London duo AlunaGeorge release their newest track (and video) “My Blood,” this past week via all digital retailers. The single features electronic music producer Zhu, and was featured as Beats 1 “World Record” with Zane Lowe on this past Wednesday (April 27th). This is the third track from the band’s upcoming new album, I Remember, which is scheduled for release later this spring by Interscope Records. Check out AlunaGeorge’s video for ‘My Blood’ below.]]>
It’s been close to two years since we have written about Becky Hill. The Voice UK album is back with ‘Back To My Love’ featuring Little Simz. The single is a throwback to how Pop/R&B songs were made back in the day. It includes two verses from Becky and then Little Simz throws in her 16 bars. The track premiered on Billboard and this is what Becky Hill had to say about it.
“For me, the track is important because it represents my early twenties and that feeling of being lost but knowing you’re going somewhere,” Hill tells Billboard of the new track. She first earned acclaim as a member of Jessie J’s team on The Voice U.K., but even though she didn’t make it to the final round, Hill quickly topped charts thanks to collaborations with producers like Rudimental, Wilkinson, and Oliver Heldens. “It’s almost reassuring,” she adds. “I’m glad I managed to put that into a song. It’s a great reminder of self-doubt.”
Listen to the new single ahead of its official release through Hill’s own label Eko Records this Friday (April 29), and look for Hill at festivals like Glastonbury, Wireless, and more.]]>
Ardyn are pleased to announce details of a new single, Over The River, released today through Aesop (SOHN, TĀLĀ, Klyne).
“Over The River” is the first new music by Ardyn, the brother and sister duo Katy and Rob Pearson, since the release of their acclaimed debut EP, Universe, in November 2015. Teaming up again with producer Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Låpsley) to cast only the deftest of touches on a song that slinks and simmers, guided confidently by Katy’s driving vocal.
Watch a visual for ‘Over The River’
Ardyn have been writing lyrics that found a natural transformation into the skeletal frame of songs from the age of ten, and as such there’s an innate understanding of each other’s clear strengths. Rob, a guitarist who understands the importance and power of subtlety, is complemented by Katy’s alluring vocal and keyboard flourishes delivering their arresting sound.
Drawing on a fascination of peoples’ passing conversations and creating a world around a sound bite, Katy says of ‘Over The River’, “I wanted to imagine a couple’s conversation and the problems they were having in their relationship while transforming it into something visual linking to the natural world”. The songs that Ardyn have unleashed to date all share in a similarly opaque ebb and flow, marrying light and shade. The effect is mesmerising and “Over The River” is the pair’s most purposeful stride yet.
Ardyn will perform at this year’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton, Dot to Dot in Bristol, Nottingham, and Manchester, Live at Leeds, and a series of Summer festival appearances including Latitude, Secret Garden Party and Green Man Festival.
30th April – Live at Leeds
1st May – City Sound Project, Canterbury
21st May – The Great Escape, Brighton
27-29th May – Dot to Dot (Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham)
12th June – Dials Festival, Portsmouth
3rd July – Barn on the Farm Festival, Over
8th July – Samphire Festival, Porlock
15th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold
23rd July – Tramlines, Sheffield
24th July – Secret Garden Party, Abbots Ripton
29th July – Farmfest, Bruton
18th August – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
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This Swedish idol, both beautiful and talented, is one of the best artists of 2016. If Duffy, Lana Del Rey, and Lauryn Hill had a baby, it would be Snoh Aalegra. With the first full listen of her new EP, Don’t Explain, she’ll become an obsession.
The album begins with one of the coolest intros of music history. The first track, “It’s Just a Fever”, gives a vintage and 1940’s black- and- white film sound, with a sweet, feminine voice speaking. “It’s just a fever, fever” Aalegra says. With a bit more dialogue, it then ends with the sweet sound of violins. This orchestra is then incorporated in almost every track of the EP, giving a unique feel to Aalegra’s music. The second track, “In Your River”, immediately displays this artist’s raspy and chill tone. Aalegra’s voice just glides within every second of each song, so in tune with the sexy vibes of the instrumental music.
Yes, Aalegra is similar to a female version of John Legend. From listening to the second track of the EP, it was clear that she will even be as successful as Legend. With the easy- going tunes and exceptional showcase of vocals, there is no doubt Aalegra will make a name for herself.
The good beats of vocals and the incorporation of both band and orchestra is superb. This EP presents such a sexual vibe that Aalegra’s talking voice is sexy. In “Charleville 9200”, Aalegra somewhat channels her inner- Lana Del Rey with the talking verses and high pitch, but also channels her inner R&B. With the first few seconds of “Don’t Explain”, the listener will immediately get chills. As the dramatic orchestra intros and the chill beat of the drum continues, Aalegra’s vocals are introduced in the most amazing way. The only comment after that track: Sing, girl, sing. “Home” is where this young artist displays her vulnerability stating, “as long as I got you, I’ve got a home”. “Under the Influence” is where Aalegra channels her inner- Duffy and Amy Winehouse. With the rasp and sense of authority in her voice, it is clear who her inspirations are. The outro, “All on Me” consistently continues that sound of 1940’s film, presenting the uniqueness of Aalegra as an artist. To make her even more unique, she chose the album artwork to be comic- book inspired.
The chill and sexy vibes say it all. Aalegra is the definition of music’s future. This EP deserves high-praise for being so over- the- top amazing. Highly, highly, highly recommend.
One of the best projects this year to date.
Thursday 28th – LONDON – Discovery Talent Night, 229 Club, stage time TBC
Saturday 30th – LEEDS – Live At Leeds Festival, Belgrave Music Hall, stage time 3pm
Mind of a Genius Recordings
With many up -and- coming artists arriving to the scene, Gallant is by far, one of the most talented. This Maryland native raised the bar high for all artists to come with his debut album, “Ology”. With no exaggeration, this album could easily be up for many awards.
Gallant begins the collection with a dramatic tone in the intro track, “First”, yet brings the R&B vibes in the following songs, especially “Miyazaki”. This exotic- sounding track transitions into “Open Up”, where Gallant displays his skilled vocal talents. The easy- going and sexy beat compliments the high notes presented in this song, as well as many others on the album, such as the second track, “Talking to Myself”. A personal favorite is “Bourbon”, Track 4, with the smooth beat and soft vocal tones. Definitely consider taking a listen to “Skipping Stones”, a catchy duet between Gallant and Jhené Aiko, where amazing high notes are hit by this upcoming artist.
The music speaks to audiences through the melody. Considering Gallant is known as not only a singer, but songwriter as well, the music is raw. The album artwork says it all: it’s about Gallant, hence the portrait, and the emotions he’s expressing in the album. The frown face represented in gold catches the attention of the audience, hence the emotion that grasps the attention through the music.
Gallant will be the favorites of so many as he becomes known to the world. The raw talent of his will shine through each track listened to. No music fan will regret taking the time to listen to this album. There is no doubt the music industry will reward Gallant for this amazing compilation of his talent.
to. No music fan will regret taking the time to listen to this album. There is no doubt the music industry will reward Gallant for this amazing compilation of his talent.]]>
Reality is the first word that comes to mind when watching Jordan Max’s ‘Hell.’ The cinematic and gritty visuals follow a crew walking around the streets of Oldham. While we don’t know exactly what they are doing until the end of the video, but as the way some minds work, we assume they are planning something mischievous. We couldn’t be more wrong, Max and his crew drag a piano to an undisclosed location and vibe out to their surroundings while Max plays the piano.
The video premiered on i-D today and this is what Max had to say, “the first track of a dark saga,” according to the singer, it’s about “the journey from the past to now, how those younger days paved the way to hell. It’s real to me, you get see my brothers and where I still am present day. Its not Hollywood, It’s Oldham…”]]>
This April Hobbs returned with his latest offering, the synth-heavy standout “Cold Sweat,” which premiered on Billboard. Stream the single and check out the track list for his debut EP below.
Look for Hobbs’ forthcoming debut EP, Sweet Enough, out May 6.
Ben Hobbs’ Sweet Enough EP track list:
1. Sweet Enough
2. Cold Sweat
3. Wishful Thinking
4. Here’s Where The Story Ends
Coachella takes place this weekend in Indio, CA and features LCD Soundsystem and Guns N Roses (and maybe NWA) as the headliners. Sufjan Stevens, M83, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Ice Cube, Jack Ü, Sia, Major Lazer, Death Grips, Flume, Beach House, Deerhunter, ASAP Rocky, Chvrches, Purity Ring, Disclosure, Courtney Barnett, Vince Staples, Rhye, Bat for Lashes, The Last Shadow Puppets, Foals, Joey Badass, Savages, Underworld, Rae Sremmurd, Sheer Mag, Ex Hex, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Deafheaven, Kamasi Washington, Hudson Mohawke, Anderson Paak, and many many more are all set to perform.
Check out the stream below via YouTube.]]>
It builds on the vibe and environment of his first single/video for “Cruel Intentions,” where he stared into the camera and gave us a feeling like he was talking to us through the screen (very raw). It Is is set for a May 6 release date, and it can be pre-ordered on iTunes. Watch the video above.]]>