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Kanye West Unveils Studio Version Of 'All Day'

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After debuting All Day at The BRIT Awards last week, Kanye West has unveiled the studio version on LA & New York radio stations, Power 106 and Hot 97 respectively. Featuring Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom, it's also been announced that Paul McCartney, who also collaborated with West on Only One and Rihanna's FourFiveSeconds, appears on the triumphant track in the form of a whistling solo. Succeeding Only One and WolvesAll Day is the latest preview of West's upcoming album, So Help Me God, which he has quoted as being "80% done".

Expect a surprise album drop any day. In the meantime, listen below and keep on repeat for as long as prescribed: All Day.

 

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9 Things We Learnt From Kanye's Interview With Zane Lowe

Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 11.25.17 amKanye West has had a remarkable few weeks. He stormed the stage at the Grammys, gave a great interview on Power 105, debuted Wolves while launching his Adidas range, performed All Day at the Brits and received a BET Honorary Award. It seems like he's really stepped things up in preparation for the follow-up of 2013's Yeezus, which is surely due for release very soon given his heavy promotional schedule.

Before the Brits he sat down with Radio 1 presenter Zane Lowe to chat about fashion, design and of course, his new music. It's a notably different interview to the interview he had with Lowe in 2013 in which he infamously called himself "the number one rockstar on the planet." It genuinely feels like he's found some kind of peace, maybe through finally finding a brand to realise his fashion vision. He seems calm, collected and happy about what's still to come this year. Here's nine things we learnt from hearing the new Kanye.

He's Still Trying To Bring The Cost Of His Adidas Range Down

If you;ve been living under a rock you probably will still be privy to the information that Kanye has just dropped a clothing-line with Adidas titled Yeezy Season 1. "Adidas was a company that was flexible enough and had been used to dealing with creatives enough to allow me to create something that was very close to my heart. Original hip-hop," Kanye told Zane Lowe.

While he spoke a little bit about the design of the range, Kanye seemed to be more interested in talking about his clothes as a way of breaking down class-structure. "The deal has nothing to do with the idea of the higher-ups in society. The idea is about the moment when I bring a shoe to a kid in footlocker and take it back to the moment when I worked at the Gap and put the shoe on his feet," he said. He continued by appropriately referencing one of his tracks Power - "No one man should have all that power, everyone should have it." He also apologised for the price of the range, promising that he's working on bringing it down so it's affordable for everyone. "Nothing should be exclusive, everyone should have the opportunity to drink from the same fountain," he said.

He Has Revolutionary Ideas For Disney And/Or Universal

Kanye has made a number of quips about wanting to move into a deal with Disney. In the past he's likened himself to Walt Disney and in an interview last week with radio station Power 105 he said "“In the same way Adidas supported me, I want Disney Imagineering to support my ideas.” He elaborated a little more on that way saying he'd approached Disney and Universal with the same film that convinced Adidas to take a chance of him. He said, "I showed him what I had shot n Qatar, the Cruel Summer film, that was using seven screens, the surround vision idea, which you've never seen online because you have to experience in its space...this is the next frontier of how you need to see film." As of yet, Disney and Universal are yet to take the chance.

He Thinks Drake Is The Hottest Rapper In The World

Drake and Kanye are arguably the two biggest rappers on the planet right now so it's interesting to see the love-hate relationship that is forming here. On Power 105 Kanye admitted to at one point planning a collaborative album with Drake that fell through, Drake also covered Only One and FourFiveSeconds at a show recently. Speaking to Zane Lowe, Kanye called Drake "the hottest rapper...in the game." On Drake's new mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Kanye said "that shit is good." He added, "The main thing is the fact that he is delivering a level of product...to humanity that is of high-quality, it works."

He's Still Not Giving Much Away About The New Album

We've already heard that the album is 80% done and that it will be a surprise drop but apart from that there's little we can tell about it. On All Day he raps hard, on Wolves he doesn't rap, on Only One he sings with Paul McCartney on keys - as you can see, it's pretty hard to determine a common thread. Kanye told Zane very little about the new album. "We're being inventive and I've still got a lot of opinions and perspectives," he said, which pretty much goes without saying. He also said on regards to its subject matter, "It's still the struggle but the beauty from the struggle."

The Rihanna and Kanye Tour Is Happening, Probably

Somebody sprung a leak somewhere last week that we may have a Rihanna and Kanye tour on our hands. Now it's all but confirmed. "I don't believe I'm supposed to confirm or not confirm," Kanye said with Lowe adding "So that's happening." Just think FourFiveSeconds, All The Lights, Run This Town, Diamonds...it's going to be spectacular.

Kanye Can Get Emotional

At one point Kanye started speaking about one of his mentors Louise Wilson who was a Professor at the College of Arts and Design in London and somebody Kanye called,"The baddest professor of all time of any fashion school ever for not letting people stop at a 7 or 8 ever, pushing people to a 12."  She passed away last year at the age of 52 and before that she had a conversation with Kanye. "She just wanted to give me some words of advice...she said so many students they don't give it their all. As soon as they do something good...their parents clap. She looked and me and said "Kanye, don't clap"," he said. After that he broke down and had to be excused from the interview. He later returned and said, "That's never happened to me in an interview before."

His Collaboration With Paul McCartney Has Unlocked A Creative Goldmine

Three months ago nobody could've imagine Paul McCartney and Kanye West sharing a line on a single cover but now it almost feels natural. McCartney and Kanye have so far released FourFiveSeconds with Rihanna and Only One both of which are about the furthest away from hip-hop Kanye has ever travelled. Kanye said, "I like the differences of views and our approach to music like when I was sitting making music with Paul McCartney I came in with a list of complaints and he was like .."it's all cool though, let's make some music"." It seems that there are hundreds of songs that have been made by the two although it's still uncertain how many will appear on the album.

Zane Lowe compared the music to something you would've heard in the mid-70s in California to which Kanye replied, "I liked songs like that when I was growing up. The type of chord-changes that Paul does I don't even understand but to be involved with writing a song like that...meeting Paul McCartney is like meeting Ralph Lauren." He ended with "Fusion is the future. Period."

The Grammys Are Like His Ex-Girlfriend

Everyone should be all over at what went down at the Grammys last week in regards to the Beck situation. This was Kanye's first Grammys in six years and he compared it to an ex-girlfriend saying, "The Grammys are like an ex-girlfriend, as soon as you get in the car with it you want to go right back home." He also admitted to maybe have jumped the gun by critiquing Beck's Album of the Year Grammy win. "When I was ironically having dinner with Taylor Swift the Beck song started playing...maybe I might have been wrong," he said in what is perhaps the most glorious image of the 21st century.

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He Understands He Was A Bit Full On 

A few years ago you could barely go a day without hearing that Kanye is a genius or that he'd complained of being misunderstood. He's already admitted to not really knowing how to spread his message at that point. He continued on that point to Lowe saying, "Imagine if someone said this to a lady in a bar, "Yo what up, Imma genius"...that's who I was and that was the frustration I had. I was the 40 Year Old Virgin of dealing with corporations."

Watch the whole interview below:

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Watch Kanye West Perform 'All Day' At The BRIT Awards

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Kanye West has performed his spectacular new track All Day at the BRIT Awards. Introduced by a selfie-taking Mrs West, who insisted the entire crowd stand up (getting a bit of deja vu here), and performing amongst flamethrowers, the debut was done in true Yeezus style. Kanye West says his album is 80% finished but given the intense promo schedule over the past two weeks, we'd be surprised if an album drop isn't imminent. Watch the performance below:

Seems like Tay Tay & Kimmy K are officially BFFs after Tay & Kanye's highly publicised resolving of differences at this year's Grammys:

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Florence + The Machine, Hot Chip, Kendrick Lamar + More

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Sorry too busy listening to Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late to write an intro.

Kanye West - Wolves (Feat. Sia and Vic Mensa)

This one is only a recording from Kanye’s Adidas launch this morning but it’s an official video and the audio beats a lot of what was hanging around this morning. It’s third song we’ve heard from Kanye in as many months but it’s the first that doesn’t feature Paul McCartney and harks back to the stylings of Yeezus more than anything else. Sia and VIc Mensa are on the track too, delivering soulful verses over an industrial, brooding beat. It’s the first track on his new album which is still yet to be officially announced. Go to 8min29secs to hear the track.

Hot Chip - Huarache Lights

Hot Chip are back! It's been a big week for album announcements this week but this is definitely one of the biggest. The group plan to release their new album Why Make Sense? soon and the first single from it is Huarache Lights. It's perfectly melds together organic and electronic instrumentation as Hot Chip tracks so often do while also incorporating some Daft Punk-esque vocals. It's good to have them back.

Florence + The Machine - What Kind Of Man

Speaking of big album releases, they don't come much bigger than this. Florence + The Machine have dropped the details of their forthcoming record, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, and it's headed up by this corker of a single What Kind Of Man. It's more aggressive than anything we heard on her sophomore record Ceremonials, with Welch also pushing her vocal comfort zone. It's electric and makes us very excited for the album.

Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry

Another big release (so many!) was Kendrick Lamar's The Blacker The Berry which follows his single i from last year. i won two Grammys this week but ironically it was one of his weaker songs. The Blacker The Berry is a return to form with Lamar in a much darker mode lamenting about racism in his signature aggressive tone. This is one of the most thoughtful hip-hop tracks we've heard in a while.

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Drake just dropped a whole album called If You're Reading This It's Too Late while we were writing this. We haven't had a chance to listen to the whole thing so we're just going to place this one here and direct you to buy the album. This has been a huge week for music and this is an incredible way to end it. Most of us thought another Beyonce-like drop would be impossible but Drake has proved us wrong.

Chromatics - Just Like You

As if this day couldn't get any bigger, in the middle of the whole Drake saga Chromatics have dropped the first single, Just Like You, from their forthcoming album Dear Tommy. It's a melodramatic, dim-lit number with those signature drawling vocals. It's a sweet, reflective track that's a far cry from Kill For Love, which led the previous album.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel/chromatics-just-like-you[/soundcloud]

Snoh - Emotional

For a new artist getting RZA on board as a producer is not too shabby at all. The raspy Swedish singer's new track is called Emotional and it's a jazzed-up track full of passion and energy. It's perfectly produced and intricate enough to keep us discovering new textures. Snoh is definitely one to watch if not only for the fact that she's a Swede and they are perfect.

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Jimmy Napes - Making Of Me

Disclosure and Sam Smith collaborator Jimmy Napes is finally taking the spotlight with his solo project. His previous effort Give It Up was a little demure but Making Of Me heads straight for the dance floor. It sounds like it could've slotted nicely into Disclosure's debut Settle with its deep house baseline and soulful vocals. And we have no problem with that at all.

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Emile Haynie - Come Find Me (Feat. Lykke Li and Romy from the xx)

Producer Emile Haynie is gearing up to release his star-studded debut album We Fall at the end of this month. So far we've heard collaborations with Lana Del Rey, Dev Hynes and Charlotte Gainsbourg and now we have a track, Come Find Me, with Lykke Li and Romy from the xx. As you'd imagine it's a sombre affair given the choice of features but it's beautiful and stirring. It sounds more like an interlude than anything with Lykke Li barely singing more than 10 words but it makes us excited for the album nonetheless.

Jessie Ware- Champagne Kisses

This isn't a new song but goddam this video is just so good. Champagne Kisses is the fourth single to be lifted from Jessie Ware's wonderful Tough Love LP and as such it's been gifted with the video treatment. It's her most colourful video to date with director Christopher Sweeney creating an absurdist, weird and wonderful world for Ware. The whole thing is visually spectacular.

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Kanye West Debuts 'Wolves' With Sia And Vic Mensa

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Kanye held the launch of his new shoes for Adidas overnight and as part of the proceedings he dropped the first track from his new album titled Wolves. Once again there's no sign of rapping as Kanye opts for auto-tuned verses over an industrial Yeezus-esque beat. It's certainly a far cry from Only One and FourFiveSeconds in terms of production but the vocal stylings remain. Vic Mensa and Sia join him on latter verses adding a little bit of soul to the track. Below is a shitty recording from what seems like a cinema where the launch was being aired. The song is easy to make out but lets hope we get a studio recording and some album news soon.

The track is another notch on Cashmere Cat's ever expanding belt as he produced it with Sinjin Hawke.

PS. Did anyone hear Kanye stormed the stage when Beck won the Grammy?!

https://soundcloud.com/anoski/kanye-west-wolves-ft-vic-mensa-sia-yeezy-season-1-recording

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Preview Kanye West's Video For 'Only One'

A man of tradition, Kanye West appeared on the Ellen show today, premiering the video for Only One in the same fashion as Bound 2 and Love Lockdown. The Spike Jonze-directed clip features West singing the Paul McCartney-co-produced lullaby to baby North in a grassy field, apparently in Scotland. Shot in home video-style, it's a tear-jerker Bound 2 make any unsuspecting person clucky. If you listen really closely, you can hear about 40 sets of ovaries simultaneously exploding in the studio.

Full video available via kanyewest.com.

 

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First Impressions: Rihanna, Kanye, Paul McCartney + more

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First Impressions is an interns roundtable review of songs on their first (or second) listen. Each week we review six new songs from the past week, each giving them a score out of five and awarding our pick of the week. Today we pick apart tracks by Rihanna + Kanye + McCartney, Petite Meller, Tobias Jesso Jr + more. 

Rihanna, Kanye, Paul McCartney- FourFiveSeconds

Sam: I honestly have zero idea what Kanye is doing at the moment. All of his sound reinventions (even 808s and Heartbreaks) made sense but this Paul McCartney ballad territory is totally out of the box. Literally everyone has been waiting for a Rihanna comeback and then she delivers this. It’s not made for the clubs, it’s not even made for the car, but that’s the greatness of it. Melodically it’s a sucker-punch and Rihanna has never sounded better but the best thing about it is how conceptually confusing it is. By doing something so simple, Rihanna, Kanye and Paul have, oddly, done something revolutionary. Sometimes you should just keep it simple, stupid. This is brilliant. 4.5 Sam's Pick

Donna: I used to be a massive fan of Kanye West, and knew all the words to the “Graduation” and “College Dropout” albums. But from the release of Yeezus, I have honestly not given a stuff about his music, because I feel as though his whole life since Kim Kardashian is just a ridiculous publicity stunt. (Also, likening yourself to Jesus? Give me a break.)

But I did find myself enjoying this song, far more than I care to admit. It’s refreshing to hear Rihanna’s voice sounding so natural, and a relatively acoustic track released by Kanye? Wahhhhh?

I don’t know what to make of all this. However, I do wonder where Kanye is going with these past 2 releases. I feel as if he is trying to be overly sincere, and after his recent shenanigans, I don’t buy it. Soz Kanye. 2

Caitlin: What happens when you mix two extremely prominent musicians of the noughties with an iconic 60s legend? The answer, fourfiveseconds (of genius). To be honest when the internet began to blow up this track I expected Rhi Rhi to be singing about strip clubs and diamonds with Yeezus demanding world domination but to my surprise both artists were belting out heartfelt lyrics to a breathtaking acoustic track laid down by no other than Sir Paul McCartney. Even though I’m still trying to figure out what the term “wildin” means, this track will definitely be on repeat all day every day. 4.5   Caitlin's Pick

Tobias Jesso Jr- How Could You Babe

Sam: Every time I listen to Tobias Jesso Jr, I have to double-check to remind myself I’m not listening to Lennon. The fact is Jesso Jr is so effortlessly an old soul that it doesn’t sound cliche or forced. You can produce things within an inch of their life and layer like you’re baking a cake but all great songwriters need is a simple tune. How Could You Babe is so simple from its melody to its subject matter, but it’s so beautiful and so heartbreaking a little like Lennon’s Oh Mother. 4

Donna: I listen to a lot of new music on a daily basis, so I am kicking myself wondering how I missed Tobias Jesso Jr. How Could You Babe could be a Beatles song, with its simple chords, mellow vocals, and understated sound. Unlike Kanye, the sincerity in this track is believable, and the simple songwriting, while cliché, is effective. 3.5

Caitlin: Sitting in front of a fire place with a nice glass of red is what comes to mind when I hear Tobias Jesso Jr stroke the piano keys and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. How Could You Babe may possibly be an anthem for anyone experiencing a break up before Valentines Day but don’t fret, Tobias knows exactly how you feel. With the announcement of his debut album set to drop in March, I can guarantee you will never feel alone again. 4

Petite Meller- Baby Love

Sam: When the first Florence and the Machine record Lungs came out, I wanted to burn copies and take it to everybody at school because it had this energy that made me want to tell everybody about it. Of course, piracy restricted me from doing so but you get the idea. I feel the same about Baby Love. It’s got this flaring energy, delivered by the manic keys jabs vivacious bongos, that make it impossible to sit down. It feels like we’re being taken to church. It feels like we’re being taken to a club. It feels like we’re dancing at an outdoor festival. Its influences are so confused and yet tied together so brilliantly by the burgeoning chorus. Petite Meller’s fashion is spot on too, might I add. 4.5

Donna: There are so many things I don’t like about this song, mostly because I watched the film clip first and it just annoyed me to no end. I don’t like Petite Meller’s vocals. I don’t like her juxtaposition of wealth, clean buildings etc. with dusty African villages. As an African person, the music video offended me for the stereotypes it painted about Africa (villages, huts, dusty, barefoot children, dancing in the street). In saying that, Baby Love has feel-good vibe that makes it very hard not to tap your foot along to, at the very least. 1

Caitlin: Brb, going to go dance in Africa for a little while. There is nothing much to say about this song other than the energy and catchy chorus will brighten anyone’s day no matter the circumstances. 3.5

Denai Moore- Elsewhere

Sam: Moore has a startling voice so packed full of emotion that you always feel she’s a note away from a tear but her solo tracks haven’t exactly made me do handstands. Elsewhere is another track that sees her rely on her beautiful, melancholy voice but really struggles to give me anything apart from that.its definitely nice but I reckon she has more in her than just nice. 3

Donna: YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. This track carries a distinctly James Blake vibe, with that unique British take on sparse, emotional electronic music that artists of African descent seem to muster so easily (Kwabs, Vicktor Taiwo, Oyinda). The balance of vocals, emotion, sparse instrumentation, and harmony are perfect. Elsewhere is simple, but pulses with life. This slow burner is exactly what I will be adding to my Soundcloud playlist. Will be waiting in anticipation for Denai’s album release in April! 5 Donna’s Pick

Caitlin: Elsewhere is a song that will definitely take the listener elsewhere. Personally I rarely listen to slow soulful songs but there was something about this track that kept me listening until the very end (and left me wanting more). There is no denying Denai has amazing vocal cords and musical talent beyond her years but understandably this type of music is not for everyone. If you do however give it a chance, there will be no regrets after having a listen to this little gem! 3.5

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Good Love- Alone

Sam: This song is all about that breakdown with the howling guitar. It sounds like it would sound right at home on Prince's Purple Rain soundtrack if the vocals were just a notch higher. It's definitely in the lane of RnB but it has a rock edge which gives it a little more organic grunt. This is begging to be remixed with a four to the floor beat. 4

Donna: 0:00 - 0.37: I’m loving this

0:37 - 0:57: His voice is getting a bit annoying but still a pretty cool song

0:57: All hope is lost. Chorus spoilt the whole song.

I don’t know what is happening here, but somebody got lost along the way. Alone started off as a track I would share with all my friends, but the song is all over the place in terms of style, and the electric guitar laden chorus is just cringeworthy. 2

Caitlin: Alone has me conflicted. One minute I don’t want to listen to it again, the next I am singing it as I prepare a meal. Good Love (formally known under his stage name Patrice) provides smooth R&B influenced vocals over an equally supportive beat to get that head bobbing and those fingers clicking. But do keep in mind; this song is highly infectious so play it in the car with family on a long car ride to ensure they have Good Love permanently stuck in their cranium. 3

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Trinidad James- T James Express

Sam: I loved 100s mixtape last year because it had this sexy-cross-creepy feel but was oh so smooth and I think I like this one for the same reason. I've been playing a lot of music out loud over the holidays and this one is the one that has raised eyebrows. Some laugh at the chorus, some start to groove a little bit but no one so far has said its awful. If you're going to write a song that has the potential to be creepy, it's a good thing if no one calls it awful straight off. As for me, I reckon it's got the potential to be a runaway hit...all aboard. 4

Donna: Despite trying hard not to, I found myself dancing around to this track… shuffling was involved. I guess I have been moving away from American rap and hip hop culture for a good while now, but I am still so surprised by how insulting the songs lyrics are. In saying that, this song is fun, and seems to have been created with good humour in mind. 3

Caitlin: I’m no train expert but I do believe the T James Express is very different from the Polar Express. However, it is a catchy HipHop/R&B tune that may appear in nightclubs for people to grind to in the future. I wouldn’t under estimate T James just yet after all he has had 2 Chainz, T.I and Young Jeezy feature on a remix of a track from his debut mix tape. So who knows what T James will come up with next? 2

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Lido Has Taken Rihanna, Kanye And Paul's 'FourFiveSeconds' To Church

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Norwegian producer, Lido, surprised us when he played in Sydney last month with his soulful, gospel flavoured live show. He's an immense talent, effortlessly combining organic instrumentals with electronic stylings. He's demonstrating this once again, expertly remixing FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney, which surprisingly dropped yesterday. The original is a stripped-back affair, but Lido bolsters up the instrumental with an organic, brass and percussion. It suits the track purposely and has us *praying emoji*. We might even like it more than the original...

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/lidogotsongs/fourfiveseconds[/soundcloud]

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