Following the release of his debut album Raw Money Raps this week and his Flying Lotus directed music video last month, Brainfeeder’s latest signee, Chicago emcee Jeremiah Jae reveals his new single ‘Cat Fight’.
As with anything touched by Steven Ellison ‘Cat Fight’ is complex piece of sample-warped music that could easily standalone as an instrumental; But credit due to Jae who successfully manages to ride the dramatic soundbed with a confidently-cool nonchalance.
‘Midget Cough’ is Action Bronson’s submission for the Mick Boogie / Hypetrak curated Represent the Stripes mixtape. Produced by Party Supplies, it’s a certified relaxant that sees Bronson spitting introspectively over a thick and funky groove. Most suited for hot car rides and/or erm, summer tea parties.
Last year we featured L.A native singer, songwriter and producer Iman Omari. His Energy mixtape was one of the unsuspecting highlights of ’11. The tape showcased a promising approach to Soultronica – a sub-genre that in ’08 flourished amidst an exciting array of artists, but one that unfortunately failed to sustain itself.
After adding a string of production credits and guest appearances to his name, Omari is back with a new project Euphoria. No fear, this is not “euphoric” in the Usher/Will.i.Am sense – instead it’s a richly upholstered continuation of what he brought on his previous offering. Honing in on that lo-fi, digitalised sound that littered Energy, Omari, together with collaborator Moruf successfully pushes things forward – flexing his uniquely toned voice while again incorporating some enthralling influences (sound-God Flying Lotus‘ influence is never too far).
The British trio make their impact felt (again) on middle America with new single ‘Angels‘. Watch their purple tinted US television performance from last night that keeps things understated whilst the record itself grows ever more heart-shaking. Meanwhile Co-Exist, their sophmore album the earth poohs itself waiting for, is released September 11th and available for pre-order on iTunes or Amazon.
The boys aren’t the only ones doing it big right now.
East meets West in every sense, and the pursuit of warped next level Electro-Soul and proton-powered Hip-Hop blends make LA-residing Beats baby TOKiMONSTA and Philly’s unorthodox Suzi Analogue one formidable unit. They recently got Radio 1 with ‘Nxt Msg’ but there’s more fantastic moments across Boom like the retro-future take on mid-90s boom-bap R&B that is ‘Time To’ (peep the video trip) or the straight cut-from-Dilla-cloth ‘Mind Of’.
The two radical ladies who’ve never pandered to the concept of playing it safe, after a few years of each doing their respective thing, have really excelled on this dual pallete showcasing Toki’s wonkified Brainfeeder’isms and Suzi’s polarizing, Jazz-pariah vocal approach. Chemistry and understanding between them is palpable. Stream the 11 track album below and download it free courtesy of Scion Ave here.
It’s been a minute since we heard anything new from Natasha Khan, better known by her pop moniker Bat For Lashes. Since her 2009 sophomore efforts Khan has been busy readying her third release - The Haunted Man which is expected 15th October.
The lead single ‘Laura’ is a departure from the Electro-Pop we’ve come accustomed to from her but instead swings towards her other comfort - melodramatic ’Kate Bush’ Pop – a decision she pulls off well. Taking her doting listeners down the a subtle and minimal route with melodic assurance and hollow ivories – accompanied by an ambiguous video clip. Throughout it all though, I still can’t help and wonder if ‘Daniel’ is her ex, then who the hell is Laura?
The Haunted Man is out 15th October via Parlophone/EMI
Coming out of south east London and on a different hype – ML is the kind of artist that always grabs my attention. An artist apparently willing to take risks and fuse styles but still approach it with an inclusive not exclusive attitude.
‘Way Before’ appears to be a reflection of his take on the worlds of Alt Hip-Hop and UK Electronica – all blended together with occasional African rhythms and British Pop sensibilities. Sources tell me this is the first of series of releases coming off his As The Crow Flies EP, so head over to his Facebook & Soundcloud and keep your ears to the ground for future releases.
The PinBoard team were given a little preview of this last week and it was followed by mass face-scrunching. Aluna Francis‘ deceptively simple cooing over Rustie‘s bonkers redux of ‘After Light’ from last year’s digital molly trip Glass Swords?! Huge.
With everything across the bedroom-maximal frontier beefed up, it still allows Aluna to breathe her girl-next-door R&B harmonies over the studio widescreened explosions and Balearic Trappiness. Her Brit-Yank fusing tone and rose-coloured terms never feeling off-base, or heaven forbid, off-bass.
Considering the recent success of TNGHT (and Rustie’s long affiliation with Hud-Mo) and even George Reid‘s coming-of-age, it seems like the ripe time for this brilliant sect of laptop-psyche artists we’ve seen develop since the mid-00s, to blur the lines between what is commercial and what is underground.
The Warp released single is available to buy via Bleep. Big speakers please.
The massively anticipated new single (clean version only) from the comeback king who almost never was, 2 Chainz, featuring ‘Ye. Trap hats, pitched snare rolls, barbaric bass, operatic OTT’ness and plenty skeet skeet – it’s all you’d want for your birthday.
Chainz’ solo Based on a T.R.U. Story drops August 14th and G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer is now expected September 4th.