James Blake announces new album, hear new song “Say What You Will”

James Blake announces new album, hear new song “Say What You Will”
Friends That Break Your Heart is out in September with a tour to follow.

By David Renshaw

July 22, 2021

James Blake has shared new song “Say What You Will,” the first track from his forthcoming album Friends That Break Your Heart. A video for “Say What You Will,” featuring a cameo from Finneas, can be seen below.

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Friends That Break Your Heart is due on September 3. It is Blake’s follow-up to 2019 album Assume Form and his fifth studio release in total. Earlier this year Blake appeared on Slowthai’s Tyron while in 2020 he guested on new releases from Kehlani and Jay Electronica.

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Shortly after dropping Friends That Break Your Heart Blake will embark on a 17-show tour. The run of dates begins in San Diego on September 16 and wraps up in Atlanta at the Tabernacle on October 16. Tickets are available from July 29 at 10am local. All tour dates are below.

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James Blake will play:

September 16, 2021 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
September 17, 2021 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
September 19, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – Greek Theatre
September 21, 2021 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
September 22, 2021 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
September 25, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
September 28, 2021 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore
September 30, 2021 – Minneapolis, MN – The State Theatre
October 2, 2021 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Auditorium
October 3, 2021 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
October 6, 2021 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
October 8, 2021 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
October 9, 2021 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
October 12, 2021 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
October 14, 2021 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
October 15, 2021 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
October 16, 2021 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

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Porches share “Okay,” detail new album All Day Gentle Hold !

Porches share “Okay,” detail new album All Day Gentle Hold !
Aaron Maine’s new album is out October 8 via Domino.

By Jordan Darville

July 21, 2021

A new album from Aaron Maine’s indie-pop project Porches is on the way. All Day Gentle Hold ! is out October 8 via Domino, and serves as the follow-up to 2020’s Ricky Music. The tracklist will contain the lovely “I Miss That,” released last year, and today’s album announcement comes with a brand new song called “Okay.” Like “I Miss That,” “Okay” shines with the gloss of ’90s adult contemporary radio, but there’s something delightfully bent about its particular luster. Hear the track in the music video above as you watch Maine cavort in different costumes.

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“I recorded this album in my room between October 2019 and April 2021,” Maine said of the project in a press release. “The world was flipped and I wanted to make something injected with as much love, urgency, and lust for humanity as I possibly could.”

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Lorde shares new song “Stoned at the Nail Salon”

Lorde shares new song “Stoned at the Nail Salon”
Solar Power is out on August 20.

By Jordan Darville

July 21, 2021

Lorde. Photo by Ophelia Mikkelson Jones.

 

New Zealand pop royalty Lorde is back with a new single called “Stoned at the Nail Salon,” another track from her upcoming album Solar Power. Unlike the jaunty, sun-stroked vibe of the album’s title track, “Stoned” finds Lorde in a more ambivalent mood, though an overriding sense of bliss pervades thanks to the golden electric guitar dancing across the stripped-down song.

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“This song is sort of a rumination on getting older, settling into domesticity, and questioning if you’ve made the right decisions,” Lorde wrote in a press statement. “I think lots of people start asking those questions of themselves around my age, and it was super comforting to me writing them down, hoping they’d resonate with others too. I used this song as a dumping ground for so many thoughts…”

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Listen to “Stoned at the Nail Salon” below in the song’s YouTube visualizer. Solar Power will be released on August 20, and next year, Lorde will embark on a world tour behind the album. Find those dates here.

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Tyler, The Creator directs Converse ad starring Vince Staples, Henry Rollins, and more

Tyler, The Creator directs Converse ad starring Vince Staples, Henry Rollins, and more
“Everyone wears Chucks…including pirates.”

By Sajae Elder

July 21, 2021

Tyler, The Creator has collaborated with Converse to direct a new advertisement for the brand. In the hilarious clip, the exclusive “Really Cool Converse Club” convenes for a meeting over its strict set of rules, with members including Vince Staples, Henry Rollins, Odd Future member Jasper, former NBA players Bill Walton and Marques Johnson, actor Tim Meadows and more, all representing the many subcultures who rock the sneaker.

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“I instantly thought about the many pockets of people that wear Chucks – like skateboarders, soccer moms, kids down the street, guys in the neighborhood I grew up with – and I wanted to put them in one place, that was important to me,” Tyler said about the ad in a press release. “Everyone wears Chucks…including pirates.”

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Most recently, Tyler’s latest album Call Me If You Get Lost debuted at No. 1 earlier this month, and has produced a number of singles including “LUMBERJACK,” “WUSYANAME,” “CORSO,” and “LEMONHEAD.”

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Watch the ad above and an extended version below.

“THE REALLLLY COOOOL CONVERSE CLUB” @Converse pic.twitter.com/GDUPuyHAHY

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) July 21, 2021

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Listen to EST Gee’s new mixtape Bigger Than Life Or Death

Listen to EST Gee’s new mixtape Bigger Than Life Or Death
The project features Young Thug, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Pooh Shiesty, Future, and more.

By Jordan Darville

July 21, 2021

With the release of his 2020 project I Still Don’t Feel Nun, Kentucky artist EST Gee became one of rap’s most promising and closely watched new talents. After signing with Yo Gotti’s label CMG and delivering a fiery guest verse on Lil Baby’s hit “Real As It Gets,” Gee is back with his new full-length tape Bigger Than Life Or Death, out today. In an indication of just how hot EST Gee really is, hip-hop artists both established and newly-popping line up to provide guest verses: Lil Baby, Pooh Shiesty, Young Thug, Future, Lil Durk, and many more feature across the 15 tracks. Dive in below via Spotify and Apple Music.

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London-based singer anaiis teams up with Topaz Jones on “chuu”

London-based singer anaiis teams up with Topaz Jones on “chuu”
The track follows the release of previous singles “juno” and “reverie,” which both dropped earlier this year.

By Sajae Elder

July 21, 2021

Singer-songwriter anaiis seems most adept at making moody, self-reflective soul, but on her latest single “chuu,” alongside rapper Topaz Jones, she allows herself a bit of serenity. Following the release of previous singles “juno” and “reverie,” the track is a slightly playful departure from her last few singles, all likely to appear on an upcoming project.

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“After having spent so much energy dwelling on the heavier themes that inspired this body of work, I just needed to offer myself this catharsis,” anaiis said of the song in a press release. “‘Chuu’ allowed me to fantasize about a future where the situation I had been in would no longer be consuming me, where I would be completely free of any ties and memories of that time, and I could afford myself a moment of carelessness.”

Listen to the song below.

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Lime Garden’s “Pulp” video is an absurdist spy drama

Lime Garden’s “Pulp” video is an absurdist spy drama
The new U.K. band track a mysterious man through the streets of Brighton, England in their latest visual.

By David Renshaw

July 21, 2021

U.K. band Lime Garden’s charmingly DIY video for new single “Pulp” is a throwback to classic caper movies. The focus of the video, and the propulsive indie disco banger it accompanies, is a man named Simon. Simon, vocalist Chloe Howard sings, with “blonde skin betwee his teeth” who says things like “Society is a test.” Naturally, the band want to know more.

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This leads to the four piece using old school spy techniques, think big sunglasses, hiding behind a newspaper and lurking around street corners, to get close to the enigmatic Simon. That’s when things get a little messy and Simon ends up tied to a chair and being terrorized by the four members of Lime Garden.

Speaking to The FADER via email, Howard explained a little about the thinking behind the song and video: “The inspiration for ‘Pulp’ came from a slightly unnerving dream of a spooky man cloaked in orange pulp, tip-toeing and dancing through the streets at night,” she said. “We built the track around this absurd idea, with our efforts based on trying to mix the sweet adrenaline of a dance-filled club night, with feelings of unease and danger. It’s dark, yet upbeat and wonky, with wobbling bass and drums designed to capture the undulating streets he walks on. ‘Pulp was one of the first songs we wrote using Logic, and as primarily a guitar band it changed the way we work together creatively to form new ideas.”

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IDLES recruit Slowthai for new version of “Model Village”

IDLES recruit Slowthai for new version of “Model Village”
Listen to the updated version of the U.K. punk band’s Ultra Mono album track.

By David Renshaw

July 21, 2021

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U.K. band IDLES have shared a new track featuring Slowthai. Scroll down to hear “Model Village” now. The original version of the song appeared on IDLES’ 2020 album Ultra Mono. The new version of the track will also be released via 7″ later this year.

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Slowthai performed “Model Village” with IDLES during the latest edition of BALLEY TV, a livestream and talk show hosted by frontman Joe Talbot. In addition to Slowthai, Talbot was also joined by guests including Deep Tan, Nuha Ruby Ra, and Katy J Pearson. Check it out via House of Vans now.

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Earlier this year Slowthai released his second studio album, Tyron. Since then he has collaborated with Kevin Abstract (“Slugger”) and Shygirl (“BDE”) among others.

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Abstract Mindstate announce Kanye West-produced album Dreams Still Inspire

Abstract Mindstate announce Kanye West-produced album Dreams Still Inspire
The project drops on August 6.

By Jordan Darville

July 21, 2021

Abstract Mindstate. Photo by Mike Quain.

 

In the late ’90s, two artists named E.P Da Hellcat and Olskool Ice-Gre began tearing up the Chicago rap circuit and beyond under the alias Abstract Mindstate. They released one album, 2001’s We Paid Let Us In!, shelved another, and retired from the game roughly 13 years ago. They’re back in a big way in 2021 with a new album called Dreams Still Inspire, entirely produced by Kanye West and out under his label YZY SND on August 6. Their lead single “A Wise Tale” is out now, and it’s very much an amber-encased throwback to Chicago rap’s breakout era.

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Dreams Still Inspire will feature a verse from West, as well as appearances from Luka Sabbat, Tony Williams, Deon Cole, and Jonquia Rose. The album’s release will come alongside a new documentary on the group titled We Paid Let Us In! The Legend of Abstract Mindstate. You can watch a trailer for that below, following the straem of “A Wise Tale.”

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Kanye West shares snippet of new song, confirms Donda is out Friday

Kanye West shares snippet of new song, confirms Donda is out Friday
“No Child Left Behind” is set to appear on the new Kanye West album, arriving Friday.

By Shaad D'Souza

July 20, 2021

Kanye West’s new song “No Child Left Behind” is the soundtrack to a new Beats ad featuring athlete Sha’Carri Richardson, the fastest woman in America and sixth fastest woman of all time. Per Pitchfork, the song will appear on West’s forthcoming record Donda, which was set to arrive this time last year but never materialised. All signs point to the record dropping this Friday: an album listening event is scheduled for Thursday night at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which, per the Beats ad, will be live-streamed on Apple Music from 8pm ET that night. As is often the case with Kanye album rollouts, the genuine possibility of Donda’s release is legitimised by the presence of a streaming partner; until now, the only person who had claimed to have actually heard the record was Revolt TV personality RespectfullyJustin. Watch the Beats ad featuring “No Child Left Behind” above.

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Listen to Childish Gambino’s cover of “Stay High” by Brittany Howard

Listen to Childish Gambino’s cover of “Stay High” by Brittany Howard
The new version appears on the remix album Jaime Reimagined, out July 23.

By Jordan Darville

July 20, 2021

This Friday, Brittany Howard of The Alabama Shakes will share Jaime Reworked, a remix album featuring new versions of songs from her 2019 solo album Jamie. She’s assembled quite the roster of talent already: Bon Iver, EarthGang, and Little Dragon have released Jamie remixes, and tracks from Syd, BADBADNOTGOOD, Common, 9th Wonder, Fred again.., and more are all on the way. Today’s remix comes from none other than Childish Gambino, who puts an electro-soul spin on the Grammy-winning song “Stay High.” It’s interesting to see Donald Glover release music as Childish Gambino after insisting that he was retiring the alias after the 2020 album 3.15.20, so who knows what’s happening there. Listen above.

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Clairo announces 2022 tour dates

Clairo announces 2022 tour dates
Arlo Parks and Widowspeak will open for the shows.

By Jordan Darville

July 20, 2021

Clairo. Photo by Adrian Nieto.

 

Sling, the new album from Clairo, dropped last Friday. If you’re eager to hear some of those songs performed live, you’re in luck: next year, Clairo will embark on an extensive tour spanning North American. Arlo Parks, recently the subject of a GEN F profile on this very website, will open the dates along with Widowspeak.

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“Now that shows are starting to come back into our everyday lives,” Clairo said in a press release, “it’s important to prioritize everyone’s experience to the fullest. Everyone deserves a resource and everyone deserves to enjoy the show in peace. I want the audience to know that there is someone who will listen and believe them at every show”

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Find all the shows below; tickets go on sale at noon today.

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Clairo 2022 tour dates

02/16 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
02/17 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
02/19 – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Washington, D.C
02/22 – The National – Richmond, VA
02/24 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY
02/26 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
02/27 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA
03/02 – MTELUS – Montreal, QC
03/04 – HISTORY – Toronto, ON
03/07 – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
03/08 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
03/10 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
03/18 – The Fillmore – Minneapolis, MN
03/20 -The Fillmore – Denver, CO
03/23 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
03/25 – Arlene Schnitzer Hall – Portland, OR
03/28 – The Orpheum – Vancouver, BC
03/30 -The Masonic – San Francisco, CA
03/31 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
04/02 – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
04/03 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
04/05 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
04/07- South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX
04/09 – ACL @ Moody Theater – Austin, TX
04/10 – Bayou Music Center (fka Revention) – Houston, TX
04/13 – The Fillmore Miami Beach – Miami, FL *
04/14 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL *
04/16 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA *

* – Arlo Parks not performing

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Erykah Badu will tour in 2021

Erykah Badu will tour in 2021
The 18-date live show run will kick off this fall.

By Sajae Elder

July 20, 2021

Erykah Badu. Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence.

 

Erykah Badu announced upcoming 2021 tour dates on Tuesday. Set to kick off this fall, the 18-date run tour’s first top is Riverfront Jazz Festival in Dallas on September 3, before she heads to stops in San Diego, New York City, Atlantic City, and more. She is also set to head to Concord, California for H.E.R.’s Lights On Festival on September 14, and Austin, Texas for Austin City Limits for the first two weekends in October before wrapping up in Atlanta on October 30.

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Tickets for her solo shows go on sale this Friday, July 23.

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Revisit her conversation with Mark Ronson on the FADER Uncovered podcast and see all of the dates below.

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Erykah Badu 2021 tour dates

09/03 – City Hall Plaza – Dallas, TX
09/10 – Waterfront Park – Louisville, KY
09/11 – Michigan Lottery Amphitheater – Sterling Heights, MI
09/18 – Concord Pavilion – Concord, CA
09/22 – Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater – Bridgeport, CT
09/24 – Mark G Etess Arena – Atlantic City, NJ
09/25 – 09/26 – The Theater at MGM National Harbor – National Harbor, MD
09/29 – Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion – Portsmouth, VA
09/30 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY
10/3 – Zilker Park – Austin, TX
10/7 – Smart Financial Centre – Sugar Land, TX
10/8 – Zilker Park – Austin, TX
10/10 – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater – Tuscaloosa, AL
10/13 – Armory – Minneapolis, MN
10/15 – Indiana Farmers Coliseum – Indianapolis, IN
10/20 – Arizona Federal Theater – Phoenix, AZ
10/22 – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater – San Diego, CA
10/30 – State Farm Arena – Atlanta, GA

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Watch Tyler, The Creator, Eric André, and Machine Gun Kelly in the Jackass: Forever trailer

Watch Tyler, The Creator, Eric André, and Machine Gun Kelly in the Jackass: Forever trailer
The film hits theaters on October 22, 2021.

By Jordan Darville

July 20, 2021

Forever young and still funny in the head. Check out the NEW trailer for #JackassForever and see our big dumb movie in theaters everywhere October 22, 2021. pic.twitter.com/9ymUlODTmP

— jackass (@jackassworld) July 20, 2021

This winter, Johnny Knoxville and his team of stuntpeople will share Jackass: Forever, the fourth installment in the beloved and influential filmed bodily harm series. It may be the final film to feature the original cast, but as Knoxville revealed in a recent GQ profile, Forever will star some new faces. Some of them appear in the first trailer for the film, released today.

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Tyler, The Creator, Eric André, Machine Gun Kelly, and Jasper Dolphin all show up in the very funny, all-too-brief trailer. Tyler’s only in it for a second and appears to be getting electrocuted, but you get very clear footage of Jasper parachuting onto his head, Kelly getting hit into a pool by a giant hand, and Eric receiving a punch from an inflatable trap.

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While Tyler, Jaspar, and Eric were undoubtedly influenced by the show, they’re also part of its extended family. Jackass co-creator Jeff Tremaine worked with Tyler and Jasper on the Adult Swim television show Loiter Squad and co-produced André’s recent and hilarious film Bad Trip.

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An animated film based on Juice WRLD’s music is in the works

An animated film based on Juice WRLD’s music is in the works
Jaboukie Young-White will script the upcoming project.

By Jordan Darville

July 20, 2021

Juice WRLD. Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images.

 

The music of the late rapper Juice WRLD, the Chicago rapper who died tragically of a drug overdose at age 21, will be the inspiration for an upcoming animated film currently in development.

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Announced today in Deadline, the as-yet-untitled project will be scripted by Jaboukie Young-White, a comedian who has written for Big Mouth and American Vandal and appears as a correspondent on The Daily Show. Lil Bibby, who signed Juice WRLD to his label Grade A Productions, is listed as one of the co-producers on the project representing Juice WRLD’s estate. The film is under development at Modern Magic, a new “event entertainment” studio created by Adam Rosenberg and Rodney Rothman.

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The film is the latest installment in a number of posthumous Juice WRLD releases. The 2020 album Legends Never Die debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200, and another full-length project is on the way.

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Busy Signal shares new video “Bruk Dung Di Bed”

Busy Signal shares new video “Bruk Dung Di Bed”
The track appears on the dancehall star’s Tri-Circle Riddim EP.

By Sajae Elder

July 20, 2021

Dancehall star Busy Signal shared the visuals for his latest video “Bruk Dung Di Bed,” the first from his latest EP, Tri-Circle Riddim. Produced by Junior Brown, the bouncy record blends a booming bassline and staccato percussion with playful synths. The release comes after a steady flow of one-off singles from Busy including “Gwan Whine” and “Bubble It” from earlier this year.

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In the Dameon Gayle-directed clip, Busy is surrounded by a bevy of beauties in a penthouse. “This track is just highlighting the girls who are vibrant, energetic, and entertaining,” he told FADER via email about the song and video.

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Watch the video above.

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Kanye West stokes album speculation with reported Las Vegas listening party

Kanye West stokes album speculation with reported Las Vegas listening party
Could new music be on the way?

By Jordan Darville

July 19, 2021

Kanye West. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia.

 

Social media was lit into a frenzy on Sunday with unconfirmed reports that Kanye West was hosting a private listening party in Las Vegas. While numerous unverified video clips purporting to be from the party were circulated, the firmest evidence of new Kanye music came from Justin LaBoy, a popular social media user also known as RespectfullyJustin.

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LaBoy tweeted that on July 17, he and basketball star Kevin Durant had heard a new album from West: “The production is light years ahead of it’s time,” LeBoy wrote, “and the bars sound like he’s broke & hungry trying to get signed again.” In a potential indication of the statement’s veracity, LeBoy’s tweet was retweeted by frequent West collaborator Consequence, who also posted a picture of LeBoy and Durant with a hooded figure alleged to be West. See that below:

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— Consequence (@ItsTheCons) July 19, 2021

In a prior tweet, Consequence had shared a clip of West working on a new song with Tyler, the Creator. The tweet contains a potential release date: “Summer 21′.”

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— Consequence (@ItsTheCons) July 17, 2021

LaBoy went on to claim in subsequent tweets (which were not reposted by Consequence) that the album will be released this Friday, and that Lil Baby features on it.

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Kanye West album is really done. When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while.. Let me go enjoy all the current artist I’m listening to until then. God bless✌🏾 #Respectfully

— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 18, 2021

This Kanye x Lil Baby record so crazy. Y’all gon leave that mf on repeat ALL DAY & NIGHT. BABY REALLY A GOAT 🐐 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 #Respectfully

— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 19, 2021

While LaBoy and Consequence did not mention an album title, rumors circulated that the project is West’s long-delayed Donda. Almost exactly one year ago, Kanye West tweeted that he would release Donda on July 24, 2020. That date came and went without a project, and there’s no concrete indication yet that Donda is the album reportedly heard by LaBoy and Durant. The FADER has reached out to Kanye West’s representatives for more information.

Kanye West’s previous album, the gospel project Jesus Is King, was released in 2019. His singles “Wash Us In The Blood” featuring Travis Scott and “Nah Nah Nah” featuring DaBaby and 2 Chainz were released in 2020. He also ran for president that year, and lost.

Lil Nas X announces upcoming Kanye West-produced single “Industry Baby”

Lil Nas X announces upcoming Kanye West-produced single “Industry Baby”
The single drops on July 23.

By Sajae Elder

July 19, 2021

Lil Nas X announced the release of his upcoming single, “Industry Baby,” on Monday. Set to feature Jack Harlow, the track was co-produced by Kanye West and frequent collaborators Take A Daytrip. Likely to appear on his upcoming debut album, the track drops on July 23 and follows his last single, “Sun Goes Down,” which dropped back in May.

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Along with the announcement, the rapper shared a short preview video with a hilarious take on his legal issues with Nike over the “Montero (Call me By Your Name)”-inspired “Satan Shoe” collaboration with New York-based art collective MSCHF. In a lawsuit, Nike claimed the unauthorized shoes were “likely to cause confusion…and create an erroneous association between MSCHF’s products and Nike.” MSCHF was subsequently barred from sending out any remaining pairs of the shoe.

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Watch the clip above.

Thumbnail image by Rich Fury/Getty Images.

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Kanye West is throwing a Donda listening party in Atlanta

Kanye West is throwing a Donda listening party in Atlanta
Pusha T announced the event, taking place this Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

By Jordan Darville

July 19, 2021

Kanye West. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA.

 

The rumors, it seems, were (partially) true: Kanye West has an album called Donda. After reports of a listening party for the album spread this weekend, on Monday Pusha T announced another event for the album, this time at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday, July 22 at 8pm. See that below via Pitchfork:

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Tickets for the event go on sale today (July 19) at 5pm EST on Ticketmaster’s website. Prices range from $20 to $50.

On Sunday, social media influencer and Revolt TV personality RespectfullyJustin claimed to have heard a new Kanye West album, and that it will be released this week.

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Kanye has a recent history of premiering albums at live events before releasing them to the world. He debuted his projects The Life Of Pablo and Jesus Is King at Madison Square Garden in 2016 and 2019, respectively, and hosted press trips to his Wyoming Ranch in 2018 to launch ye and his Kid Cudi collab Kids See Ghosts.

Grimes will join will.i.am and Alanis Morissette to judge “avatar singing competition” on Fox

Grimes will join will.i.am and Alanis Morissette to judge “avatar singing competition” on Fox
Alter Ego airs this fall on Fox.

By Jordan Darville

July 16, 2021

Grimes. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Roc Nation

 

When I first heard Grimes, she was a fiercely underground artist making waves in Montreal. Now, of course, she still makes essential tunes (her 2020 project Miss Anthropocene was one of our favorites of the year) while cutting a unique and vastly influential figure. Still, her growing profile could not have prepared me for the news today: later this year, Grimes will co-judge an “avatar singing competition” called Alter Ego alongside will.i.am, Alanis Morissette, Nick Lachey, and Rosci Diaz.

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The show will air this fall on Fox, as Pitchfork points out. Each contestant on the show will reportedly be represented by their “dream avatars” created using motion capture technology. I can see why this concept would appeal to Grimes — she played a cyborg pop star called Lizzy Wizzy in last year’s game Cyberpunk 2077 — but I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that she’s going to be a reality TV judge. She’ll probably be great, but damn, I’m old. Cast photo is below!

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Syd shares new song/video “Fast Car”

Syd shares new song/video “Fast Car”
It’s her first new solo song since 2017.

By Jordan Darville

July 16, 2021

It’s already been four years since Syd, frontwoman of The Internet and former Odd Future member, dropped her solo album Fin. Today marks the release of “Fast Car,” her first new solo song since “Getting Late,” a track from the 2019 Queen & Slim soundtrack (according to a press release, Syd has been busy with several projects including a Japanese apparel company, a film, and a sparkling wine band as well as refurbishing old trucks).

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Part rock ballad and part Prince-styled bedroom ballad, “Fast Car” may be upfront and direct about what’s on its mind, but it doesn’t lack for craft in the slightest. “I wanted to make something for the gay Black girls,” Syd said of the song. “I want them to see themselves in this and in me.” Watch Syd and a friend take a drive to Make Out Point in the song’s music video, streaming above.

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Amaal discovers her alter ego on the silky smooth “Honey”

Amaal discovers her alter ego on the silky smooth “Honey”
The track is set to appear on her upcoming EP, Milly.

By Sajae Elder

July 16, 2021

Toronto-based singer-songwriter Amaal shared the futuristic video for her latest single “Honey” on Friday. Set to appear on her sophomore EP Milly, the Dan LeMoyne-directed clip finds Amaal taking on the unapologetic alter ego Milly, the subtle transformation allowing the singer to shed her inhibitions and embrace her own sexual liberation in the dark, moody video.

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“This song came from a playfully, fun, and sexy place,” Amaal told The FADER over email. “I’ve gone through a major transformation within the last few years and I’m for the first time not just saying ‘I feel confident’ but truly feeling and embodying what that means to me. I wanted this song to be braggadocios and bold with the drums still hitting but keeping it minimalistic so the forefront could be the message… I got that honey! These parts of me have always existed, I just now have done the work in my life to feel comfortable in expressing myself on my own terms.”

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Of her upcoming EP, Amaal says its throughline is her newfound liberation. “When we started the recording process I made a vow to sit in all those emotions that I’ve suppressed for the majority of my life,” she explained. “A lot of my self-expression was silenced due to the opinions of others and the fear of criticism so I had to let it all go! I allowed those parts of myself that have existed within me to come to light and grow on this project.”

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Watch the video for “Honey” above.

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Kevin Abstract connects with $NOT and slowthai on new single “Slugger”

Kevin Abstract connects with $NOT and slowthai on new single “Slugger”
The track’s release coincides with the debut collection from the rapper’s Video Store Apparel brand.

By Sajae Elder

July 16, 2021

Kevin Abstract, de facto leader of L.A.-based group Brockhampton, shared his new single “Slugger” on Friday. Boasting features from $NOT and UK rapper slowthai, the track was co-produced by Abstract himself alongside Al Hug and fellow Brockhampton member Romil Hemnani.

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In addition to the single, a pared-down Abstract-directed music video finds the rapper and friends modeling clothes from his Video Store Apparel line, the fashion arm of his Video Store creative house. The release of the single coincides with the line’s debut collection, “WARHEAD,” a Spring/Summer ’21 collection set to feature men’s and women’s apparel and a lookbook also shot by Abstract.

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Most recently, Brockhampton dropped their album ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE back in April.

Watch the video above and listen to the full track below.

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The first posthumous album from reggae legend U-Roy has arrived

The first posthumous album from reggae legend U-Roy has arrived
The album boasts features from Ziggy Marley, Shaggy, Santigold, Rygin King, and more.

By Sajae Elder

July 16, 2021

The first posthumous release from U-Roy, known as the “Godfather of dancehall,” was released on Friday. Boasting features from artists including Shaggy, Santigold, and Ziggy Marley, who appears on album opener “Trenchtown Rock,” the album was originally slated for release in 2020 after being recorded throughout 2019.

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Known best for pioneering the earliest iterations of rapping originally called “toasting,” U-Roy left behind a lasting legacy after he died earlier this year.

Most recently, the late star’s label Trojan Jamaica shared “Man Next Door,” alongside Santigold. Today, a visualizer for the Ziggy Marley-assisted “Trenchtown Rock,” a cover of Bob Marley’s 1973 hit, was released.

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Listen to “Trenchtown Rock” above and stream the album below.

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Revenge is sweet in Shenseea’s “Run Run”

Revenge is sweet in Shenseea’s “Run Run”
The track is the lead single from the dancehall star’s upcoming debut album.

By Sajae Elder

July 16, 2021

Dancehall star Shenseea shared her latest video, “Run Run,” on Friday. Featuring 90s dancehall-inspired production from DiGenius, the track is set to appear on her still-unnamed upcoming debut album via Rich Immigrants/Interscope.

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In the colorful Christian Bresleur-directed visuals, Shenseea plays a femme fatale who exacts revenge on a man who did her wrong, making her way through bright deserts, lush jungles, and the literal depths of hell to finish the job.

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After sharing a number of one-off singles, including “Blessed,” “Good Comfort,” and “Sure Sure,” the single marks the first attached to a larger project.

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Watch the video for “Run Run” above.

Listen to HAIM’s new song “Cherry Flavored Stomach Ache”

Listen to HAIM’s new song “Cherry Flavored Stomach Ache”
The track appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming Netflix film The Last Letter From Your Lover.

By Jordan Darville

July 16, 2021

It’s been a good year for HAIM and fans of the sister rock trio. Their 2020 album Women In Music Pt. III was nominated for two Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, but they’re not wrapping up on the new music releases just yet. On Friday the band dropped “Cherry Flavored Stomach Ache,” a glowing and peppy new pop song with a vintage tinge.

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The track, produced by Dave Fridmann and Ariel Rechtshaid, is taken from the soundtrack for the upcoming Netflix film The Last Letter From Your Lover, directed by Augustine Frizzell. “The scene we were making the song for was all about movement,” Haim said in a press statement, “so we felt like we needed a traveling beat, which spurred the initial idea. Augustine said she wanted something playful, so it was really a collaborative effort.” Have a listen to the song above.

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Watch Lucy Dacus’ Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Watch Lucy Dacus’ Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Four songs from her new album Home Video were performed at her childhood school.

By Jordan Darville

July 15, 2021

Lucy Dacus‘s third album Home Video, released in June, deals deeply with memories and their present-day ramifications. “I think that in some ways,” Dacus said on a recent episode of The FADER Interview, “making art that is based on the past is sacrificing a memory and giving it over to a new form. You’re giving it new life, but you’re remaking it.” It’s appropriate, then, that Dacus’s episode of NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert takes place at her old stomping grounds of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, Virginia. It’s probably one of the most emotionally loaded setpieces for Tiny Desk in recent memory, with Dacus performing the Home Video songs “Brando,” “VBS,” “Going Going Gone,” and the much-adored “Thumbs.” Watch above.

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The 2021 Polaris Music Prize short list has been announced

The 2021 Polaris Music Prize short list has been announced
Mustafa, Zoon, The Weather Station, and seven more artists will compete for the Canadian album of the year award.

By Jordan Darville

July 15, 2021

Mustafa. Photo by Samuel Engelking

 

The Polaris Music Prize, an annual event celebrating the best Canadian music of the year, has revealed the short list selections for its $50,000 top prize. Mustafa made the list with In Smoke Rises (its single “Stay Alive” was one of our 100 favorite songs of 2020) The Weather Station’s Ignorance, and Zoon’s Bleached Waves (read a short interview with the shoegaze musician here). See the full list of nominees below:

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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon – Parallel World
DijahSB – Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words
Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs – The Ends
Klô Pelgag – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi – Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station – Ignorance
Zoon – Bleached Wavves

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The long list for the 2021 Polaris Music Prize was revealed in June. Some of the well-deserving projects that didn’t make the short list this year were CFCF’s Memoryland, LAL’s Meteors Could Come Down, and Sundry Rock Song Stock by Yves Jarvis.

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Normani shares Cardi B collaboration “Wild Side”

Normani shares Cardi B collaboration “Wild Side”
Watch the brand new video now.

By David Renshaw

July 16, 2021

Normani and Cardi B appear together on new song “Wild Side.” A video for the song, choreographed by Sean Bankhead, who worked on Normani’s “Motivation” video, can be seen above.

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“I had already been in rehearsal for about three weeks preparing for the video when Cardi heard the record for the first time,” Normani said in a statement. “She really showed up for me and brought this record to life by simply doing what Cardi does best. I love that woman down and I’m forever grateful.”

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Normani and Cardi B have previously worked together on Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) soundtrack song “Diamonds”. The former Fifth Harmony member also appeared in the “WAP” video.

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Listen to Yves Tumor’s surprise EP The Asymptotical World

Listen to Yves Tumor’s surprise EP The Asymptotical World
The project includes recent single “Jackie.”

By David Renshaw

July 15, 2021

Yves Tumor has dropped a new six-song EP called The Asymptotical World. The EP is available via Warpand was not announced prior to its arrival overnight. It features Tumor’s new single “Jackie” and marks the artist’s first major release since 2020 album Heaven to a Tortured Mind. Other tracks include “Crushed Velvet,” “Tuck,” and “Secrecy Is Incredibly Important to the Both of Them.” In adition to its digital release, the EP is also available to purchase on vinyl as either a 12″ or a 3×7″ box set. Physical copies are set to be shipped from October 15.

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