilst varying effects weave throughout the clip.
Devileyes is the new mixtape from London duo We Are Shining. The tape features 8 brand new song including ‘Devileye’, which we featured on 22Tracks, ‘Hey You!’ and ‘Wheel’ featuring Roses Gabor. Steeped in sound clash experimentalism, each song is a sprawling insight into the minds of both Acyde (yes sir!) and Morgan, known collectively as We Are Shining. Through an in-depth understanding of broken groove, kaleidoscopic beats and colourful textures – everything here sounds remarkably on-point.
Download Devileyes here.
Woah! What a lineup!
Lovebox may have changed the format from 3 days to 2 days this year, but they are sure packing a lot into the 18th and 19th July.
Victoria Park is a must this year. The decade old East London festival has just confirmed proud Londoners MIA and Chase and Status as the weekend headliners, alongside the likes of Bonobo, A$AP Rocky, Katy B, Banks, Joey Badass, Mount Kimbie, Bondax, MNEK, Submotion Orchestra and more. Have a funny feeling they have a few more surprises up their sleeve too…#justsaying
Find more information and get your tickets (start from £35) here!