Mount Kimbie – Marilyn (feat. Micachu)

Mount Kimbie have shared the video for new single Marilyn, a collaboration with Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi, aka Micachu.

Speaking of the collaboration, Kai from Mount Kimbie says: “Couldn’t be happier to share a song we wrote with Mica Levi [Micachu] – this one’s called Marilyn. Mica’s work has been a constant source of inspiration for us and I’m grateful she wanted to sing on this one because as a singer and a lyricist I think she brings so much. We’re also announcing our EU tour which starts in October. Can’t wait to be back playing gigs every night with our band-mates Andrea and Marc. Lots of new music and new ideas for us so we hope to see you somewhere on our travels”.

Marilyn is accompanied by a video by renowned cult fashion photographer and film director Mark Lebon, who rose to notoriety in the 1980s for his work with high end fashion labels and magazines including i-D, Vogue, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood. The clip is an intimate portrait of family life, compiled from home video footage shot by Mark of his sons Tyrone Lebon, who previously worked with Mount Kimbie on videos and photography for their debut album Crooks and Lovers, and Frank Lebon, who directed and starred in the recent We Go Home Together video, which featured James Blake.

Dauwd – Glass Jelly

Dauwd releases his forthcoming debut album, Theory Of Colours, on June 2 via Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour.

An integral member of the Berlin night and radio show African Acid Is The Future, Dauwd Al Hilali’s releases have been met with as much expectation as they have intrigue. Spending the last few years out of the limelight and in his Berlin studio, Dauwd’s music has continued to ripple through clubs as his singular, sometimes thrillingly uncertain process of experimentation has continued. Pulling inspiration from electronic music legends like Terry Riley, Raymond Scott, and the seminal Radiophonic Workshop period in the late 50’s and 60’s, “Theory of Colours” draws a unique line between influences as disparate as hazy Detroit house and early German Krautrock.

Not unlike the rest of the album, whose sonic themes were constructed under the notion of restriction and the freedom found through establishing intentional limits, Glass Jelly, with its tight, barely-there baseline and consistent breaks sprinkled throughout, is intentionally minimal yet strikingly loose. Nearly shimmering at moments, the track subtly builds on itself; its pingy synths ricochet like remnants in the background and its distorted melody recalls both hazy early 90’s Chicago basements and the tubey, lo-fi house sound that’s broken through as of late. At its core, Glass Jelly easily transcends both and instead embodies the title itself — a fluidly sharp and discerning tune that sticks out among a collection of already stellar tracks featured on Theory of Colours.

Dauwd releases Theory Of Colours on June 2 via Technicolour. Pre-order here.

Shabazz Palaces – 30 Clip Extension

Shabazz Palaces will release Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, the group’s fourth album and extra-spatial twin to Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star, worldwide on July 14 via Sub Pop Records. The album, featuring highlights 30 Clip Extension, Julian’s Dream (ode to a bad) and Effeminence, includes guest appearances from Fly Guy Dai of Chimurenga Renaissance, Amir Yaghamai, John Carroll Kirby, Thaddillac, Morgan Henderson, The Shogun Shot, Laz, and Purple Tape Nate.

Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines was produced by the Palaceer Lazaro and Sunny Levine, recorded in Seattle at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space and in Marina Del Rey at Dror Lord Studios, and mixed by Levine and Kamal Humphrey at Kamal’s House Studio.

Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines is a second, fully-realized album of new material that expands the Quazarz universe. Pre-order here.

Jesse – De-pression

Jesse Jenkins of Pure X will release his forthcoming solo debut album Hard Sky on June 23 via Uniform Group.

Jesse delivers his second single today – De-pression – a deceptively upbeat earworm of a tune (performed exclusively by Jenkins) that finds him contemplating impermanence, asking “what happens when you lost the time, that you had before?”.

Hard Sky is the anomalous solo debut of Corpus Christi, TX based Jesse Jerome Jenkins V. Whereas Pure X wrote their languid songs as a unit of shared consciousness, Hard Sky is a remarkably singular effort that puts the singer and multi-instrumentalist on full display from the inside out. Hard Sky is a direct expression of Jenkins’ bleak, yet playful, personal creative attitude; all narrated and guided by his unmistakable buoyant vocals.

Unabashedly American in its roots, Hard Sky utilizes and completely rarefies aspects of country, R&B, folk, blues, and minimalist-jazz, all coalesced into a modern, approachable formation. Life’s impossibly dark moments are given levity with an unattached restraint and maturity across the album as Jenkins watches his thoughts, losses, joys, and existential-crises pass over the horizon like clouds in the sky. Both lyrically and musically, it’s almost as if Jenkins is simultaneously laughing at life’s inevitable struggles while accepting that he is barely hanging on.