The soul singer with a penchant for featuring on upbeat dancefloor tracks and the UK’s closest artist to a new Sadé, Jessie Ware returns to her torch-bearing soul sound with more confident vocals than ever before and an Andre 300 Love Below-style production. It was co-written by Kiah Victoria, Jordan Thomas and Carrius Gold, three upcoming songwriters from London and co-produced by Carrius Gold and Pop Wansel (Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj).
The Clareman takes the original’s feature guests Rusangano Family and Senita (Lakerama, Shookrah) and brings some fresh energy to the original, adding new focus to Rusangano’s verses. This tune slayed at Body & Soul so catch Bantum and Another Love Story and Electric Picnic in the next month.
Kelela – ‘LMK’
One of my favourite new artists of the last few years, Kelela has returned with new music.’LMK’, which stands for “Let me Know” restablishes Kelela’s clubby R&B sound as heard on Cut 4 Me mixtape and Hallucinogen EP.
It’s taken from her album Take Me Apart out on October 6th on Warp Records.
King Henry feat. Rhye – ‘Moment’
I sometimes find Rhye’s music too soft or elegant to grasp when it doesn’t quite land but on this track from a one-time Bieber and Beyoncé collaborator its the mark. Mike Milosh’s beguiling effeminate voice is ably matched by a muted and buzzing arrangement.
Blue Hawaii – ‘No One Like You’
When not singing with her weightier band Braids, Raphaelle ‘Ra’ Standell has been playing with Alexander ‘Agor’ Kerby as Blue Hawaii since 2014 but they’ve just announced Tenderness, their first album in four years (October 6th via Arbutus Records).
Another beautiful dance track from the master. Last month it was ‘Two Thousand And Seventeen’ and ‘Planet’ falls somewhere between his soft and dancefloor sensibilities.
Bicep – ‘Glue’
Bicep, Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson are gearing up to release their debut album on Ninja Tune next month.
We’ve heard the excellent ‘Aura’ from the album and seen the tracklisting.
‘Glue’, the duo’s followup preview is a less dancefloor-focused but a shimmering slice of electronica.
Bicep is out on September 1st.
Tender – ‘Machine’
Songs about domination and control have traditionally been about relationships between humans but Tender addresses the very modern and young problem of a partner who spends too much time staring at their phone instead of spending time with the person in front of them. We are all guilty of it and should be aware of it actively. The London band uses the idea of cellular distraction as an example of an disintegrating connection in a relationship. Their album Modern Addiction is out Sept 1st.
Lone – ‘Mind’s Eye Melody’
Matt Cutler followed up his hip-hop-infused fifth album Reality Testing with Levitate last year which was more ravey and breakbeat-oriented (‘Backtail is Heavy’). Since then, there’s been an Ambivert Tools Vol 1 lead by the hard-edged ‘Crush Mood’ and this track which recalls his earlier melodic work.
Birthday – ‘Que Pasa’
Atmospheric electronic dreamy pop on Shlohmo’s LA- based Label WEDIDIT/ Tombstone Recordings from Birthday, who are a duo named after the venue in London Birthdays.
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A collaboration that raises up Shadow back to where he belongs.
Last week, DJ Shadow returned with news of an new album The Mountain Will Fall prefaced with a title track that came across like serene trap music. That is to say, it doesn’t give much away for what is to come on the album.
Along with guests Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall and old-school MC Ernie Fresh, it’s Run The Jewels which piqued the interest of many, myself included. RTJ can’t really do any wrong and their presence on ‘Nobody Speak’ adds some vitality and focus to Shadow’s still able and nimble production.
‘Nobody Speak’ is part of the Run The Jewels’ Record Store Day release out tomorrow. ‘VRTJ’ is a Virtual Reality cardboard viewer that comes with a download code for the collaborative track.
‘Backtail Was Heavy’
Wonky electronic day-glo rave style
Most tracks that employ old-school rave breaks and samples feel like period pieces or homages. Matt Cutler aka Lone has a unique style of his own that he can bend into different existing shapes. For this once-off online release, his penchant for day-glow wavy synths are a great match for some old school rave-to-your-grave snatches and rhythm. The last minute of the track are the bones of the operation but it’s the suitable nod to the past that makes this a winner.
The first Nialler9 show of 2015 was broadcast last Thursday at 10pm on TXFM. The two hour show leaned forward and featured some of the best new music coming out in the first months of the new year: from All We Are to Emmy The Great; Laura Marling to Jape, Marina & The Diamonds to Lapsley, Dan Deacon to Panda Bear. HAve a listen below.
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We’ve reached the half-way point of the year while at one time making a half-year list was pure clickbait, today there’s so much music out there, I find I need to digest and list them sometimes to make sense of my year so far. As with last year, here are my top 25 albums of 2014.5 with a separate list of Irish albums I’ve enjoyed.
‘Simple Life’, is as bare as they come, a piano-lead striking ballad with Niia’s jazz vocals yearning for something else as she “makes her lovers used the back door when they leave.” It’s an effective showcase of a new talent years in the making.
2. Todd Terje – ‘Oh Joy’
Probably the only banger we hadn’t heard from his debut and album of the week, It’s Album Time.
While his brilliant single last summer ‘Airglow Fires’ and previous albums displayed a more frantic electronic style, ‘2 Is 8’, our first taster from Lone’s new album Reality Testing out in June on R&S Records has more of a Bibio-style beat production feel and is distinctly happy (there are literally kids saying yeaah in unison). Definitely sounds like one for the summer playlist.
“I was listening to a lot of Detroit techno and old Chicago house that had the same grain and dirtiness to it as a lot of the hip hop I was listening to,” says Cutler of the genesis for Reality Testing. “That was the real spark – I wanted to make an album that had both hip hop and house beats, but that weren’t completely different from each other, that shared the same sort of vibe. I love the idea of two things sat side by side, but instead of it seeming like they’re complete opposites, [it’s more that] those two things could almost be the same thing.”
Lone rolls in the summer vibes here on new single ‘Airglow Fires’, a woogie-boogie track with an electronic centre and jazzy fringes. The whole combo is his first release since from Manchester producer Matt Cutler since his Galaxy Garden album. Love the “What?” sample. The track is out on July 14th on R&S Records backed with ‘Begin to Begin’.
The seal around Azealia Banks has been broken. There’s no going back to the underground space she occupied for 2011. Kanye’s already emailed her, she’s inevitably on the BBC Sound of 2012 poll and ‘212’ is being noticed by those beyond the blogs and Tumblrs.
The Harlem club rapper’s latest track uses Lone’s ‘Pineapple Crush’ as the backing track for some “liquorice bitch” shit.
Part three of the Radiohead 12″ remixes series sees Four Tet stretch ‘Seperator’ into warmer shapes , Lone go ‘Feral’ and Pearson Sound go funky on ‘Morning Mr. Magpie’. This is out now in Ireland (if there are any copies at all) and elsewhere next week.