Kwes – 36

Last year Kwes dropped his Meantime EP, it was one of the loveliest releases of 2012. This October, the London-based producer and singer will release his debut album ilp, and on the back of its first single 36 it might just be one of the nicest albums of 2013 as well.

ilp drops October 14 on Warp Records. Take a listen to 36, an ode to his grandparents below.

Earl Sweatshirt – Sunday (feat. Frank Ocean)

While we wait in anticipation for Earl Sweatshirt’s debut studio album Doris to drop, listen to another track off the album titled Sunday featuring Frank Ocean. We get to hear Frank Ocean rap on this track, and he knocks out a few bars that look like they’re aimed at Chris Brown.

“I mean he called me a f**got, I was just calling his bluff. I mean how anal am I gonna be when I’m aiming my gun. And why’s his mug all bloody that was a 3 on 1. Standing ovation at Staples, I got my Grammy’s and gold.”

Listen to Sunday below. Doris drops August 20.

Big Sean – Control (HOF) (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)

Big Sean has brought along Jay Electronica and Kendrick Lamar, who steals the show on this No ID-produced track with some incredible verses. Unfortunately, Control (HOF) won’t feature on Big Sean’s upcoming album due to some sampling clearance issues.

“I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhyming with, But this is hip-hop and them niggas should know what time it is, And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha-T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller. I got love for you all but I’m trying to murder you niggas.”

Hall of Fame is out August 27.

Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band – The Blast, The Bloom

Seeing as there are currently no plans to release a new Tv on the Radio record anytime soon, Tunde Adebimpe and his new side-project Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band have announced they will release their self-titled debut EP on October 1st via their own label, ZNA Records.
The first single off the forthcoming EP The Blast, The Bloom is a slow-burning track with an undeniable groove about it. While the emphasis is firmly on Adebimpe, one of the finest vocalists around in my opinion, both the guitars and drums on this track are pretty impressive too. That bass-line is so funky. Take a listen The Blast, The Bloom below, and keep an ear out for the EP.

Major Leagues – Endless Drain

If you’re into bands like Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls, then I suggest checking out Brisbane four-piece Major Leagues and their awesome track, Endless Drain. This is a really irresistible track, with infectious melodies and a real carefree feel to it as well.
Major Leagues are supporting The Preatures this September. If you’ve slept on their recent single, Is This How You Feel?, then check that out too. It’s one of my favourite tunes of the year.

Here’s the official video for Endless Drain.

King Krule – Neptune Estate

King Krule has shared an elegant new track from his eagerly-anticipated debut record, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon. The sentimental Neptune Estate sees Archie Marshall displaying a slightly more romantic side this time around, and with the use of trip-hop style instrumentals alongside his touching yet moody lyrics he’s let loose yet another sublime release. Take a listen to it below.

6 Feet Beneath The Moon drops August 24 on XL Recordings.

RY X – Berlin

If you’re a fan of Patrick Watson, Bon Iver and Keaton Henson, then I suggest checking out this beautiful new track by RY X. Similar to one of Keaton Henson’s recent tracks, the heartbreaking Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us, Berlin is a heart-wrenching and deeply personal track built around some very pretty yet emotional vocals and tender instrumentals. I don’t suggest listening to this if you’ve got the hangover blues.

RY X’s Berlin EP will be released August 28. Pre-order it here.

Berlin EP Tracklist:

1. Berlin
2. Shortline
3. Vampires
4. Wanderlust