Toronto jazz-trio BADBADNOTGOOD have just linked up with Detroit’s own Black Milk for “Now Or Never.” It’s not quite what you’d expect sonically from both parties, but you’ll find Black Milk flexing his lyrical forte over this trap-esque instrumental courtesy of BBNG. The song also serves as the second official single off Converse’s upcoming compilation, CONS EP Vol. 2. More coming, stay tuned.
Wu-Tang Clan Reunites on ‘The Daily Show,’ Performs New Single
The Wu-Tang Clan united in full last week on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and performed a new single from their upcoming album, A Better Tomorrow. The Wu’s single is dubbed “Ron O’Neal,” and appears to be the first single to be unveiled from their upcoming album. You can check out both clips of their appearance and performance on The Daily Show above and below.
Action Bronson – Easy Rider (Official Version)
Due to popular demand, Action Bronson shares the final version of his new single ”Easy Rider” including official artwork. So wait no further and hit the play button above and get your own digital copy of Mr. Wonderful's first single on iTunes.
DJ Premier & Pete Rock to Produce Upcoming De La Soul Mixtape
An intriguing new project may be coming from the legendary De La Soul and two of hip-hop’s greatest producers of all time, Pete Rock and DJ Premier. According to a recent De La Soul interview with XXL, De La’s Dave told editors:
“DJ Premier and Pete Rock have been sending us beats. No real idea of what the theme is gonna be, the theme behind the title [Premiem Soul On The Rocks], what that’s gonna be, if it’s gonna be skits, if it’s gonna be songs, remakes, whatever it is. Right now we’ve just been accumulating beats and waiting for Premier to handle some stuff as well.”
Based on the discussion, nothing appears to be confirmed just yet in terms of release date, but they are hinting a bit at a September release.
You can check out the full interview here.
Watch Chance The Rapper’s Lollapalooza Set in Full
There were many highlights of this year’s Lollapalooza music festival, which took place over the weekend in Chicago’s Grant Park, but none greater than the performance Chance The Rapper gave his hometown crowd. Backed by The Social Experiment band and a choir comprised of Eryn Allen Kane,Lili K, Maceo Haymes of The O’My’s and more, Chance’s set brought together favourites from Acid Rap, nostalgic cuts from 10 Day, a tribute to Chicago juke music and some new material, including his latest offering ”Wonderful Everyday: Arthur.” The icing on the cake came when Chance was joined R&B great R. Kelly, a fantastic follow up to him bringing out fellow Chicago legend Twista during his Lollapalooza set last year. If you didn’t catch it live or online over the weekend, you can watch the memorable set in full above.
XL Recordings to Release History-Spanning Compilation
Venerated label XL Recordings will be releasing an expansive, two-disc compiliation album documenting some of the historical, trailblazing music they’ve released. Over the years, the folks behind XL Recordings have worked with and helped build the careers of wildly-popular, award-winning artists such as Adele and indie icons like Jamie XX. Even Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and R&B/soul legend Gil Scott-Heron have been a part of XL’s movement and contributed to the long list of critically-beloved, popular artists who can count themselves as part of their cadre.
The compilation album will be entitled Pay Close Attention, and is set for release on August 25. A website has been launched in anticipation and celebration of the project, and can be viewed here. You can read what owner Richard Russell has to say about the album and run through the tracklist below.
XL Recordings is a collaborative endeavour, and many people have contributed to its evolution. In the song ‘Out Of Space’, Liam Howlett of The Prodigy provided a blueprint when he sampled Kool Keith of Ultramagnetic MC’s rapping these words: “Pay Close Attention”. And whilst XL has never had any outside ownership, Gil Scott-Heron advised me not to even consider XL an “independent”, because everything is connected.
Part 1 of this compilation are the roots of XL; underground music, made for DJs. These roots are still growing. Part 2 features some of the singular talents who have taken the label further than we ever envisioned. There is no unifying genre; hopefully the thread of originality is evident though.
The rave music XL first became known for was known as “hardcore”; that spirit continues.
To show our appreciation for your support, thank you DJs.
XL Recordings - Pay Close Attention (Tracklist)
1. SL2 - DJs Take Control
2. The Prodigy - Out Of Space
3. Awesome 3 - Don’t Go (Kicks Like A Mule Mix)
4. Liquid - Sweet Harmony
5. Jonny L - Piper
6. Roy Davis Jr. featuring Peven Everett - Gabriel (Live Garage Version)
7. Dem 2 - Destiny
8. Nu-Birth - Anytime
9. Basement Jaxx - Jump N’Shout
10. Dizzee Rascal - I Luv U
11. Wiley - Igloo
12. Various Production - Hater
13. Giggs - Talkin The Hardest
14. SBTRKT - Wildfire (featuring Little Dragon)
15. Jamie xx - All Under One Roof Raving
1. The Prodigy - Firestarter
2. Peaches - Fuck The Pain Away
3. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
4. Devendra Banhart - I Feel Just Like A Child
5. Ratatat - Seventeen Years
6. M.I.A. - Paper Planes
7. Thom Yorke - The Eraser
8. Gil Scott-Heron - New York Is Killing Me
9. Radiohead - Weird Fishes / Arpeggi
10. Tyler, The Creator - Yonkers
11. The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea
12. Jai Paul - BTSTU (demo)
13. Bobby Womack - Please Forgive My Heart
14. The xx - Angels
15. Sampha - Too Much
16. Vampire Weekend - Step
17. King Krule - Easy Easy
18. Adele - Rolling In The Deep
J Dilla’s MPC And Moog Added To New Smithsonian Museum
The Smithsonian is currently constructing the new National Museum of African American History and Culture just down the street from the Washington Monument. Among the countless historically significant items set to be displayed in the new building is one that will truly appeal to music fans - J Dilla’s MPC. Widely regarded as one of the best hip-hop producers of all time, Dilla’s contribution to both music and the culture has been incredible, and moves such as this continue to show it has not gone unnoticed. Above, watch Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey, announce the donation at the benefit concert, which raises money to battle lupus, a disease that might have played a part in Dilla’s early death.
“I feel it’s necessary to raise the level of art appreciation in the hip-hop sector and honor my son James Dewitt Yancey, one of the most influential individuals in the history of hip-hop.”
Kanye West Covers GQ’s 2014 August Issue
Kanye West is the latest figure to grace the covers of GQ, appearing on the publication’s upcoming August issue. Shot by French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, the cover sees West decked out in a simple yet classy combination of a white tee and beige overcoat with an unassuming gold chain to tie it all together. You can read up on Kanye in the coming issue of GQ when it hits newsstands on July 29.
Nike Sportswear Tiempo Trainer Mid “Wolf Grey”
Although the World Cup has now ended, Nike Sportswear looks to keep the footballing spirit up and ease our transition into the next season of the beautiful game with the Tiempo Trainer Mid in a “Wolf Grey” rendition. As the name suggests, the shoe features a largely monochromatic colorway of grey suede and nylon for the upper with a contrasting white Swoosh and sole. To round out the shoe, a red Nike logo is featured on the heel as well as more branding with emblazoned Nike lettering sitting below. The Nike Sporstwear Tiempo Trainer Mid “Wolf Grey” can now be purchased at select NSW accounts including Wish.
Jessie Ware Announces New Album & Artwork
After revealing her return single “Tough Love” and the accompanying visual, Jessie Ware has revealed the title and artwork for her forthcoming second studio album. Continuing the successful release of her debut album Devotion, the Brit artist has named her new project Tough Love, opting to match the name of her title track. Alongside, she also unveiled the artwork via her Instagram. The album will be executive produced by BenZel with the contributors roster expected to include Ed Sheeran, Miguel, Kid Harpoon, Dave Okumu, Julio Bashmore, Nineteen85 and longtime Arctic Monkeys producer James Ford. No date has been set as of yet but as usual stay tuned for more news to follow.
Stance 2014 Fall Video Lookbook
Given the whole sandals craze this summer, it’s subsequently been a good season for socks as well. Stance rides this momentum, as well as that of their successful basketball and golf-specific releases, to drop a lookbook video moving into next season. In contrast with the season but in line with the brand, the Fall 2014 collection is comprised of bold, standout patterns that juxtapose somber autumn gear. These patterns come across standard issue calf socks, but also a new boot-specific ”Irie Isle” design that combines dress motifs with increased durability and warmth. Check out the moody video above for Stance’s Fall 2014 collection, and head to the brand’s website to check out more.
Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (MKL Remix)
How to remix a classic record? French beat architect MKL shows us how as he serves his interpretation of Lauryn Hill’s timeless “Doo-Wop (That Thing).” Although the structure of the original version is retained, the talented producer gives it a quirky little twist that should cause some traction on the dancefloor. Listen above.
Mr.BATHING APE 2014 Fall/Winter Collection
BAPE’s preppy offshoot, Mr.BATHING APE, returns to our site today to preview its forthcoming fall/winter collection. Without missing a beat, the above grouping continues the diffusion brand’s yin and yang sensibilities, mixing signature BAPE aesthetics such as camouflage prints and whimsical graphics with business casual staples straight from an ivy league quad. Highlights from this cold-weather collection include a pair of penny loafers in collaboration with Regal Shoes, a jumper that features both Nordic and camo prints, an array of button-down oxford shirts and a simple duffle coat with a fur liner. Stay tuned for more information surrounding this collection’s release.
James Blake Premieres New Music on BBC Radio 1 Residency
While taking over BBC Radio 1 for his regular residency, James Blake was joined by fellow artists Jamie xx and Lone, using the airtime to ask Lone some questions about his recent album and release new music from Lone and airhead, as well as some unreleased material of his own as well. Head here to check out the mix.