Can’t say this is representative of Julio Bashmore’s best work, in fact it’s perhaps a far cry from the some the highlights that we have shared before, however Bashmore’s spectrum of electronic music varies wide and although not setting my ears alight, I appreciate the exuberant house music touch and the heartwarming synths. Another added bonus comes by teaming up with long term star collaborator, Jessie Ware too.
There are strong rumours that after a number of releases over the years that have sealed Bashmore as a strong force in the UK dancefloor circuit, there is a debut album on the cards. With “Peppermint” as the latest offering, it looks like this may come before the end of the year too – we hope.
One of my favourite emerging artists of the year since releasing that sensual soother “Bank Head” earlier in the year, Kelela returns with another slice of sophisticated R&B. Kelela slinks over London’s very own Jam City’s bleeps and mechanical bass line, gliding over the switches she makes sure we at the very least empathise with her torn heart in each harmony, never too distracted by the contrasting beat.
Promising us more ice cold sounds, Kelela releases her debut CUT 4 ME tomorrow.
As the release of his debut album My Name Is My Name fast approaches, Pusha T drops a new track and video with a surprising feature from Joaquin Phoenix on production. In 2008, the actor baffled everyone when he announced his retirement from acting to pursue a hip-hop career and although it turned out to be a stunt for his mockumentary I’m Still Here, it’s now apparent that there was some truth in it. Produced alongside none other than Kanye West , ’King Push’ includes a vocal sample from Ye’s ’New Slaves’ which is accompanied by clattering marching drums and Pusha T’s ice cold flow on form.
My Name Is My Name will be released on October 8th
In June we posted Forest Swords’ foreboding new single ‘Thor’s Stone’ and today are treated to it’s equally epic video directed by Dave Ma. Filmed in the industrial outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, the video stars dancer Guzman Rosado who interprets the song through a powerful and eerie body performance.
Since the excitement earlier this month on hearing the return of Jamie Woon (Yes!) claiming his producing credits, along with Lil Silva on fast rising songstress Banks latest track, she couples the beautifully haunting sound with chilling images. Showcasing a more sensual side to her, Banks saunters around a house like a goddess, whilst letting her hypnotic vocals lure you in. With very few female vocalists taking a similar stance providing a subtle powerful vocal and aligning themselves with tastemakers and essential veterans alike, Banks is definitely creating a lane of her own. Her debut EP is out now and she will shortly be joining The Weeknd too on his UK Autumn too.
‘Eden’ sees the return of singer/songwriter Ben Khan, whose debut ‘Drive (Part 1)‘ left our minds (and surely yours) blown. Drenched in a similar vein to Jai Paul’sl foggy R&B aesthetic, the enigmatic Londoner utilises a throbbing, rickety beat. Crispy on the edges but possessing groggy synths in the middle and some mighty fine guitars and… What appears to be elephant horns too. There’s no doubt, ‘Eden’ is in good stead for one of my best songs that I have heard all year. It’s only a matter of time before Khan’s snapped up by a label… Surely. Peep the hazy visual to accompany here.
It’s been well over a year since Shivum Sharma’s florid vocals and intricate melodies entranced our ears with the fluttery debut single, ‘Steady As We Go‘. The South Londoner graces us with a tender track in ‘Flicker’. Another beautiful slice of his nonchalant atmospheric pop. Elevated by the singer’s soaring vocals and harmonised to perfection. A soft piano takes charge and leads the way as the track glides seamlessly into flight.
Drizzy takes us on an hilariously awkward journey back to 1980′s Miami to get his Tony Montana on in this dramatic new video for his 80′s indebted ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ single. The former Degrassi star has already expressed his desire to get back into acting and later this year will have a starring in role in Anchorman 2; yet it still comes as a surprise (an incredibly amusing one at that) to see Drake donning a ski mask and wielding a machine gun in order to rescue his kidnapped beau. Directed by Bill Pope (cinematographer of The Matrix) and featuring A$AP Rocky, song collaborator Majid Jordan and Chicago rapper Fredo Santana the video gives the song a very literal meaning… Whether that’s a good thing or not is up for you to decide.
Nothing Was The Same officially dropped today.
After she revealed plans to drop her debut album Night Time, My Time (October 29) last week, things didn’t quite go as planned as Sky Ferreira went and got herself arrested for possessing Class A drugs. Yet despite these rather serious personal problems, the law doesn’t seem to be slowing her down from sharing the albums lead single ‘You’re Not the One’. Sky’s sweet yet sultry vocals, the lush instrumentation spearheaded by that soaring, infectious chorus almost ensures radio success. Watch the accompanying video above as Sky is seen channelling her inner rock goddess.
London’s soulful starlet Ofei delivers a stunner of a new track with his brand new single ‘Tomorrow’. The poignancy of the way he utilises auto-tune coupled with the sweet intricacy of his piano melodies result in an angelically empowering record. Of course it isn’t the first time we’ve been dazzled by his mysterious brilliance, just give his outstanding debut ‘London‘ a spin – it’ll definitely have you gasping for breath.