Toronto’s Katie McBride enjoyed a run of stellar singles throughout 2017 and 18 – culminating in a beautifully-crafted EP on London label Limited Health.
Armed with a gold standard vocal and uber-glossy production that comes stripped-back, her ‘World of Dreams’ EP boasted co-production by Matthew Tavares of BadBadNotGood, as well as Joe Manzoli of Terrible Record’s ginla.
Her debut music video, ‘NBSL’ – which we’re premiering above – finds McBride embracing the outdoors in a manner that fits the gossamer-light nature of the track, giving us Sound of Music vibes in the process.
Watch it now.
Katie McBride’s ‘World Of Dreams’ EP is out now via Limited Health – stream it here.
Hot on the heels of his ‘Yeah‘ single, Lewisham MC Yizzy has unveiled an all-Australian remix, drafting in Aussie spitters Shadow and Nerve for verses.
Bringing it from the UK all the way to the southern hemisphere, the rework takes the Mr Virgo-produced instrumental to new heights.
It’s a high-octane, hype anthem that shows Yizzy to be grime’s next hopeful, as well as someone who can unite a global grime scene on one cut.
Watch it now above.
Yizzy has a headline show at O2 Academy2 Islington on Friday 17th May – find tickets here.
Related: Read ‘The 10 Most High-Energy Grime Tracks, according to Yizzy
Nice-born, London-based auteur Coucou Chloe has shared a new video for ethereal, self-produced pop cut ‘GECKO’.
The cut revolves around her breathy vocals in her native tongue, underpinned by her steely, economical production.
Arriving via NUXXE, the label we named as one of the best of 2018 and home to Shygirl and Sega Bodega, it’s the first taste of a forthcoming EP of hers.
A firm favourite in the fashion world already, Coucou Chloe has been responsible for a flurry of forward-thinking cuts – and ‘GECKO’ is no exception.
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Electronic newcomer Phoet has shared the beautifully-shot visual for ‘Symmetry Breaking’, a nod to the ongoing global migrant crisis.
Taken from the Turin producer’s debut album, ‘Broken Symmetry’, the visual was inspired by the current political climate in Italy – a commentary on how the government has made migrants the scapegoat for the country’s problems.
Finding South African musician Kholeho Mosala embarking on a dangerous sea-ward journey, the finely-crafted visual is littered with symbolism that you can dissect above.
Embracing trip-hop, techno and African rhythms, Phoet’s 12-track concept album is a searing debut statement from the electronic experimentalist.
Of the album, he says: “A brief introduction is due; from the following lines the record could seem pretentious and complex. It isn’t. I think, on the contrary, it’s a simple and discernible work where I had fun drawing parallels between the world of physics and the world of music. I’ve always felt the need of finding concepts to compose. In this case, thinking about the concept of time allowed me to find solutions that I probably wouldn’t reach without it.”
Phoet’s ‘Broken Symmetry’ is out now – stream/purchase it here.
Hackney’s Skinny Malone has dropped the video for ‘We Don’t Know Him’, a cut that takes aim at the “beg friends” who only get in touch to ask for guestlist.
Throwing a prom-style party with his mates, complete with balloon arch and tinsel backdrop, Skinny showcases the energy of his fierce live sets and mic prowess.
“This is for the festivals and the real rager parties,” Skinny says of the track. “But at the same time, for the park ‘cause it’s relatively PG.”
Dropping on 4AD’s new rap-focused sister label, b4, Skinny Malone is blending an energetic mix of UK rap, drill and grime.
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SVBKVLT, the China-based label we named as one of the best of 2018, continues to churn out cutting-edge music that bridges the gap between music from the East and West.
The imprint’s latest offering is from English-born, Shanghai-based producer Jamie Charlton, aka Swimful, who has graced the label previously with releases like his ‘Pearls’ EP and ‘Dove’.
Named after a dream in which he was throwing knives at his doppelgänger, Swimful is set to drop his ‘Folding Knives’ LP this month. Lead single ‘Agony’ is dancehall-inflected, melancholy sung rap that boasts features from Yayoyanoh and Organ Tapes.
The video – which we’re premiering above – was shot in the legendary Shelter nightclub, previously the most coveted underground nightlife spot in Shanghai which sadly closed in 2016 after being unable to renew its license.
Watch it above.
Producer: Charles de Tinqueux
Editor: Kynan Puru Watt
Drone: Cai Hao
Video Assistant: Pauline Deng
D.O.P: Ross Miles
Special thanks to Jayga Rayn, Tavi & Noctilucents
Swimful’s ‘Folding Knives’ is released by SVBKVLT on March 15th 2019 – pre-order it here.
Duo LATER (comprised of London producer Drive Me Home and Norwegian singer Linn Carin Dirdal) are back with ‘Young’. Complete with ’80s synths and breathy vocals, it’s another luxuriant banger to add to their economical – yet very strong – back catalogue.
The elusive CASISDEAD collaborators, responsible for cuts like ‘Before This’ and ‘Unicorn’, are gearing up to drop their second EP, ‘Show Me’, later this month. Their latest, in a string of beautifully-shot visuals, shows them posting bullets and aiming a gun at a bed.
According to the duo, it’s about “the frustration of not being able to love. Two people are being kept apart by a foggy mist that is blurring the aim: to be together.”
“A seemingly single bullet from a gunshot braves the haze and travels into another reality, but it turns out to be a Sisyphean effort – it’s sent right back to its origin with all the previously fired ones.”
Premiering here above, you can watch it now.
LATER’s ‘Show Me’ EP arrives later this month on Laterhosen.
Prospa are two young producers from Leeds who are now London-based – 21 year-old Harvey Blumler and Gosha Smith.
The pair’s tracks have been floating around for some time, bridging the gap between deep house and darker club sounds.
Their newest offering, the acid-fuelled ‘Prayer’, is a club staple in the making – with a powerful diva vocal line and huge crossover potential.
Conceived in documentary style, the video was shot in the Ukraine by in-demand Lisbon filmmaker João Retorta and taps into the hedonism and nostalgia associated with rave culture.
Watch it above.
Prospa play Printworks on March 29th as well as Lovebox, Parklife and more this summer.
Related: Read ‘The 10 Best Rave Tracks, according to 2 Bad Mice’
German duo Modeselektor recently joined forces with Estonian MC Tommy Cash for the warehouse-flavoured ‘Who’.
Today (Feb 22nd) is the release day of Modeselektor’s ‘Who Else’ album, and they’ve dropped a deeply unsettling video to match the single.
Tommy Cash has a history of dropping surreal videos, inspired by the likes of Alejandro Jodorowsky, and this video is equally as arresting – a mad, reaction-causing four minutes.
Comprised of footage deliberately designed to make you squirm, you’ll probably end up watching it through your fingers – watch (at your peril) above.
Modeselektor’s ‘Who Else’ album is out today – buy/stream it here.
Giggs has just shared the first track from his ‘Big Bad’ album, which drops tomorrow.
With a menacing instrumental, the track is no radical departure for the UK rap artist, which sees Giggs’ characteristic flow and infamous ad-libs.
The album, which follows up his ‘Wamp 2 Dem’ mixtape, promises features from Gashi, Jadakiss, Kristian Hamilton, Theophilus London, Labrinth, Ghetts, Lil Yachty, French Montana, Swizz Beatz and Wretch 32.
The MC was nominated for a BRIT Award for Best Male, but was beaten last night by George Ezra. He took to the stage after the awards ceremony at the Beats by Dr. Dre afterparty to perform ‘Talking Da Hardest’ and ‘Look What The Cat Dragged In’.
Check out the heat map-filled video – which kicks off with footage from the Peckham rapper’s monster movie-style album trailer – above.
One of the most exciting personalities in rap right now, Rico Nasty has unveiled the visuals for ‘Sandy’.
Directed by Internet comedian Zack Fox – an Awful Records affiliate – the video stitches together memes that’ll no doubt be familiar if you’ve spent any time scrolling through Twitter and/or Instagram.
‘Nasty’ was produced by Kenny Beats, who contributes some trunk-rattling bass, while Rico Nasty’s lyrical content references Spongebob Squarepants characters and more.
Watch it above.
It’s February 14th and, although being a day oft-maligned by much of the population, is also a time to shamelessly champion your relationships.
The video for Etta Bond’s ‘Shorny’, which we’re premiering above, stitches together her FaceTime conversations between her and her lover, documenting the very first time they met and their ensuing relationship.
The rising London-based singer, dubbed the ‘skinhead soul princess’, has just come off touring with Kojey Radical, and features on Swindle’s ‘No More Normal’ album. Etta is now gearing up to put out not one but two albums next month – ‘He’s Not Mine’ drops on March 15th, while ‘He’s Mine’ arrives a week later.
Even if you’re a Valentine’s day scrooge, you can’t help but be taken in by the video’s joyfulness and the cute quirks of an unfolding relationship – watch it above.
Etta Bond’s two albums ‘He’s Not Mine’ and ‘He’s Mine’ come out on March 15th and March 22nd respectively.
Related: Read ‘The 10 Best R&B Songs Of All Time, according to Etta Bond’