Earlier today Wild Beasts announced further dates to their tour of the album Present Tense, and debuted their video for new single, A Simple Beautiful Truth. The clip features the band wearing an array of shell suits and brightly coloured rain slickers while dancing in the Beacons. And for even more Wild Beasts action, check out the Vine below of them playing that coin game we all used to play at school.
This one’s a little different. Antwon is a one of a glut of rappers to be labelled as ‘cloud rap’ his lazy flow and ear for unique beats have seen him catch the attention of blogs. This track’s production is brilliant, it’s a full minute of hazy instrumental before Antwon and then Lil Ugly Mane start up.
New from Lana Del Rey. She sings over strings about being your “Dairy Queen.” The winning formula keeps churning out perfect pop.
EDIT: Turns out this isn’t from LDR’s new album but it’s still a great track. We can expect to hear lead single ‘West Coast’ soon.
Another fresh track from Tom Krell AKA How To Dress Well. This is from his forthcoming third LP What Is This Heart? This track is one of his most accessible songs. It’s funkier and a lot cleaner than a most of his recent output with a guitar being strummed over a sparse drum beat, all with Krell’s distinctive falsetto echoing over the top.
Lone looks set to be brilliantly meshing house and hip-hop styles for new LP Reality Testing due out on June 16. 2 is 8 is a warm and bouncy hip-hop influenced track. According to the man himself, Lone says: “I wanted to make an album that had both hip-hop and house beats, but that weren’t completely different from each other… I love the idea of two things sat side by side, but instead of it seeming like they’re complete opposites, those two things could almost be the same thing.”
Doubling down on Drizzy Drake. Another day another release, this time produced by labelmate and fellow Canadian PARTYNEXTDOOR. It’s a more laid back affair as October’s Very Own balances his hip-hop and r’n’b credentials.
'Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)' is from a new Gil Scott-Heron album to be released on Record Store Day. Scott-Heron passed away in 2011 and this year would have marked his 65th birthday. Richard Russell, the producer behind his last album 'I'm New Here' decided to release this collection of older Scott-Heron tracks, reworked with just piano and vocals. Recorded at the same time as the 'I'm New Here' sessions, Nothing New here is a fitting tribute to the Godfather of rap.
Drake is excited about the NFL draft and has put out this new track produced by Boi-1da. It’s one of his ‘I am a real rapper listen to me brag’ tracks where he samples Lauryn Hill, proclaims his love for Jennifer Lawrence and disses Chance The Rapper – it’s well worth a listen.