Kanye parlayed with Skepta and JME live on stage last night at KOKO in London.
French-Israeli vibes, fresh sounds from Zimbabwe, 1950’s Cool Jazz, Australian R&B and more.
New freestyle from Drake sampling Lauryn Hill and a cheeky headnod to Chance The Rapper.
Jumping from the experimental soul vibes of Little Dragon to Ghanaian folk to the chilled-out classical of Chopin.
Is this 18-year-old rapper/producer Finland’s answer to Drake?
Dutch soul-singer Mar is back with bite this month, releasing the lead single off his debut solo EP Seeing Her Naked (slated for a release by the end of this month). Our Attempt begins with Drake/The Weeknd style production (fizzling string-pads and gittery Hip-Hop rhythms), which is then brought back down to earth via a blues guitar riff doused in melancholic distortion. Together with Mars silky vocals, the track is a beautiful example of what the future holds for RnB and Soul music, joining other forward-thinking artists like The Internet and Frank Ocean who are really pushing the boat out within this type of music. We’ve also been told that a new Full Crate and Mar album can be expected by the end of 2012! All good things to come…
One of our favourite labels around, Plug Research (home to Exile, Bilal, Boom Clap Bachelors) have ferociously tugged on our ears yet again with the beautifully balmy tones of Experimental duo Sonnymoon. The track Just Before Dawn is stripped-back chill-out music in its purist form, with just simple synth-work and a magical melody. But as the song progresses, it builds and enters new realms of frequency that blew us away when combined with visuals from Gordon Hendrick and Hunter Steinman. The release is part of a free compilation that Plug Research wanted to share with everyone: ‘all brand new music coming out on plug during the spring quarter of 2012′, which you can download for free right here!
Here is the second part of our Top 50 tracks of 2011, as picked by Stamp The Wax writers. These 25 are our favourite songs that fall into the Acoustic/Folk, Hip-hop, Indie, Pop, RnB/Soul and World genres.
The Harmonimix alias of Post-Dubstep pioneer James Blake is notorious for melting famous Hip-hop/RnB acapella’s with his own ambient 2-step production to create something truly unique. His discography so far has…
Let’s be frank. In recent years, R&B as a genre has lost all credibility…