LE1F has announced a new record deal with Terrible Records / XL Recordings that will see him release a new EP titled Hey on March 11th. The new five-track release will including Le1f’s cut-throat single ‘Wut’, along with four new tunes including ‘Boom’. Featuring a fittingly boisterous beat, LE1F’s unmistakable steeze leads the way for what sounds to be a legit new chapter in the career of this rising emcee. “Working with XL Recordings was my teenage dream. Ethan [Silverman, Terrible Records] made that a reality. I’ve been keeping quiet about this for almost a year. I’m excited I could finally brag about it”.
No debut made more of an impact than Cut 4 Me, by rising R&B goddess Kelela who turned heads with her authentically forward-leaning slice vanguard R&B. Continuing to grow her repertoire Kelela has unveiled a new Gifted & Blessed produced track called ‘The High’, a slow-burning, six minute number which sizzles underneath a minimal production. Hearing Kelela’s sharp, icy vocals pierce through the warm, bass hungry production is simply sublime. Stream the track below.
Abel Tesfaye is the latest to jump onto Beyonce’s ‘Drunk in Love’, adding his XO charm to what turned out to be this year’s Valentines soundtrack. His partisan falsetto dazzles as the track is flipped into a masochistic tribute to the sound he perfected during his Trilogy saga.
The guy behind precisely 80% of the production behind that Beyonce project, dropped a stellar new track late last week. If you didn’t now already, his name is BOOTS. ‘Dust’ (which exemplifies why Yonce backed him for her album) opens with a similarly dark and haunting aesthetic, merging a refined R&B backdrop with some raw yet lush vocals. What impresses most though is the poetic lyricism, “Your love is a whitewashed flower / Every second is an hour so my pockets feel slimmer, baby / Your love is a cold damn shower / Lick the sweat from your neck, hit the deck, hit the dimmer, baby ”. The accompanying video, directed by Cara Stricker is pretty darn stunning too, peep both up top.
After penning glorious tracks for the likes of Kwabs and BANKS, producer/vocalist SOHN is about to step into the limelight himself with his highly anticipated debut album, Tremors, out April 7 via 4AD. Take a look at the video for the LP’s first single ‘Artifice’, a slightly more pop-leaning track from the forthcoming new eleven-track release.
BROODS continued their twisted take on pop with ‘Never Gonna Change’, late last month. It also happens to be the opening record from their self-titled EP which is available to stream in full below. These guys are showing no signs of slowing down, with each track serving a killer dose of their new-age pop which bursts with lush melodies and divine vocals. Overall Broods is an exquisite pallet of sounds – but then, when you’ve got the guy behind the success of Lorde backing you on production and writing, you know you’re onto a winner. Full EP drops February 2.
Say hello to XL Recording’s (Jai Paul, Adele, The xx), Eyedress, a Filipino vocalist/producer who released his stellar debut EP, Supernatural last year. Punctuated by an eerie aesthetic from the start, the Manila native’s sprinkling of experimental instrumentation and undulating beats creates a body of beautiful sounds, topped with sweet, hazy vocals weaving their way through the icy backdrop. Today we see the music video to a track we haven’t heard before, ‘Teen Spirits’, which is directed by the wonderkid himself. Shot in an isolated warehouse at his place in Manila, the visual expresses the idea of “true love and soul mates” whilst also focusing on “cheating and losing your innocence“. Check it out above, this guy’s pretty special.
It has become quite clear over the past few years that Wireless has become one of the hypest London festival of the calendar year.
This year they’ve done it again and secured headliners Kanye West, Drake, Bruno Mars, as well as Outkast and Pharrell. Not to mention countless other acts like Azealia Banks, A$AP Ferg and others who have yet to be announced. Oh yea, did we mention Salt N Pepa too? Yah.
And it was hard to imagine Wireless topping last year. Not only did they lock in headliners Justin Timberlake & Jay Z but they also put on one of the most progressive hip hop lineups I think we’ve ever seen in a mainstream UK festival. I mean – they had A Tribe Called Quest there!
This year they’ll help tick another life box with Outkast (!!). Although not billed as a headliner (however strange that may feel, it’s actually not that unusual when you think about it), Andre and Big Boi, as promised, will for the first time in over 10 years perform live.
Moreover this years show will not take place at the Olympic Village as it did last year, but instead will happen in North London’s Finsbury Park. And as a North Londoner, that’s pretty much the icing on the cake. Moreover, the festival will also be heading to Birmingham for the very first time.
For more information and for tickets head to wirelessfestival.co.uk. We’ll keep you updated on new announcements to come.
Dive into this little gem courtesy of The Trp (pronounced, The Trip) and Michael Tousana. Channelling a broad pallet of sounds, ‘Catching Fire’ is a super smoothed out tune, perfect to ease you into the working week. The relatively unknown trio call it “Exotic Hip-Hop” and to be honest, that’s a perfect description of what they do. Swoon over the record above, and look out for the collaborative album YAHUDA coming soon.
Prince sure knows how to launch an album. To celebrate the release of PLECTRUMELECTRUM, the much-craved new album from 3RDEYEGIRL, Prince’s all-female rock trio, he will be playing a series of shows at iconic venues in and around London starting February 3rd. A tour his Purple Holiness has dubbed the ‘Hit and Run’ tour.
The first stop is a living room of Lianne LaHavas. The two struck up a friendship after working together at Paisley Park studio complex in Minneapolis last year.
As standard details around these dates are extremely limited right now, but hold tight because Prince is coming to town!!!