Ibeyi follow up their ethereal debut ‘Oya‘ with ‘River’, a choppy pop track which sees the twin sisters share spoken/sung verses before coming together in the chorus. That’s the Ed Morris directed video above, a dedication to Oshun, the river Goddess, picturing the siblings submerged underwater whilst performing the track.
Summer in London is a beautiful thing, it is arguably one of the most beautiful things this city can offer. But summer isn’t really summer for Londoner’s until Carnival weekend comes around – and this year we’re celebrating 50 glorious years of this historic event.
As line up’s are steadily announced many heads look to RBMA’s Carnival Party to see what they have in store. Last year they had the Marley’s – which was beyond! This year, and perhaps somewhat surprisingly, they’ve opted to recruit Basement Jaxx as headliners, supported by record label Mixpak (Popcaan, Dre Skull & Sticky), bashment leaders The Heatwave, as well as Protoje & Yaardcore, Tropkillaz and Kalbata & Mixmonster.
Ticket registration for the party opens on August 11-15th, and are free, head over to redbull.co.uk/carnival for more info.
The only other party you need to know about is Deviation, but more news on that a little later. Although you might want to buy tickets now because they won’t be around for very long. Trust us.
Having first caught our attention with ‘Honey Cocaine‘ last year, Moko steps it up a notch with ‘Ceremony’ the first single from her upcoming Gold EP (out September 7). The British starlet lays down some seriously effortless vocals over a fast-moving drum and bass soundbed. Damn, this girl can sing!
Presenting ‘Shudder’, the brand new single from Nashville trio BASECAMP. Once again those Sampha-esque vocals swirl around sparkling layers of synths and shimmering electronics, bringing a refinement to their breezy take on R&B. If this isn’t good enough to feature on their next EP, we can’t help but imagine what will… Listen up!
Ryn Weaver, real name Aryn Wuthrich, burst out of nowhere when she dropped her Cashmere Cat/Benny Blanco produced debut single ‘OctaHate’, an enthralling explosion of twinkling sounds spearheaded by the singer’s super-strong vocal. Today, the LA born singer has shared the title-track to her forthcoming EP, Promises. Amongst the catchy lyrics, Ryn evokes more sentiment in this one, really bringing light to that powerful voice of hers. Give both tracks a spin below, you won’t be disappointed.
New York singer/songwriter I/O (Ayo) evokes all kinds of sorrow with ‘Face With No Name’, his latest single. Holding a personal sentiment, that being a loss of a friend, the track’s beauty is spirited by its slow and sombre production, carried by the singer’s pensive vocals and mournful lyrics. Peak the video above, and look out for his second solo mixtape, the follow-up to 2012’s Isolation, out soon.
Oh, wait – you thought Beyonce’s was done? Nah.
Queen Bey calls upon the lyrical excellence of Nicki Minaj to accompany and help rework her hyphy single ‘Flawless’. In keeping with Yonce’s new found freedom “to speak her mind”, she raps about that elevator incident, as well as her rumoured divorce from husband Jay Z. Of course Minaj brings her own levels – no one can touch her when she’s grilled up like this. As remixes go – this may be one of the best ones Bey’s released so far.
LA songstress and renowned goddess BANKS lends her vocals to ‘Don’t You Love’, the latest song from fellow collaborator Lil Silva’s forthcoming Mabel EP. Silva’s soft musings open the slow-burning atmospherics of the track before BANKS mixes in her own elegant harmonies. This is the first of two tracks the two have conjured up for the EP out August 4, hold tight.
Adult Jazz are perhaps the most exciting band to have burst onto the scene since alt-J, and their debut album, Gist Is, exemplifies why. The four-piece from Leeds begin proceedings with the seven-minute long ‘Hum’, where frontman Harry Surgess enchants with his fluttery voice transcending the spiritual instrumentation.
Over the course of the LP, we see the band spread their wings and take an experimental turn in tracks like ‘Idiot Mantra’ and ‘Be A Girl’ which revert from a straightforward 4×4 beat whilst still maintaining accessibility through the lyrics (“my heart, it is still spinning all over the ground“). The LP is rounded off with ‘Bonedigger’, a smooth and airy number, which brings us back to a more conventional flow.
Gist Is, takes you on an ethereal journey of intricately crafted, forward-thinking compositions, rammed with layer upon layer of sparkling rhythms, magical vocals and introspective songwriting. Stream the entire album over at NPR, before it drops August 4.