SURF GANG take it back to school in the “Woah” video

SURF GANG take it back to school in the “Woah” video
The N.Y.C. collective’s new project SGV1 is out now.

By Jordan Darville

July 29, 2021

I’ll always have a soft spot for rap groups continuing to build on cloud rap’s legacy, and SURF GANG are one of the most intriguing out there. The New York City group share addled, grim raps a la Goth Money Records over beats that almost exclusively sound sourced from new age and ambient compilations. Fresh off releasing their new tape SGV1, SURF GANG returns today with a new video for “WOAH,” premiering today on The FADER. The clip depicts the kind of show you’ve been missing: sweaty, packed shoulder-to-shoulder around a fleet of schoolbuses, and with impromptu energy. Before you ask: yes, the police did shut down the show, but not before SURF GANG showed a couple hundred people why they’re worth paying attention to.

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Nao shares “And Then Life Was Beautiful,” announces new album

Nao shares “And Then Life Was Beautiful,” announces new album
Her project And Then Life Was Beautiful drops on September 24.

By Jordan Darville

July 29, 2021

After a gap of about three years since her last album, English singer-songwriter Nao has announced her third studio project And Then Life Was Beautiful with the project’s title track, out today. She opens the song with a line so relateable it will ease almost every listener into her world: “Change came like a hurricane / 2020 hit us differently.” The song’s subsequent optimism — and Nao’s carefully crafted psychedelic soul — is anything but trite, and has rhythm of a soothing meditation session. Take a listen above. And Then Life Was Beautiful is out on September 24, and will feature serpentwithfeet and Lianne La Havas.

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Skepta shares new song “Nirvana” featuring J Balvin

Skepta shares new song “Nirvana” featuring J Balvin
All In is out Friday, July 30.

By Jordan Darville

July 29, 2021

Skepta. Photo via Earth Agency.

 

About a decade ago, years before Skepta became a global rap star with his album Konnichiwa, the London rapper dropped a clip of hilarious hardcore pornography as the music video for his song “All Over The House.” These days, Skepta is taking a more upscale route for his sex jam visuals, as shown in the clip for his new single “Nirvana,” produced by Jae5 and featuring J Balvin. Skep plays a butler who catches the eye of the house’s mistress, but things take an unexpected turn after tea time. Watch KLVDR’s music video below. “Nirvana” will appear on Skepta’s upcoming EP All In, out tomorrow.

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Listen to glaive’s new song “bastard”

Listen to glaive’s new song “bastard”
His new EP all dogs go to heaven is out next Friday.

By Jordan Darville

July 29, 2021

glaive, at once a sage and enfant terrible of hyperpop, has been on a hot streak in 2021. His songs “cloak n dagger” featuring ericdoa, “what was the last thing u said” with aldn, and “detest me” all dropped this year and made it to our weekly Songs You Need playlist, and it seems like he’s just getting started.

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His latest track “bastard” embraces the maximalism that’s become a hallmark and Achilles’ heel of the subgenre — where else are you going to hear ping-ponging xylophone improvisation next to a swelling, several dozen-strong orchestra? As ever, glaive’s presence, here sounding wounded and desperate for connection, is what keeps everything from falling over on itself. “I made this song a year ago when I was 15,” glaive said in a statement. “I’ve had it for a while but I think it stands the test of time.”

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glaive’s new EP all dogs go to heaven is out Friday, August 6.

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DaBaby references Rolling Loud homophobia controversy in “Giving What It’s Supposed To Give” video

DaBaby references Rolling Loud homophobia controversy in “Giving What It’s Supposed To Give” video
His festival performance included anti-gay statements and AIDS misinformation, leading to condemnation across the music industry.

By Jordan Darville

July 28, 2021

DaBaby‘s performance at Rolling Loud in Miami over the weekend was the most controversial of the weekend thanks in part to some homophobic statements and AIDS misinformation the rapper gave between songs. Now, the rapper has referenced the blow-up in a new music video for the song “Giving What It’s Supposed To Give,” directed by the rapper himself.

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In one scene, DaBaby holds up a sign with the word “AIDS” on it. The video concludes with a message written in a rainbow font — “Don’t Fight Hate With Hate.” — followed by a weird, non-apologetic statement: “My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.” Watch above via Pitchfork.

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DaBaby made his inflammatory comments at the festival on Sunday. “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” he said, adding “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.” In a later statement posted on Instagram, DaBaby dug himself deeper, saying he accepts his gay fans because they aren’t “nasty” or “junkies.”

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The comments were condemned the next day by Dua Lipa, who enlisted DaBaby on the remix for the pop hit “Levitating.” She was “surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments,” according to a post on Instagram Stories. “I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with,” she continued. “I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100% with the LGBTQ community.”

DaBaby more directly addressed the issue on Twitter yesterday evening. “Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset,” he wrote, “what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies. But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.”

DaBaby has yet to speak on the other controversy with his Rolling Loud performance: a guest appearance from Tory Lanez, the rapper accused of shooting DaBaby’s frequent collaborator Megan Thee Stallion in the foot. Lanez has denied the charges.

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On Wednesday, Elton John shared a series of Twitter posts seeking to combat DaBaby’s HIV/AIDS misinformation. See those below:

(1/5) We've been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show. This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.

The facts are: pic.twitter.com/MqCv3vWiz2

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 28, 2021

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(2/5)

👉 HIV has affected over 70 million people globally: men, women, children and the most vulnerable people in our communities.

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 28, 2021

(3/5)

👉 In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. Stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality is a huge driver of this vulnerability. We need to break down the myths and judgements and not fuel these.

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 28, 2021

(4/5)

👉 You can live a long and healthy life with HIV. Treatment is so advanced that with one pill a day, HIV can become undetectable in your body so you can’t pass it onto other people.

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 28, 2021

(5/5)

👉 Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalised people in our communities.

A musician’s job is to bring people together.

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 28, 2021

Water From Your Eyes dance through the gloom on “Track Five”

Water From Your Eyes dance through the gloom on “Track Five”
The Brooklyn-based duo drop new album Structure in August.

By David Renshaw

July 28, 2021

Water From Your Eyes are the Brooklyn-based duo Rachel Brown and Nate Amos, who you might know from their solo work as Thanks For Coming and This Is Lorelei respectively. Next month, August 27 to be precise, WFYE will release their second album Structure. It’s their second album following 2019 debut Somebody Else’s Song and their first on new label Warf Cat Records.

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Structure is truly an album of two halves, with “Track Five” actually landing sixth in the running order and thus on the latter side of the record. On an album that switches between Brown and Amos’s love of experimental and pop music, “Track Five” represents the best of both worlds. It begins in dissonant fashion before opening up into a punk-y disco bounce with a wall of automated drum claps combining with synth sounds to create an overwhelming wave of sound. Brown uses the platform to open up about someone close walking out of their life and the painful mix of emotions that brings. Like many of the lyrics on

TURNSTILE share animated video for new song “BLACKOUT”

TURNSTILE share animated video for new song “BLACKOUT”
New album GLOW ON is out next month.

By David Renshaw

July 28, 2021

TURNSTILE have dropped another single from their upcoming album GLOW ON. “BLACKOUT” is available now and comes with an animated black and white video. Check it out above.

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GLOW ON will be released on August 27 via Roadrunner Records. The Baltimore hardcore brand previously shared lead single “ALIEN LOVE CALL” featuring Dev Hynes a.k.a. Blood Orange. Prior to that, in June, TURNSTILE released an EP titled TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION.

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The band are set to return to the live stage this summer, starting a series of live dates on August 22 at Irving Plaza in New York before wrapping up on September 12 at The Basement East in Nashville. Their full schedule can be found here.

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GLOW ON tracklist:

“MYSTERY”
“BLACKOUT”
“DON’T PLAY”
“UNDERWATER BOI”
“HOLIDAY”
“HUMANOID / SHAKE IT UP”
“ENDLESS”
“FLY AGAIN”
“ALIEN LOVE CALL” (FEAT. BLOOD ORANGE)
“WILD WRLD”
“DANCE-OFF”
“NEW HEART DESIGN”
“T.L.C. (TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION)”
“NO SURPRISE”
“LONELY DEZIRES” (FEAT. BLOOD ORANGE)

Thumbnail image courtesy of Jimmy Fontaine.

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Bleachers share new song “Secret Life” featuring Lana Del Rey

Bleachers share new song “Secret Life” featuring Lana Del Rey
The new Bleachers album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night drops this Friday.

By Jordan Darville

July 28, 2021

(L) Jack Antonoff of Bleachers. Photo by Neil Krug (R) Lana Del Rey. Photo by Carlotta Kohl

 

Jack Antonoff and Lana Del Rey have been constant collaborators for years, with Antonoff co-producing and co-writing Del Rey’s albums Norman Fucking Rockwell! and Chemtrails over the Country Club. Now that Antonoff is readying a new album called Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night with his rock act Bleachers, Del Rey is joining him for “Secret Life,” the project’s latest single. A little bit Elliot Smith and little bit Brian Eno, “Secret Life” is a gentle acoustic guitar-driven plea for companionship with Del Rey on background vocals. Listen below. Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night drops Friday, July 30.

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Mount Kimbie share new songs “Black Stone / Blue Liquid”

Mount Kimbie share new songs “Black Stone / Blue Liquid”
The tracks, recorded for their 2017 album Love What Survives, are available to download for free.

By Jordan Darville

July 28, 2021

It’s been nearly four years since Mount Kimbie graced the world of electronic dance with their great album Love What Remains. If you missed that project when it dropped back in 2017, the duo are revisiting it today with two previously unreleased songs from the Love What Remains sessions, “Black Stone” and “Blue Liquid.” They’re not available on streaming platforms just yet, but you can get them for free at Mount Kimbie’s website in exchange for an email.

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The photo above of Mount Kimbie was taken during a recent reunion in Yucca Valley, the first time they’d been together in person in over a year. “Kai flew over & we spent some time together writing new music in the desert,” the band wrote in a press release. “Both very hyped about what we put down – Just got to piece it all together now to release it.” Please do!

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Arlo Parks enlists Unknown Mortal Orchestra on “Too Good” remix

Arlo Parks enlists Unknown Mortal Orchestra on “Too Good” remix
The original track appears on the singer’s Mercury Prize-nominated album, Collapsed In Sunbeams.

By Sajae Elder

July 28, 2021

London-based singer Arlo Parks shared a new Unknown Mortal Orchestra remix of her single “Too Good” on Wednesday. Originally featured on her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams, the new take adds a subtle softness to the track.

“I’ve been moved by Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s sonic palette and gorgeous approach to simplicity for years now,” Parks said of the remix in a press release. “It’s an honor to have them remix ‘Too Good’ and bring such a sweet sense of intimacy to the song.”

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The new version follows the release of previous UMO remixes including Westerman’s “Drawbridge” and Soccer Mommy’s “circle the drain.” Most recently, Parks shared dates for her upcoming headlining tour as well as dates opening for Clairo’s tour starting next February.

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Isaiah Rashad shares “Runnin’” featuring ScHoolboy Q

Isaiah Rashad shares “Runnin’” featuring ScHoolboy Q
The House Is Burning is out Friday, July 30.

By Jordan Darville

July 28, 2021

This Friday, Isaiah Rashad will make his comeback with The House is Burning, his second full-length project and first new album since 2016’s The Sun’s Tirade. Earlier this week we got the album’s tracklist, and its many impressive features (Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, 6LACK, and many more) included Rashad’s labelmate ScHoolboy Q on the song “Runnin’.” That song, co-produced by Kenny Beats and Mount Kimbie, is out today along with a music video, streaming above. The clip features a wealth of behind-the-scenes studio footage and clips of Rashad turning up concerts — that aesthetic decision may have something to do with the fact that Rashad announced a big tour of the United States yesterday. The rollout continues! Check it out above, and revisit our Isaiah Rashad FADER cover story.

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Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison dead at 46

Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison dead at 46
One of the band’s founding members, Jordison played with Slipknot until 2013.

By Jordan Darville

July 27, 2021

Joey Jordison. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

 

Joey Jordison, acclaimed metal drummer and one of the founding members of Slipknot, has died at age 46, according to a statement from his family.

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Jordison “passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26th, 2021,” the statement reads. No cause of death was revealed. Read it in full below:

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We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26, 2021. He was 46.

Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow.

To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music.

The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.

The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes.

Jordison was one of the first members recruited to join Slipknot in 1995 as the group was just beginning in Des Moines, Iowa. After the release of their demo Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat and several line-up changes, including the addition of current vocalist Corey Taylor, Slipknot signed to Roadrunner Records and released their self-titled debut album to commercial and critical success.

Slipknot’s three subsequent studio albums, Iowa, Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), and All Hope Is Gone all featured Jordison on drums. In total, Slipknot were nominated for seven Grammys while Jordison was a member of the band, winning one (Best Metal Performance for “Before I Forget” in 2005). Jordison played drums in a number of other bands including Murderdolls, Sinsaenum, and Scar the Martyr, and performed live with Metallica and Korn.

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Slipknot and Jordison parted ways in December 2013. At the time, a statement on Slipknot’s website cited “personal reasons” for the split, while Jordison said he was “shocked and blindsided” by his dismissal.

Years later, Jordison claimed that he had been diagnosed with transverse myelitis just before he and Slipknot split, causing him to lose function in his legs until physical therapy helped him recover. “I couldn’t play anymore,” Jordison said, speaking at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2016. “It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.” Jordison praised his former bandmates in Slipknot during the speech: “We accomplished a lot in life, every one of them, and I wish them nothing but luck and the best of praises.”

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On the 21st anniversary of the release of Slipknot’s debut album, Jordison posted his memories on Instagram. “That album was & will always be some of the absolute best memories of my life,” he wrote. “To the fans, you guys made this happen for all of us, and I dedicate this anniversary to YOU!!! Metal Forever.”

Watch BTS cover “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans

Watch BTS cover “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans
“Dynamite” and “Permission To Dance” were also performed at the BBC Live Lounge.

By Jordan Darville

July 27, 2021

BTS‘s appearance on the BBC Live Lounge was so highly anticipated that just the announcement of the K-pop band’s appearance trended on Twitter. That had something to do with the fact that one of the songs BTS sang was a cover of “I’ll Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy and Faith Evans’s smash hit memorializing the Notorious B.I.G. BTS’s version holds up, though they make it their own with the addition on a new Korean rap verse. The group also ran through their recent hits “Dynamite” and “Permission To Dance,” which bowed at No. 1. Watch all three videos below.

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Young Thug shares four new songs for Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, reveals Punk release date

Young Thug shares four new songs for Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, reveals Punk release date
His new album is out on October 15.

By Jordan Darville

July 27, 2021

In 2019, Young Thug said he hoped to release an album called Punk soon after dropping his full-length So Much Fun. It’s been two years since then, but with the success of So Much Fun and his blockbuster collaboration with Chris Brown Slime & B, Thug has had a lot on his plate. Somewhat unexpectedly, Thug’s label 300 revealed October 15 as Punk‘s release date, dropping the information the same day as Thug’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert for NPR.

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The palatial live performance contains the premiere of four new songs: “Die Slow,” “Droppin Jewels,” “Hate The Game,” and “Tick Tock.” They’re all backed by a live band playing punk-inspired instrumentals, and it sounds amazing. Travis Barker steps behind the drum kit for a performance of “Ski,” a single from Thug’s recent label compilation Slime Language 2. Watch the whole thing above.

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Chief Keef, slowthai, Turnstile, and more will tour with $uicideboy$

Chief Keef, slowthai, Turnstile, and more will tour with $uicideboy$
“The Grey Day Tour” will also feature Yung Gravy, Night Lovell, Ramirez, Germ, Shakewell, and Chetta.

By Jordan Darville

July 27, 2021

$uicideboy$, the Memphis rap duo who built a sizable fanbase with their Memphis horrorcore-inspired sound, has announced a series of North America shows called “The Grey Day Tour.” Like their dates in 2019, which featured Trash Talk, Denzel Curry, Shoreline Mafia, and more, their 2021 dates are a blend of rock and rap acts: Chief Keef, slowthai, and Turnstile (who were on the bill for Grey Day 2019 as well) will perform at most of the dates, along with Yung Gracy, Night Lovell, Ramirez, Germ, Shakewell, and Chetta. Find all the dates below, with tickets going on sale this Friday.

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The U.S. government has sold Martin Shkreli’s one-of-one Wu-Tang album

The U.S. government has sold Martin Shkreli’s one-of-one Wu-Tang album
Once Upon a Time in Shaolin has been purchased from an unknown buyer.

By Jordan Darville

July 27, 2021

Martin Shkreli. Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

 

The sordid affair of “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli and the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang album he bought for $2 million has officially concluded. The United States government, which seized the album from Shkreli, has sold it to an unspecified buyer, according to a press release published by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

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The Wu-Tang project Once Upon A Time In Shaolin was sold in order to resolve a $7.4 million penalty levied against Shkreli, who was convicted of securities fraud in 2018 and sentenced to seven years in prison. “Shkreli has been held accountable and paid the price for lying and stealing from investors to enrich himself,” said Acting United States Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis in the press release. “With today’s sale of this one-of-a-kind album, his payment of the forfeiture is now complete.”

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Soon after outraged rap fans learned about the sale, RZA insisted that he attempted to purchase the album back from Shkreli but was prevented from doing so due to contractual issues. The controversy did not, however, prevent RZA from taking a producing role in a Netflix film about the saga, currently in development.

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Kanye West’s Donda is scheduled to drop on August 6

Kanye West’s Donda is scheduled to drop on August 6
We’ll see!

By Jordan Darville

July 26, 2021

Kanye West. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

 

Kanye West has moved the release date for his tenth studio album Donda to August 6, according to a Pitchfork report. A representative for West confirmed the date in an email to The FADER.

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The original release date for Donda was last Friday, July 23. To celebrate, West hosted a listening event at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on the evening of July 22, but the album did not subsequently appear. Music played during the event featured guest appearances from Pop Smoke, Travis Scott, Baby Keem, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, and JAY-Z. Viewers also caught the full version of “No Child Left Behind,” a song that was previewed in a Beats ad starring Sha’Carri Richardson.

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No one will fault you if you’re skeptical that Kanye will actually release Donda next month. In September 2018, West announced an album called Yandhi only to shelve it indefinitely a few months later. A year after releasing Jesus Is King, he shared the song “Wash Us In The Blood” featuring Travis Scott from an album titled God’s Country; that project hasn’t materialized, either.

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Listen to a preview of Grimes’ new song “about having to defeat Azealia Banks when she tried to destroy my life”

Listen to a preview of Grimes’ new song “about having to defeat Azealia Banks when she tried to destroy my life”
Grimes recently previewed a new song about Azealia Banks; Banks responded, saying Grimes “has some kind of psychosexual obsession” with her.

By Shaad D'Souza

July 27, 2021

Grimes: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Roc Nation, Azealia: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Early on Sunday (ET) Grimes took to Discord to perform a “Metaverse Super Beta” DJ set as part of the Splendour XR festival. The set, which I managed to listen to live after a very confusing few minutes trying to work out how, exactly, to use Discord — I’m 23 and proudly cheugy — was vintage DJ Grimes, featuring a bunch of new music mashed up with songs like Britney Spears’ “Toxic”, Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”, and Enya’s “Orinoco Flow”. (It wasn’t entirely unlike her wonderful Apple Music Cyberpunk 2077 mixtape.)

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As Stereogum points out, when Grimes dropped new song “100% Tragedy” during the set, she took to the Discord chat to explain the song’s inspiration, saying the track “is about having to defeat azealia banks when she tried to destroy my life”. Although the Discord set isn’t legally archived anywhere, the track was previously shared by Grimes in a TikTok; listen to a snippet of it below.

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If you don’t have the incident in question burned into your brain, a refresher: in June 2018, Azealia Banks announced that she was going to collaborate with Grimes. Two months later, in August, Banks alleged, via Instagram, that she had flown to LA to work with Grimes, only to have been left “for days” in the house of Grimes’ boyfriend, tech billionaire Elon Musk. At the time, she called Grimes a “dirty-sneaker-inbred-out of the woods Pabst beer pussy methhead-junkie”, and Musk a “trash ass beta male” with “pork skin” whose family fortune “is rooted in emerald and ore mines in South Africa during apartheid”, referring to Musk’s father’s purchase of a Zambian emerald mine in the ‘80s. She described her stay at Musk’s house, ultimately, “like a real life episode of Get Out”, wrote a song about the affair, and was later subpoenaed in a lawsuit against Musk due to the fact that her stay at Musk’s house coincided with Musk tweeting “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured”.

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In a response Instagram story archived by Stereogum, Banks responded to Grimes’ explanation of the song, writing: “Grimes def has some psychosexual obsession with me. i think it’s bitterness cuz she doesn’t have the musical capacity i have. everything she does is out of pretentiousness and it comes out like that …. while everything i do is out of natural swag & geniusness lmaoo. Starting to notice all the weird undercover millennial racists hide out on discord.”

@grimes

100% Tragedy ##grimes ##dancer ##choreography ##100%Tragedy 🤍🧚🏻‍♀️ @symonekimeka @rayjrv

♬ 100 Percent Tragedy by Grimes – Warnymph

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Caroline Polachek announces tour, shares “Bunny Is A Rider” music video

Caroline Polachek announces tour, shares “Bunny Is A Rider” music video
The singer will tour North America this winter.

By Jordan Darville

July 26, 2021

Last week, Caroline Polachek shared her latest avant-pop single “Bunny Is A Rider.” Gently groovy and full of the vocal wizardry Polachek does so well, we stuck the song straight on our weekly Songs You Need playlist. The music video drops today, and it’s streaming exclusively on Facebook.

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Co-directed by Polachek with Matt Copson, the singer navigates a labyrinth of cardboard boxes containing what appear to be memories as she dances and occasionally disappears. “‘Bunny Is A Rider’ takes place in the storage facility of my mind,” Polachek said ina. press statement. “In this labyrinth, the camera is the Minotaur, but I’m the Matador so it’s game on. But like I said before, I can teleport.”

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The music video comes with a bunch of new tour dates from Caroline Polachek with opener Oklou. After a run of festival dates and a show in London, Polachek will play venues across the United States this winter. See all the dates below and buy tickets here.

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Caroline Polachek 2021 tour dates

8/5/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
9/9-11/21 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
9/12/21 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
9/26/21 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
10/28/21 – London, UK – Roundhouse SOLD OUT
10/31/21 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
11/16/21 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
11/18/21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/19/21 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
11/20/21 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
11/22/21 – New Orleans, LA – The Republic NOLA
11/23/21 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
11/24/21 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
11/27/21 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
11/29/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11/30/21 – Boston, MA – Royale
12/2/21 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 SOLD OUT
12/3/21 – Washington D.C. – Lincoln Theatre
12/4/21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
12/7/21 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
12/8/21 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
12/10/21 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
12/11/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
12/13/21 – Vancouver, BC – Hollywood Theatre
12/14/21 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
12/15/21 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
12/17/21 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
12/18/21 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

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Watch Desus & Mero interview Bobby Shmurda

Watch Desus & Mero interview Bobby Shmurda
The rapper discussed his time in jail, oxtail, and new music.

By Jordan Darville

July 26, 2021

When Bobby Shmurda was locked up for six years on gang-related charges, the New York City rapper found some relief in Showtime’s late-night talk show Desus & Mero. Now that he’s finally free, Bobby is sitting down for an interview with the duo, and an extended cut of Sunday’s conversation was uploaded today on YouTube.

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From the jump, it’s clear that every person involved is really excited for the interview to take place, which is what makes it so fun to watch. Desus & Mero thank Bobby for his shout-out from prison (“That put the battery in our backs,” Mero says) and go on to discuss different aspects of incarcerated life, from Bobby’s attempts to stay humble amid hunger for his release to the difficulties of making a salad while locked up.

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Before they play a game of mini-golf, Bobby gives a brief update on music, including his collaboration with Migos: “We got all types of different music coming out,” he said. “We got the Shmurda shit coming out. We got the Shmigos shit coming out. It’s going to be a lit summer.” Watch the full interview above.

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Listen to BbyMutha’s new EP Cherrytape

Listen to BbyMutha’s new EP Cherrytape
The EP follows the release of bastard tapes vol. 3.

By Sajae Elder

July 26, 2021

Bbymutha shared a brand new EP, Cherrytape, on Monday. Following the release of her single “GoGO Yubari” last month, Bbymutha’s latest four-song offering pairs experimental, club-ready electro beats with the Chattanooga rapper’s playful drawl. On “rainyday:),” the rapper glides over fast-paced production while closing track “Wrist,” she and Detroit rapper ZeelooperZ pay homage to D4L’s 2006 hit “Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me.”

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Since sharing her debut studio album Muthaland last summer, the rapper has released a handful of singles and EP’s almost exclusively on Bandcamp, including bastard tapes vol. 3 and Muthaleficent 2.

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Isaiah Rashad shares The House Is Burning tracklist

Isaiah Rashad shares The House Is Burning tracklist
Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, Jay Rock, and more feature on the rapper’s upcoming album, out on July 30

By Jordan Darville

July 26, 2021

Isaiah Rashad. Photo by Erica Hernandez for The FADER.

 

It’s only been two months since Isaiah Rashad announced his comeback full-length The House Is Burning with his FADER cover story. The T.D.E. rapper’s highly anticipated second project is out this Friday, August 30, and today Rashad shared its tracklist. The House Is Burning will be 16 tracks long, and contains features from Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, 6LACK, Jay Rock, Smino, and more. Check it out below:

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#THIB TRACKLIST. #TDE @isaiahrashad pic.twitter.com/yt4CK1BPPb

— sun (@isaiahrashad) July 26, 2021

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In the lead-up to The House Is Burning, Isaiah Rashad has shared the songs “Lay Wit Ya” featuring Duke Deuce, “Headshots (4r Da Locals),” and “Wat U Sed” with Iamdoechii and Kal Banx, all of which will appear on the album.

Skepta dropping new EP feat Kid Cudi, J Balvin, this Friday

Skepta dropping new EP feat Kid Cudi, J Balvin, this Friday
ALL in includes five tracks, and is Skepta’s first album since Ignorance Is Bliss.

By Shaad D'Souza

July 25, 2021

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Skepta has announced that his new EP ALL in will be released this Friday July 30. The follow-up to 2019’s Ignorance Is Bliss, the five-song record includes collaborations with Kid Cudi, J Balvin, and Alté star Teezee. Earlier this year, Skepta collaborated with A$AP Rocky and Pop Smoke on the Fast and Furious 9 single “Lane Switcha”; he also linked up with JAE5 and Rema on “Dimension”, and slowthai on “CANCELLED”. JAE5 also produced a song on ALL in. See Skepta’s announcement of the EP below.

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Lil Nas X breaks out of prison in his “Industry Baby” video

Lil Nas X breaks out of prison in his “Industry Baby” video
With the help of Jack Harlow and Colton Haynes.

By David Renshaw

July 23, 2021

Lil Nas X has delivered another high concept video, this time for new single “Industry Baby.” The visual catches Nas in prison and plotting his escape. With two Grammys and his platinum discs on the wall of his cell, Nas appears to be coping well with his five month sentence and is shown lifting weights and sporting a pink jumpsuit. However, as the video progresses his plan becomes clear. Alongside guest star Jack Harlow, he is plotting to bust out and go on the run. Check out the video above to see how he gets on.

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“Industry Baby” is co-produced by Kanye West and Take A Daytrip. It will feature on Lil Nas ‘s debut album Montero alongside recent singles “Sun Goes Down” and “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” famed for its Satan-worshiping video.

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Smiley enlists Drake for new song “Over the Top”

Smiley enlists Drake for new song “Over the Top”
The song will appear on Smiley’s forthcoming project.

By Jordan Darville

July 23, 2021

Nearly three years ago, we told you to pay attention to Smiley. The Toronto rapper had already gotten a nod from Drake, who credited Smiley with inspiring his album Scorpion. It took a while, but tThe two artists are finally dropping a collaboration today in the form of a new song called “Over the Top.” Tay Keith’s beat hits an ’80s slasher movie vibe nestled beneath a distorted kick as both rappers trade bars — Drake sounds like he’s recording from a private jet, while Smiley’s lyrics are practically laced with gunpowder. Stream the track below. “Over the Top” will appear on Smiley’s upcoming tape.

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Polo G and Gunna team up on “Waves”

Polo G and Gunna team up on “Waves”
The track is set to appear on Kawhi Leonard’s upcoming compilation album Culture Jam.

By Sajae Elder

July 23, 2021

Polo G and Gunna shared their latest single “Waves” on Friday. The track serves as the second single from NBA star Kawhi Leonard’s upcoming compilation album Culture Jam, and follows the release of YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Rod Wave’s “Everything Different” back in May.

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A portion of the proceeds from the project will be donated to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, an organization set up in honor of the late Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna to support underserved and young female athletes. Further details about the project, including other features artists, its tracklist, or release date, have yet to be announced. It’s set to drop sometime this year via Virgin Music Label.

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How to watch Kanye West’s Donda livestream event

How to watch Kanye West’s Donda livestream event
All the details on how to watch Kanye West’s album listening party, beginning at 8pm ET.

By Shaad D'Souza

July 22, 2021

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After a year of delays, Kanye West is finally set to release his long-awaited tenth album Donda tonight, at midnight eastern time Friday July 23. First set for release in July 2020, the album was announced for a July 2021 release earlier this month, with media personalities expressing the fact that they’d heard the album in full. Pusha T all-but-confirmed the record would drop at midnight on the 23rd when he announced that a Donda listening event would take place at 8pm ET July 23 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Finally, earlier this week, fans were treated with a taste of good music, in the form of a Beats ad featuring Sha’Carri Richardson set to a new song titled “No Child Left Behind”, which also detailed a livestream event occuring on Apple Music at the same time as the Atlanta listening event.

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Fans looking to watch the livestream can watch the whole thing go down from 8pm ET (5pm PT) on Apple Music’s dedicated Donda listening event page.

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Kim Kardashian attended Kanye West’s Donda livestream event

Kim Kardashian attended Kanye West’s Donda livestream event
Per TMZ, Kanye West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian was in attendance at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

By The FADER

July 22, 2021

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Despite their recent high-profile divorce, it would appear that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are still on good terms: According to TMZ, Kardashian was in attendance at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium during West’s Donda album listening party, along with the ex-couple’s four kids: North, Chicago, Psalm, and Saint. In February, Kardashian filed for divorce from West after a tumultuous seven years of marriage. The news came after reports that the pair were in marriage counselling; according to TMZ, the split was amicable.

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West livestreamed Donda earlier this evening, just shy of a year after the album was first set to be released. The record featured contributions from, among others, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Pop Smoke, Baby Keem, Travis Scott, Jeremih, and Roddy Ricch, and includes the song “No Child Left Behind”, produced by Gesaffelstein, which was first teased earlier this week in a Beats commercial featuring Sha’Carri Richardson.

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Arlo Parks and Wolf Alice lead 2021 Mercury Prize nominees

Arlo Parks and Wolf Alice lead 2021 Mercury Prize nominees
SAULT, Ghetts, Black Country, New Road, and more are also on the 12-album shortlist for this year’s award.

By David Renshaw

July 22, 2021

Arlo Parks, Wolf Alice

 

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The list of nominees for the 2021 Mercury Prize has been revealed with Arlo Parks, Wolf Alice, SAULT, and Celeste all featuring on this year’s list. The annual prize rewards one outstanding British album. Last year’s prize was won by Michael Kiwanuka for his album, Kiwanuka.

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Other nominated albums on this year’s list include efforts from veteran noise band Mogwai, indie newcomers Black Country, New Road, and jazz musician Nubya Garcia, plus Berwyn, Floating Points, Ghetts, Hannah Peel, and Laura Mvula.

Mercury Prize 2021 nominees:

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Arlo Parks, Collapsed in Sunbeams
BERWYN, DEMOTAPE/VEGA
Black Country, New Road, For the First Time
Celeste, Not Your Muse
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra, Promises
Ghetts, Conflict of Interest
Hannah Peel, Fir Wave
Laura Mvula, Pink Noise
Mogwai, As the Love Continues
Nubya Garcia, SOURCE
SAULT, Untitled (Rise)
Wolf Alice, Blue Weekend

The overall winner of the 2021 Mercury Prize will be announced on September 9. The winner is decided by the judging panel on the day of the ceremony.

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Listen to the newly unearthed Prince song “Hot Summer”

Listen to the newly unearthed Prince song “Hot Summer”
Welcome 2 America, the previously unreleased 2010 Prince album, is out next week.

By Jordan Darville

July 22, 2021

Prince‘s estate is prepping the release of Welcome 2 America, an album recorded in 2010 by the artist that has never seen the light of day. “Hot Summer,” the project’s latest single, is a meat-and-potatoes rock and roll track that fits comfortably within Prince’s 2010s era. Listen above.

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Welcome 2 America is out on July 30. The 23-track project is the first posthumous Prince album of original work to be released since his death. The album will include “Born 2 Die,” a song that was written after Dr. Cornel West opined that Prince “was no Curtis Mayfield.”

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