Yours Truly & Adidas’ Songs From Scratch series has absolutely nailed it again. This time they pair Chance the Rapper with producer Nosaj Thing for a new track, called Paranoia.
I’ve listened to this track quite a bit already today and everytime I play it I can’t help but think Nosaj Thing should produce beats for rappers more often. Seriously, this is pretty much perfect isn’t it? Pairing one of the most hyped rappers around at the moment with Nosaj’s beats is just a masterstroke.
The Songs From Scratch series has already brought together Danny Brown and Araabmuzik, Angel Haze and Lunice, Jacques Greene and Tinashe and Jeremih and Shlohmo. Check those collaborations out.
Calm Now is the fantastic new single from Low Moon Low, which they will self-release on June 3. Sitting somewhere between folk and lo-fi indie, Calm Now is a very inviting track with plenty of great hooks and some really cracking guitar playing. Loving that chorus too.
Rellahmatic is part of producer Lee Bannon‘s (Pro Era and Curren$y) upcoming solo project and its been described as “music to soundtrack your slow descent into madness, and a darkness that knows no dusk”. If you stay with this track until around the minute mark, that’s when the beat hits in, and things start to get real interesting.
Swedish electro-pop outfit Kate Boy are back with The Way We Are, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed and totally awesome debut single, In Your Eyes. For those of you who enjoyed their Northern Lights EP, In Your Eyes is another storming blast of energetic synth-heavy pop backed by some pummelling drums and dark yet catchy choruses.
It’s kind of hard to talk about Kate Boy and not mention The Knife, so all I’ll say is this… Deep Cuts. Enjoy!
Swansea four piece The Adelines dropped their breezy new single Alleyways yesterday through their record label, Kissability. Alleyways is a charming and carefree release that’s easy on the ear and very replayable. Jennie Morris’ vocals remind me a little of Victoria Legrand’s and the instrumentals on this track are just dreamy. Don’t sleep on this one.
Joey Bada$$ has hooked up with Action Bronson for a new one, called B.A.R’d. Produced by Pro Era’s in-house producer Chuck Strangers, it’s a pretty fresh cut from two of New York City’s finest. Diggin’ that jazz instrumental.
Belle Mare is a boy/girl group consisting of Amelia Bushell and Thomas Servidone who formed the band in Brooklyn back in 2012. They released their gorgeous debut EP, The Boat Of The Fragile Mind back in April and I would like to sway your attention now towards its astonishingly beautiful title track.
Vocalist Amelia Bushell’s soft and wistful vocals make this a truly memorable and compelling listen. It’s a truly fragile and haunting song, and it’s the simplicity of it that endears me the most. I could listen to that softly strummed acoustic guitar and her voice all day.
The Boat Of The Fragile Mind EP is available on their Bandcamp now. Check it out.
London-based musician Oscar has been garnering quite a lot of buzz over the past month. I mean, Pitchfork doing a feature on your very first release isn’t the easiest thing in the world to get done. His latest offering, I Don’t Care has been floating about on SoundCloud for the best part of a month now, and I shamefully slept on it until now. I Don’t Care is a pretty awesome track, with Oscar Scheller singing/talking rather nonchalantly through verses and choruses aided by some wall-shaking bass playing, a thrilling three-chord guitar heavy on feedback and his own kind of “fuck it” attitude. The track is sort of a rush, and totally worth checking out.
Two of pop music’s most individual and brightest hopes, Charli XCX and Marina Diamandis, hook-up for a super cool new track, called Just Desserts. With both artists set to go on tour together shortly, Just Deserts acts as a sort of promo of what you can expect from their shows. Check it out.