Before you start writing hate mail, Radiohead’s “A Moon Shaped Pool” is not streaming on Spotify or it would have made this month’s list.
Our top albums of May 2016 are streaming on Spotify right now and you can listen to them below.
Ever made a mistake in your life? Hoped and prayed that it would work out eventually in the end? British Soul/Folk Singer Songwriter Lánre’s single “Humans” re-enforces that no one is perfect. The uplifting tone and lyrics of “Humans” has been on steady play around the cafe this past month (we dragged our feet on featuring this). We all get into a funk or get discouraged, but as Lánre sings ‘We’re all broken so that light can come in.’
Her new EP ‘Human’ was released on April 29th. This new record is a collection of uplifting songs, which encapsulates the essence and depth of Lánre’s artistry. Relating the struggles and celebrations of life, ‘Human’ is a hopeful hymn to togetherness. Check out “Humans” above and stream the EP via Spotify.]]>
Irish singer/songwriter Conor McAteer has released his latest video ‘Boats.’ The video features footage from 1923 American short comedy silent film The Love Nest, which is written, directed by and starring Buster Keaton.
‘Boats’ is about being there for your loved ones. Whether those loved ones are near or if there is a distance between them, not matter what you will be there with love and support.
‘No distance between us/No path you could choose/No body of water/Could keep me from you’
The track is a slow burning number that reaches its climatic summit around the 3:10 mark. Around that time the ‘Boats’ takes a haunting and mesmeric turn that blends perfectly with McAteer’s soaring vocals.
Conor McAteer latest album ‘I Was An Astronaut’ will be released on the 3rd of June. We’ve gotten an early listen to the album and can’t wait to share it with you guys when it is released. In the meantime, watch the visuals above.]]>
Nao has announced her debut album and has also shared her new single “Girlfriend.” For All We Know will see daylight on July 22nd via Little Tokyo/RCA Recordings. Stream the gorgeous track in its entirety below.
For All We Know:
01 Intro (Like Velvet)
02 Get to Know Ya
03 Inhale Exhale
04 Voice Memo 161
06 Voice Memo 162
07 Adore You [ft. Abhi Dijon]
08 In The Morning
09 Trophy [ft. A. K. Paul]
10 Bad Blood
12 We Don’t Give A
13 Give Me A Little
14 Fool to Love
15 Voice Memo 4 (Say Yes)
16 Blue Wine
18 Feels Like (Perfume)
TDE has its male singer-songwriter in the form of Lance Skiiiwalker. Announced officially, Lance is the newest signee to the label. A nice addition to the roster. You can stream the first release “Speed” in its entirety below.]]>
Fresh Faced Nao provides visuals for her banger of a track “Fool In Love.” Clip shows actor Ashley Walters battling invisible forces for over a three minute period. Nao’s upcoming debut album should arrive sometime this Summer.]]>
Son Little talks about how he came up with the theme of this song.
“I wrote this song lying in bed with my lady, listening to the tea kettle whistle,” Son Little says. “I think about how complicated our lives are, all the ones and zeros distract us from what we really need and want. Sometimes I just want to take your love and hide.”
The Los Angeles born- New York/Philly raised musician is the son of a preacher and has performed with The Roots, RJD2 and Mavis Staples. The singer/songwriter will be an artist to look out for. If you like ‘Lay Down’ check out his self-titled album via Anti Records.]]>
Switching up the pace and vibe today with British music producer and composer Danny L Harle’s video for ‘Ashes Of Love.’ The song and video features Caroline Polachek of Chairlift and directed by Sam Rolfes. The trippy visuals show Caroline performing in the middle of what we think is CGI water. The video reminds me of how PC games looked in the late 90s and early 2000s. You are either going to love or hate the visuals. But one thing you can’t do is deny the catchy vibe of Danny L Harle’s ‘Ashes of Love.’ Watch the visuals above.]]>
New Sampha! New Sampha! Now that we got that out the way. The British electronic music singer-songwriter and producer from Morden, South London, United Kingdom is back with ‘Timmy’s Prayer.’
Sampha was a bit dormant on social media and broke his silence this past Monday (5/16/16) with the message: “I’ve had a lot to process these past couple of years, as we all do. And it’s hard to articulate sometimes,” Sampha said. “I wanted to say thank you to all the people who’ve shown me so much love and support.”
Though he wasn’t on social media (we all need a break) he was still working musically. His Kanye West collaboration “Saint Pablo” appeared on Apple Music (briefly) this past March.
Fast forward a few hours later, ‘Timmy’s Prayer’ was released. It is an emotional song that blends acoustic and electronics in perfect harmony. The song is about a past relationionship in which Sampha bluntly feels he f*cked up, ““I messed up, oh.”
Stream the track and feel his pain.
I messed up, I know now
There’s no room for me to play now
Nowhere to dig my way out
My brother always said I’m a dreamer, dreamer
You better watch out where this life’ll lead ya
After a three-year wait, we finally have our hands on Chance the Rapper’s proper follow-up to 2013’s Acid Rap.
Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book arrived last night via Apple Music. It was on DatPiff and other streaming sites, but since has been taken down and is only available to people with an Apple Music subscription.
The mixtape kicks off with a Kanye West feature (mirroring Chance’s feature on “Ultralight Beam”); the mixtape builds off that them and feels a bit like a rap gospel album. With features from Kanye, Future, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Justin Bieber, T-Pain, Lil Yachty, Jay Electronica, & more. It will make you put out your Sunday’s best and get ready for church.
Anticipation for Chance the Rapper’s third mixtape has been through the roof. Does Coloring Book live up to the hype? Listen above and let us know what you think.
Updated! Chance The Rapper’s “Coloring Book” is now streaming via Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Play, Pandora and TIDAL!
Coloring Book Tracklist:
01. All We Got (feat. Kanye West and Chicago Children’s Choir)
02. No Problem (feat. Lil’ Wayne and 2 Chainz)
03. Summer Friends (feat. Jeremih and Francis and the Lights)
04. D.R.A.M. Sings (Special)
06. Same Drugs
07. Mixtape (feat. Young Thug and Lil’ Yachty)
08. Angels (feat. Saba)
09. Juke Jam (feat. Justin Bieber and Towkio)
10. All Night (feat. Knox Fortune)
11. How Great (feat. Jay Electronica and Nicole)
12. Smoke Break (feat. Future)
13. Finish Line/Drown (feat. T-Pain, Kirk Franklin, Eryn Allen Kane and Noname)