After cryptic Instagram clues, Kendrick dropped his new single ‘The Heart Part 4’ last night, the fourth in a series of songs under ‘The Heart ‘ name that started in 2010.

The song addresses Trump’s White House shadiness – “Donald Trump is a chump, know how we feel, punk / Tell ‘em that God comin’ / And Russia need a replay button, y’all up to somethin'”

The chorus references the James Brown song “Don’t Tell A Lie About Me And I Won’t Tell The Truth On You” and at the end of the song, there’s talk that there may be a new album coming on April 7th?

“Y’all got till April 7 to get y’all shit together,” so please, get your shit together by 4/7.”

Posted on March 24th, 2017

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Thundercat’s Drunk album arrives on Friday and everything we’ve heard from it has a falsetto-lead yacht rock funk vibe to it.

Even this track, the long-awaited collaboration between Kendrick Lamar on Thundercat’s own turf, Kendrick grabs the mic on a languid rhythm and adds some urgency and turns it into a song that sounds like an out-take from To Pimp A Butterfly.

See also: ‘Friend Zone’, ‘Bus In These Streets’

Thundercat plays Vicar Street on March 27th.

Posted on February 22nd, 2017

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Coachella, one of the biggest drawing music festivals around announced its lineup today and it includes some big names: Radiohead, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar at the top.

Coachella takes place in Indio, California over two weekends in April: 14th-16th and 21st to 23rd.

Other names of note on the lineup for the festival include The xx, Lorde, Future Islands, Father John Misty, Bon Iver, Roisin Murphy, The Avalanches, Schoolboy Q, Kaytranada, Devandra Banhart and mutherfucking Hans Zimmer.

Posted on January 3rd, 2017

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Danny Brown dropped another track from his forthcoming Atrocity Exhibition, out 30th September on Warp.

‘Really Doe’ is produced by Black Milk and features TDE’s Ab-Soul and Kendrick along with Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt.

“Me and Kendrick always talked about doing stuff, and I had the idea to get K-Dot and Earl together …but first I got me and Ab-Soul. And then one day when I was mixing the album with Ali, K-Dot snuck in and just laced it. I had to be patient and wait on Earl, but it was all worth it you know because hip-hop needs that posse cut. We just wanna make the best possible song cause we know the hype on paper. I know it’s gonna satisfy, my feet is up.”

Atrocity Exhibition also features Petite Noir,Kelela, Cypress Hill’s B-Real with production by Paul White, Evian Christ, The Alchemist and Black Milk.

Also hear: When it Rain.

Danny also gave us the Clams Casino-produced ‘Pneumonia’

Posted on September 20th, 2016

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As a measure of how next level Kendrick Lamar has become in the last two years, last week’s surprise collection of demos unfinished or displaced is better than most artists’ regular albums.

While To Pimp A Butterfly‘s sprawling dense ambition invited much listening and interpretation, untitled unmastered. is unburdened by any grand narrative. Its pleasure is partly derived from its temporary unfinished state.

Lamar has performed two of these songs live on TV shows of late Colbert and Fallon and a verse of one at the Grammys, and those live versions have more urgency and are in a more evolved state than the versions collected here (there are no song titles just ‘untitled’ and a date the song was worked on).

What the album does do in spectacular fashion is quietly underscore the leap that Lamar made on TPAB. That these songs didn’t make it to that song on merit is understandable but the calibre of the songs are up there up there on the same prolific plinth.

The jazz sound of this phase of Lamar’s music is most prominent with Thundercat, Bilal, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and Anna Wise contributing. Production comes from varied sources: A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Adrian Younge, Mono/Poly and eh, Swizz Beats five-year-old son. SZA and Jay Rock feature. Cee Lo Green provisions the breezy bossa nova ‘untitled 06 l 06.30.2014.’ with a focused hook.

It moves from dystopian blunted jazz to fever dream to interstitial R&B to the sprawling jazz rap that is echoed in demo form later on the collection. ‘untitled 03 l 05.28.2013.’ is the breeziest and most succinct track here with Lamar using the wisdom of racial heritage and culture against a backdrop of music industry taking advantage of talent.

Lamar’s rhymes are as authoritative and explorative as we’ve now come to expect, but they are undiminished by any familiarity or expectation.

For a collection of demos, untitled unmastered. is an unheralded reminder of Kendrick’s next level status and is a reaffirmation of his considerable craft.

Posted on March 11th, 2016

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It’s fitting that International Women’s Day is the day that Anna Wise’s new song ‘BitchSlut’ came this way.

Like last week’s Everything Shook song, The song addresses the expectation on females by a male-dominated society. “I know what kind you are / If I say no, I’m a bitch / Say yes I’m a slut,” she sings cheerily on a woozy hip-hop beat. The song calls out those false perceptions that men have of women in public, something, maddeningly happening still in my own city all too regularly.

I’m walking down the street with my hands tied
Cause I wore a skirt, you think I’m down to ride
You think I wanna fuck cause I comb my hair
Cause I’m at the bar next to an open chair
Cause I always have to be polite
Cause I look you in the eye
Cause I grin back, green light
Go ahead, give it a try

Wise featured on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. and last week’s newly released untitled unmastered. She’ll release her own EP later this year.

Posted on March 8th, 2016

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Kendrick Lamar

‘untitled 03 05.28.2013’

kendrick-lamar-6A surprise demo album called untitled unmastered. dropped Thursday night.

Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered. in its title and track listing suggests a temporary unfinished state. A collection of demos recorded from 2013 to 2016 without a place to go. Lamar has performed two of these songs live on TV shows Colbert and Fallon, but they’ve evolved much since these recordings. This temporary missive gives those songs a home while also showing us a jazzier side to his craft.

Despite this status, there’s much to enjoy and most of it comes from Lamar’s rhymes. An appearance from CeeLo Green is a highlight but the most well-rounded track is ‘untitled 03 05.28.2013’, an urgent rhyme matched by a celebratory beat that sounds close to completion.


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M83

‘Do It, Try It’

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M83’s new song is grandiose and cheesy yet great

The music of Anthony Gonzalez, M83, over his discography has transformed from ambient electronic pop to the kind of large-scale electronic compositions that work well juxtaposed with Hollywood blockbusters. Sitting in between, was an 80s-inspired synth electronic pop that brought the former to the latter.

Nostalgic grandiosity has always been key to M83’s music.

On Junk, the new forthcoming album (April 8th), arriving five years after Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and that album’s apex – ‘Midnight City’, Gonzalez says he’s returned to the influences of his early career – Tangerine Dream, Kevin Shields, Aphex Twin and Brian Wilson, yet has tried to expand his sound again.

That epic quality is still evident on the album’s first single, after all Gonzalez excels at it. ‘Do It, Try It’ has its backbone in synth and electronic pop and pushes into ’80s French pop, ’80s prog and as the chorus suggests – “A dance on repeat / A trance of a heartbeat”, a kinship with dance music’s more euphoric elements.

“Listen to a sound of a new tomorrow,” the song’s introduction goes. When it comes to M83, the sound of tomorrow, is always primarily the past, and it works.

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Posted on March 7th, 2016

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Kendrick Lamar took home five Grammys last night of the 11 he was nominated for his album To Pimp A Butterfly. And while he didn’t win the Album Of The Year (Taylor) or Song of the Year (Sheeran), he did put in a stunning performance of ‘The Blacker The Berry’, ‘Alright’ and an untitled new song as is becoming customary.

Here were the winners:

Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”
Record of the Year: Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”
Album of the Year: Taylor Swift’s 1989
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”
Best Rock Album: Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar’s “These Walls”
Best R&B Album: D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s Black Messiah
Best Urban Contemporary Album: The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness
Best R&B Performance: The Weeknd’s “Earned It”
Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly
Best Music Video: Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” with Kendrick Lamar
Best Dance/ Electronic Album: Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü
Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’

Posted on February 16th, 2016

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Well, the first acts announced for Longitude 2016 in Marlay Park from 15 – 17 July.

Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer & The National are each of the day’s headliners.

Also playing are Jamie xx, Father John Misty, Chvrches, Roisin Murphy, Action Bronson, MØ, Courtney Barnett, ASAP Ferg, Tyler, The Creator; Rejjie Snow, All Tvvins, Otherkin, Pleasure Beach and Saint Sister.

Stellar.

Tickets will go on sale next Friday 29th January at 9am at €159.50 + fee and day tickets cost €64.50 + fee. Three customers can get their hands on Longitude tickets before anyone else, presale tickets go on sale at www.three.ie/plus 48 hours before general release. Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster.

Posted on January 22nd, 2016

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