Many heads will be familiar with Lil Silva from his various post-grime releases and collaborations over the past few years, but a more mainstream audience were most likely introduced to him through his recent work with rising pop goddess BANKS.
Now though Silva has announced his much anticipated solo return with a new 5-track EP titled Mabel, a project which will see him push his unique talents further into the stratosphere. Silva’s new release not only signifies a huge sonic leap for him as a producer, but also introduces him as an impressive frontman singer. Take a listen to the EP’s title track below and get ready for that new extended player on August 4th – we’ve had it on repeat for a couple months now, you won’t be disappointed.
Beloved, award winning indie outfit Alt-J (now a three-piece) return to the fray with the first single lifted off their much anticipated sophomore album This is all Yours (September 22nd). Marking what the band herald a “new sound”, ‘Hunger of the Pine’ is a sublimely forged, exceptionally cool power epic brimming with multilayered instruments and a poetic vocal performance from lead singer Joe Newman.
… And that Miley Cyrus sample is inspired.
Whilst we’re still well and truly in the dark regarding that Jai Paul album, his brother Anup or rather A. K. Paul, has been quietly offering his own sounds up to the likes of Jessie Ware (‘Devotion‘), Sam Smith (‘Nirvana‘) and most recently London songstress Nao (pictured). ‘So Good’ has a fresh and futuristic feel to it, with choppy electronics setting the funk/soul mood under Nao’s sensual vocals. Listen up and while you’re at it, check out her debut single, ‘Back Porch‘ too.
Brother/sister duo BROODS continue their glorious run of pop hits with ‘Mother & Father’, the lead single from their debut album out later this year. This might just be their best track to date, it’s thick with layers of slick synths driven by thumping drums and great vocals.
London producer/vocalist Leo Kalyan recently dropped ‘Breathe‘, a light n’ murky number but now he’s teamed up with our boy MNEK and Karma Kid on his new single titled ‘Over You’. Despite the emotional sentiment behind the track, this is another breezy single that exudes a perfectly seasonal mood. Nicely done.
This is Kwamie Liv, a Danish singer who draws you in with her dark and captivating menagerie of R&B. Apart from a sweltering cover of The Weeknd’s ‘What You Need‘ and debut single ‘5 AM‘, there’s not much else on her. But there doesn’t need to be - ‘Follow You’ lays it down and tells you exactly who she is. UPDATE: Peek the accompanying music video here too.
Teyana Taylor’s G.O.O.D Music output is proving to be quite the promise. Following her gorgeous ballad ‘Sorry’ back in April, she comes through with a sexy new banger featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T called ‘Maybe’. Undeniably, the track goes in hard, and the features work great but I can’t ignore that it is a little disappointing how alike this sounds to something Ciara could have released. Musically speaking, Taylor definitely offers a much more interesting prospect than CiCi (at this point we’ve given her more than enough chances to prove us wrong) and vocally Taylor is certainly far more gifted – so it’s a shame ‘Maybe’ doesn’t offer more originality on her part, especially with the G.O.O.D camp behind her.
All that said – I’m still here for this tune.
Our girl Jessie Ware returns following her critically acclaimed, Mercury and Brit nominated 2012 debut Devotion with a brand new single ‘Tough Love’. Written by Jessie and produced by BenZel in New York, ‘Tough Love’ fobs off any notions of a ‘sophomore curse’, and solidifies Ware as one of our most prized talents. Exuding a newfound confidence and displaying a more fuller sound, she’s back with even more Jessie Ware-cool than before. Basically, this is the fucking shit.
‘Tough Love’ is released on PMR on August 3rd.
Amsterdam’s Full Crate & Mar return with a new video for their ‘Man x Woman’ single which first dropped back in January. Following a relatively extended hiatus pursuing solo projects, they’re back, armed with a new recording contract with Island Records and prepping new material. Take a look at their sexy new video featuring a bunch of morphing concrete, naked people and a rather scantily clad Mar (phwoar ladies!).
Although the name Purple Ferdinand may not widely resonate with people from around the world, this wonderful young lady has been steady on the London live circuit for quite some time, quietly building her army of eclectically-cool followers. Of course we’ve loved her from time. But with the arrival of her new single it feels like the tide may be about to change for London’s most musical tattoo artist. Ukulele in hand and donning a pink (hopefully faux) fur jacket with body art exposed, Purple delicately performs her beautiful new single ‘Birds’ via her new portrait video.