Monday, 22 August 2016

Listen to Frank Ocean's new album 'Blonde'

Yesterday Frank Ocean finally released his new album Blonde, his follow up to 2012's Channel Orange. He had originally stated that the album would be released in July 2015, but just over a year later he followed up on his promise. Good things come to those who wait I guess. Collaborators on the album include the likes of Andre 3000, Beyonce, James Blake, Jamie xx, Kanye West, Kendrick Lemar and Pharrell Williams - woah! It looks as though someone made a typo on the album cover, in all the excitement. Blonde is out now on Apple Music, unfortunately users of other streaming platforms will have to wait. You can preview the album below. You can watch the video for the album's opening track, "Nikes", here

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

KYOTI - Curved Edge, Straight Line

London three piece KYOTI's new single "Curved Edge, Straight Line" is an interesting one. With introspective lyrics, minimal production and a touch of jazz, it's was wonderfully written. Check out the track below, I dare you not to love it.

Lady Leshurr - Where Are You Now? (Video)

I've seen Lady Leshurr kill several festivals this summer including Lost and Found and most recenlty Wild Life festvial. Having seen her sets I know that new single "Where Are You Now?" will be a welcome addition. The song's video is bright, fun and Leshurr is the main star. It's quite funny that although Wiley features on a song called "Where Are You Now?" but doesn't appear in the accompanying music video. "Where Are You Now?" is out now on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play.

Video directed by Carly Cussen.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Playlist: Week 30 July 2016

This week's playlist has a summery vibe thanks to Mabel, POWERS and Skepta. As ever though, there's new songs from emerging artists or bands as well as some that you'll be well familiar with. Press play below and enjoy.

Angel - Hop On (Feat Steff London)
West London singer Angel’s follow up to “Rude Boy” is the Steff London assisted “Hop on”. It’s a slow jam with a 90s vibe and a beat that’ll have you head bobbing!
“Hop On” is out now on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play.

Cass McCombs - Run Sister Run
On “Run Sister Run” Cass McCombs mixes a funky beat, with spoken word and a bit of singing. It’s a song that you can enjoy without having to pay close attention to the lyrics (as some people do), but unlike Young Thug’s music it’s one you’ll enjoy more if you don’t. “Run Sister Run” is out now on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play.

Clams Casino - A Breath Away ft. Kelela
“A Breath Away” is te latest release from Clams Casino’s new album 32 Levels, which will also feature Vince Staples and Lil B. As expected it’s alot more emotive than his previous singles which featured the rappers. “A Breath Away” is out now on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play.

Donae'O - My Circle (Remix) Ft Cadet, Wiley And Ghetts
Rising Grime star Cadet and Grime legends Wiley and Ghetts join Donae'O for the remix to his latest banger “My Circle”. Hopefully an album’s on the way? 

Ezra Furman - Teddy I'm Ready
“Teddy I'm Ready” is taken from Ezra Furman’s newly announced Big Fugitive Life EP which will be released on August 19th. “Teddy I'm Ready” is out now on Apple Music and Spotify. Ezra’s clearly ready to rock and roll - are you?

Hoops - Cool 2
“Cool 2” is an upbeat dreamy indie pop track from Bloomington quartest Hoops. “Cool 2” is out now on Apple Music and Spotify

Mabel - Thinking Of You
Mabel’s follow up to 2015’s “My Boy My Town”  is the summery “Thinking of You”. The song has a laidback 90’s RnB vibe to it and gets a massive thumbs up from me. “Thinking of You” is out now on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play.

POWERS - Sunshine
Here’s another summery tune, this time its from Electro pop duo POWERS (Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru). It’s a feel good pop song with a dance and Hip Hop elements amd a brilliant break-come chorus. “Sunshine” is out now on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play.

Samm Henshaw - These Hands
Singer/ songwriter Samm Henshaw’s new single “These Hands” is a brilliant display of his talent. The London artist’s voice shines on the soulful track which I can’t get enough of at the moment! "These Hands" is out now on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play.
Skepta - Coming Soon (ft Makonnen & Céon)
Makonnen joins Skepta for his bubbly summer single “Coming Soon”. This dropped out of the blue and just in time for Boy Better Know’s headline slot at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London. "Coming Soon" is out now on Apple Music and Spotify.

Other notable new releases:

Civil Twilight - Dancing With Myself (Billy Idol cover)

Civil Twilight gave Billy Idol's 1981 hit "Dancing With Myself" an emotional make over. The South African band's rendition is a more sombre and down tempo affair than Billy's original. The lyrics and emotion within the song connect alot more here - I wouldn't be surprised if some who hadn't heard Billy's original prefer this. 

Civil Twilight recently announced an acoustic re-release of their latest album, Story of an Immigrant which is due to be released on July 15th via Wind-up Records. The band will also be touring the US this summer and you can view more info on Facebook.

TH’FIKA - Stranger

"Stranger" is the lead single from Queensland quartet TH’FIKA's debut EP, Home. The band originally began as an acoustic/folk background duo, with Lily Budiasa and Michael Cameron experimenting with new sounds and writing. The addition of drummer Mitch Clarke allowed the band to build on their acoustic guitar based sound and incorporate things like synths. Having now added bass player Anjanette Chua (AQUILA YOUNG) to their lineup, TH’FIKA now see their music as Alternative pop rock. New single "Stranger" is a brilliant introduction to their music, I'm sure it won't be long until the band are known more widely. TH’FIKA's Home EP is out now on Apple Music and Spotify.