Brockhampton’s Kevin Abstract has released a three-song project titled ARIZONA baby. The release includes “Big Wheels,” which dropped earlier this week, plus “Joy Ride” and “Georgia.” Abstract worked with Jack Antonoff on the new music, with the Bleachers musician producing all three tracks.
In a statement released alongside ARIZONA baby, Abstract said: “So many therapists in Hollywood. Maybe I should be spilling my life story to a stranger watching a clock, but I’d rather talk through music. You bring the audience along this journey where you both walk the line of not knowing what’s real and what’s fake. The duality of the American Dream. Everyone thinks I’m morally righteous because of a few headlines. Duality. Call your dad and tell him how he made you feel, Ian. This is the sweet spot between self discovery and celebration. The space beneath the circuit board of emotion. This is ARIZONA baby.”
Mavis Staples gets funky with the new song “Anytime,” from her upcoming album We Get By. Produced by Ben Harper, the full project will be released May 10th.
“Give me a one way ticket, somewhere I’ve never been/I’m rock, paper, scissors and I’m bound to win,” sings Staples, her inimitable purr backed by a strutting bass-and-guitar groove. She adopts an optimistic outlook for the future, though not one that happens without some hard work and sacrifice. It’s an earthy, uplifting sound reminiscent of the Staple Singers’ classic “I’ll Take You There,” complete with some electric guitar curlicues that nod to the lasting influence of — as well as Staples’ role in defining — Muscle Shoals and Stax Records soul.
We Get By, featuring a group of all original songs penned by Harper for Staples, offers meditations on civil rights, gun violence and progressive work yet to be finished in the United States. She previously released the song “Change” as the first taste of the album.
In May, Staples will celebrate her 80th birthday with a series of concerts in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. Guests will be different at each show, but performers announced so far include David Byrne, Jason Isbell, Jon Batiste, John Prine, Elle King and Benjamin Booker. Proceeds from the events will go toward Newport Folk Festival Foundation’s work with music education programs.
Released today, legendary Belgian duo Soulwax – otherwise known as 2manydjs – propel Marie’s spoken text, tongue-in-cheek mantra for the workaholic generation over their own inimitable reworking of the original track.
Recently hailed by the New York Times as having become “a minor anthem [from] one of the best dance records of the year” in their recent list of “25 Songs That Matter Right Now”, Marie Davidson’s ‘Work It’ has become one of the defining tracks of her acclaimed “Working Class Woman” album. Released on Ninja Tune in 2018, the record drew high praise from the likes of The Guardian (“one of the biggest pleasures in contemporary electronic music”), Pitchfork (“a record slated in a milieu of chaos, loftiness, and beauty”), Resident Advisor (“Davidson’s catchiest material to date”), and was cited as one the releases of the year by the New York Times, Pitchfork, Mixmag, Resident Advisor, Crack Magazine, FACT, Pop Matters, The Quietus, Bandcamp and many more.
Today’s release follows on from remixes by Nina Kraviz, Daniel Avery, John Talabot and Afrodeutsche in recent months. Catch Marie playing live at upcoming dates in Mexico, Japan and the US, as well as a host of festivals this summer including Primavera, Dekmantel, Nuits Sonores and Field Day in London.