Next month, Robyn and Röyksopp will release their collaborative EP Do It Again in support of their upcoming European and North American tour. So far we’ve only heard a short preview but two of the songs have already surfaced. “Every Little Thing” sounds like a drawn out ’N Sync song (in the best way possible) and “Do It Again” taps into the same gratifying self-empowerment vein that made Robyn such a success on her Body Talk series. Listen to both of the songs via Pop On And On here.
Caroline Polachek took a break last year from her synth-pop band Chairlift to work on her solo project, Ramona Lisa, and record an album. Arcadia was crafted solely on a laptop by Polachek, manipulating MIDI samples and singing directly into the laptop’s mic. Though the recording may have been cloistered and intimate, the result is a pastoral, loose, and sunny collection of songs. Listen to the entire thing below.
Black Lips recently released the album Underneath The Rainbow, and now have a video for the track “Funny.” Starring the band playing on stage while puppeteers make marionettes dance around them, it’s an easygoing and silly video that must have been a good time to make. At least it’s definitely a relief from the last time we had a puppet-themed video in these parts. Watch below.
Today marks the release of Food, the sleek, stylish retro-futuristic soul platter from R&B adventurer Kelis and producer Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio. In honor of the occasion, we’re giving away a UE BOOM 360-degree wireless bluetooth speaker with a recorded greeting from Kelis — a $199 value — plus a copy of the album on vinyl. Tasty enough for ya?
Earlier today, the producer known as BOOTS released “A Day In The Life Of Jordan Asher,” the opening track on his forthcoming mixtape, and now, he’s released its closing track: “Dreams,” which features guest vocals from none other than Beyoncé. He’s releasing the song with the intention of benefiting the charity Day One. In a Facebook status update, the producer had the following to say about the track and his intentions:
Lykke Li’s “No Rest For The Wicked” is great as-is, without extraneous rap verses. But hey, rappers have been loving Lykke at least since Drake sampled “Little Bit” in 2009, and A$AP Rocky already has a track record with (to borrow Tom’s description) “cinematically bummed” female singers — note his bizarre turn as JFK in Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem” video. So sure, throw him on there. Rocky’s contributions aren’t particularly notable, but his voice sounds pitched up instead of his usual chopping and screwing, so that’s something. This version of the song was originally a Beats Music exclusive, but now it’s out there in the world, so listen freely below.
The first words Future says on Honest are a half-conscious mutter, but that doesn’t make them any less heartfelt: “Be bold. Smell me?” As if to show and prove on those four words, the music underneath him is not what you might expect from the intro track to the new Future album. It’s a warm, reverby, full-bodied guitar loop, and the first time I heard it, I assumed it was a Fleetwood Mac sample or something — mostly, I suppose, because it reminded me of the circular grace of the Fleetwood Mac sample on Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “Wind Blow.” But no, Future’s sample comes from Amadou And Mariam, the blind Malian guitar virtuosos. And when he’s rapping on it — feverishly, frantically — Future sounds like he’s declaring intentions of epicness. He’s earned the right. Future has spent the past few years dragging the entire rap mainstream into his zonked-out headspace, to the point where his voice, at its most strained, is about the most exciting sound you can possibly hear in a nightclub right now. (If you haven’t seen a big crowd lose its mind to “Sh!t” or “Bugatti,” I would argue that you are not experiencing rap music in the right ways. Adjust.) Honest is Future’s first album since becoming a straight-up star, a known quantity, which means that it can’t conjure the same weird magic as its predecessor, 2012′s incredible Pluto. Because of the baroque intricacies of the present-day rap industry, established rap stars have more trouble getting their albums released than unproven upstarts do, and we’ve already experienced many of the songs on Honest over the past year or so, so the new album ends up feeling half like a new album and half like a greatest-hits collection that only covers the past year or so. And yet the Future of Honest still does what he advises you to do on the intro. He is bold.
Lily Allen nabbed the award for Best Album Title Of 2014 when she announced her new record would be called Sheezus, and now, the album’s title track has been released. The song sounds nothing like anything on Yeezus, sadly (though not exactly shockingly). On the chorus, Allen runs down a list of pop’s biggest women — Rihanna, Beyonce, Lorde, Lady Gaga — and the ways in which they vie for chart supremacy. Listen.