Shabazz Palaces produced one of my favourite hip hop album of recent years with 2011’s Black Up; An album that represented what I felt many hip hop albums have lacked – genuine experimentalism and creativity. Following their acclaimed debut album Ishmael Butler (of the legendary Digable Planets) and multi-instrumental genius Tendai Maraire have returned to the fore with their much anticipated sophomore effort titled Lese Majesty. Released next week, the album is available to stream now via NPR, and marks an exciting second chapter in this wonderful duo’s musical exploits.
Tuck in over at NPR now.
The internets have been waiting on this collaborative extended player for some time now, and excuse us for being a couple days late in bringing it to your attention.
When two mutually respectful worlds align to create something new in the way Shlohmo & Jeremih have, it can rarely been seen as a disappointment. In fact it should be celebrated. And regardless of whether you feel this joint project is better or worse than each of their solo offerings, you have to respect their gusto – it’s easy to forget how much of a dirty word “R&B” was just a few years ago, especially in the electronic community. And who knew Jeremih would swing back after that meme-inducing chart topper?!
For the most part No More is a convincing release, it pushes forward with the current understanding of what contemporary R&B is – a genre no longer stagnant in the shadow of its golden era. It is for the most part however carried by Shlohmo’s productions which are wonderfully industrial and appropriately gully. Jeremih’s vocals unfortunately slip key far too often and his Weeknd-esque wailing at times is a little indulgent.
That said there are gems in here, pay particular attention to ‘The End’ and an extended version of ‘Fuck You All The Time’.
Download No More for free here.
‘Cigarette Song’ is the latest track to surface from Atlanta wonderkid Raury, whose really made a name for himself over the past few months. Driven by an elegant guitar melody, the song (co-produced by Daytrip) sees the teen command the song in way beyond his years and exhibiting his talents as a singer, rapper and producer.
Alt-J have just shared the music video for ‘Hunger of the Pine’, the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore effort This Is All Yours out this September. The trio have enlisted Nabil Elderkin to direct the edgy visual, and he’s captured the track’s sentiment of hope and yearning for love to perfection.
If you aren’t already in the mood for summer, this surely will. American producer/vocalist La+ch teams up with Coleman Hell and Jayme on ‘You Are My Summer’, a hard-hitting cacophony of smooth electronics ensuing that overall, feel good vibe. With watermelon spitting, ice cream slurping and bubblegum blowing; the visual too, is a treat.
HEL made quite the impression back in May when they dropped ‘BODDLE‘, a mere teaser for what was to come… THIRSTY, the debut EP out July 21, is the result. The four-track project sees the Swedish hip hop trio back up their clever lyricism and unique flow with crisp, lush beats and sugary melodies.
Still just a teen, Swedish rapper Yung Lean first caught our attention a year ago when he dropped his stellar debut mixtape Unknown Death 2002. Since then, he’s continued to deliver the goods, most recently ‘re-charge’. A mellow, slow burning beat holds things together as Lean reflects on life. Listen up.
Låpsley created a buzz earlier this year with the elegant ‘Station‘ which she continued with her latest single ‘Painter (Valentine)’. Today, the 17 year old singer/producer revealed the Harvey Pearson directed music video to the delicate and ethereal track, following a couple facing their problems. This is some promising stuff, take a look up top.
Following the success of his Would You Like a Tour show earlier this year, coupled with the unanimously positive reception of last year’s Nothing Was the Same, Drake has announced the title of his next album. As reported by Billboard, and even though recording has yet to begin, Drizzy’s fourth LP will be titled Views From the 6. This follows yesterday’s announcement that OVO Sound will also be dropping PARTYNEXTDOOR’s second full length PARTYNEXTDOOR Two as well as Majid Jordan’s debut EP Place Like This later this month on July 29. That’s a lot of OVO.
R&B crooner PARTYNEXTDOOR teams up with Drake on ‘Recognize’, which is lifted off his forthcoming project, PARTYNEXTDOOR Two out dropping July 29. With a smooth, melodic vibe and an infectiously catchy hook (“You got niggas and I got bitches“), the track sees both Canadians go in on the moody, atmospheric beat. There’s more on the way, stay tuned.