Last week North London collective Piff Gang released a brand new mixtape appropriately titled Pizzy – it premiered on Fader.com. As one of the city’s finest rap outfits it’s unsurprising that their new 13-track tape supplies a plethora of crisp beats and unmistakable verses – fine-blazed to vibe to. PG’s strength has always been that they are a talented collective of sharp, well versed emcees who are fully immersed in and committed to the culture and generation that they minister too. Time to reach for that sticky and listen up.
… And shouts to all the producers who worked on this.
Lana Del Rey revealed her 27 minute long epic short-film Tropico last night and it may be one of the most trippiest and strangely beautiful things you’ll see all year. The Anthony Mandler directed visual sees Del Ray accompanied by model Shaun Ross in a paradisiacal garden of Eden with the likes of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Jesus. The clip also depicts a darker, more sinister side of “L.A.”. Littered throughout the entire experience are clips of typical Lana Del Ray montages of Americana-tinted sunsets, clouds and blooming flowers. It’s feels like a perfectly respectable way to conclude Lana’s Born to Die chapter/saga and move into her next which begins with the release of her sophomore effort, Ultraviolence – due our early next year.
Chaz who? Chaz Bundick. You know him, the guy we all more commonly know as Toro Y Moi.
A jump from the more colourful and polished electronics that we are used to, Chaz offers up a homely feel with his latest experimental offering. Cosy knitted guitars swing around the repetitive melody and feel somewhat…well, unfinished. That aside, Chaz’s side project sounds as American as apple pie, which is a departure from his worldly eclectic sounds that we have grown to love. However, no despair, Sides of Chaz feels like it is exactly that – a side project.
‘Sweet Tea’ alongside another unreleased track – “Take My Car” will be available to buy on vinyl next week.
Ben Khan keeps the goods coming with his latest single, ‘Savage’. The track’s mysterious lyrics are congealed by some ominous digital effects, encompassing a pleasing R&B aesthetic. Khan’s eloquent vocals pervade through skittering synths, snazzy guitar riffs and a wobbly, horn-like effect whilst keeping a smooth, melodically contorted vibe. It’s his most experimental track to date, and I’m loving it.
Newly announced BBC Sound of 2014 nominee and Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith shares with us his debut solo single, ‘Money On My Mind.’ With Two Inch Punch once again on production duties. The pair craft a catchy pop song that sees Smith fully coming into his own. ‘Money On My Mind’ is due for release on 16th February.
Don’t be put off by the track title, Blue Daisy has always been on the extreme side of the spectrum. Once known as Unknown Shapes and popular for a track entitled ‘Used To Give A FK’ (You see what I mean right?), we have always appreciated the boundaries Blue Daisy has quietly been adamant to push over the years.
‘Psychotic Love’ is rugged, sinister even. Portraying a creepy love via the dark and haunting drum rolls and menacing background vocals. His words are chilling in all the right places, yet endearing…no? Just me? Either way get stuck into what the North Londoner is creating below.
An entire season has passed since the ever so poppy ‘Samurai‘ hit the blogosphere, courtesy of Florida synth-pop trio X priest X. ’Dark Sun’, their latest song, sees the tides change, as the trio revert to that 80′s electro-pop vibe. The track is propelled by an abundance of synths which immerse lead singer, Madeline Priest’s sugary, perfectly harmonised cooing to a dreamy, carefree aesthetic. Expect these guys to become more than just internet favourites, check out the cut below.
Formally known as Tev’n Kennedy, now rebranded as Tev’n, the North Londoner returns with his new track and he is packing a new sound to boot. Since growing out of his old ways, Tev’n is favouring a subtle R&B palette with electronic undertones. Well that’s at least what ‘Rose Petal’ is providing sonically. Purposefully disjointed in places with a jerky 2-steppy beat coupled with an endearingly authentic hiss bedding the track makes it feel similar to playing one of your favourite vinyl records. Tev’n is clearly driven by making timeless classic music and it will be interesting to hear future efforts from his comforting, wholesome tones.
London female duo, Kaleida unleash their first track taken from their self titled EP, due out at the end of this year. The pair comprises of Christina Wood and Cicely Goulder and ‘Think’ offers us electronic pop in it’s most simplistic essence. With perky synths and nostalgic riffs, the track would slide in to the 80′s perfectly. The visuals compliment the era further with the girls slinking around a sparse monochrome space and aligns with the clean lines of the song too. Looking forward to hearing that EP.
Kanye’s new video premiered on Ellen, rightfully so too because this has to be a joke.
I don’t even know what this is. And I’m sure Yeezy will have a grand ol’ explanation (I didn’t stick around for the post-video interview on Ellen, but you can – just keep watching until the end) but this is not good. By any means. Maybe it isn’t meant to be, maybe it’s supposed to rile people up – either way, it’s a hot mess. Kim’s getting played… and/or paid (spot the difference).