With less than a 1000 plays and one song on their Soundcloud page, I am pretty sure of two things. Firstly, I most likely attributed to at least 100 of those plays (maybe more) and secondly, I’m almost certain that we’re one of the first platforms to properly discuss Babe Heaven.
This London duo have piqued our ears with the first track off their forthcoming EP. Taking their time to create their sound, you may be waiting a (hopefully short) while for more from them. In the meantime, submerse yourself in the elegantly addictive sounds of these loving melodies, soaked in the dreamy soothing harmonies. ’Friday Sky’ is a sublime slice of teenage crushing. Swoon.
… And finally it’s here. Well for those in the U.S at least.
It has been no less than eight years since Pharrell’s last solo project and although we’ve been blessed in abundance by his talent this past year, G I R L feels like the unwrapping of a very well deserved, long awaited present.
Streaming for free a week before release via iTunes Radio the album produces features from Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and returning the favour – Daft Punk. Officially out on March 3rd for all, but for now and for those outside the U.S listen to ‘Gust of Wind’ below.
File this next to ‘things that will blow’ your mind today.
Young Turks’ rising starlet FKA twigs teams up with R&B purveyors inc. to create a truly majestic collaboration which meets both acts perfectly in the middle. Twigs’ angelic, fragile voice traces inc’s dual-harmonies like a sophisticated aerial-opera. The nameless one-off single is being packaged as one-sided 7” inside an eight page ‘zine that Twigs made. The 7” and ‘zine will be limited to 400 copies worldwide.
Pre-order the 7” and view the ‘zine here and/or download the song via iTunes.
Yo, she may not be selling Rihanna-numbers but can’t nothing be said about Teedra Moses countless undercover jams. Here goes another that may not make the biggest splash commercially but sounds real nice on the ears. Moses’ has a way with silky melodies and her choice of productions rarely miss. Take a listen to ‘All I Ever Wanted’ below.
Not sure if there is a person left on the planet who hasn’t fallen under the charm of Haim’s carefree brand of pop but if there is – their latest video for ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ will probably sort that out. The video choreographed by Fatima Robinson whose iconic work includes choreography for the likes of Aaliyah, Michael Jackson and films like Dreamgirls and Save the Last Dance, sees the sisters indulge in retro-fabulous get ups with spinning stages and neon signs. It’s all amazing basically.
Say what you want but the truth is Justin Bieber released one of the strongest (traditional) R&B albums of 2013 with his Journals release. He may be a massive douche, but musically he has matured at the right speed. At this stage the only people who seem to have a problem admitting that Bieber is beginning to release genuinely confident music are the ones who have an issue with his tween-bop roots – I’m also assuming these people don’t listen to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder or Justin Timberlake et el. I digress.
In an attempt to address his recent legal woes and general teenage tomfoolery, Beebs uses his new track ‘Broken’ to vent his defiance; and sonically speaking – its all pretty nice. As certain sectors of R&B thankfully continue to nurture a more left-leaning path, theres something to be said about the current gap in market for a more traditional R&B-pop singer – Bieber seems to have his eye on that price. After all its been a long time since 8701.
Rising beatsmith and vocalist Cashmere Cat has been known to blur the lines between hip-hop and R&B, but his latest offering is his by far his best yet. ‘Wedding Bells‘ opens with a soft, gentle vocal and easygoing instrumentation but it’s when you hit the minute mark that things really switch up. Check the track below, and cop the EP here.
We posted this up on our 22Tracks channel during our near three week blackout (blame the Korean hackers) but felt it was necessary to give it some shine here incase any of you missed it (tut, tut). ‘Her’ is the dream-state ballad created by UK producer Aches which entangles frigid chords, amorous beats and divine vocal chops into an experience that hits the proverbial nail on the head. A little obsessed with this track.
New London trio Juce have well and truly exploded onto the scene with their soul tinged, pop-fused new single ‘Call You Out’. Displaying genuine style, their harmonies and lush production are warm, sunny and naturally feel good. Something tells me this isn’t the last you’ll be hearing from these young ladies. Shout out Chalin.
Producer Brenmar unloads High End Times, Vol. 1, his debut mixtape of original music featuring eight heavy hitters that bounce from bass heavy hip hop, slinky R&B and wide-eyed dance. Featuring the likes of Sasha Go Hard, Mykki Blanco, Maluca and more – this isn’t the type of soundtrack you want to put on while thinking of a 20-minute cat nap. Draw for this when you need a pick-me-up at your desk.