Of the seventeen tracks on Mariah Carey’s new album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse (lets not get into it), only one grabbed my attention. Nestled ten tracks deep, ‘Meteorite’ is the serendipitous gem jostled within a void of underwhelming, middle-of-the-road songs.
Bewilderingly produced by Q-Tip, the track features a warm house beat, a lush disco backdrop and an album-highlight vocal performance from Carey. I wasn’t aware Tip was involved until a few reloads after but it would make sense that amidst some of the worlds biggest hit makers (Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins, Mike Will Made It) it would be left to The Abstract to come through with the albums only noteworthy offering. Go figure.
While the album version had me at hello, a new ‘Q-Tip version’ has appeared online boasting a slightly softer and richer sound. The differences between the two versions aren’t enormous, but this rendition offers slightly more atmosphere than the original. Listen to the album version here, and the alternative version below.
BOOTS shows off his camera skills in a self-directed new video for WinterSpringSummerFall cut ‘EST’. The stunning amalgamation of clips featuring trippy shots of The Eiffel Tower, the calming French countryside and more, giving us a an in-depth perspective into the life of Jordan Asher. He was a key force behind Beyonce’s self-titled LP, he’s dropped an impressive debut mixtape, and now he’s directing his own videos: what can’t this guy do?!
Bursting with groove, ‘Time’, the latest single from London’s elusive outfit JUNGLE, will sprinkle summery vibes into this rather stormy Thursday. Taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut (via XL Recordings), the track infuses all kinds of glorious sounds to form this lusciously layered, super funky jam.
Take a listen to ‘Lying & Deceiving’ by Florida duo The Loft. Linking the aesthetics of contemporaries like The Weeknd and Julian, the track delves into a silky R&B jam with woozy beats spearheaded by soft drums, crisp claps and simmering synths. Not to mention those foggy, plush vocals. Whilst you’re at it, give ‘Rain‘, their debut single a spin too.
Following the video for his single ‘She Dried’, Jamie Isaac stirs up another heartfelt track titled ‘Mother’s Love Don’t Stretch’. The songs desolate memorandum is filled by Isaac’s stylised melody, a sunken piano and an undercurrent of ornate glitches & subtle drums. And although its clear he is an artist very much about carving his own path, parts of this brushes on the ground that sits somewhere between James Blake and King Krule.
BANKS just premiered her latest single ‘Drowning’ on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, which she has now shared online for everyone to enjoy. The melancholy ballad is yet another striking single from the Los Angeles singer, who is currently preparing the release of her debut album.
Days after signing to Universal/Island Records, our three favourite London ladies aka JUCE have dropped their follow up to ‘Call You Out‘, via Annie Mac’s Free Music Mondays. ‘(H)ours’ has us gushing over the girls’ impeccably lush harmonies and blissfully soulful, MJ-esque soundscape; it’s just perfect for the summer. Chalin’s lower register is divine.
M.I.A. has released her DIY music video for Matangi cut ‘Double Bubble Trouble’, and there’s a lot going on. Under all the hyperactive video samples of people dancing, smoking, kids playing football and selfie-taking, there’s an underlying, thought-provoking political message (duh!). Take a look.
Take a look at Jay and Bey’s new ‘fake-movie-music-video’ which casually stars some of Hollywoods biggest names including Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Emma Rossum, Guillermo Diaz, Rashida and Kidada Jones. Directed by Melina Matsoukas, the clip has been released to promote the couples forthcoming ‘On the Run’ tour – which starts in the States in June. And although I’m still confused as to why the Carter-Knowles’, with all their business acumen, feel the world needs another tour from either of them (following Jay’s run with JT and Beyonce’s year-long world wide tour), I must admit this is exactly the type of star power video that will make people want to buy tickets. And we’re purposely not getting into the chronology of this video appearing just a week after that video smacked the world upside its head.
Timing is everything.
Huge news for our girls Juce who this week signed a record deal with Universal/Island Records following the release of their universally adored debut single ‘Call You Out’. Announcing the big news on their Facebook page, the girls were pictured celebrating with label boss Darcus Beese and the Island team that will be helping the London trio to craft their debut album. Furthermore the girls have also been announced as performers at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend . A huge look. #Proud.
With a new song promised for this Monday, take a look at Georgia, Cherish & Chalin performing ‘Call You Out’ live at the BBC. Beaut.