[Indie Rock] Cate Le Bon – He’s Leaving

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Cate Le Bon
He's Leaving

Cate Le Bon wasn’t unearthed at a 60’s psych/folk convention. She isn’t French, she didn’t write this track in a black and white Jim Jarmusch montage on the Left Bank of Paris. She isn’t the love child of Simon Le Bon and she didn’t find Nico alive and persuade her to cameo on ‘He’s Leaving’.

Cate Le Bon is in fact Welsh, and was recently quoted in the British press stating: ‘Nico and dead animals. I don’t think I’ll ever hear the end of them’. She probably won’t. Vocally, Cate
Le Bon channels quintessential Nico better than sometimes Nico. This has all the steady tempo and lo-fi charm of The Velvet Underground, circa ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’. A nod to
one of the most prestigious and defining albums of all time: never a bad thing.

Comparisons shouldn’t detract from what is an ornate and rare talent. Similarity aside, this graceful and uncluttered offering comprises of beautiful authenticity, poise and absolute effortlessness. Cool and composed, Le Bon sings with the most moving of sentiments, but encased in the sound of regretful simplicity.

‘He’s Leaving’ manages to reduce a vastness of emotion and spit it back at you, with the sort of raw and wistful force you just can’t dodge.

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[NEW] Pharrell – Gust of Wind (Feat. Daft Punk)

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Gust of Wind (Feat. Daft Punk)

When the tracklist for G I R L was first announced, we knew right away that there was one track that we absolutely needed to hear. With the album stream for Pharrell‘s latest album going up last night, we also figured it wouldn’t be long before that particular song would surface to the net. After teaming up for two spectacular singles on Random Access Memories, Daft Punk and the ageless wonder that we know as Pharrell are aiming to see if they can “Get Lucky” (see what we did there?) with a third team-up on “Gust of Wind.” Unsurprisingly, the trio have struck gold once again, with a groovy, disco-infused number that’ll have you tapping your toes the instant the beat kicks in. Take a listen to the addicting tune above, and be sure to get your pre-orders in for G I R L as soon as possible.

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[NEW] Rick Ross – In Vein (Feat. The Weeknd)

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In Vein (Feat. The Weeknd)

A week prior to its release, it looks like Rick Ross‘ latest album has already sprung a leak. Earlier tonight, we shared with you one of the album’s most anticipated singles, “Sanctified.” This one right here though, might be the true highlight of the project. The Weeknd‘s been on quite a tear lately, dropping stellar remixes of “Drunk In Love” and “Or Nah” over the last two weeks. He continues his hot streak with “In Vein,” another drug-induced slow burner that delves into the crooner’s risqué lifestyle and features a chorus where he claims “I don’t got a single sober vein in my body.” We’d totally believe it, and while this is a Ross single, Abel definitely steals the show here (just as he always does). Check out the track below, and let us know what your thoughts are on Mastermind based on what you’ve heard so far. Maybe you’ll even be enticed to pre-order a copy for yourself. Feel free to stream the album on iTunes Radio yourself before deciding.

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[NEW] Rick Ross – Sanctified (Feat. Kanye West & Rick Ross)

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Sanctified (Feat. Kanye West & Big Sean)

It’s already been a busy week for hip-hop so far, but it only seems to be looking up from here. With Rick Ross‘ sixth studio album, Mastermind, set to drop next week, we’re getting an early listen of the most anticipated track from the project, “Sanctified.” Featuring G.O.O.D. Music’s Kanye West and Big Sean, “Sanctified” is a soulful banger, crafted through a combined effort between Yeezy and DJ Mustard. All three emcees trade bars interchangeably over an instrumental that features a few trademarks from both talented producers. While this is probably the first single to really move the needle for us on Ross’ latest album, there’s still some interesting collaborations yet to be heard featuring The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Mavado, Scott Storch, and more. Check out the single above, and make sure to get your pre-orders in for Mastermind before it drops on March 4th.

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[Album Stream] Pharrell – G I R L

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With less than a week away until the release of his first solo album in eight years, Pharrell has decided to give his fans a sneak preview of G I R L through iTunes Radio, as has become the custom these days for most major releases. Revealing the final tracklist through Instagram late last night (which you can view below), the album is set to include exciting features from Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys, with additional contributions coming from Daft Punk, Timbaland, Hans ZimmerKelly Osbourne,  Leah LaBelle, Tori Kelly and JoJo. Although the only single we’ve heard so far is the insanely addicting “Happy,” we have a feeling Pharrell will have no problem asserting his dominance over the charts with this latest project. Don’t take our word for it though. Follow the link below, and find out for yourself.

STREAM: Pharrell – G I R L

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[House] Style of Eye – Kids (MAARCOS ‘Carnival’ Remix)

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Kids (MAARCOS 'Carnival' Remix)- Out now!

Let’s face it. Unless you’re living the island life, rocking Ray Bans and flip flops, you’re pretty much in the midst of a nasty winter. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, sub zero tempatures and all of the rest of that less than desirable climactic conditions has everyone sporting bulky sweaters, long coats and weatherproof boots.

It’s a good thing we have tasty tunes from folks like MAARCOS to heat up the dance floor, and provide a tropical oasis, even if just for one night. Fresh off the back of his monster hit ‘Blaze’ on Dirty South’s Phazing Records, this Aussie has offered up a real nice ‘Carnival Remix’ of Style Of Eye’s ‘Kids’, which dropped Feb 21st at Beatport via Sony.

Take a gander at the energetic melody progression coupled with some a cinematic strings sample and some hefty kicks. One listen through and you’ll be wishing you were in the club getting your sweat on.

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[Hip-Hop] ScHoolboy Q – Californication (Feat. A$AP Rocky)

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ScHoolboy Q Feat. A$AP Rocky
Californication

With ScHoolboy Q‘s long awaited debut album, Oxymoron, finally gracing shelves earlier today, we get a chance to hear one of the Target exclusive bonus tracks, featuring frequent running mate A$AP Rocky. It’s no question that the pair have undeniable chemistry, but unlike previous collaborations “Hands On The Wheel” and “Brand New Guy,” the two up the intensity this time around, rhyming over a hard hitting, synth driven instrumental. While it almost seems blasphemous to include an emcee from Harlem on a track called “Californication,” (rather than opting for one of his TDE cohorts) Rocky brings an unmatched swagger and raw energy that compliments well with Q’s brash, in-your-face attitude. Check out the excellent single above, and if you haven’t already, grab yourself a copy of Oxymoron, available now.

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