Kurtis Wells finds hope at the end of tunnel on “Abyss”

Kurtis Wells finds hope at the end of tunnel on “Abyss”
The Trinidad-born, Germany-based artist’s new song is an emotional rollercoaster.

By David Renshaw

September 17, 2021

Berlin-based artist Kurtis Wells is looking to switch things up in life on “Abyss,” his playful and pained new singe. “I think I need a change. Too much of the same things,” he sings over spacey synths. “I’m going insane.” It’s a dark song wrapped in a bright wrapper, a catchy melody and slick electric guitars masking the exposed emotions in the middle.

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Born in Trinidad, and having spent time pursuing music in Atlanta, New York and LA, Wells has spent his time recently in Berlin, isolated and focused on his solo career. “Abyss” follows his debut single “A Song About The Sun,” released earlier this year.

Speaking to The FADER about Abyss, Wells said: “In my darkest moments, while drowning in an abyss of emotional bankruptcy, reflecting on the universal truth reminded me that the difference between success and failure is one more time.”

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Injury Reserve share new album By the Time I Get to Phoenix

Injury Reserve share new album By the Time I Get to Phoenix
The duo will embark on an extensive tour later this year.

By Jordan Darville

September 15, 2021

Injury Reserve. Photo by Nick Herbert & Parker Corey

 

Last year, Arizona hip-hop group Injury Reserve was working on new music when Jordan “Stepa” Groggs, one of the founding members, died suddenly. The tragic loss of their bandmate caused the surviving members of Injury Reserve to revisit the material with fresh ears, and today they’ve shared the resulting album: By the Time I Get to Phoenix. The tracklist contains the lead single “Knees,” one of our favorite songs the week of its release. Listen to the full project below, followed by Injury Reserve’s upcoming North America/UK/EU tour dates spanning through fall 2021 to winter 2022.

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Injury Reserve tour dates

10/8 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall ^
10/10 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian ^
10/11 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom ^
10/12 – Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom *
10/13 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage *
10/16 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft *
11/3 – Los Angeles, CA – 1720 *
11/4 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish *
11/7 – Seattle, WA – Neumos *
11/8 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *
12/29 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
1/31 – Brighton, England – Chalk
2/1 – Manchester, England – Academy 3
2/2 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy
2/3 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Summerhall
2/4 – Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall
2/5 – Birmingham, England – O2 Institute 2
2/9 – London, England – Heaven
2/10 – Bristol, England – Trinity
2/12 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique-Rotunde
2/14 – Paris, France – Le Pop Up
2/15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
2/17 – Cologne, Germany – Yuca
2/21 – Berlin, Germany – Frannz
2/22 – Warsaw, Poland – Hybrydy
2/24 – Prague, Czech Republic – Underdogs Ballroom

^ with Zeroh
* with Slauson Malone

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Snail Mail announces new album Valentine, shares title track

Snail Mail announces new album Valentine, shares title track
The project drops on November 5 via Matador.

By Jordan Darville

September 15, 2021

Snail Mail. Photo by Tina Tyrell.

 

Three years after dropping her much-adored debut album Lush, Snail Mail has announced her new LP Valentine, out on October 5. The project’s title track, out today, is a sunburst of unrequited love with one very scream-worthy hook that will find a special place in the heart of anyone with a soft spot for anthemic alt-rock. Josh Coll directs the music video, streaming below, and turns in a tale of aristocratic affection with buckets worth of blood. Stream that below, followed by the dates of Snail Mail’s massive world tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 17 at 10 AM local time.

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Snail Mail tour dates

11/27 – Richmond, VA – The National *
11/28 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre *
11/30 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theater *
12/01 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor *
12/03 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn *
12/04 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine *
12/05 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall *
12/07 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall *
12/8 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *
12/10 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant *
12/11 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre *
12/12 – Columbus, OH – The Athenaeum Theatre *
12/13 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre *
12/15 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre *
12/16 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place *
12/17 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall *
12/18 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony *
12/19 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa *
12/21 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore *
2/18 – Manchester, England – Manchester Academy 2
2/20 – Glasgow, Scotland – QMU
2/22 – Bristol, England – SWX
2/23 – London, England – O2 Forum Kentish Town
2/25 – Paris, France – Le Trabendo
2/26 – Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne
2/27 – Bologna, Italy – Locomotiv
2/28 – Milan, Italy – Magnolia
3/2 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen F
3/3 – Munich, Germany – Ampere
3/4 – Dresden, Germany – Groovestation
3/6 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen
3/7 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Oceanen
3/8 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
3/10 – Stockholm, Sweden – Slaktkyrkan
3/12 – Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theater
3/13 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
3/14 – Brussels, Germany – AB Ballroom
3/15 – Cologne, Germany – Gebäude 9
3/16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord
4/5 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
4/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
4/7 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre #
4/8 – Boston, MA – Royale #
4/9 – Montreal, Quebec – Club Soda #
4/11 – Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre #
4/12 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre #
4/14 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre #
4/15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue #
4/16 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall #
4/17 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater #
4/20 – Seattle, WA Moore Theatre ^
4/21 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theatre ^
4/22 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ^
4/23 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ^
4/24 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater ^
4/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium ^
4/28 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park ^
4/29 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile ^
4/30 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf ^
5/2 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater ^
5/3 – Dallas, TX – The Factory Studio ^
5/5 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven Stage ^
5/6 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel ^
5/7 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle ^
5/8 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville ^

* with Spencer & Hotline TNT
#with Joy Again
^with The Goon Sax

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Tonstartssbandht return with “What Has Happened,” announce new album

Tonstartssbandht return with “What Has Happened,” announce new album
The experimental rock duo’s new project Petunia is out on October 22.

By Jordan Darville

September 15, 2021

Tahn-starts-bandit. Even down to the skip-song rhythm of the band name, Tonstartssbandht have never had trouble finding their own beat and marching to it. 18 albums in, the brother duo of Edwin and Andy White has traversed genres with rugged, psychedelic style and impressive consistency. On October 22, Tonstartssbandht will return with their 19th album Petunia, out via Mexican Summer, and today The FADER is premiering the music video lead single “What Has Happened.”

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Fans of the last Tonstartssbandht album Sorcerer will find a lot to love in the new song, a shimmering and melancholic composition where guitar lines undulate across gently groovy drums and vocals as fluffy and heavy as storm clouds. “This tune is about time traveling at home when you’re blue,” the band said in a statement. “Home is where you will find pain, joy, and everything in between. Orlando is our home.”

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In the music video, the White brothers go on an 8mm-filmed walk/skate through picturesque Florida landscapes. “We shot a couple hundred feet of Super 8 in the hot Orlando sun,” director Case Mahan said. “That nocturnal bird that showed up midday gave us permission to film a heavy subject on a beautiful afternoon. Not premeditated, everything seemed to fall into place much like the band’s performances that are sometimes seemingly improvised.”

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dvr questions everything on new song “Lowlife”

dvr questions everything on new song “Lowlife”
Kenny Beats produced the Scottish artist’s brand new single.

By David Renshaw

September 15, 2021

dvr is Dillon van Rensburg, a seventeen-year-old songwriter and producer who was discovered via Discord. Specifically it was producer Kenny Beats’ server on that platform that van Rensburg was sharing his music so it makes sense that the pair would connect on “Lowlife,” the teenager’s debut single on new label XL Recordings.

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Mixing scruffy guitars with cavernous drums, “Lowlife” is a slacker anthem for those of us cursed with self-doubt and a tendency towards introspection. It’s not even that van Rensburg is alone, as he states “Got the girl but I’m still a loner.” Regardless, he can’t help but wonder “am I really what you want?”

Stumbling through his emotions as he moves forward in life, “Lowlife” is a relatable tale of uncertainty and self-destruction tied up in a scratchy indie pop tune. It comes accompanied by a video involving a lot of cardboard cut-outs and an unlikely breakfast eating champion. Check that out above.

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Speaking about the track, van Rensburg told The FADER: “Made this like a year ago was originally gonna release it with just me but this young producer called Kenny hmu asking to work on it. I was hesitant but agreed, always good to give smaller producers some exposure.”

Kenny Beats, meanwhile, added: “From the first time I heard Dillon’s music, I knew there was something different about his perspective. Honored to be a part of the start of his career.”

Thumbnail image courtesy of Aliyah Otchere.

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Kehlani announces forthcoming album Blue Water Road

Kehlani announces forthcoming album Blue Water Road
The singer shared the announcement along with a short trailer.

By Sajae Elder

September 14, 2021

BLUE WATER ROAD

the album.
coming this winter.

welcome to my world. https://t.co/asaJu9je5I pic.twitter.com/9b9BLplWON

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) September 14, 2021

Kehlani has announced the upcoming release of her third album, Blue Water Road, set to drop later this year. Sharing a cinematic, nearly minute-long trailer alongside the announcement, the clip finds the singer wounded and limping down the road with a bandaged knee. A dragonfly lands in her hands before bursting into flames and growing into a towering, dark figure.

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The album will serve as the follow-up to the singer’s sophomore album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, which dropped back in May 2020, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. “Coming out of the rubble of It Was Good Until It Wasnt and into the light, on to the road. let’s have fun,” the singer tweeted after sharing the new trailer.

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Most recently, Kehnlani has appeared on a number of collaborations, including Lil Durk’s “Love You Too,” “Ur Best Friend” with Kiana Ledé, and “I Like Dat” alongside T-Pain.

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Watch the trailer above.

Thumbnail image by Lisa O’connor /AFP via Getty Images

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Okay Kaya announces upcoming mixtape The Incompatible Okay Kaya, shares new song

Okay Kaya announces upcoming mixtape The Incompatible Okay Kaya, shares new song
The mixtape is out on October 22.

By Sajae Elder

September 13, 2021

Berlin-based, Norwegian-American artist Kaya Wilkins, performing as Okay Kaya, has announced her upcoming project, The Incompatible Okay Kaya, set to drop this fall via Jagjaguwar. In addition to the announcement, the singer shared the project’s first single, a delicate and lilting cover of the gospel standard “If I Can Help Somebody.”

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Last year, Kaya shared her acclaimed sophomore albumWatch the Liquid Pour Itself, which went on to win a Spellemann Award, the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammys, for Best Indie/Alternative Music. Later that year, she also shared its companion album, Surviving Is The New Living. The Incompatible Okay Kaya drops on October 22.

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Listen to “If I Can Help Somebody” above, and see the mixtape’s tracklist below.

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The Incompatible Okay Kaya tracklist:

1. If I Can Help Somebody
2. Zero Interaction Ramen Bar
3. Calendar Girl
4. Book of Love
5. Dance Like U
6. Into My Arms
7. Psychward
8. Fake It
9. Without Her

Thumbnail image by Stine Omar

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Syd shares new song “Right Track” featuring Smino

Syd shares new song “Right Track” featuring Smino
She’ll take the stage for a show with Los Angeles Philharmonic on September 22.

By Jordan Darville

September 10, 2021

Syd, a founding member of the R&B collective The Internet, has been on a roll with her solo releases this year. First, there was “Missing Out,” a synth-driven ballad that lopes at a shellshocked pace as the disintegration of a relationship gets a rundown; that was followed by “Fast Car,” a lusty electro-pop tune in the vein of Miguel. The streak continues with her latest song “Right Track,” featuring St. Louis rapper and cult favorite Smino. The love is still going on strong on the new track, floating along on sweet and sunny acoustic guitar loops. Stream it above, and if you’re in Los Angeles this month, Syd is throwing a special one-off concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on September 22. So, you know, go to that.

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King Krule shares You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down film

King Krule shares You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down film
The visuals come a day before the release of the live album of the same name.

By Jordan Darville

September 09, 2021

Tomorrow, King Krule will share his live album You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down. The sets were recorded at the beginning of a European tour just before the coronavirus pandemic sent everything into lockdown. You can see some of that concert footage in a new film, named after the live album, out today, as Pitchfork points out. The clip starts off with some VHS footage of Krule under a tree and transitions into the previously released footage of a performance of “Stoned Again” from last year’s Man Alive!.

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Thumbnail photo by Reuben Bastienne-Lewis

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Jamie Spears requests end of Britney Spears’ conservatorship

Jamie Spears requests end of Britney Spears’ conservatorship
Jamie Spears has filed a petition to end Britney Spears’ controversial conservatorship.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 07, 2021

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Variety has reported, and Pitchfork points out, that Jamie Spears, Britney Spears’ father and controversial co-conservator of her estate, has filed a petition with probate judge Brenda Penny requesting the end of his daughter’s conservatorship, which has seen her finance, day-to-day life, and healthcare decisions controlled for her, largely by him, over the past decade-plus. “Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship,” Jamie Spears’ attorney Vivian Thoreen wrote, explaining the petition. “She wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding. As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter. If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.” This petition arrives after the announcement that Spears had filed to be removed as the conservator of Britney’s estate and be replaced with a new conservator, and, if approved by the court, could mean that Britney may be allowed to regain control of her own life again.

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Britney’s conservatorship has come under scrutiny over the past year, with a New York Times documentary and the “FreeBritney” movement shining light on the unusual and unprecedented conditions of the legal arrangement. In June, Britney spoke about the conservatorship for the first time, telling the court that she felt “enslaved” by the conditions of her conservatorship, which has dictated the terms of her reproductive health against her will.

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Moonchild Sanelly is up for a challenge on “Undumpable”

Moonchild Sanelly is up for a challenge on “Undumpable”
The track is produced by Débruit of Congolese collective KOKOKO!.

By Sajae Elder

September 03, 2021

South Africa’s Moonchild Sanelly shared her latest video, “Undumpable,” a thumping ode to refusing to let things go. Produced by her Transgressive Records label mate Débruit of Congolese collective KOKOKO!, the track finds Sanelly defiantly demanding her would-be ex stick around to mend a strained relationship. “I won’t let you dump me / Oh bitch / You’re gonna fix this,” she chants over pulsing production.

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“’Undumpable’ is a jam about a relationship where the couples’ tempers are frayed in lockdown, in a super intense atmosphere,” Sanelly explained via email. “They’re fighting but they each feel like they’ve invested too much to be easily dumped.”

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In the Hanru van Zyl-directed clip, cars spin artfully across the road, a Soweto tradition that began as a way to pay respect at funerals that has evolved into its own complex subculture. “The car spinning scene means a lot to me. It means liberation, freedom, and fire. It represents the wild fun streets of Soweto,” she explained. “Knowing there are more women spinning cars now, having a woman spinner was crucial for the video. I love her energy and her sport.”

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Watch the video above.

Thumbnail image via Phatstoki.

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Cryptic Drake billboards tease features from Young Thug, Jay-Z, more on Certified Lover Boy

Cryptic Drake billboards tease features from Young Thug, Jay-Z, more on Certified Lover Boy
Drake season is well and truly upon us.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 01, 2021

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Drake season is well and truly upon us: earlier this week, the Toronto rapper revealed the hilarious cover art for his forthcoming record Certified Lover Boy, shortly after announcing the record would drop this Friday, September 3; now, billboards have been erected in Atlanta, Chicago, California and New York teasing the features on the album. As Pitchfork points out, California’s shouts out Ty Dolla $ign and Giveon; Atlanta’s billboard references Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage and and Lil Baby; Chicago’s mentions “Laugh Now Cry Later” featured artist Lil Durk; and, most cryptically, New York’s billboard says that “the GOAT” features on the record, suggesting that Jay-Z will feature on the album. View all four billboards below.

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Portrayal of Guilt announce new album, share tour dates

Portrayal of Guilt announce new album, share tour dates
Christfucker is out November 5, and you can hear its lead single “Possession” now.

By Jordan Darville

September 01, 2021

Portrayal of Guilt. Photo by Addrian Jafaritabar.

 

Earlier this year, Texas’s Portrayal of Guilt shared a devastating collision of black metal and hardcore in their album We Are Always Alone. They’re back for more with Christfucker, a new album out November 5 on Run For Cover Records.

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Today, you can hear the project’s lead single “Possession,” a track that throws a layer of steaming black pitch over the band’s expansive, nearly operatic sound. “We think of it partially in the sense of scoring a horror movie,” guitarist/vocalist Matt King said of the new album. “We wanted to create an atmosphere of anxiety and fear.”

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Listen to “Possession” below, followed by dates for Portrayal of Guilt’s upcoming 2021 tour with bands like Code Orange, Chat Pile, and Sheer Mag (come to Canada, plz). This month, Portrayal of Guilt shared a new song called “Touched By An Angel” on a split 7″ with Oklahoma City’s Chat Pile.

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Portrayal Of Guilt 2021 tour dates

10/14 – Baton Rouge, LA – Mid City Ballroom
10/15 – Little Rock, AR – Vino’s #
10/16 – Memphis, TN – B-Side #
10/17 – Nashville, TN – DRKMTTR
10/18 – Asheville, NC – Static Age Records
10/19 – Richmond, VA – The Camel !
10/20 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus ~
10/21 – Boston, MA – Cambridge Elks Lodge ~
10/22 – Berlin, CT – Berlin VFW ~
10/23 – Washington, D.C. – DC9 ~
10/24 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook ~
10/25 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
10/26 – Atlanta, GA – 529 ~
10/27 – Birmingham, AL – Seasick Records ~
10/28 – Houston, TX – Red Dwarf ~
10/29 – San Antonio, TX – Vibes Events Center *
10/30 – Austin, TX – Elysium (Levitation) ~
10/31 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister ~
11/01 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar ~
11/02 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon ~
11/03 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop ~
11/04 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios ~
11/05 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project ~
11/06 – Boise, ID – Neurolux ~
11/07 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court ~
11/08 – Denver, CO – HQ ~
11/09 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown ^
11/10 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle ~
11/11 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class ~
11/12 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA ~
11/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Roboto Project %
11/16 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups %
11/17 – St Louis, MO – The Sinkhole ^
11/18 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street #
11/19 – Dallas, TX – Double Wide #

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~ w/ Uniform, Body Void
# w/ Chat Pile
* w/ Code Orange, Uniform
! w/ Sheer Mag, Soul Glo
^ w/ Bummer
% For Your Health

Watch Little Simz’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Watch Little Simz’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
The U.K. rapper will share her album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert this Friday.

By Jordan Darville

August 31, 2021

London’s Little Simz is the latest guest on the NPR series Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. The four-song set is pulled from her highly anticipated fourth studio album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert — no, that doesn’t include “Venom,” the 2019 track that gave Simz a flare of viral success this year, but the new tracks more than capitalize on that momentum. The set opens with the Songs You Need-playlisted “Introvert,” and heads into “I Love You, I Hate You,” “Point and Kill” (featuring Nigerian singer Obongjayar) and “Woman,” all performed with a full band. It’s a lovely set of songs that don’t evade some really messy feelings, which makes us look forward to this Friday’s release of Sometimes I Might Be Introvert even more.

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Lady Gaga shares Dawn Of Chromatica remix album release date, tracklist

Lady Gaga shares Dawn Of Chromatica remix album release date, tracklist
Charli XCX, A.G. Cook, Rina Sawayama, Doss, Arca, and more all share new versions for the project, out on September 3.

By Jordan Darville

August 30, 2021

Lady Gaga. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue.

 

Lady Gaga has been preparing a full-length remix album based on 2020 project Chromatica, and on Monday she announced that it will be released this Friday (September 3). The pop megastar shared the announcement on Twitter along with the cover art and tracklist — Charli XCX, A.G. Cook, Rina Sawayama, Doss, Arca, LSDXOXO, Bree Runway, Dorian Electra, and many more all contribute new versions of songs to the collection.

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DAWN OF CHROMATICA ⚔️💚💗
THE REMIX ALBUM
SEPTEMBER 3
PRE-SAVE NOWhttps://t.co/z6kfSOTt5H pic.twitter.com/EfEefQdLBc

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 30, 2021

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— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 30, 2021

Most recently, Gaga made waves with an appearance in the House of Gucci trailer, playing Patrizia Reggiani.

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Caribou shares new song/video “You Can Do It”

Caribou shares new song/video “You Can Do It”
A brand new track is released on the eve of a North American tour.

By Jordan Darville

August 24, 2021

Dan Snaith returned to his Caribou alias last year with Suddenly, an album of euphoric club jams released in a year when there were no sweaty, shoulder-to-shoulder spaces to properly enjoy them in. That will change later this year when Caribou will embark on a big North American tour (see dates below). If you’re attending one or more of the shows, there’s a chance you may hear Caribou’s new one-off single “You Can Do It,” out today. It’s an efficient, almost literal distillation of Suddenly‘s mood with the titular mantra repeated over and over across boundless fields of euphoric synths. Adding to the vibes is the cast of dogs in the song’s music video who chase after frisbees with adorable determination. Throw the song into your workout playlist, then check out Caribou’s tour dates below.

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Caribou 2021/2022 tour dates

9/25 – Dover, DE – Firefly Festival.
11/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre.
11/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union.
11/17 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater.
11/18 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater.
11/19 – Chicago, IL – Riviera.
11/20 – London, ON – London Music Hall.
11/21 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre.
11/22 – Montreal, QC – M Telus.
11/23 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall.
11/24 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall.
11/25 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall.
11/26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre.
11/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel.
11/28 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel (early).
11/28 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel (late).
11/29 – Boston, MA – Royale.
11/30 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club.
12/1 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer.
2/10 – Houston, TX – White Oaks (Downstairs).
2/11 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater.
2/12 – Austin, TX – Stubbs.
2/14 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren.
2/16 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater.
2/18 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom.
2/19 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom.
2/20 – Seattle, WA – Showbox, SoDo.
2/21 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater.

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Watch Burna Boy’s new video “Question”

Watch Burna Boy’s new video “Question”
The track also features Nigerian producer Don Jazzy.

By Sajae Elder

August 24, 2021

Burna Boy shared the video for his latest single “Question” on Tuesday, also featuring Nigerian producer Don Jazzy. Serving as the follow-up to “Kilometre,” which dropped back in April, the mellow track combines guitars, synths, and bouncing percussion with Burna’s smooth delivery. In the bright visuals, he plays a hometown hero with a rival laying in wait to take his spot, but not everything goes according to plan.
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Most recently, the Nigerian star was announced as a headliner for the Lost in Riddim festival in Sacramento, California, in addition to upcoming appearances at Governor’s Ball and Global Citizen Live in New York City, Outside Lands in San Francisco, and a special show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 8th

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Earlier this year, his 2020 album Twice as Tall took how the Grammy for Best Global Music Album.

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Toronto’s LilyIsThatYou shares the visuals for “FMRN”

Toronto’s LilyIsThatYou shares the visuals for “FMRN”
The sex-positive single went viral, and was subsequently banned, on TikTok earlier this year.

By Sajae Elder

August 24, 2021

Earlier this summer, LilyIsThatYou’s debut single “FMRN” shot to viral fame on TikTok before it was removed by the platform thanks to its sultry content. Now, the Toronto-based artist has shared its official visuals. Described by Lily as a “desire fever dream,” the singer holds little back over bass-heavy bubblegum production as she asks a prospective lover: “can you come fuck me right now?”

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Lily shared her inspiration for the video in an email to FADER, positioning the track as a sex-positive pop anthem. “My inspiration for the video was to portray a sexual fantasy. To me, that represents something limitless, boundless, even absurd. I wanted it to feel like a ‘trip’ into the silly, beautiful, and passionate side of sex we don’t always get to talk about,” she explained. “We wanted to create a visual that played to the aesthetics women find beautiful, my demographic is 90% female and it was important to me to consider the female gaze rather than playing into the typical oversexualized music videos for the male gaze we commonly see for songs with sexual lyrics like this one.”

Watch the video above.

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Megan Thee Stallion shares “Tuned In” freestyle

Megan Thee Stallion shares “Tuned In” freestyle
“Bitch, I’m a movie, these hoes my sequels.”

By David Renshaw

August 23, 2021

Megan Thee Stallion has dropped her second freestyle of the month. “Tuned In” sees the Houston rapper reference voodoo dolls, demons, and Pokémon. The video, which can be seen above, follows Meg’s recent “Outta Town” freestyle, shared earlier this month.

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“Thot Shit,” the most recent official single from Megan Thee Stallion, dropped in June. She recently teased an upcoming album, telling Essence that fans can expect to hear her going back to her roots. “I feel like this project is definitely something very well thought out,” she said in the interview. “This project is me talking my shit, getting back comfortable with myself, getting back to the Megan that was on the come-up.”

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Last year Megan released Good News, which featured the single “Body.” More recently she has collaborated with Maroon 5, Lil Baby, and Ariana Grande.

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Kendrick Lamar announces “final album” for Top Dawg Entertainment

Kendrick Lamar announces “final album” for Top Dawg Entertainment
The rapper shared an open letter titled “nu thoughts” on a website.

By Jordan Darville

August 20, 2021

Kendrick Lamar. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella.

 

Kendrick Lamar has shared an open letter on a new website updating fans on his new project. In the missive titled “nu thoughts,” the rapper revealed will be his “final album” for Top Dawg Entertainment, the California label that has released the entirety of his catalogue so far.

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“As I produce my final TDE album,” Lamar writers, “I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years… May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling.” Lamar had publically denied rumors of a split with the label last year.

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Read the full statement, which is signed as “oklama,” below. Lamar doesn’t reveal any release date for the project, though the letter concludes “See you soon enough.” Longtime T.D.E. mixer MixedByAli claimed in November that Lamar had enough material for six albums.

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I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence.

I go months without a phone.

Love, loss, and grief have disturbed my comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family.

While the world around me evolves, I reflect on what matters the most. The life in which my words will land next.

As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years. The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling.

There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown.

Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I’ve prayed for you all.

See you soon enough.

-oklama

Kendrick Lamar’s previous album Damn. was released in 2017 and won the Pulitzer Prize.

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Hunnah celebrates Blackness on the soulful “Appreciate”

Hunnah celebrates Blackness on the soulful “Appreciate”
The track is set to appear on the singer’s upcoming EP, Unloved.

By Sajae Elder

August 20, 2021

Toronto singer-songwriter Hunnah has shared her latest video “Appreciate,” a warm ode to the beauty of brown skin and the desire to truly be seen. Over soulful drums, handclaps, and twinkling synths, Hunnah’s voice sways between her lower, more syrupy tones and soft falsetto. “I think that I like myself sometimes,” she sings on the track’s pre-chorus.

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In the bright, sun-kissed visuals, the singer and her crew don fits as colorful as the world around them, down to Hunnah’s baby pink box braids. “This song came from conversations with friends about feeling unappreciated and unseen as Black women moving through the world and specifically in the realm of dating,” Hunnah said in a statement about the track. “This desire to be desired, to be seen and appreciated is something that I often run from but this song and project overall is me diving into this vulnerability and exploring these often unvoiced desires.”

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The singer’s forthcoming second EP, Unloved, is due this fall. Watch the video for “Appreciate” above.

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Lily Konigsberg announces debut album, shares “That’s The Way I Like It”

Lily Konigsberg announces debut album, shares “That’s The Way I Like It”
Lily Konigsberg’s amazingly-titled Lily We Need To Talk Now is out later this year on Wharf Cat.

By Shaad D'Souza

August 18, 2021

Lily Konigsberg, the NYC-based musician who records as part of Palberta and as a solo artist, has announced that Lily We Need To Talk Now, her (incredibly-titled) debut album, will be released on October 29th on Wharf Cat Records. The follow-up to this year’s The Best of Lily Konigsberg Right Now, a compilation of Konigsberg’s early Soundcloud and Bandcamp demos, Lily We Need To Talk Now was produced with Nate Amos of Brooklyn duo Water From Your Eyes. It arrives alongside lead single “That’s The Way I Like It”, a piece of punk-pop’s sassier and sprightlier than anything Konigsberg has put out under her own name to date.

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“I said ‘I’m going to write a song now’ to my friend and then wrote this song in 20 minutes,” Konigsberg says in a statement. “The chords are symmetrical so it’s really fun to play on guitar.” Listen to the track above, read our GEN F interview with Konigsberg here, and preorder Lily We Need To Talk Now here.

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NAYANA IZ finds inner strength on tenacious new song “Rani”

NAYANA IZ finds inner strength on tenacious new song “Rani”
Check out the latest track from the U.K. rapper.

By David Renshaw

August 18, 2021

Born in London to Indian parents, NAYANA IZ makes subterranean rap bangers that address themes of identity, race, and spirituality. New song “Rani,” premiering above, throws spiky production and a confident delivery to open up a conversation around the role our parents have in many of our lives and how to confront a future in which they might not be around to offer support or guidance.

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The “Rani” video, co-directed by Nayana and Leila Afghan, transports the narrative to Oaxaca, Mexico and comes packed with shots of her riding through the beach town on her quad bike, as well as underwater pool moments that make the heaviness of the tune feel somehow lighter.

Speaking about the new song via email, Nayana told The FADER: “‘RANI’ is my mother’s name and translates to “queen” from Hindi. I wanted to capture the power that reveals itself when you have nothing left to be afraid of, our infinite source – the connection with our inner warrior. Her fierce but tender nature, the force that spills out of her when the world isn’t fair. The sharpness of her voice and the depth of every word that falls off her tongue. The person who we strive to be our whole lives to be and only gain the courage to become on our death bed. A reminder to follow her guidance over anybody elses word as that is the ticket to freedom.”

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Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak push Silk Sonic’s debut album to next year

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak push Silk Sonic’s debut album to next year
The album is now slated for a January 2022 release.

By Sajae Elder

August 18, 2021

Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars performing as Silk Sonic. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Recording Academy.

 

An Evening With Silk Sonic, the debut album from the duo comprised of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, is now slated to drop in early 2022 according to a new interview with both artists for Rolling Stone. Previously, the project was scheduled to drop this fall. After sharing their debut single “Leave the Door Open” back in March, it would be a few months until their follow-up single, “Skate,” would surface in late July.

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“We’re really in touch-up mode now,” Mars said in the interview. “We’ve got the bones of most of the album, so it’s really about touching up parts that need a little more… Grease.” Elsewhere in the article, Mars added that there would be more single releases leading up to the album.

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Read the full cover story here.

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Kanye West announces third Donda public live event

Kanye West announces third Donda public live event
The show takes place in Chicago’s Soldier Field on August 26

By Jordan Darville

August 18, 2021

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

 

Kanye West has announced a new Donda live event. The show takes place on August 26 at 9pm CST at Soldier Field in Chicago’s South Side. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, August 20. The announcement came via a post on West’s Instagram; see it below.

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Public listening parties for Donda, West’s as-yet-unreleased tenth studio album, began in July. The album was played in full at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on July 22, and while the project was scheduled to drop on the same day as the livestream, it never materialized.

Donda was pushed to August 6 to coincide with another listening party at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and reports emerged that Kanye had taken up residence in the venue to finish the album. The August 6 event was also livestreamed, but the album never dropped and a new release date was not shared.

Snippets of two songs, “No Child Left Behind” and “Glory,” have premiered in Beats ads starring track athlete Sha’carri Richardson.

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tendai’s “Not Around” is a smooth lament of a faltering relationship

tendai’s “Not Around” is a smooth lament of a faltering relationship
Check out the debut single from the 21-year-old Londoner.

By David Renshaw

August 17, 2021

tendai captures the twin emotions of young love and the oppressive nature of inner-city living on debut single “Not Around.” The young Londoner, based in the east of the English capital, crafts intimate, R&B-influenced, ballads with an epic scope. The self-produced “Not Around” pulsates with confidence and heavy drums but that grandiosity belies the crisis tendai is opening up about right in front of our eyes. Filled with doubt and vulnerability, he questions the foundations of a relationship with clarity when he sings “You should hear the way they talk about us, we’re supposed to be happy.”

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The “Not Around” video runs with the same juxtaposition of personal and grandiosity, with images of concrete high rises and smoky horizons captured with a murky black and white color palette. The combination underlines tendai’s croon of “It’s not your fault the city lights don’t shine when you’re not around.”

Speaking to The FADER via email, tendai explains: “‘Not Around,” both musically and visually, is my interpretation of the calm and the turbulent. I found it interesting how they both can coexist in one mind or in one relationship.”

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Chicago artist and Pivot Gang member Squeak has died

Chicago artist and Pivot Gang member Squeak has died
He was 26.

By Jordan Darville

August 17, 2021

Squeak. Photo by Michael Salisbury.

 

Squeak, a producer, DJ, and engineer for the Chicago rap collective Pivot Gang, has passed away, according to a representative for the artist. He was 26. No cause of death was revealed.

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Squeak began working with Pivot Gang while on house arrest after finishing high school. “I actually started engineering first,” Squeak said in a 2017 interview. “I started recording my homies, I was just taking them to the studio.” In 2014, he got his first laptop at SXSW 2014 and began his producing career with a copy of Fruity Loops.

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This year, Squeak collaborated withMFnMelo on the project En Route.

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The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” breaks record for most weeks on Billboard Hot 100

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” breaks record for most weeks on Billboard Hot 100
The After Hours hit continues to strike.

By Jordan Darville

August 16, 2021

The Weeknd. Photo by Brian Ziff

 

“Blinding Lights” is the song that has already sealed The Weeknd‘s place in the history truly iconic pop, but just how impactful the track is continues to be seen. This week, “Blinding Lights” broke the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot 100, logging 88 weeks in the chart. The previous record-holder was “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, and even they would probably tell you that “Blinding Lights” is a better song.

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In more recent Weeknd news, he shared the song “Take My Breath,” another disco-influenced pop song in the vein of “Blinding Lights.” It’s all leading up to the release of his next album, a project he previewed for GQ in a cover story published at the top of the month.

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Disclosure share new song “In My Arms,” announce new EP

Disclosure share new song “In My Arms,” announce new EP
Never Enough is out this Friday, August 20.

By Jordan Darville

August 16, 2021

Disclosure. Photo by Hollie Fernando.

 

For the next five days, English dance duo Disclosure will share a new song every 24 hours, collecting all the tracks on an EP called Never Enough, out on Friday (they did the same thing last year and in 2018 as well). The first song, out today along with the EP’s announcement, is called “In Your Arms,” a sunny beachside techno jam specked with cowbell and joyous vocals.

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Read a statement from Disclosure’s Guy Laurence on the song below via Stereogum, followed by a stream of “In My Arms.”

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The spark that ignited the creation of this body of work came from a place of wanting to revitalise a very fractured & uncertain dance music scene & club culture that has changed so much all over the world for obvious reasons in the last 18 months. While piecing together initial ideas during the spring of 2021, hope began to glimmer on the horizon for producers & DJ’s that we may soon be able to gather together again, dancing & listening to music as one, participating in something larger than ourselves. So we asked each other… what would we want to hear in those moments? What does that first moment back in a club sound like? What does walking into Shangri-la, Glasto at 2am feel like again? What does a headline show at Reading look like after all the difficulties 2020 brought on our whole industry? With all these questions unanswered & with the possibility that any of these events may actually be allowed to take place, we set to work on creating something that might fit one of those magical moments some of us have been longing to participate in again.

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Cardi B and Lizzo team up on “Rumors”

Cardi B and Lizzo team up on “Rumors”
Lizzo’s first single since 2019 is a witty, fun-as-hell collaboration with Cardi B.

By Shaad D'Souza

August 13, 2021

Lizzo has released her first new song since 2019, and it’s a total doozy: “Rumors” is a fun-as-hell Cardi B collaboration that plays on Lizzo’s newfound superstardom with a sly, cheeky wit. “No I ain’t fucked Drake yet!” she raps in the song’s very first verse, “If you thought that I was ratchet with my ass hangin’ out/Just wait until the summer when they let me out the house, bitch!” It is — and I don’t use this word lightly — iconic. Cardi doesn’t let her verse go to waste either, referencing her many hits, her plastic surgery, and, of course, the time the FCC sued her. (Interestingly, although Lizzo says “Cardi” in the song, the lyrics posted in the description of the audio-only version of the track include the line “Now me and Sza, we cool yeah”, perhaps a holdover from a previous, SZA-featuring version of the track.) Listen to “Rumors” above.

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