Numbers On The Boards
After Jay-Z released his “Open Letter” earlier this morning, Kanye decided he couldn’t let his big bro have all the fun today. Yeezy made his return to Twitter for the first time in months this afternoon to let everyone know:
Soon after, we were given this unique new single from Pusha T. I say unique, because I don’t believe I’ve heard a beat quite like this ever before. It really takes a good pair of headphones to hear all the subtleties and nuanes in the production. This will presumably be featured on Pusha’s upcoming solo debut, My Name Is My Name, due out later this year.
For the year and a half, fans have been teased with some quality fun and flirtatious sounds from British artist Charli XCX, such as her latest single “What I Like” (above). This week, she stops the teasing and delivers a full stream of her upcoming effort True Romance. The impressive LP brings together her usual synth-heavy sound mixed with some aggressive and charming beats that blend well with her vocal range. This 13-track album, due out April 16th, is definitely worth a listen and gives the listener a great taste of her singing skills and unique sound. Check it out below.
Stream Charli XCX’s True Romance here via Pitchfork.
It’s been awhile since we’ve featured that dynamic Swedish/Aussie sister duo Say Lou Lou (formerly Saint Lou Lou), but it’s mostly our fault as the two have kept pretty busy the last few months. So, I hope you’ll forgive us. To show you that we’re sorry, we are including not only their latest synth-pop charmer, “Julian”, but also the lively remix by French producer Monsieur Adi, whose music has landed on our ninja pages a lot recently. Enjoy ‘em both this Thursday afternoon!
Julian (Monsieur Adi Remix)
Images recently surfaced of Jay-Z, Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz all working together in the studio. As it turns out, they were helping Mr. Carter pen an “Open Letter.” With this new track, Hov approaches some recent issues the only way he knows how: by addressing them head on. He covers topics ranging from his recent anniversary trip to Cuba, to the sale of his stock in the Brooklyn Nets, and even chilling with President Obama. This doesn’t seem like it will live on any forthcoming album from Jay, as it really just serves a reminder to everyone why he’s on top.
How Many Drinks Remix (feat. Kendrick Lamar)?
Miguel and Kendrick Lamar both broke out in a big way in 2012. After sharing the cover of VIBE magazine together, it’s clear the two have even bigger plans for 2013, like this remix to Miguel’s excellent single, “How Many Drinks?” Last year, Miguel proved he could carry a full album without any features with the Grammy nominated, Kaleidoscope Dream. However, it never hurts to have a little help from your friends, and Kendrick Lamar is certainly good company to keep around. Kendrick doesn’t manage to steal the show this time, but he does deliver a steady verse with his contribution, even slyly referencing his own hit song, “Swimming Pools (Drank).” Miguel keeps all the same elements of the original with his smooth and keen vocals, making this a must-listen for any R&B fans out there. Look out for the return of Miguel’s Art Dealer Chic EP series later this summer.