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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Toddla T – Magnet Ft Andrea Martin

Fresh off the success of ‘Beast’ ft Andrea Martin (as featured in my April Selections), producer/DJ and 1Xtra host Toddla T unveiled his new single ‘Magnet’. Serving as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, the Sheffield-born producer has once again teamed up with the smooth stylings of Andrea Martin, delivering the perfect blend of soul, R&B and dance, topped off with hypnotic, skittering beats and slick production throughout. 

Speaking with Annie Mac on Radio 1,  Toddla T commented on how the collaboration with Andrea Martin came about:

“I was looking for a vocalist and I called my friend Switch who put me in touch with Andrea Martin. I went in the studio with her, and within a minute I was like ‘this is the lady I want to work with on the  album’… She’s going to voice the record and I’m going to finish it so it was kinda her that inspired me to do the record.”

When it came to producing ‘Magnet’, Toddla was worried he wouldn’t do Andrea’s vocals justice, stating they were ‘too good’. He later followed up with friend and co-producer Chilly Gonzales, who infused some magic while taking ‘Magnet’ to new heights with his vibrant instrumentals:

“I sent him the beat with no music on, and he came back with the most emotive, lush music. I was in the studio having a weep. I put the bass around it, and finally I felt like I did the vocals some justice.

Magnet’ is taken from Toddla’s forthcoming third album Foreign Light and follow up to 2012’s Watch Me Dance. Available via his own label imprint Steeze, upcoming dates for Toddla include fabric (Aug 11), House Of Common (Aug 28th) and Bestival (Sept 7). With the success of his Glastonbury Carnival last month, all roads lead to Notting Hill Carnival at the end of August.  

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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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Tour Dates: Lido & They.

 

Stormzy – Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2 (Ft MNEK)

I kicked off last month’s Monthly Selections with Stormzy’s ‘Big For Your Boots’, and with the release of his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, there’s just no stopping him.  His latest Gospel inspired track ‘Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2 (Ft MNEK)’, serves up a truly reflective and vulnerable side to Stormzy; one that we don’t get to hear too often from him or any Grime artist. The aforementioned track in particular is about God. Speaking with The Guardian Stormzy commented:

“One of the things that I’m most impressed by, in God, is the grace that he has. No matter what we do, there’s always this, “OK, it’s fine. I understand.” That’s not to say I can go out and do something bad… But just that knowing that someone’s got you through out anything, and they’re not going to judge you, they’re just going to understand your situation. That grace.”

Blinded by Your Grace‘ was inspired by his early childhood days at Sunday Church. Stormzy wanted to bring BBYG to new heights and he felt MNEK was the man to do it. Speaking with The Fader, Stormzy said:

“I’ve always clocked with MNEK, he’s got such a voice. I was like, I know he can go to church with it. He came round to the studio, and it was like watching a magician work. He was able to record his riffs and his [backing vocals] and his harmonies all at once without hearing them back. He took the tune exactly where I wanted it to go.”

Produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Sam Smith, Katy B, Kano), the Grammy-award winning producer spent 10 months working on the album with Stormzy. Gang Signs & Prayer is available now via Merky Records. Upcoming dates for Stormzy include Coachella and three dates at )2 Academy, Brixton (May 2-4)

iTunes: Gang Signs & Prayer
Google Play: Gang Signs & Prayer
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Katy B x Kaytranada – Honey

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Katy B has shared new track ‘Honey’ from her forthcoming third studio album of the same name.

‘Honey’ serves up some smooth vibes with it’s elongated synths and Katy’s sultry vocals weaving in and out of Haitian-Canadian producer KAYTRANADA’s soulful, electronic textures.

Known for her creative collaborations in the past such as Tinie Tempah, Four Tet, Jessie Ware, Magnetic Man, Mark Ronson and Diplo, Honey looks set to be yet another ambitious record. The list of featured artists include a mix of mainstream and underground artists of all genres, from Craig David, Novelist, Hannah Wants, Major Lazer and more. Having already released the chart topping ‘Turn The Music Louder (Rumble)’ with KDA & Tinie Tempah, followed by the soothing sounds of ‘Calm Down’ with Four Tet and Floating points.

Honey is set for release April 29th via Rinse/Virgin EMI. Be sure to catch Katy at Brixton’s O2 Academy (May 14) and Bestival (Sept 8-11). Check out the full tracklist for Honey below.

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Year In Review: Top 100 Tracks of 2015

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It’s that time of year again when I count down my favourites tracks of 2015. With so many incredible artists from Eric Prydz to Disclosure, Skepta to JME, Frances to Jack Garratt and Duke Dumont to Méle, it’s safe to say the future of music is in good hands. Check out my Top 100 tracks below, which I’ve combined into a handy Spotify Playlist.

Here’s to a bright 2016 and another exciting year in music!

Top 100 Tracks

  1. Eric Prydz – Opus
  2. Disclosure – Bang That
  3. Fono – Real Joy
  4. Melé – Ambience
  5. Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) Ft Young Thug & Popcaan
  6. The Chemical Brothers – Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
  7. Skepta – Shutdown
  8. Major Lazer – Lean On Ft MØ & DJ Snake
  9. Ápres – Chicago
  10. Disclosure – Holding On ft Gregory Porter
  11. Jack Ü – Where Are Ü Now ft Justin Bieber
  12. Enzo Siffredi – Sometimes
  13. Jamie XX – Loud Places ft Romy
  14. Julio Bashmore – Holding On ft Sam Dew
  15. The Chemical Brothers – Go Ft Q-Tip
  16. Format:B – Chunky
  17. Duke Dumont – The Giver (Reprise)
  18. Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry
  19. The Prodigy – The Day Is My Enemy
  20. Riton – Rinse and Repeat ft Kah-lo
  21. Missy Elliot – WTF (Where They From) Ft Pharrell
  22. Tame Impala – Cause I’m A Man
  23. Riva Starr – The Loft Ft Dajae
  24. Grum – Sunday Blue Sky
  25. Drake – Hotline Bling
  26. Netsky – Rio ft Digital Farm Animals
  27. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
  28. Kanye West ft Alan Kingdom, Theopilus London, Paul McCartney – All Day
  29. Boston Bun – Paris Groove
  30. Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive
  31. LA Priest – Oino
  32. Jimmy Napes – Give It Up
  33. Disciples – They Don’t Know
  34. Justin Bieber – Sorry
  35. Oh Wonder – Technicolour Beat
  36. Redlight – Lion Jungle Ft Prodigy of Mobb Deep
  37. Black Coffee – We Dance Again ft Nakhane Touré
  38. The Maccabees – Something Like Happiness
  39. Claude Von Stroke & Jessie Rose – Bare Mountain
  40. Loyle Carner – Ain’t Nothing Changed
  41. Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man
  42. Pep and Rash – Rumours
  43. Swindle – Mad Ting Ft JME
  44. Chase & Status – More Ratatin ft Giggs
  45. Mumbai Science – Black Hole
  46. Foals – What Went Down
  47. MJ Cole – Alcatraz
  48. Everything Everything – Distant Past
  49. Rudimental – I Will For Love ft Will Heard
  50. Shura – 2Shy
  51. Chase & Status – Bigger Man Sound ft Novelist
  52. Kolsch – Talbot ft Gregory Schwellenbach
  53. Lion Babe – Wonder Woman
  54. Hudson Mohawke – Very First Breath ft Irfane
  55. Shamir – Call It Off
  56. Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable
  57. Years and Years – King
  58. Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
  59. Ápres – This Ain’t Love Ft Andrea Martin
  60. Honne – Loves The Jobs You Hate
  61. Icarus – Ride This Train ft Aniff Akinola
  62. Para One & The South African Choir – Elevation
  63. The Prodigy – Wild Frontier
  64. Martin Solveig & GTA – Intoxicated
  65. Lana Del Rey – High By The Beach
  66. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
  67. Florence + The Machine – Delilah
  68. Formation – All The Rest Is Noise
  69. Petite Meller – Baby Love
  70. Digitaria – Little Girl
  71. Special Request – Amnesia
  72. Romare – Love Song
  73. Luke Sital-Singh – Still
  74. Lay Z – That’s What I’m On ft JME & Frisco
  75. Goldlink – Spectrum
  76. Jack Garratt – Breath Life
  77. The Maccabees – Spit It Out
  78. DJ Fresh & High Contrast – How Love Begins ft Dizzee Rascal
  79. Flux Pavilion – What You Gonna Do About It
  80. Raury – Friends ft Tom Morello
  81. Rationale – Fuel To The Fire
  82. George Fitzgerald – Full Circle Ft Boxed In
  83. AD – Get Out My Way ft OT Genasis
  84. Lady Leshurr – Queen’s Speech 4
  85. Slaves – The Hunter
  86. MNEK & Zara Larsson – Never Forget You
  87. Mura Masa – Love For That ft Shura
  88. NAO – Bad Blood
  89. Wilkinson & TC – Hit The Floor
  90. Redlight – Metronome ft Roses Gabor
  91. Bonzai – Doses
  92. Frances – Let It Out
  93. Gorgon City – Saving My Life ft Romans
  94. Sam Gellaitry – Long Distance
  95. ZHU x AlunaGeorge – Automatic
  96. Alex Metric – Drum Machine ft The New Sins
  97. Drones Club – Cold Hand
  98. Kevin Garrett – Refuse
  99. Frank Gamble – Myths
  100. Kiiara – Gold

Missy Elliot – WTF (Where They From) ft Pharrell Williams

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She’s back!!!! After teasing us with a performance during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime performance, Missy Elliot is finally back with brand new material.  

After almost seven years away from the charts, Missy Elliott has teamed up with producer Pharrell Williams for her new single ‘WTF’ (Where They From). Not only that, Missy unveiled a three minute video, sending fans into a frenzy with her fierce dance moves. WTF highlights vintage Missy with its dynamic beats and sassy flows, while addressing the culture of today and destroying any sort of competition:

“I don’t care non of you are blah-blah-blah-blah, You best to go rewrite your bars.”

Check out the incredible video below, which sees her team up with previous ‘Work It’ and ‘Lose Control’ collaborator Dave Meyers. WTF will be taken from her forthcoming 7th album (date TBC), which has been in the making for the last decade.

Here’s to a bright 2016 for Missy Elliot.