Jamil Rashad, a.k.a Boulevards, has announced his debut album, Groove! will be released on Friday 1 April via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records. He has also shared the first cut from the album, the insanely catchy ‘Cold Call.’ Listen to the tune below.
Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams. Growing up in Raleigh, NC, Jamil’s father, a R&B Radio DJ, exposed him to jazz, blues, and R&B. This pushed him to get involved in the city’s local music scene early on in his youth.
Jamil melds pop with vintage hip-hop elements — think Eddie Murphy meets The Sugarhill Gang — and it just works. ‘Cold Call’ introduces a slow hypnotic groove before a symphony of synths, creating a rhythmic cadence that stays with you even after the party is over.
Låpsley has shared her latest single ‘Love Is Blind.’
The song comes from the 19 year old’s debut album ‘Long Way Home’ on Friday 4th March via XL Recordings / Remote Control Records. The twelve track album features new versions of her previous acclaimed releases ‘Hurt Me’, ‘Falling Short’, ‘Painter’ and ‘Station’.
‘Long Way Home’ documents a turbulent time in Låpsley’s life — a period in which she revelled in her new-found music career as it took her from Liverpool to London to Los Angeles and back again “It’s an autobiography of my emotions and events over the past year,” she says. “Everything that’s happened, I’ve channelled in some way into a song – whether that’s the theme of a long distance relationship, or something that he’s said, or the way that I’ve felt, or an argument. I only revisit the memories of that relationship when I go into the studio. I think it’s helped me, to be able to collect everything for those moments when I’m writing. I think that’s what’s driven this album.”
Singer + producer Rostam has shared a new single titled ‘EOS’ via XL Recordings / Remote Control Records. The song sees Rostam releasing his starkest and perhaps most arresting music to date— the merging of western classical and Middle-eastern music that has always been an aspect of Rostam’s work is still intact—however it’s never been placed in such a minimalist environment.
“I invited engineer Shane Stoneback to live with me for five day stretches to work on recordings. On the last day of his first trip I was fatigued from all the songs we’d worked on and wanted to start recording something new,” explains Rostam on recording the new single, “I had this one idea from a while back stored as a voice memo on my phone. It was the chorus of “EOS” and it had come out of me all at once: melody, lyrics and chords. It’s rare that that happens for me—I’m always collecting ideas on my phone but usually it’s individual building blocks of a song, this was the essential elements all coming out together. The rest of the song started to take shape because what I recorded kept reminding of a very specific place and time in my life. I wanted to capture that feeling, and finishing the song became about chasing it down.”
Charlie Hilton has premiered the exclusive stream of her debut album Palana via Hype Machine. Listen to it here. Her stunning album out this Friday 22 January via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records was produced by Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and features Mac DeMarco and Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder.
She recently had a chat with the Sydney Morning Herald about the new record. Have a read of the interview here.
LNZNDRF, the trio of Ben Lanz, Scott Devendorf and Bryan Devendorf, have announced the release of their self-titled debut out Friday 19 February. To celebrate the announcement, LNZNDRF have shared three live tracks ‘Beneath The Black Sea’, ‘Kind Things’ and ‘Mt. Storm.’
LNZNDRF’s debut is rock minimalism meets sonic maximalism. Recorded in a church in Cincinnati over two and a half days, the eight songs on the album were improvised with a vital spirit harkening back to the reason the members became musicians in the first place. The songs, which were edited from 30+ minute jams, evoke the essence of their expansive, largely improvised live shows.
Liima is a new band formed by Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö plus Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg of Danish act Efterklang.
Their debut album ‘ii’ features songs written in Finland, Berlin, Istanbul and Madeira during four week-long residencies, each place influencing the sound, sometimes literally through field recording and sampling. Every residency ended with a live concert, performing the freshly written songs in front of an audience.
The band have shared their debut single ‘Amerika.’ Listen to the track below!
The band is releasing their debut LP ‘ii’ on Friday 18th March via 4AD / Remote Control Records.
London-based trio HÆLOS have announced the release of their debut album Full Circle – due out via Matador / Remote Control on Friday 18th March.
First introduced in early 2015 with debut track ‘Dust’, HÆLOS (Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith and Lotti Benardout) spent 2015 in their studio writing and producing their debut album. The result is ‘Full Circle’ – a darkly shaded yet ultimately radiant 11 track record that perfectly encapsulates the band’s philosophy.