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).
Cut from the same cloth as Haim and Chvrches or well at least via the same start out record label – National Anthem, Ecstasy might be onto something with their latest single.
Taken from their self titled debut which is out 9th December, the fun shoegazed moment is wedged between the summery tones of Toro Y Moi, with a lean towards a pop sensibility of Crystal Castles and the dance ready synths of M83. With all that being said, Ecstasy somehow stand apart and on their own with this number. The London outfit might be on to something here for sure…
I mean. What’s to say here? Sam Smith and Disclosure have teamed up with Nile Rodgers and Jimmy Napes to create ‘Together’, a ridiculously fonky new jam which combines a plethora of their styles into a fabulously packaged tune. Nothing but great thing to say here. Listen loudly.
Raleigh Ritchie made fans of us with his single ‘Stay Inside’ (and dope video), which he followed with ‘In Too Deep‘. Today he releases a new tune called ‘Free Fall’ and like his previous releases combines his unabashed and laid back R&B vocals, unfiltered twang and a soundbed of smooth production – which bumps – into a vibey jam. This is another win for this young gun. ‘Free Fall’ is taken off Ritchie’s forthcoming Black and Blue EP.
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As you may (or may not) have heard, Childish Gambino is releasing his new album, Because the Internet in about a month, precisely, December 10. After sharing a couple of tracks from the album, the rapper unveiled both the cover art (above) and the tracklisting, which will come with a script. The 19-track project will feature the likes of Chance the Rapper, Jhene Aiko and Azealia Banks. Check out full track-listing after the jump.
R&B’s cult princess and hipster queen collide for a blissfully calm new single titled ‘Indo’. Cassie embraces Solange’s nuance for synthy pop on a new track taken off the Saint Heron compilation which will also feature songs (some new, some not) from Kelala, Sampha, Jhene Aiko and more. The project is the launch release for Solange’s new label Saint Heron (which she says will be bed for ‘genre defining R&B’) and marks the latest phase in the youngest Knowles’ ambitions to forge a genuine space for herself as an artist and muso, away from the glare of the mainstream. Saint Heron is out now via iTunes.
This whole release needs your attention, but you might need to listen to this BC Kingdom track quickly too.
Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, follows his beautifully crafted 2011 album Coastal Grooves with another masterfully produced long player Cupid Deluxe. Having spent the past year penning silky anthems for the likes of Solange, MKS and Sky Ferrerira, he returns as a solo artiste with a wonderful bag of fabulously crafted pop gems. Hynes doesn’t falter, Cupid Deluxe proves that. Stream the entire album up top.
Big fan of the sound Bombay Bicycle Club have been pushing out over the years and now they return after what has seemed like a long two year hiatus with their fourth album. ‘Carry Me’ was launched officially on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show last night, with the four piece announcing their interactive video to go with it shortly after. You can interact with the band and the dancers involved when you watch the video via carryme.tv – it’s quite impressive. Try it for yourself here.
That aside, you can listen to the developments on the bands past work and find ‘Carry Me’ pushes their previous sound one experimental-step further. Tinged with vibrant drums and the lead singers ever faithful voice, we’re excited to have the BBC back in the mix. New album drops early next year.