This might be his most meme-worthy vid yet.
This might be his most meme-worthy vid yet.
We did a little digging around, stole a few hard-drives (etc etc the details aren’t important) and found the full pictures from five instagrams that show that everything is not what it seems.
Lana Del Rey has released the video for High By The Beach, the second single from her forthcoming LP, Honeymoon. Following in the theme of the woozy, Americana-esque track, the clip features Lana idling about a beach house, before taking down a helicopter full of paparazzi with a BFG. Ol’ Lana never disappoints.
Last week we were gifted new song Figure 8 with the knowledge that a new EP was on the way from FKA twigs but with no solid release date. As everything in music is now apparently a surprise, twigs has surprise released her five track M3LL155X EP. It’s never enough for twigs just to do the normal so she’s also unleashed a twisted but beautiful 16-minute video to accompany the release. The EP features three new songs alongside the previously released Glass & Patron and Figure 8. It was produced by BOOTS, tic and Cy An shortly after the release of her debut album LP1.
After first single Leave A Trace was leaked ahead of its official release, CHVRCHES have beaten the leakers to it dropping their second new song Never Ending Circles on their own accord. It’s taken from their forthcoming album Every Eye Open and it’s a sprawling, stomping electronic track full of angst. CHVRCHES do misery so well and for the first time we’re hoping this album is a real dark, hearbreak record – as morbid as it sounds.
Post-Splendour comedown has been hard. Real hard. Everyone’s immune systems are shot and you’re probably still finding mud in places you didn’t know existed. Luckily we’ve gathered together 10 songs from the week that are mud-free and only contagious in the way that they’ll get stuck in your head. Not in the flu way. Ew.
Meg Mac packed out her tent at Splendour In The Grass and she’s capitalised on that momentum by dropping her new track Never Be. Never Be was produced by M-Phazes and is the most up-beat, attitude-filled track she’s delivered to date. Those smokey vocals work magic over a full-bodied, throwback beat and the repetition at the backend of the chorus is so addictive.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/megmacmusic/meg-mac-never-be-1[/soundcloud]
Omen (Featuring Sam Smith)
After weeks of teasing their new collaboration with Sam Smith, Disclosure finally dropped it and it was worth the wait. It’s definitely more of a slow-grower than Latch but the pair of them working together are always going to make gold. This one is all about those layered, church-inspired vocals that bring the chorus into holy territory.
We weren’t privvy to the information that Canada’s PARTYNEXTDOOR was having relations with R&B princess Kehlani but this song suggests that it’s definitely on. Funnily enough the aptly titled Kehlani’s Freestyle sounds like it could’ve easily fit on Kehlani’s record You Should Be Here. The OVO singer is also channelling some serious Drake vibes on this one with that monotonal but somehow alluring vocal.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/partyomo/partynextdoor-kehlanis-freestyle[/soundcloud]
Tink dropped a mixtape Winter’s Diary 3 this week and it’s full of great tunes but this Timbaland-produced one is a sure-fire winner. Tink fires-off over an uminstakeably Timbaland beat. The best thing about how Tink works with Timbaland is that she genuinely makes him better rather than just moulding to his sound. She flicks between singing and rapping better than anyone in the game and continues to prove that she’s got a better feel for melody than most rapper out there at the moment. Below is the full mixtape to listen and download. Win.
Lianne La Havas
Green & Gold
Lianne La Havas finally dropped her sophomore album Blood today and it’s a gorgeous set of boundary-pushing soul tunes. The second track on the record Green & Gold is one of the highlights. She caresses a late-night instrumental with her crisp, profound voice and works the verses up to a chorus that ever so subtly takes you over. La Havas’ greatest strength has always been subtlety and as such this one could float by without you knowing, but give it one spin with your full attention and you’ll be enchanted immediately.
We’ve been waiting a little while for new material from US R&B duo Abhi//Dijon and now in the space of a week we’ve been gifted two songs. Jon B is actually a career highlight for them drawing upon strong Channel ORANGE vibes. It plods along with a beat that Janet Jackson would’ve very happily plucked from them and they take their time working it into a total R&B jam. This is bedroom music.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/abhidijon/jon-b[/soundcloud]
1998 (Feat. BANKS)
Basically someone decided that there was more money to be made off Chet Faker‘s 1998 and so they got the closest sounding female artist and popped her on it and put it back on sale. That’s how BANKS ended up here and whatever the motive is we don’t really care because she really brings a severe darkness to it.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/chet-faker/1998-feat-banks[/soundcloud]
Heir To The Throne (Freestyle)
In the Soundcloud description Vic Mensa has described this freestyle as “2001 shit,” and he’s right. This is 2001 shit. This is Mensa rapping at his finest, going for the rap throne like he’s battling against Nas and Jay Z. In the freestyle he addresses the people who think his success has come from his affiliation with Kanye West rapping, “I made u mad before I met dude-ass.” No disrespect to Kanye, he clears up.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/vicsavemoney/heir-to-the-throne-freestyle[/soundcloud]
when it does its exactly what you wanted. Wave Racers newie Flash Drive is exactly what we wanted. Its a glitchy, crystalline track that feels like its spewing colourful glitter. Its taken from an EP of the same name which will feature three more tracks and drop on 16th October via Future Classic. You can pre-order it here.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/wave-racer/wave-racer-flash-drive-feat-bby-1[/soundcloud]
Waiting for a Wave Racer track is like waiting for the perfect wave – it doesn’t come often but when it does it’s exactly what you wanted. Wave Racer’s newie Flash Drive is exactly what we wanted. It’s a glitchy, crystalline track that feels like it’s spewing colourful glitter. It’s taken from an EP of the same name which will feature three more tracks and drop on 16th October via Future Classic. You can pre-order it here. Happy new Wavey Friday.
There are two reasons you could be reading this. One because you’re not at Splendour In The Grass and the internet is the only interesting thing you’ve got going for you this weekend (sorry, love you all, but how ’bout dat FOMO?). The second reason is you’ve somehow found internet at Splendour In The Grass and you’re so addicted to tunes that the live music is just not enough, you need more new music. We get it. Don’t fret, here’s more music for you to devour.
Mountain At My Gate
UK outfit Foals premiered their new single, Mountain At My Gates on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 this week. This is the second single Foals have released from their forthcoming album, What Went Down, after releasing the highly-anticipated title track and clip last month. Mountain At My Gates is a more uplifting pop affair than its aggressive predecessor, What Went Down, turning into an all-out rock affair once the outro makes it appearance. The 10-track album is said, according to a press release, to be a “primal, intense, sometimes harrowing album of extremes” verging “upon the depths of madness whilst also exhibiting some of the most beautiful pop songs the band have ever written.”
When I Rule The World
Mad Decent’s pop princess Liz has always been a lover of all things kitsch and nostalgic so it’s no wonder that her and SOPHIE ended up with each other eventually, musically that is. When I Rule The World is their sugar-crazed collaboration which combines bubblegum beats with rushing soda-stream synths. Liz sounds completely in her element here, poised to give PC Music’s pop princess Hannah Diamond a run for her money.
Moving Mountains (Feat. Brendan Reilly)
Disclosure have been teasing a collaboration with Sam Smith called Omen for weeks now and what do they do? When anticipation is at its peak, they go and drop and completely different song Moving Mountains. Once the feeling of being let down subsides this track will win you over. It features the soulful vocals of US singer Brendan Reilly. It’s a classic Disclosure track with deep house vibes complimented by honey-soaked vocals in the same vein as much of their debut Settle. Caracal is the record it’s taken from and that is out at the end of September.
Now, that Sam Smith track next?
Listen to Moving Mountains here at the 1 hour and 30 minute mark.
Vic Mensa & Skrillex
A few weeks ago a clip surfaced of Vic Mensa performing this track No Chill, produced by Skrillex. It sounded huge just from the low-quality recording but now the studio version is here and we can confirm it’s MASSIVE. Driven by violent horns, it sees Skrillex enter Mensa’s world rather than the other way round. It sounds as if Mensa’s U Mad was a 10 and on this one he’s turned it up a notch to 11. Granted, Skrillex is very hit and miss but this is a bullseye if ever we’ve heard one (and we’ve heard a few in our time).
Major Lazer & MØ
Lean On (Frank Ocean Cover)
Just when everybody is on edge about a new Frank Ocean album, which we still don’t have, Major Lazer go and put Franky into the headlines for different reasons by covering Lost. It’s a great cover, very much in the lane of Lean On, but for goodness sakes Diplo and co do not stop our hearts with any new music from Frank Ocean unless it’s actually by Frank Ocean. Ps. MØ is in the country right now! That’s fun, isn’t it?
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/majorlazer/major-lazer-lost-feat-mo-frank-ocean-cover[/soundcloud]
Look Over Your Shoulder
If you haven’t heard of London electro-soul singer Kwabs yet, nows the time to get your head around him. He has this deep, wise voice that simultaneously melts your heart and makes you groove. Look Over Your Shoulder was produced by SOHN and is a dense, affecting track with a melody that really sticks the boot in. This is one of SOHN’s greatest works let alone Kwabs who’s absolutely nailed the vocal on this.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/sohn/kwabs-look-over-your-shoulder-produced-by-sohn-1[/soundcloud]
Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story)
Vic Mensa is a fire rapper but he’s also got a pretty great crooning voice. We heard it on Kanye West’s Wolves and it returns here for a cover of Future’s Codeine Crazy. This is Mensa in full on Miguel-mode. He howls over a hip-hop-meets-rock beat and just continues to get more and more intense. If he find a way to effortlessly meld this with his rapping on an original he’s going to be one of the greatest rapper of our time. Yep, we said it.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/vicsavemoney/codeine-crazy[/soundcloud]
East Londonder Alxndr London is your newest electro-pop addiction. His latest track DATE X is a soulful, tribal-fused track that showcases his voice in all its seducing-glory. With The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face finding favour with everybody that has at least one ear, it’s obvious the world is craving more of this stuff and London could be just the man to deliver it.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mxiiixm/datex[/soundcloud]
Said That You Wanted
Melbourne’s Queen Magic will hit the Red Bull Music Academy Stage at Splendour In The Grass this weekend and he’s coming armed with a new track Said That You Wanted. Australia isn’t exactly the most obvious breeding ground for late night R&B jams but Said That You Wanted is exactly that. It’s a soulful and smooth track reminiscent of How To Dress Well. His falsetto is on-point and that snare is doing things to us.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/queenmagic/said-that-you-wanted[/soundcloud]
It’s been a little while since Empress Of returned to the alt-pop scene with Realize You but she’s finally given us a new single in the form of Kitty Kat. Kitty Kat goes bigger than Realize You, powering through with sprawling synth-work and a confident vocal. She shifts between being delicately purring and powerfully roaring as she builds each verse to a stunning climax of a chorus.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/empressof/kittykat[/soundcloud]