"You should never underestimate the power of a kiss on the neck, when she doesn’t expect" – the Purple One
Fair enough, Prince. Fair enough. The sex-funk (let’s roll with that as a genre, and not an odour) aficionado is due to release two albums in September: one with all-female band 3rd Eye Girl, and the other as a solo effort.
This track, Clouds, features singer and songwriter Lianne La Havas (who hosted Prince’s unorthodox press conference when he passed through the UK for a series of surprise gigs earlier this year) and is basically smooth as hell.
Find out more about both albums on Prince’s site.
INTRODUCING NEW YORK POP SINGER, VÉRITÉ
Her music’s saccharine-sweet, but just intriguing enough to make us want to hear more. This is Vérité’s second single, riding off the online buzz (number one on Hype Machine, etc) generated by July’s Strange Enough.
File next to Oh Land, Banks and a slightly more straight-laced Mø.
NPR MUSIC IS STREAMING INTERPOL’S NEW ALBUM RIGHT NOW
El Pintor, much-loved by anagram fanatics and Interpol obsessives, isn’t out until September 8 (UK) and September 9 (US), but is up already on NPR’s First Listen.
There go all our plans to get anything else done today. Damn.
Pre-order the record on Interpol’s site.
HAPPY KATE BUSH WEEK, EVERYBODY
Now that the only likeable manic pixie dream girl in the history of the world is playing live for the first time in 35 years, expect a lot of our music coverage to centre around her return. Just for a couple of days, mind.
If you weren’t lucky enough to nab tickets to her series of shows, live vicariously through Alexis Petridis’ five-star review (and Harriet Gibsone’s liveblog from night one, yesterday).
WE’RE STREAMING THE NEW MERCHANDISE ALBUM RIGHT NOW
The once-punk four-piece from Tampa Bay’s DIY scene have reinvented themselves with a new slick, 80s synthy sound.
If, like our online music editor Tim Jonze, you’re keen on the new direction they’re taking – or are just curious to hear it – head here to give After the End a listen.