May 2014 24

Kanye West

A new Kanye West song titled ‘God Level’ produced by 88Keys, Hudson Mohawke, Mike Dean & Noah Goldstein has surfaced in a new Adidas FIFA World Cup commercial for their All In or Nothing campaign, which you can watch here. This probably isn’t the full track but take a listen to what we have so far below – hopefully we’ll get a fuller version soon because this sounds like a healthy addition to the Yeezus tracklist (it was obviously recorded during the album sessions) – an LP I still believe to be one of the best of 2013 (contrary to popular opinion). 

May 2014 24

Tinashe

L.A’s Tinashe has released a retake of Drake’s ‘Days in the East’ (produced by PARTYNEXTDOOR) which she uses to showcase the ornate fractions of her whisper-led voice. Retaining the emblematic melancholy of a Drizzy slow jam, Tinashe refocuses her efforts into a dedication to her West Coast roots. This will be a fair few reloads.

May 2014 24

For those who missed (or didn’t miss) the live stream this week…

Earlier this week D’Angelo sat down for an extremely (extremely) rare live interview with Nelson George as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The one hour and twenty-four minute conversation covered an host of topics including the motions behind Brown Sugar and Voodoo, the studio techniques he uses when recording (he records vocals between two speakers in a tipi!); And also saw Mr Archer sharing personal anecdotes about writing and recording ‘U Will Know’ for the Black Men United project, having transcendent conversations with Sly Stone, and the story about how he first came to meet Questlove (told by Questlove).

A lot more was lightly discussed, but disappointingly questions about D’Angelo’s new music were apparently completely off limit – a few things were alluded too, but nothing worth writing home about – a great shame considering, but hey – when D speaks, we listen…

May 2014 24

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Of the seventeen tracks on Mariah Carey’s new album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse (lets not get into it), only one grabbed my attention. Nestled ten tracks deep, ‘Meteorite’ is the serendipitous gem jostled within a void of underwhelming, middle-of-the-road songs.

Bewilderingly produced by Q-Tip, the track features a warm house beat, a lush disco backdrop and an album-highlight vocal performance from Carey. I wasn’t aware Tip was involved until a few reloads after but it would make sense that amidst some of the worlds biggest hit makers (Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins, Mike Will Made It) it would be left to The Abstract to come through with the albums only noteworthy offering. Go figure.

While the album version had me at hello, a new ‘Q-Tip version’ has appeared online boasting a slightly softer and richer sound. The differences between the two versions aren’t enormous, but this rendition offers slightly more atmosphere than the original. Listen to the album version here, and the alternative version below.

May 2014 22

BOOTS shows off his camera skills in a self-directed new video for WinterSpringSummerFall cut ‘EST’. The stunning amalgamation of clips featuring trippy shots of The Eiffel Tower, the calming French countryside and more, giving us a an in-depth perspective into the life of Jordan Asher. He was a key force behind Beyonce’s self-titled LP, he’s dropped an impressive debut mixtape, and now he’s directing his own videos: what can’t this guy do?!

May 2014 22

Bursting with groove, ‘Time’, the latest single from London’s elusive outfit JUNGLE, will sprinkle summery vibes into this rather stormy Thursday. Taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut (via XL Recordings), the track infuses all kinds of glorious sounds to form this lusciously layered, super funky jam.

May 2014 20

Lying & Deceiving

Take a listen to ‘Lying & Deceiving’ by Florida duo The Loft. Linking the aesthetics of contemporaries like The Weeknd and Julian, the track delves into a silky R&B jam with woozy beats spearheaded by soft drums, crisp claps and simmering synths. Not to mention those foggy, plush vocals. Whilst you’re at it, give ‘Rain‘, their debut single a spin too.

May 2014 19

jamie isaac

Following the video for his single ‘She Dried’, Jamie Isaac stirs up another heartfelt track titled ‘Mother’s Love Don’t Stretch’. The songs desolate memorandum is filled by Isaac’s stylised melody, a sunken piano and an undercurrent of ornate glitches & subtle drums. And although its clear he is an artist very much about carving his own path, parts of this brushes on the ground that sits somewhere between James Blake and King Krule.

May 2014 19

Banks

BANKS just premiered her latest single ‘Drowning’ on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, which she has now shared online for everyone to enjoy. The melancholy ballad is yet another striking single from the Los Angeles singer, who is currently preparing the release of her debut album.

May 2014 19

JUCE - (H)ours

Days after signing to Universal/Island Records, our three favourite London ladies aka JUCE have dropped their follow up to ‘Call You Out‘, via Annie Mac’s Free Music Mondays. ‘(H)ours’ has us gushing over the girls’ impeccably lush harmonies and blissfully soulful, MJ-esque soundscape; it’s just perfect for the summer. Chalin’s lower register is divine.

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