Don’t let the name fool you here; this isn’t your typical LupeFiasco. If you’ve been following Lupe on Twitter over the last couple of months, you’ll no doubt have noticed that his feelings towards hip-hop haven’t exactly been positive lately. Accordingly so, it seems he’s decided to take a brief break from rap music to pursue his SNDCLSH side-project alongside partner Sky Gellatly. Although it may seem strange to fans of Lupe, this isn’t his first time branching out from the rap game, as he also had a rock band known as Japanese Cartoon not too long ago.
Similar to his work on Japanese Cartoon, Lupe takes over the role of lead vocalist here as well. “Thieves” is definitely an admirable effort from a man most wouldn’t associate with electronic music outside of his mixtapes. Then again, that’s what might have helped make this transition so natural for him. Lupe described how the evolution from emcee to DJ first began in an interview early last year,
I got an offer to DJ like a year-and-a-half ago,” he reveals. “It was something that I was good at, so it was like I got tired of playing other people’s music so it’s like, I might as well make my own dance music. It should be good.”
Seems like a simple enough answer from a man as talented as Lupe. Why don’t you judge for yourself by taking a listen to the single above? If you like it, make sure to check out some more SNDCLSH material over on their SoundCloud and grab the single on iTunes.
With a fair bit of industry hype – The East Collective are one of East London’s best kept secret. The 4 peice draw on the dynamics of a the beatbox, add in some tight vocals, catchy guitar licks and scattered piano to create a really unique sounding folk/funk feel. We featured these guys back in 2012 and now they’re back from the studio with their new track ‘Whomp!’. Yes – it’s catchy and yes.. i’ve been playing this way to many times. What do you think?
As a band whose foundations lie in hip-hop, The KickDrums have done a phenomenal job of branching out over the last couple of years. They’re really the definition of genre blending, bringing together indie rock influences and hip-hop sensibilities to form a unique, cohesive sound. Today, the group would like us to know that they’re not done experimenting quite yet. Although, Alex Fitts is the only active member of the duo at the moment, he carries the crusade on with this tremendous electronic instrumental. Complete with cascading guitar riffs, and jaunting synths, “Good As Gold” combines all the elements mentioned above into one of the group’s most ambitious efforts yet. The track is available for free download now, and is the first single from the upcoming Inspiration for Conversation EP, coming soon.
This week’s a busy one for UK native James Blake. His Big Boi-sampling “Everyday I Ran” surfaced just yesterday, and now he’s back with another track for your listening enjoyment titled “Take a Fall for Me”. The producer/ singer has always experimented with new synths and sounds so it is no surprise that he collaborates with legendary emcee RZA for this new single. The haunting vocals and airy production make for a nice background to the spoken work poetry by the the Wu-Tang lyricist. It is not known yet whether this will be on any upcoming effort but take a listen to the smooth track below.
James Blake continues to show us his versatility, this time with “Everyday I Ran”, a bonus track off his forthcoming sophomore album, Overgrown (April 9th, Atlas/Republic). Buzzy, yet still downtempo and ambient, you might assume it’s just another typical low-key Blake charmer, until of course you notice the random, but well-used samples of Big Boi‘s “Royal Flush”. Check it out via this Tumblr page. Also, be sure to listen to the other previously released LP tracks: “Digital Lion”, “Retrograde”, and “Voyeur”.
After remaining dormant for seven years, Swedish electronic duo, The Knife, has finally returned with a brand new album called Shaking The Habitual. Their fourth LP and followup to 2006’s Silent Shout consists of 13 tracks, many of which are pretty darn lengthy, such as the nine-minute song “Full Of Fire” (above). It officially drops on April 9th via Mute, but is available for full stream right now!
“Youthern”, by London two-piece Cloud Boat, will literally break your heart. The track is built atop a persistent hum that seeps in and shakes up the very fibers of your senses, and, though for the most part it uses a simple, minimalist approach — ghostly electronic tinges peppered throughout — it carries the weight of a very heavy heart. Similar to James Blake‘s somber, grief-stricken material, “Youthern” is the kind of song whose hurt you really can’t get enough of. The chorus alone (“Come down with us, come down with us…) is a killer.
“Youthern” is off the duo’s forthcoming album, Book of Hours, due out May 27th via R&S/Apollo.