Tyler The Creator – ‘Boredom’ & ‘I Ain’t Got Time’

In the lead up to Tyler The Creator’s fourth album Flower Boy and follow-up to 2015’s Cherry Bomb, Tyler gave us a taste of what’s to come. Two such tracks include ‘Boredom’ and ‘I Ain’t Got Time’.

Boredom’ features vocal contributions from Rex Orange County, Norwegian singer/songwriter Anna Of The North and Corinne Bailey Rae, who together offer up a unique collaboration, allowing Tyler to showcase his slick production skills. Opening with a chilled mix of subtle guitar strums and shuffling drum rolls, the trio weave in and out of the sonic textures, before stirring strings gain momentum and Tyler makes an appearance with his smooth neo-soul vocals. Tyler is a long-time supporter of Rex Orange County, who also features on the album’s opening track ‘Forward’.

Up next is the psychedelic hip-hop track ‘I Ain’t’ Got Time’, where Tyler let’s loose and really experiments with various styles and flavours, offering up barrage of synth hooks, whirring electronics and some playful, unpredictable and provocative lyrics. Speaking with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Tyler commented on the origin of the track, which happened while he was in Kanye’s studio working on The Life Of Pablo.

“I think [West] went to take a nap. And I was just in the studio, and there was an MPC [Music Production Controller] there. There was a mic right here, and [I said to engineer Noah Goldstein], ‘Just start recording me.’ I just started smacking, started clapping, started making weird noises and then added a [bass sound] … I was like, ‘Kanye should take this song. He would sound so much cooler saying, “I ain’t got time!” than me.’ He didn’t like it.”

Despite Kanye turning down the track, Tyler had someone else in mind for the verse:

“I wanted her [Nicki Minaj] on that shit so fucking bad, like, you have no idea. I reached out to her so many times, tried to get her number. She couldn’t think of nothing … I’m like, ‘How the fuck do you hear this beat and [not] think of shit?'”

Flower Boy is available now. Other artists featuring on the album include A$AP Rocky, Frank Ocean, Lil Wayne & Estelle.

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Lana Del Rey – Summer Bummer ft A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti

While 2012 brought us the summer classic ‘Summertime Sadness’, Lana Del Rey continues down this sesaonal path with her latest single ‘Summer Bummer’. What is it with her and Summer? ‘Summer Bummer’ sees Lana enlist A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti for yet another slice of woozy, R&B-tinged pop. A$AP and Playboi Carti offer up the perfect amount of light and shade to contrast Lana’s hazy vocals, subdued beats and trap-infused production throughout.

Speaking with Annie Mac, who premiered ‘Summer Bummer’ her Hottest Record, Lana commented on working with A$AP, who features on two tracks on her album:

“He’s got to be one of my top two favourite rappers in the whole world. I have so much fun watching him work. If I just have a track and play it for him , he can put something down right away and it’s always just so different.“

Speaking about the recording process:

“The record ended up in a place that’s different to where I thought it would end up sonically. The narrative and lyrically it moved forward just a little bit, which I’m proud of.”

Summer Bummer‘ is taken from Lana’s fifth studio album Lust for Life and serves as the follow up to Lana’s previous collaboration with The Weeknd on ‘Lust For Life’ which featured in my April Selections. Other collaborations on the album include Stevie Nicks and Sean Ono Lennon. Upcoming dates for Lana include The Echo Arena in Liverpool (Aug 22) and The SSE Hydro in Glasgow (Aug 23)

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DJ Shadow – Horror Story Ft Danny Brown

American DJ & producer DJ Shadow has teamed up with Michigan rapper Danny Brown for his latest single ‘Horror Story’. Taken from DJ Shadow’s The Mountain Has Fallen EP, ‘Horror Story’ sees innovator Brown rapping loops around an unpredictable beat showcasing his unique lyrical style, while DJ Shadow provides a banging instrumental full of depth and intrigue. Premiering with Annie Mac on Radio 1, DJ Shadow commented on teaming up with Danny Brown saying:

“I like when people are out there a little bit and doing something completely against the grain. If you look at what’s played on the radio and what’s trendy, he goes against that in a way that I admire.”​

The Mountain Has Fallen EP also features collaborations with the likes of Nas and follows 2016’s The Mountain Will Fall EP ft Run The Jewels. Upcoming dates for DJ Shadow include Concorde 2 in Brighton (Aug 15-16) and London’s Roundhouse (Oct 7), while Danny is set to perform at Reading & Leeds (Aug 25-27) and with Run The Jewels at O2 Academy Brixton (Nov 12).

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Vince Staples – Yeah Right ft. Kučka & Kendrick Lamar

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)

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Lido – Not Enough ft THEY.

Are we about to see a resurgence in swing beats and funky 80’s hip hop? I bloody hope so! 24-year-old Norwegian producer, Peder Losnegård, AKA Lido, has just served up one of the catchiest tracks of the Summer.

Teaming up with LA-based R&B duo, THEY., ‘Not Enough’ serves up a delightful 80’s inspired throwback. Influenced by artists such as Guy, New Edition and Bobby Brown, ‘Not Enough’ revisits the new jack swing era, originally brought to prominence in the 80’s by Teddy Riley (Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown) and Bernard Belle (Whitney Houston). There’s such a feel-good vibe to this track, with its funky rhythms, soulful riffing and ridiculously catchy melody that just makes you want to get up and dance with its New Kid On The Block-esque style beats.

Having shared his latest album Everything back in October, Lido has previously worked with the likes of Halsey, Banks and Chance the Rapper, while THEY recently unveiled their debut album NÜ RELIGION: HYENA, featuring singles ‘Truth Be Told’ and ‘U-RITE’. Upcoming dates for Lido include Osheaga Music & Arts Festival in Canada (Aug 4-6) while THEY. are set to perform at Reading & Leeds (Aug 25-27)

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Plan B – In The Name Of Man

Benjamin Drew, aka Plan B, made his long-awaited return with new single ‘In The Name Of Man’. Receiving its premiere as MistaJam’s Hottest Record on Radio 1, ‘In The Name Of Man’ is Plan B’s first track in five years and follow up to 2012’s Ill Manors soundtrack and single ‘Playing With Fire’ ft Labrinth.

Co-written by Foy Vance, (Rag’n’Bone Man, Ed Sheeran, Rudimental), the new single is taken from his as-yet-unannounced fourth album. The politically charged track, showcases Plan B’s impressive vocal range, soaring above shuffling beats, block piano accompaniment, soulful bv’s and atmospheric production throughout.  Speaking with MistaJam, Plan B commented:

“It doesn’t getting any realer than having kids and that’s what happened to me. Fans will notice, there isn’t any rapping on this record. It didn’t feel natural to be rapping about this particular experience. This is the best thing to ever happen to me. Made me want to sing rather than break it down, in the way that I do. This doesn’t mean it’s the end of me as a rapper.”

Having just headlined the Where It Begins stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull, ‘In The Name Of Man’ is available now via Warner Music.

 

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Kendrick Lamar – Humble

Earlier this month, Kendrick Lamar returned with ‘The Heart Pt 4’, taken from his forthcoming fourth studio album. Now the Compton MC unveiled yet another new single titled. Serving up an infectious piano riff, backed by 808 drums throughout and a hook you can really get behind – ‘Sit down/Be Humble’.  

The cinematic video, directed by Dave Meyers displays some effective camera work, while Kendrick recreates The Last Supper and literally going up in flames. Kendrick has yet to announce details of his fourth studio album and follow up to 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly, however, he has teased April 7th as an important date, so stay tuned. *Update* Kendrick announced his new album DAMN. which is set for release April 17th.

In the meantime, you can catch Kendrick at a string of US dates including The Barclays Center in NY (July 20 & 23).  

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