Playlist 23.04.17 : Five Songs for the Weekend

Playlist 23.04.17 : Five Songs for the Weekend
Playlist 23.04.17 : Five Songs for the Weekend
Playlist 23.04.17 : Five Songs for the Weekend

NoMBe – Can’t Catch Me (feat. New Mystics)

In Pharrell’s own words, “He makes music for the subconscious with colorful layers and unexpected water slides. He writes and produces dream sequences.” This is how he describes German-born, LA based singer NoMBe. Blending genres with music that infuses elements from almost everything, he is fast becoming one of the most unique and talked about artists around.

NoMBe is now dropping his newest track “Can’t Catch Me”. A dynamic indie pop song, the track sees a collaboration with his TH3RD BRAIN label mate New Mystics. Chosen as the official theme song for Pharrell’s documentary series OUTPOST, NoMBe says of the single, “I tried making a Vandals song for a commercial and was pretty disappointed when it got rejected…who would’ve thought that 2 years later Pharrell would save this song from oblivion by making it the opening title to a show he’s doing?”

Read the rest of this article at: Wonderland

Kendrick Lamar – DNA.

Don Cheadle transforms into Kendrick Lamar in the intense new video for “DNA.” The track appears on Lamar’s new album, Damn.

The Nabil-directed clip finds Cheadle playing a ruthless interrogator going after Lamar, who is cuffed and hooked up to a lie detector machine. But when Cheadle switches the machine on, he’s zapped with Lamar’s life force and begins spitting the ruthless, Geraldo Rivera-dissing Damn. track.

Lamar and Cheadle begin to bark bars back and forth and mirror each other’s movements until finally Cheadle succumbs and lets Lamar go. On the outside, Kung Fu Kenny rolls dice with his crew and spits the the rest of “DNA.” with vicious abandon.

Damn. marks Lamar’s fourth album and follows his 2015 LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, and his 2016 compilation album, untitled unmastered. The record includes contributions from Rihanna, U2, James Blake, Mike Will Made-It and more. Lamar first teased Damn. with non-album cut “The Heart Part 4,” which he followed with the single, “HUMBLE.”

Read the rest of this article at: RollingStone

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FYFE – Belong (Feat. Kimbra)

Fyfe has just released a stellar collaboration with New Zealand’s Kimbra, entitled “Belong” — the first official single from his forthcoming second record, The Space Between (due out  June 9). Intricately produced and effortlessly melodic, “Belong” describes: “the desire to find purpose in a transient life. A relationship can be helpful or a hinderance in terms of understanding who you are and ‘Belong’ is documenting someone starting to pose those questions, rather than providing the answers”, says Fyfe.

Fyfe has constantly been an artist who expands on, and explores some of the harder topics — such as death, and loss. All the while packaging his heart-wrenching storylines in simply wonderful, vibrant soundscapes. Kimbra’s maturity and flare for palate-able pop, from debut “Settle Down,” is the perfect addition to this track.

Read the rest of this article at: Indieshuffle

DJ Shadow – Systematic Feat. Nas

Released in December, Soundway’s latest compilation hopes to address the Western bias of the disco canon, collecting 21 vibrant, sassy and irresistible boogie, pop and disco tracks from ’80s Nigeria in one place.

Just as in the States, the Nigerian disco explosion was ignited when funk and soul hit the dancefloor for a new generation concerned only with getting down.

Flirting with the country’s rock and psychedelic roots that emerged during Nigeria’s bloody civil war, as well as the raw power of Fela’s afro-beat, this new music took inspiration from the sheen of ’80s USA, from the jump-suits to the falsetto vocals and slap bass.

A national phenomenon, it was in Lagos that this scene hit its peak, with artists like Jake Sollo, Lemmy Jackson, Tony Essien and Odion Iruoje carving out deep disco cuts that have been sought after by open-minded disco heads around the world for some time. None more so perhaps than Oby Onyioha’s ‘Enjoy Your Life’, which would have surely made our recent rundown of the greatest disco 12″s, had it ever made it off the album.

Read the rest of this article at: The Vinyl Factory

J Dilla – Motor City J Rocc Blend #1

Longtime fans of J Dilla have been waiting for more posthumous releases from the late producer, and now their patience is paying off. The legendary hip-hop hitmaker, who died of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in 2006, has released his latest project, Motor City, through his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey.

The new project, which contains 19 new rare and unreleased instrumental tracks from the late producer, was hand-selected and sequenced by Ma Dukes, and created to be a “letter” to her son. The packaging for the project includes a limited-edition mailing envelope with a handwritten message from his mother to the Detroit native inside of it. There is also an additional bonus track, which is an exclusive 29-minute mix of Motor City by Dilla’s close friend J Rocc, who founded the Beat Junkies.

Fans can also enjoy a Dilla blend on SoundCloud, which features J Rocc throwing a Motor City beat over a 2000s-era a cappella from the historic producer. On top of the project’s release, lifestyle brand Shinola is hosting free release parties on Saturday (April 22) at their retail locations across the country. While New York attendees can hear live sets from Lord Finesse and Boogie Blind, while Los Angeles fans will feature a set from J Rocc. There will also be release parties taking place in Detroit, Washington D.C., Chicago, Miami and San Francisco.

Read the rest of this article at: XXL Magazine

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