This beat! Berlin’s Clara Hill started out by teaming up with the German DJ greats, Jazzanova, to create experimental, electronic jazz. She’s taken a turn in musical direction since then, and on… Continue reading
Too future. Night Slugs head honcho Bok Bok teams up with LA-via-Maryland singer Kelela to deliver some stuttery, synth-blastin’, and very 2014 R&B. I see you, flickering-screens,… Continue reading
Warp Records, you are good to us. This live version of “Dye the Water Green” by West Midlands, UK musician Bibio is some much needed Friday afternoon chill. From Bibio… Continue reading
Sweden-via-London singer Fatima recently partnered with “soul documentarian” Flako to produce this tempo-shifting, uplifting, singalong synth beat jam. Fatima – “La Neta” (Produced by Flako) (Official Video) … Continue reading
Greek garage rock duo The Noise Figures‘ “Out of Your Mind” slightly sounds like a slightly slowed-down and slightly sleepy “Fell in Love with a Girl” by the White Stripes. My favorite tune… Continue reading
25-year-old, Cape Town, South Africa musician, producer, and ad jingle writer John Withers is the brainchild behind John Wizards. Featuring Rwandan singer Emmanuel Nzaramba, his recently released self-titled debut album draws from Ghanaian highlife,… Continue reading
“Six Space Shuttles and 144,000 Elephants” is quite possibly my new favorite song title. Lonnie Holley, born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, is the seventh of twenty-seven children. Childhood was chaotic:… Continue reading
Jungle godfather Shy FX takes a break from the frenzy of drum ‘n’ bass and opts to expertly concoct some simmering, hazy reggae instead. Shy FX ft Liam Bailey – “Soon Come”… Continue reading
Fresh from supporting José González‘s band Junip in New York last week, East London’s suitably red-bearded James Mathé, otherwise known as Barbarossa, combines a large, simple Black Keys-ish garage rock-soul guitar riff and tussled… Continue reading
Enchanted, psychedelic, folk vibrations on this brand new Washed Out song, sounding not unlike a dialed-down, Sunday morning Tame Impala. Washed Out – “It All Feels Right” (Official Video) “It… Continue reading
This five-year-old knows how to bust a move. Jungle – “Platoon” (Official Video) “Platoon” is released via Chess Club Records on July 15. More from London’s Jungle here. … Continue reading
Future-funked acid house all day. Watch the accompanying video that resembles the 3D graph blueprints on the 4D desk of some 5D cosmic alien architect. Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep – “Sacrifice”… Continue reading
Singer-songwriter Valerie June was raised in Jackson and Humboldt, Tennessee, one hour from Memphis and two hours from Nashville, which serves as an accurate musical GPS for her blues- and country-influenced sound, aptly… Continue reading
Mournful, synth-strong, cosmic soul from LA’s Computer Jay. Computer Jay ft Orfeo – “Hardships” (Official Video) “Hardships” is the first single from Computer Jay’s Savage Planet Vol. 2.
This agitated, gritty heatwave loop from Eglo’s mysterious new signing, Strange U, believed to be a moniker of UK hip-hop stalwart Kashmere the Iguana Man. Although why anyone would even think about adopting… Continue reading
That Belgian centipede funk. BRZZVLL – “Kevin” (Official Video) More delightful sounds from Antwerp’s finest live jazz collective BRZZVLL (pronounced “Brazzaville”) here.
Late night sounding right. Ivy Lab ft Frank Carter III – “Afterthought” More Ivy Lab here.
Pet sounds from the uniquely gifted child of light that is Lil B. Lil B – “I Love You” (Official Video) #Based #Rare #ILoveYou #Tears #Pets
First-person music videos are usually pretty powerful pieces of art. Without asking permission, both Gomez’s “See the World” and, more controversially, the Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” temporarily reverse the normal artist-fan relationship… Continue reading
Hypnotic kick-drum stomps and Instagrammed roller-disco vibes courtesy of New York producer FaltyDL and Ed Macfarlane of St Albans, UK indie-dance trio Friendly Fires. FaltyDL ft Ed Macfarlane of Friendly Fires –… Continue reading
Too early? Cornershop ft TRWBADOR – “Every Year So Different” (Official Video) From director Chris Curtis: “The song inspired me to go down a rabbit hole of bygone, bucolic happenings and… Continue reading
Some real rhyme origami here from Homeboy Sandman. Homeboy Sandman – “Illuminati” (Official Video) Homeboy‘s poetry is illuminating.
17-year-old Flatbush, Brooklyn native Joey Bada$$ continues to shine with his tight and talented throwback rap. Joey Bada$$ ft Chuck Strangers – “Fromdatomb$” (Official Video) Joey Bada$$‘s latest mixtape featuring his… Continue reading
Future organic garage and dubstep rhythms from Leeds, UK live electronic seven-piece Submotion Orchestra. They join the ranks of my top-rated, best-loved Orchestras, which include Cinematic, Hidden, and BBC Concert. What Reprazent are… Continue reading
Sydney, Australia’s Harley Streten bka Flume melds warm electronic pulses and pitch-shifted R’n’B stylings. Flume ft Jezzabell Doran – “Sleepless” (Official Video) The 20-year-old’s self-titled debut album is out November 9… Continue reading
Hyperdub‘s resident MC and regular Kode9 collaborator the Spaceape pours forth future poetry on this solo endeavor. Spaceape – “On the Run” (Official Video) Experimental, tribal, anxious African rhythms.
San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA rapper Blu and hip-hop producer Exile caught my ear earlier this year with “The Great Escape,” which featured expertly cut beats and catchy, phased vocal samples, plus the… Continue reading
That starry soul-hop from outer space-via-Amsterdam. La Melodia is MC Melodee and producer I.N.T. I can easily hear Pharrell’s falsetto and his signature live drums lacing a remix of this one. La… Continue reading