Fresh from their performance at SXSW last week, Vampire Weekend have decided to let loose two brand new songs today from their upcoming album Modern Vampires of the City. The first, which they premiered at SXSW, is the highly energetic Diane Young and it’s an absolute fucking diamond of a track! The second song, Step, is a stripped down and rather lovely ballad showcasing the bands maturing sound with some lovely lyrics like “wisdom’s a gift but you’d trade it for youth, age is an honour it’s still not the truth.”
The Strokes are streaming their eagerly awaited new album, Comedown Machine, ahead of its official release on March 25 through Pitchfork Advance. Having already heard the tracks One Way Trigger and All The Time, which split fans in two, it’s good to finally get to grips with their slightly adventurous fifth album.
When I first heard Danger Mouse was producing Portugal. The Man‘s new record, I was pretty damn stoked I gotta say. Their new single, Evil Friends, has just been released and it’s an absolute riot, exceeding my expectations. Evil Friends is a tremendously catchy slice of revved up garage-rock that will leave fans of Arctic Monkeys, The Von Bondies and The Fratellis drooling from the mouth. If this track is anything to go by, then we’re in for a serious treat with the rest of the album. Roll on June.
Last week, a short clip of this Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe remix featuring Jay-Z was played at SXSW and as you can imagine everyone went nuts for it. Well, Kendrick dropped the full version of the remix earlier today (courtesy of Compton), and along with the Hova’s verse it’s packed with two brand new Kendrick verses just to seal the deal. Quality.
Beyoncé is back! On an incredible comeback track produced by Hit-Boy, Beyoncé shows why there’s really nobody else quite like her. This is the promo cut which was posted on Bey’s official Tumblr moments ago. Take a listen below!
Soldier’s Heart are a Belgium four-piece with a new single out called African Fire, that’s honestly one of the nicest tracks I’ve heard so far this year. Fronted by Sylvie Kreusch whose vocals make swift transitions from gentle pop melodies to almost rapping make this a pop song with a bit of an edge to it. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed.
Having recently announced the release date for his forthcoming debut LP, Smart Ass Black Boy, Houston-based rapper Fat Tony has just shared the albums first track. Hood Party is a collaborative track that features former Das Racist member Kool A.D. as well as Despot. It’s a pretty dope track that’s bound to start doing the rounds soon enough in clubs I just ain’t cool enough for. Stream and download it below.
The original Sugababes have been in the studio recording some new material with Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) recently. The result is Mutya, Keisha & Siobhan laying down some pretty nice verses over Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools (Drank). I’ve always had a soft spot for the Sugababes, it’s good to have them back.
Last night James Blake premiered the b-side to his forthcoming single Voyeur (Dub) on Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 Show. Comparing And Holy Ghost to his previous releases Retrograde and Digital Lion I would say it is a far more ghostly track, that’s slightly reminiscent to Oneohtrix Point Never‘s phenomenal Replica. The single will be available soon through Blake’s 1-800-Dinosaur label. His forthcoming album, Overgrown, is released on April 8 through Atlas. The album is easily one of 2013’s most eagerly awaited releases and Blake doesn’t look like he’s going to be letting anyone down if these tracks are anything to go by.