With the release of Vince Staples’ highly anticipated sophomore album, Big Fish Theory, one of the tracks that immediately caught my attention was ‘Yeah Right’ featuring Kučka & Kendrick Lamar.
Produced by Sophie (MØ, Charli XCX) and Australian DJ/Producer Flume, (producer of one of my all time favourite remixes) – ‘Yeah Right’ serves up some industrial, bass-heavy production with Staples’ slick flows and infectious hook looped throughout. Australian singer/producer, Kučka, offers up a stark contrast for the bridge with her sweet vocals, before Kendrick enters and completely dominates his verse.
Staples & Kučka previously collaborated with Flume on his album Skin, however this is the first time Staples and Kendrick have worked together, with Staples recently rating him as the best rapper alive.
The 12-track record delves into a progressive form of electronica & dynamic hip-hop, serving as the follow-up to 2016’s Prima Donna EP, as well as Staples’ recent collaboration with Gorrilaz on ‘Ascension‘. Big Fish Theory is available now via Def Jam and boasts an impressive list of contributors from the likes of Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, Damon Albarn and Justin Vernon, as well as production from GTA, Christian Rich (Earl Sweatshirt) and Zack Sekoff.
Upcoming dates for Vince Staples include Reading & Leeds Festival (Aug 25-27) and O2 Forum London (Aug 30)
24- year-old Australian Producer Flume (Harley Streten), unveiled his latest single ‘Never Be Like You’, ft Canadian singer Kai. The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record and is taken from Flume’s forthcoming album, ‘Skin’. (Via Transgressive)
Opening with twinkling chimes, Kai’s dreamy, effortless vocals weave in and out of Flume’s textured soundscape. Flume’s production is so unique and creative, providing such depth to his music; from his signature bass and shiny synth work, to his syncopated rhythms and experimental percussions, all working in perfect harmony.
Speaking with Annie Mac about his collaboration with Kai with, Flume commented:
“We started working on some stuff – bouncing some things back and forth to each other online. Then we met up in NY and did some music there. We weren’t feeling too inspired, so we left, got to know each other, had some drinks and then went back to the studio. That’s when it really started to work out and we cracked it there and then.”
Flume, who delivered arguably one of my favourite remixes ever with Disclosure’s ‘You And Me’, continues to hone and progress his sound with such skill, further heightening the anticipation for this forthcoming album. No release date as of yet, but check out this 4.5 minute album teaser here and listen to ‘Never Be Like You’ below.
Upcoming dates for Flume include London’s Roundhouse (March 16)
Lithuanian producer Marijus Adomaitis (Aka Ten Walls) has unveiled his new single ‘Walking With Elephants’. The single was released via new label Boso and serves the follow up to the ever popular ‘Requiem’ and ‘Gotham’.
The driving force of ‘Walking with Elephants’ is the horn style synths conjuring up that sense of urgency. This is perfectly balanced with a rousing string motif and hypnotic, percussive beats that you wish would never end. A real goosebump track!
Pete Tong recently showcased ‘Walking With Elephants’ as his Essential Tune further solidifying him as one if the most exciting electronic producers around. ‘Walking With Elephants’ is available May 5th and is available to pre order now.
Norwegian house producer Todd Terje, who brought us the infectious ‘Inspector Norse’, ‘Strandbar’ and ‘Lanzarote‘ has unveiled his new single ‘Delorean Dynamite’.
The 7-minute track delivers intricate production from Terje who serves up a disco infused, synth-driven melody and all-around feel-good vibes!
The single is taken from his forthcoming debut album ‘It’s Album Time‘ which is set for release April 7th via his own label Olsen Records. Pre-order now and receive ‘Delorean Dynamite’ as a free download.
The talented Banks is back with her new single ‘Brain‘, which serves as the follow up to tracks such as ‘Waiting Game’, ‘This Is What It Feels Like‘ and ‘Warm Water‘.
The dynamic track opens with Banks’ trademark dark and mysterious vibes that slowly builds to an explosive and euphoric bridge, mixed with distorted and echoed vocals. As always, Banks’ choice of producers are strong, having worked with the likes of Sohn, TEED, Lil Silva and Jamie Woon. For ‘Brain’, Banks enlists the expertise of LA producer Shlohmo, who’s production is both subtle and powerful; perfectly capturing Banks’ dynamic nature.
Having started the year off as no.3 in the BBC Sound of 2014 poll, Banks is currently putting the final touches on her debut record and describes it as a “Constant development of my sound“. Be sure to catch Banks at one of her many upcoming performances including two dates in London’s Koko this March. Plenty of dates also lined up for Shlohmo.
‘Brain’ featured as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record on Tuesday and is now available to purchase from iTunes.
Evian Christ (AKA Joshua Leary) has unveiled his new single ‘Salt Carousel’.
There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding the young electronic music producer of late, considering his most recent accomplishment involved working on the critically acclaimed ‘Yeezus’ album from Kanye West. His music encompasses a wide variety of styles from Trap, to Hip Hop and Ambient to early Dub Step.
Evian Christ continues to demonstrate his cutting edge talents with his latest single ‘Salt Carousel’. With its dark, atmospheric and edgy tones, the track cuts through you with its looped jagged synth line, distorted vocals and pounding bass.
The single featured as a ‘Special Delivery‘ for Annie Mac on Friday as well as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record‘ on Monday. The emotionally charged ballad opens with simple piano accompaniment before building euphorically to a bittersweet synth-laden track. Speaking with Zane, Katy commented:
“I got the idea from my friend – she was in tears on the phone. She didn’t know why she was crying, then she realised it was all these feeling that she tried to bury for months. She was just sitting at traffic lights and it just burst out. When she said that, I automatically knew how she felt about it. There comes a point where your body and mind can’t take it anymore and you need a release. I wanted to write songs with piano and chord structures rather than getting a beat from a producer. I wanted to start from scratch and this song allowed me to do that.”
Written with Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams/Miles Kane), ‘Crying For No Reason’ speaks to people on a personal level with its poignant lyrics:
“I never faced all the pain I caused/Now the pain is hitting me full force”