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jay prince beautiful mercy
22.11.15

East London rapper Jay Prince has found his way into modern-day Hip Hop thanks to his nonchalant golden-age-influenced flow over contemporary beats. He’s been beavering away for a while now and is receiving a lot of love from beyond the UK.

Jay Prince released a couple of self-released EP’s in the past with quite a few productions from IAMNOBODI. For his latest “Beautiful Mercy” EP, he gets some help from L.A.-based artists SiR and the mesmerizing Joyce Wrice. She features on “Promises“, happens to be our favorite cut of the EP. Now available via iTunes, so go ahead and have a listen.

GoldLink
18.11.15

Almost two weeks ago 22-year-old Virginia-based rapper GoldLink released his new album titled “And After That, We Didn’t Talk“.

It’s the official follow-up to “The God Complex” and to be very honest it took me a while to get used to this guy’s lyrics. Unfortunately GoldLink’s vocabulary consists largely of the words n*gga, f*ck and b*tch. If he would only learn how to expand it, I’d be a bigger fan of his music. Eventually I did come to enjoy the new album and found a few gems on there.

On the new album he gets some help from artists such as Anderson Paak, Jordan Rakei, Tom Misch, Brasstracks and Louie Lastic (to name a few). Needless to say you should all give this 11-track album a listen yourself.

The Internet Ego Death
13.11.15

At first The Internet was presented as Odd Future affiliates, but in 2015 it has become clear they are a distinct entity that deviates from most hit-seeking commercial R&B acts nowadays. The group’s nucleus is singer/songwriter/engineer Syd the Kyd and producer Matt Martians.

Back in 2011 the band made their debut with the tender ballad “Love Song – 1”. A few years, lots of experience and some releases later we all welcomed their debut full-length album titled “Ego Death“. This sounded very organic and featured Janelle Monáe, Vic Mensa and Kaytranada. The album debuted within the Top Ten of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and hit the top half of the all-genre Billboard 200.

It’s safe to say that The Internet gave come a long way, but what matters most to us is that the music still sounds pure and beautiful. Two new bonus tracks of the Ego Death album were released today and both are sick. Right now “Missing You“, a romantic downtempo lovemaking jam, is on repeat. Check out both bonus tracks on iTunes and invest a few bucks in a musically flawless weekend.

FKJ Better Give U Up
13.11.15

At first I wasn’t sure what to think about an artist with a name like FKJ aka French Kiwi Juice, but it didn’t take long for me to turn into one of many thirsty FKJ lovers. Sure his sound is a tad slick and smooth, but I love that there is always a healthy dosis of Soul in this music.

Chances are that you have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard about FKJ. In case you haven’t let us be the first to introduce you to Vincent from the city of Paris. Two years ago he started releasing music online via Roche Musique. Some months ago he did a remix for Lianne La Havas’ song “Unstoppable” and who knows what else might come in 2016.

One thing I do know is that his forthcoming “French Kiwi Juice” album will release soon. And man with a single like “Better Give U Up” how can your curiosity not be triggered?

Floating Points Elaenia
10.11.15

I remember the founding father of this site, telling me about this geeky producer from London named Floating Points back in 2009. Soon after I met Sam Shepherd and on the train he asked me why we never posted “Love Me Like This”, when it came out. Truthfully I had to get used to his sound for it might just have been a little ahead of it’s time.

Years and lots of releases later the name Floating Points has become quite big. Sam has grown as both a musician and a DJ and draws inspiration from classical, jazz, electronic and soul music. His 7-track debut album, “Elaenia“, was named after the bird of the same name. On it you here how much he has grown and at times it sounds like a canvas painted with a beautiful soundscape, rather than some electronic dance tracks thrown together.

We understand why “Elaenia” opens with the song “Nespole” and we thought we’d stream it for you to enjoy. Please support good music and purchase this album right here.

Werk Space Jarreau Vandal Lucky Dubz
09.11.15

One of Amsterdam’s hottest producers goes by the name of Jarreau Vandal. This 24-year-old producer came down to the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam for our 10th edition of Werk Space.

With some help from drummer extraordinair Richard Spaven, the Dutch Soulection representative created the track “Rooftops“. This Werk Space instrumental is available for free download and might get some additional vocals added in the near future.

The artwork was done by a graphic designer from Rotterdam named Lucky Dubz. He started tattooing recently and told us he wanted to tattoo artwork on pig skin for this edition. It’s not often you see cover art tattooed and then photographed now do you? Big shout out, we think it turned out very dope.

VI EP
04.11.15

Not too long ago we stumbled upon VI out of the city of London and were blown away by the sheer quality of this (seemingly) unknown producer.

VI is a mysterious new project based around the symbol above visualized in the artwork. The artist behind this project is already established in the scene, but wanted to take a step back and focus on his production and writing skills. Together with Grammy award winner Nikki Cislyn and stunning newcomer Poppy Ajudha, VI created an EP where the sound and collective vibe are the focus.

Since we loved the first two singles of the “VI” EP (forthcoming on LadenLife) it was a no brainer when we got the opportunity to premiere the third and final track titled “Odds Of Life“. This song really grows on you due to it’s massive soulful Reggae groove and features miss Nikki Cislyn on vocals. The “VI” EP drops later this month and is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

Shigeto Intermission
04.11.15

For many years Detroit polymath Shigeto has been mastering the art of mystic electronic sounds. Here we have an artist that grows with the passing of time and every new release he keeps amazing us.

Last week his new “Intermission” EP, containing six tracks, was released on Ghostly International. We chose to stream “Pulse”, which to us is the strongest cut of the EP. It has been two years since Shigeto released his sophomore full-length “No Better Time Than Now”. After this little intermission he dropped his “2010” EP with Devonwho which is available for free download by the way.

Clear light blue vinyl is sold out already (limited to 500 copies), but you can still purchase a regular black vinyl copy in the Ghostly store.

Magic Johnson
03.11.15

Apologies for not posting this week. I was enjoying myself with a very special person in Berlin, but upon my return I heard some music I could not keep from you. When I say Tartelet, OYE Records, Box Aus Holz, WotNot and Money $ex Records, you know I’m talking about the Berliner duo Max Graef & Glenn Astro.

The two make their debut on Ninja Tune with their upcoming 12-inch “Magic Johnson“. Perhaps it can best be described as ‘when House music meets Jazz’. The A-side is the first track to be released of this double-sided 12”, while the flip features a moodier, sleeker dub titled “Tape Johnson”.

Digital treats as well as the vinyl release can now be pre-ordered in the Ninja Tune store. The Magic Johnson release date is December 5th, so make sure Santa knows what’s up.

Jay Prince AfroPhunk
27.10.15

London-based vocalist Jay Prince first caught our attention last year with the track “Polaroids”. He was quickly swooped up by Soulection and is one of the few rappers on their roster now. Oh and guess what..Jay is back with a new cut titled “AfroPhunk” featuring SiR and Joyce Wrice (both from Los Angeles, California).

AfroPhunk is the first track of Jay Prince’s upcoming “Beautiful Mercy” project and was co-produced by the fellas from Brasstracks. The chorus on this joint reminds me slighty of something by Outkast. For those interested the EP is set to be released next month and will feature guys like Gravez, DrewsThatDude and Rascal on production.