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Billie Black teams up with with Mura Masa for ‘This Simple Pleasure’

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At first listen, Billie Black had us instantly captivated, initially with her debut I Waited For You and then with the minimal I Don’t Need Another LoverNow the London songstress has teamed up with the self-confessed “beat-slayer heartbreaker” Mura Masa for This Simple Pleasure and the result is confident and electronically-charged, with a hint of her trademark R&B. Black has slightly deviated from the mellowness featured in her previous tracks but her smooth vocals still shine, this time over a synth-driven beat (occasionally punctuated by a raindrop noise not too dissimilar to the one achieved by flicking your cheek while simultaneously opening your mouth. You know the one). According to Masa’s Twitter account, the track was born over a few drinks at dinner. My dinners usually end in spilt glasses of wine and confusion over how to equally split the bill. 🙁


At just 19 years of age, these releases prove a promising future for Black and we’re anticipating an EP release hopefully soon.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/billie-black/billie-black-x-mura-masa-this-simple-pleasure[/soundcloud]



Tkay Maidza and Bok Bok ‘Finish Them’

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It’s been a big day for young Adelaide rapper, Tkay Maidza. Earlier this morning she featured on Swick & Lewis Cancut’s Wishes and now she’s dropped another song to finish it off. Appropriately it’s called Finish Them and it’s been produced by English producer Bok Bok who released his excellent Your Charizmatic Self EP earlier this year. He’s also no stranger to working with the brightest female R&B artists having laid down beats for Kelela. Maidza does justice to his dancehall-ready beat matching hard beats with an even harder flow that sees her sit somewhere between M.I.A and Nicki Minaj when she’s on fiyah. Can we get a round of applause for Tkay Maidza, she’s unstoppable right now.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/tkaymaidza/tkay-maidza-finish-them-prod-by-bok-bok[/soundcloud]

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Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar collaborate for ‘Never Catch Me’

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Two of the most powerful hip-hop producers, Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar, have collaborated for the very first time. The track, titled Never Catch Me, is due to feature in Lotus’ forthcoming album, You’re Dead! This is apparently not the last you’ll see of the duo, either, with FlyLo revealing in a recent interview with Pitchfork that Lamar will be appearing in a few tracks on his forthcoming album.

You’re Dead! is out 7 October through Warp Records. In the meantime, listen to the *leaked* track below:

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/laleaks/la-leakers-exclusive-flying-lotus-ft-kendrick-lamar-never-catch-me-la-leakers-tags[/soundcloud]


Listen to HAERTS’ new single, ‘Giving Up’


For their last release, Haerts took it down a notch, presenting the beautiful, Call My Name but once again they’ve returned to their big-sounded roots with Giving Up. With layered vocals, thundering percussion and dense synths, Giving Up sounds like an ’80s power-ballad the type that Cyndi Lauper or Belinda Carlisle would deliver. But instead of heading for cheesy territory, they tastefully lay down heartfelt vocals that never quite deliver that bombastic chorus that would’ve pushed it over the edge. This is about as tastefully anthemic as they come.


Listen to Figgy’s rework of FKA Twigs’ ‘Two Weeks’


NYC Producer Figgy has taken on one of the best songs of the year, FKA Twigs’ Two Weeks. In a brave move, he’s maintained the back-bone of the track but layed on the bass, giving it a certain skittering rhythm. As such, the song transforms from being a delicate, anxious treat into a club-ready, tempo-raiser that is the perfect way to take the song to a wider audience.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/figgy/fka-twigs-two-weeks-figgy-remix[/soundcloud]


Vampire Weekend’s bassist, Chris Baio releases ON&ON&ON&ON

Baio-Approved-Press-Photo--1-Now that Vampire Weekend‘s Modern Vampires of the City has died down a bit, the members of the band are free to pursue their own musical pursuits. Last month, Ezra Keonig popped up on SBTRKT‘s New Dorp New York and today the bassist, Chris Baio has delivered a perfect slice of electronica in the way of On&On&On&On. The track is a sparkling showcase with twinkling synths and delicately-placed vocal samples. While it’s definitely a departure from Vampire Weekend’s sound, it retains that healthy mix of optimism and broodiness. If you like what you hear, there is an EP of the same name coming out by the end of the month.

Listen to the track here.


Listen to Swick & Lewis Cancut’s, Tkay Maidza-featuring, ‘Wishes’


Ryan Hemsworth has been dropping free songs each week from his favourite new producers and now he’s releasing a compilation. The first track of that compilation is an all Aussie-affair by Swick & Lewis Cancut featuring Adelaide rapper, Tkay Maidza. Wishes is a sunshine-filled, glitchy track that takes a PC Music route in the way of its unashamed kawaii quality. Maidza sounds like we’ve never heard her before with slightly manipulated vocals and a style that errs more towards singing than rapping. Hemsworth is becoming quite the tastemaker.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/shhsecretsongs/swick-lewis-cancut-wishes-ft-tkay-maidza[/soundcloud]


Nashville trio, LANY, release ‘Made in Hollywood’


Enamoured by LANY‘s catchy pop beats and dreamy vocals, and also slightly intrigued by the band’s enigma, we predicted good things to come from the Nashville trio back in June. Three months down the track and we’ve been privileged to four releases, the latest being Made in Hollywood. Deviating from their penchant for acronyms (BRB, ILYSB, OMG), this release is once again a melodic journey of warm synths and a steady bassline, topped with heavy American references; the perfect accompaniment to a US road trip on a balmy Summer’s day. No update on the identity of these boys but as long as they keep satisfying us with these simmering tunes, we’re totally a-OK with their desire to remain incognito.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/thisislany/made-in-hollywood[/soundcloud]


George Maple drops her first single in a year, ‘Talk Talk’


Just last week we were praising George Maple and anticipating her first release since signing to Sydney-based label, Future Classic. Today, she has dropped her newest, and third-ever, single, Talk Talk and it’s everything we were expecting from the London-based Aussie. Smokey vocals and a thumping beat combined with superior production make this an infectious track that will be pulsating through the airwaves in due time.

Talk Talk is the first official single off Maple’s upcoming EP, Vacant Space, due to be released on 3 October. 

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/george-maple-talk-talk-1[/soundcloud]

Jessie Ware Dev Hynes Want Your Feeling

Listen: Jessie Ware and Dev Hynes’, ‘Want Your Feeling’

Jessie Ware Dev Hynes Want Your Feeling

Jessie Ware‘s sophomore album, Tough Love, is a month away but today we get to hear the first offering from it, Want Your Love. Penned with her friend and all-round musical super-genius, Dev Hynes, Want Your Feeling is the most upbeat track we’ve heard from the album yet. It’s a sophisticated dance track that downplays the bass in order to remain in line with Ware’s aesthetic. Following singles, Tough Love and Say You Love Me, Want Your Feeling is a welcome tempo change and we’re also never opposed to a Hynes production when it comes to pop music. For all those people pining over Ms. Ware, you can give up hope as she got hitched last week and is Ms no longer. 🙁

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[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/jessieware/jessie-ware-want-your-feeling[/soundcloud]

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