Nobody is overly happy this week and that's okay.
Nobody is overly happy this week and that's okay.
Some weeks not all the songs in this list are good but this week they all are. Promise.
It's a really good week for people whose names aren't Lori Laughlin & Felicity Huffman.
A bunch of songs you might forget and a bunch you'll love forever(ish).
This is the first time anyone has featured on a Li record.
"An extremely transparent attempt to exploit the increasing nostalgia."
Sorry too busy listening to Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late to write an intro.
This one is only a recording from Kanyes Adidas launch this morning but its an official video and the audio beats a lot of what was hanging around this morning. Its third song weve heard from Kanye in as many months but its the first that doesnt 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. Its the first track on his new album which is still yet to be officially announced. Go to 8min29secs to hear the track.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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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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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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.
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.
There was a time when avid fans of an artist would wait outside a record store on the release day to be the first to listen. Well now thanks to the internet, everybody wants everything free, apart from when they don't know they want it and it falls on their lap (#Beyonce). To cater for Generation Now, albums are streamed to stop people downloading illegally, or on the downside, convince people the album is good enough to download illegally. Today, the album streams for some of the most anticipated artists have dropped and we've presented them below for your disposal.
So far the songs released off Sheezus have taught us it's hard out here for a bitch, that we all get periods and that it's far more peaceful in an air balloon than on earth. With that in mind, Sheezus will naturally be a pretty educational listen. It's her first album since her short-lived retirement and venture into vintage clothing and is full of Lily's trademark quick wit and smut. It seems like all we've spoke about in the past week is Ms. Allen and we're sure to be talking about it a whole lot more following a quick listen to Sheezus.
Poor Lykke Li is a bit down in the ditches. Previous to the creation of the album Li said, "I've immersed myself in trying to figure out what actually is going on inside of me when the lights go out and the music stops". What has emerged from that soul searching is a collection of nine ballads featuring a seemingly troubled Lykke Li. It's not guaranteed to be an easy listen but given Li's track record it's not likely to disappoint.
Merrill Garbus is pushing the boundaries on her third albums. Her first two albums, Bird-Brains and whokill were critical darlings but it looks as if Nikki Nack will push her forth to a wider audience. Speaking of the album, Garbus told Fact that she had to "push myself in new directions and trust that my audience would come with me. And that was a terrifying leap.” That has been seen so far on the colourful Water Fountain and the RnB flavoured, Wait For A Minute. If you're feeling a little down after listening to Lykke Li, pop on this one for a colour explosion of loops, experimental instruments and playful melodies.
If you're strapped for time, listen to this shortie from Aussie boys, Movement. The trio is signed to Modular (Cut Copy, The Presets, Tame Impala) and have been a real hot topic overseas of late. Their song, Us, was labelled best new music by Pitchfork as was their latest, Like Lust. If you're looking for some steamy, after dark music there isn't a better place to look than right here.