Miso Extra salutes new pals on “Adventures of Tricky And Duke”

Miso Extra salutes new pals on “Adventures of Tricky And Duke”
Check out the debut single from the London-based artist and producer.

By David Renshaw

August 03, 2021

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There’s a moment on “Adventures of Tricky ‘n’ Duke,” the debut single from English-Japanese vocalist and producer Miso Extra, where she warns the listener; “Don’t blink” It’s sound advice for a song that packs an awful lot into its modest runtime. Melding both languages of her dual heritage, the bilingual artist glides over a chewy beat filled with harmonic ad-libs and flourishes to celebrate new friendships and blossoming relationships alike, serving up a brief moment of joy to lighten your day.

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Speaking to The FADER about the song via email, Miso Extra said: “‘Adventures of Tricky ‘n’ Duke’ is all about a beautiful encounter with a new friend and acts as my self introduction as Miso Extra. In Japanese we call this a jikoshoukai. The song tries to capture the butterflies and innocence of being in the midst of a new friendship, the kind where you feel like you’ve met your match.”

“Adventures of Tricky ‘n’ Duke” will feature on Miso Extra’s forthcoming EP, Great Taste, due later this year.

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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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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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Stream the EP below, and purchase it on Bandcamp.

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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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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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Daneshevskaya learns to let go on “Dr. Johann Averies”

Daneshevskaya learns to let go on “Dr. Johann Averies”
The NYC-based artist’s Bury Your Horses EP is released next month.

By David Renshaw

July 13, 2021

Saying goodbye to a loved one is rarely easy but Daneshevskaya makes music to ease the pain. Based in Brooklyn, Anna Beckerman (Daneshevskaya is her Lithuanian middle name) crafts ambitious DIY pop songs with lyrics focused on the figures that have passed through her life; friends, romantic partners, and those whose role is less easily defined. Her emotionally honest songs begin from a place of loss and work backwards toward happier memories. A collection of songs written over the past five years comprise her debut EP, Bury Your Horses, due for release on August 20, with new single “Dr. Johann Averies” premiering above.

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Inspired by a character in the creepy 2007 horror movie Paranormal Activity, “Dr. Johann Averies” starts with a dramatic flourish as Beckerman sets the scene of someone encouraging her to “come on in, the water’s gray.” A plaintive piano and string section provides a swoon-worthy backdrop as she ruminates on the tender and unguarded feeling of being left alone.

Speaking to The FADER about the song, Beckerman said: “Dr. Johann Averies is a song I wrote over the course of a couple years. This is kind of a scary song to me. I wasn’t always sure what I was talking about until I named it. Like the EP, it’s about saying goodbye, but specifically about the fear involved in letting go. It’s really ominous to leave someone, or to be left. Very freaky. But it’s also romantic, and all the lyrics and melodies ended up being both romantic and scary at the same time.”

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Angel Olsen announces new covers EP, shares song

Angel Olsen announces new covers EP, shares song
Aisles is the first release on Angel Olsen’s new label somethingscosmic.

By Shaad D'Souza

July 08, 2021

Angel Olsen only seems to get more prolific by the year. In 2019, she released her grand, mercurial All Mirrors, and followed it with a stripped-back twin record, Whole New Mess, last year. This year, she’s released her Song Of The Lark box set, which compiles both records alongside alternate versions and rarities, as well as a huge heartland rock collab with Sharon Van Etten, “Like I Used To”, which she and Van Etten discussed on a recent episode of The FADER Interview podcast.

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Now, she’s released “Gloria”, a cover of the Laura Branigan song, and announced Aisles, a new EP of 80s covers that also serves as the first release on somethingscosmic, an imprint of Jagjaguwar that will serve as the home for all of Olsen’s odds-and-ends releases, including “covers, collaborations, and one off singles.” Aisles is out August 20 digitally and September 24 on vinyl; preorder a physical copy here, and listen to “Gloria” above.

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Brent Faiyaz enlists Drake for Neptunes-produced single “Wasting Time”

Brent Faiyaz enlists Drake for Neptunes-produced single “Wasting Time”
Hear the first single from Faiyaz’s upcoming EP.

By Jordan Darville

July 01, 2021

(L) Brent Faiyaz. Photo via pubicist. (R) Drake. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for dcp.

 

After emerging in 2015 as part of the R&B group Sonder, Brent Faiyaz became one of the most consistent new R&B artists. He’s appeared on Billboard hits (GoldLink’s “Crew” with Shy Glizzy) and picked up a few plaques of his own along the way (his most recent full-length Fuck The World contained the Gold-certified singles “Clouded” and “Fuck The World [Summer in London].”)

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He may not yet be a household name, but his latest single “Wasting Time” shows he has no intention of being relegated to the status of “best-kept secret.” The new track features Drake and sports production from The Neptunes, who are all themselves students of the sultry ’90s R&B music that Faiyaz pulls from so well. Rather than sticking to a pure nostalgia trip, “Wasting Time” aims for a woozy and timeless atmosphere, boosted by soaring orchestral strings and a crackling chemistry between Faiyaz’s vocals and Drake’s bars. Listen below.

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Jamaica’s Tessellated teams up with Protoje on “Sweeter”

Jamaica’s Tessellated teams up with Protoje on “Sweeter”
The track appears on Tessellated’s Tropics Vol. 1 EP.

By Sajae Elder

July 01, 2021

Jamaican artists Tessellated and Protoje teamed up for the new single “Sweeter,” sharing its cinematic video earlier this week. Appearing on Tessellated’s debut EP Tropics Vol. 1, the genre-bending track blends reggae delivery with soulful, Latin-inspired production. The clip finds both artists trying to woo the same woman, only to both end up losing her in the end.

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“For me, ‘Sweeter’ is a milestone both sonically & visually,” Tessellated said of the track and its video. “From getting to collaborate with Protoje & make a genre-bending Latin & Jamaican fusion to then working alongside Gabrielle Blackwood to tell that story into a visual format, I truly feel it’s my most solid work to date & one that truly represents me as an artist.”

Watch the clip above.

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Turnstile share new EP, TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION short film

Turnstile share new EP, TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION short film
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By Jordan Darville

June 28, 2021

For their new 11-minute short film, punk band Turnstile are celebrating the simple joys of impulsive physical movement. TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION is a film that shares a title with a surprise-released four-track EP, out today, and each of the new project’s songs gets a segment featuring a good deal of a lot of lovingly shot bodies throwing themselves around. There’s no shortage of arty close-ups, either. North America may be reopening the kind of sweaty, smashed venues that bands like Turnstile thrive in, but we can still appreciate the poetry in watching someone slam dance with themselves in a high school football field. Watch the short film above, and listen to the EP on Spotify below.

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beabadoobee shares new EP, “Cologne” music video

beabadoobee shares new EP, “Cologne” music video
Our Extended Play is out now.

By Jordan Darville

June 23, 2021

beabadoobee, an artist making the ’90s alt-rock revival feel natural, is back with a new EP. The four-track Our Extended Play follows her 2020 project Fake It Flowers, one of The FADER’s favorite projects of the year. Dropping today along with the EP is the video for “Cologne,” which stars the artist herself as the leader of some youths who take down some stuffy white people. Only good vibes from beadoobee this Wednesday, in other words. Check out the video above, with beabadoobee’s North American tour dates below.

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On the road with Ethel Cain

On the road with Ethel Cain
The self-proclaimed “cult leader of the swamp” journeys across America in her new video for “God’s Country,” featuring Wicca Phase Springs Eternal.

By Salvatore Maicki

June 22, 2021

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“This is not home, this is the office,” Hayden Anhedönia assures me, at a taco stand near Echo Park in Los Angeles. She glamorized the city’s cinematic appeal on “Michelle Pfeiffer,” which opens her newest EP as Ethel Cain: “everything’s easier way out West, wholly mad and half undressed.” Now that she’s out here all the time for business, she can see through the allure. “Everytime I come out here, it’s such an egregious display of segregation that it almost feels counterintuitive to climb the ladder and make a career for myself. I want to make money so I can buy my house and be comfortable, but I see these rich people [in the Hills] and I don’t want what they have. You’re taking $80 Ubers from place to pace, passing through places that look like skid row. It feels so off-kilter.”

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Anhedönia feels more at peace in the forgotten corners of America. She grew up studying pop music alongside the Bible from the vantage point of Perry, Florida, a small town of 7,000 in the panhandle. There, she developed the character of Ethel Cain, who she describes as being comprised of “hot and stuffy weather, white dresses, and hair pulled back into a bun.” To put it in plainest terms, Ethel Cain is “the cult leader of the swamp.” Her music culminates Cain’s theatricality and Anhedönia’s socioeconomic observations into roaring gothic pop that deftly maneuvers between syrupy and sharp-edged.

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She plans on returning down south to record her forthcoming debut album, but for the time being, she’s still living in the abandoned church in rural Indiana where she made the EP, Inbred. The decaying Midwest majesty directly inspired the EP’s centerpiece “God’s Country,” an eight-minute sprawler that languishes in broken American promises before rocketing into the horizon, Anhedönia’s vocals entwining with those of Wicca Phase Springs Eternal. Its equally-striking video, directed by her friend Edith Underground, documents her first cross-country road trip with the same weary hope that colors the song. In a country built around its interstate highway system, Ethel Cain is ferociously committed to the backroads, something the video tacitly encapsulates.

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Watch the premiere of “God’s Country,” and read our Q&A with Anhedönia, below.

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What made you decide to take a road trip and document it in this way?
Ethel Cain: I had to come out to LA, and I didn’t want to just fly out here. Plus I needed to shoot videos and I needed to save money, since I wasn’t trying to go too hard since it’s just the EP. My friend Edith Underground and I decided to drive to LA, and took her old VHS camera on the road. We left at the end of March, and got back in mid-April. I don’t know much about astrology, but I’m an Aries, so it was my season and I was feeling bold.

We started in Indiana, drove to Florida to pick up my sister, and then out to California and back to Indiana. It was my first road trip, and besides stopping at a few motels for showers, we slept in the bed of the truck almost every night. We avoided the interstate and took mostly backroads, with spare jugs of gasoline in case we ran out. My one goal was to wash my hair in a river, but it never happened — next time!

Are there any particular memories from the trip that stand out to you?
There’s a holy trifecta of moments. The day that we left LA, we drove to meet one of my friends Jack from SALEM. He took us to this huge abandoned dam in Ojai, where we had to crawl under fences and scale a big hill, crawl over some shit and go down some ladders to get there. I remember floating on my back in the water, feeling so alive. For a moment, the constant anxiety of the pandemic was gone. Like, this is what I used to do, getting in trouble and hopping fences.

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The second was standing at the salt flats in Utah and seeing everything in the distance, with the wind whipping around us. And the third was looking out over the prairie in Nebraska. I’ve always wanted to go there, it’s been part of my work since “A House in Nebraska.” I always talk about it. To stand there for the first time, in the heart of the country, it felt like “this is it.”

It’s really easy to fall into the trap of what America is, especially when you’re seeing it from just one vantage point. In this sense, road trips can offer a lot of perspective.
I think it really shows you why you need to be more open-minded because you can formulate an opinion on why someone is the way they are without any context clues: their upbringing, the environment. Everyone loves to act like everyone else on the planet should act the way we act, but we’re all in completely different situations. I don’t mean in politics — be a fucking leftist — but there’s cultural differences here. I fully feel like racism, homophobia, and transphobia are all rooted in classism. If you don’t know what it was like to grow up rough, you really don’t get it until you see it.

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I’ve always admired how your work acknowledges class disparity, especially on a song like “God’s Country,” with lines about how our kids will grow up with half as much.
When I was writing the song I had mad climate anxiety. I was thinking about how our children won’t even know what they’re missing out on, or what they’ll need, or what they could have. This is god’s country?

I was working at a nail salon, and I lost my job the first week of the pandemic. They were like, “bye.” I wasn’t making much, but it was enough to pay my bills. I was in a shitty house paying $285 a month, and there was times when I didn’t eat because my money was going toward equipment. All my friends were starving and broke. I’m blessed that I got offered my deal when I did, because I was scraping and clawing to get there. I was at the end of my road and I needed a miracle. I got really lucky, and it was still really hard for me. Think of all the people that don’t. It feels irresponsible to not acknowledge class disparity and pretend it’s not real, because then you become a neoliberal elite: “I’m doing okay now, so nothing else matters.”

Especially in the music industry I think we’re reaching a point where we have to start speaking out about the money side of things. It feels irresponsible not to.
There’s this weird misconstrued notion that everybody in this industry is rich. A lot of people in the industry are mad exploited. It’s not the artists making the money, it’s the suits that you don’t see. They don’t have the Grammys, but they’re sitting comfortably. For me, I’m trying to make a couple quarters, buy a plot of land, and get out. With all that’s going on right now, it’s so tone deaf that there are still artists who sing about private jets.

One of the reasons I feel like I need to talk about it is that I constantly get compared to Lana [Del Rey]. I love her, and we both sing about America, but I’ve never seen the pearls and the curls. The red carpets out here are two feet away from homeless encampments. The glamour is gone, the shine has been buffed off. Some of my songs are written from personal experience, but let me put myself in somebody else’s shoes.

How did “God’s Country” come together?
Every other song on the EP came together in a weekend, but “God’s Country” took me six months to write. At least ten different versions of the song exist. I’d left Florida for the first time in my life and moved to Indiana, the sun was hot and the cornfields were full. My mind was massively ballooned up with things I’d never thought of. I went to Chicago the first weekend after moving and came back with a baggie of ketamine. My bedroom has all these stained glass windows, and it was hot and I had my screen door open and could hear the bugs. It was a warm feeling, and there was an old piano that they left in the church with this warbly eighties sound. I felt like I was walking down a hot and lonely road out in the middle of nowhere, where the sky was huge.

At first it was a love song, but that felt inappropriate with everything that was going on last summer. The song goes back and forth with what I want — you’ve tasted love and it tasted sweet, you’ve known what you’ve wanted, you’ve seen your dreams. But you have to let go of that facade of what you want for yourself because it isn’t going to happen. It’s hard to grapple with the realization that life isn’t going to be what you dreamt it was going to be.

How’s the record coming along?
Everybody will get why it took me four years when it’s done. The real shit is coming. The songs are written, I just need to get back down south to record them. The project deals with the subversion of Christianity, especially in the south. These women that say “God loves you” and preach the gospel, but they’re preaching their own gospel. “God’s Country” is the most indicative of what the record’s going to sound like.

When you eventually get to tour it, would you want to go beyond just the major American hubs?
I would love to do a farm tour. Have you seen Gaga’s “Perfect Illusion” video, where the stage is out in the middle of the desert? I want to set up stages in empty fields and have people stand around. I don’t care about playing stadiums, I’d rather be at dive bars. I want to be successful, but I don’t want it to get to an impersonal level.

Sherelle slows things down on “160 Down The A406”

Sherelle slows things down on “160 Down The A406”
Listen to the debut single from the London-based DJ and producer

By David Renshaw

June 21, 2021

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Sherelle, the U.K. artist best known as a DJ and co-founder of the Hooversound label, has dropped her debut single. “160 Down The A406” will feature on an EP of the same name, due on July 6, and can be streamed below.

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Speaking about the upcoming EP in a statement, Sherelle said: “160 Down The A406 is a product of wondering what the next stage of my life will be during 2020. The two tracks represent discovery and they mean a lot to me as I feel like I am always searching for the new and unknown. I wanted for my first introduction musically to be different. I feel like I rarely show a softer, emotive side to the world and these tracks are supposed to be warm and forgiving. Something which wasn’t the case in 2020 for me. Although I had gained a lot, I also lost all my income and was feeling super isolated.

Producing for me was a way of dealing with all the anxiety and sadness that I had felt. I also went through a lot of self-discovery of what I truly wanted out of life and asked myself if I was truly happy with things. The outcome of this are two reflective tracks which feel full and fuzzy. They are supposed to make you happy. Like anything I do… I just want people to be happy and dance.”

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Skales and Davido dim the dancefloor’s lights on “This Your Body”

Skales and Davido dim the dancefloor’s lights on “This Your Body”
Hear the new single from Skales’ upcoming album.

By Jordan Darville

May 27, 2021

Skales. Photo by Akinlabi Akinbulumo.

 

Last year, Nigerian pop mainstay Skales shared an EP called Healing Process, seven tracks that balanced the flexing-focused tracks (“Badman Love,” “Loko”) with passionate displays of vulnerability (“Done To Me,” “On Your Side”). His new single “This Your Body,” a collaboration with Davido, falls in the middle: an ode to the prospect of a hookup, “This Your Body” glows with the excitement some impending, long-awaited romantic companionship. And to that end, every element, from the joyous scatting to the glowing synths to the sheer chemistry between the artists, confers with each other for maximum infectiousness.

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“The record is many shades of creative genius to me,” Skales said in an email to The FADER. “I was trying to make a summer anthem that aimed at the ladies and I couldn’t think of anybody else than the baddest Davido. Krizbeatz is a longtime collaborator of both myself and Davido. We all just linked and delivered this masterpiece.”

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SIPHO. flips a U.K. garage classic on new song “BODIES”

SIPHO. flips a U.K. garage classic on new song “BODIES”
Freshly signed to Dirty Hit, the U.K.-based artist will release his debut EP next month.

By David Renshaw

May 26, 2021

SIPHO. is an artist making boundary-pushing music out of Birmingham, England. Stylistically he moves around, utilising everything from trap beats to late night ballads, though much of the music he is putting out at the start of his journey is centered around his struggle to reconcile a god-fearing upbringing with slowly coming to understand the murkier side of the religious industrial complex after coming across YouTube series It’s Supernatural!

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New song “BODIES,” premiering below, uses Monsta Boy’s garage banger “I’m Sorry” as a launchpad for SIPHO. to open up about the world changing under his feet, his sonorous voice going toe-to-toe with the atmospheric production and blues-y guitar riffs. The song will appear alongside previous single “MOONLIGHT” on the forthcoming EP AND GOD SAID…, due June 25 via Dirty Hit.

Speaking about the background of the EP in a statement, SIPHO. said: “For like a year and a half, I was really involved in church, very religiously aware of the things I was doing. Even the music I was making was really existential. But then eventually, I realised that everyone who came on the show with a story also seemed to have a book to sell, some special text that could ‘reverse your sinful DNA’. It was then that I realised there’s a 50/50 to this – you can believe, but we can never truly know. I’ll always have that awareness of something bigger than us, but I can’t tell you what it is. Nobody can.”

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Check out the “BODIES” video below.

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The 8 projects you should stream right now

The 8 projects you should stream right now
New music from J. Cole, St. Vincent, Jorja Smith, and more.

By Jordan Darville

May 14, 2021

J. Cole. Photo by David Peters

 

J. Cole, The Off-Season

Cole’s seventh full-length album was announced almost out of nowhere earlier this month. The album was preceded only with the release of “i n t e r l u d e,” but Cole kept eager fans on their toes with a freestyle over “93 Til Infinity” and “Still Tippin,” as well as the announcement of his signing to the Rwandan national basketball team.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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St. Vincent, Daddy’s Home

Annie Clark’s new album follows 2017’s MASSEDUCTION and that project’s full-length remix LP MassEducation. Like those projects, Daddy’s Home is co-produced by Clark and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff.

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Jorja Smith, Be Right Back EP

The English singer-songwriter’s new EP contains songs Smith felt she needed to write, but that don’t fit on her upcoming album. “It’s called Be Right Back,” Smith said in a statement, “because it’s just something I want my fans to have right now, this isn’t an album and these songs wouldn’t have made it.”

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Various Artists, Spiral: From The Book of SAW Soundtrack EP

Executive producer 21 Savage presents a four-song soundtrack for the upcoming film in the horror franchise Saw with new music from Gunna, Young Thug, Young Nudy, and more.

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Fatima Al Qadiri, Medieval Femme

Al Qadiri’s new project for storied electronic label Hyperdub is another concept album with weighty, timely themes. Its music was “inspired by the classical poems of Arab women,” according to a press release.

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Jayda G, DJ Kicks

The announcement of Jayda G’s DJ Kicks mix came with the song “All I Need,” which made it to our weekly Songs You Need playlist. Today, the entire mix from the Canadian selector and producer is ready for your vibing pleasure.

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LSDXOXO, Dedicated 2 Disrespect EP

A constant presence at the legendary underground club night GHE20GOTH1K, LSDXOXO moves from DJing to producing with his debut EP. The project’s release will be celebrated with a special livestream release party in conjunction with Club Quarantine, kicking off at 7pm EST; find more details here.

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Paris Texas, BOY ANONYMOUS

BOY ANONYMOUS is the 8-track debut from LA’s Paris Texas, the experimental rap duo behind the FADER-approved singles “Heavy Metal” and “Force of Habit.”

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Psykhi flails against domesticity on “White Picket Fence”

Psykhi flails against domesticity on “White Picket Fence”
Relive the drama with this Ghana-born rager’s punk debut.

By David Renshaw

May 10, 2021

Psykhi‘s striking “White Picket Fence” opens with the image of the Ghanaian-born artist sitting astride a horse. Clad in a red jacket and peeping out from behind long hair, Psykhi sings about being “addicted to the drama” over a distorted, grungey riffs. It’s the drama, Psykhi suggests, that is spoiling his chances of living a blissful home life. Nevertheles, he can’t quit it and “White Picket Fence” taps into the excitement and fury felt during a tumultuous relationship.

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Mixing a punk attitude with rap candences and style, Psykhi’s unique approach on “White Picket Fence” is magentic. The song is his debut single and will feature on an upcoming EP, details of which are due to be confirmed soon. Speaking to The FADER about the song, he said: “I was trying to figure things out and needed my outlet; so I sat in the park with a blunt and wrote White Picket Fence. I write melodies to try and recreate a sense of euphoria. White Picket Fence is an expression of love and passion mingled with disappointment and pain.”

On the theme of the video, meanwhile, director Peter Spanjer added: “When coming up with the concept for the White Picket Fence video, it was really important for me to visually mirror the intonation of the song whilst at the same time adding another layer to the experience. That’s when I started to think about symbolism, such as the white horse – traditionally a symbol of freedom and triumph – then placing it within an environment you wouldn’t typically see it in. The idea of the scenery was also inspired by the works of photographers Deana Lawson and Kennedi Carter who have both documented black cowboys – their images really resonated with me and represented all of the things I not only get from the song but also from Psykhi: confidence, courage and strength.”

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kezia and NAYANA IZ take their power back on “south!”

kezia and NAYANA IZ take their power back on “south!”
The song is set to appear on kezia’s upcoming debut EP claire.

By Sajae Elder

May 05, 2021

So far, singer-songwriter kezia’s sharp pen has mapped out her unique perspectives on love and sex with previously released singles like “SUNSHINE” and the dream pop-tinged “megan fox.” Today, the Tanzanian-American artist shares the anthemic “south!”— a raucous reclamation of her own sexual agency featuring rising British rapper NAYANA IZ. In the playful @by.hassan-directed visuals, both artists perform against colorfully trippy kaleidoscope backdrops while asserting their personal power on the tongue-in-cheek track.

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“That’s my dicksucking anthem,” kezia said of the track in a statement. “In a world where black women are uninvitedly sexualized, we need to take ownership of feeling strong and cemented in our sexuality. ‘south!’ is about liberty. It’s also about consent! ‘will you walk into the fire, or will you walk out of my life, yuh’ meaning u can choose the purifying flame of my love or you can continue to live in darkness without me. NAYANA’s verse adds another layer of storytelling… effortless and blasé, an opulence radiating from within.”

The track is set to appear on kezia’s debut EP claire, out on June 11th via NEVER SEVEN.

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Lydia Ainsworth shares the dreamy “Cosmic Dust”

Lydia Ainsworth shares the dreamy “Cosmic Dust”
The track is set to appear on her upcoming album Sparkles & Debris.

By Sajae Elder

May 05, 2021

Singer-songwriter Lydia Ainsworth shared her new single “Cosmic Dust” on Wednesday, the third from her upcoming album Sparkles & Debris. The upbeat dream-pop track sees Ainsworth’s breathy falsetto trickle over breezy, guitar and harp-driven production.

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“We are simply dirt, water, and air animated by the sun for a particle moment; we will all soon be gone,” Ainsworth said of the song in a statement. “What is the legacy we leave behind if we keep hurting and devaluing other people’s existences? This song is about my hope for meaning beyond what feels like a nihilistic world order, one that turns a blind eye to injustice and abuse to each other and the planet.”

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Sparkles & Debris drops May 21.

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Bambii shares new single “TRUCK RIDDIM” featuring BEAM

Bambii shares new single “TRUCK RIDDIM” featuring BEAM
The Toronto DJ’s TRUCK RIDDIM EP is on the way.

By Jordan Darville

May 04, 2021

Bambii. Photo by Norman Wong.

 

Back in 2019, Toronto DJ/producer Bambii released her debut single “NITEVISION,” a razor-sharp cut of progressive dancehall with vocals from Jamaican artist Pamputtae. Two years and one global pandemic later, Bambii makes her long-awaited return with “TRUCK RIDDIM.” It’s the title track from her upcoming EP, out this year, and features BEAM, the Kingston vocalist who recently appeared on Justin Bieber’s album Justice. Searing and sexy, “TRUCK RIDDIM” equips staccato piano chords and one seriously sci-fi bassline and fires them off with brutal efficiency. It sounds like the big sister of “NITEVISION” in more ways than one. Have a listen below.

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Popcaan Assembles Unruly Camp For “Solid Focus Riddim” EP Ft. Zamunda, Furnace & Valiant

Popcaan assembled his Unruly camp for a new EP, Solid Focus Riddim.

Jamaican deejay Popcaan is no stranger to making hits. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Vybz Kartel and Beenie Man locally, and Megan Thee Stallion, Drake, and Tory Lanez internationally. The deejay has not only managed to cultivate a loyal fanbase but also a loyal crew who all represent his Unruly outfit.

Last year, Popcaan told Ebro during an interview on Hot 97 that he was working on a project that would feature most members of his Unruly camp. The deejay recently revealed that he would be releasing a new EP this summer titled Solid Focus Riddim. Sadly, the short tracklist doesn’t fit the bill of the project he touted last year. Nonetheless, the 4-track EP that will feature mentees Zamunda, Valiant and, Furnance is something to look forward to. The brand new EP is his second collection of songs to be released this year.

Terror Family Production has full control over this one and is ensuring that Popcaan’s “Survivor,” Zamunda’s “Preserve My Life,” Valiant’s “Poverty Get Away,” and Furnace’s “Unafraid Life” are all sounding as they should.

Producer Courtney Samuels, better known as Stamma T of Terror Family Production, was pleased with and motivated by the way the fans received Popcaan’s “Survivor,” which is the first release from the project. He believes that the initial support will continue for the remainder of the project that provides the other members of the clan with a medium to showcase their unique talent.

In a recent press release, Samuels indicated that he considers each of the tracks to be one of a kind and thinks that the artists were cohesive in their collaboration. He believes the EP will certainly be well-loved.

The 4-track project is being distributed by internationally renown EMPIRE Distribution based in San Francisco, California. TFP Label executive Mark Lawrence commended the quality of the new voices featured on the EP as profound even though they are not as experienced.

Normally more dancehall-oriented, these talented individuals highlight just how well-rounded they are by opting for a more reggae fusion type beat with acoustic guitar, in contrast to their usual aggressive tone. The songs on the EP collectively focus on being thankful, staying positive, and staying true to yourself. The project is worth listening to, whether you are a die-hard fan of reggae or dancehall music or a new listener to either genre.

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Enumclaw make a quick getaway in their all-action “Cents” video

Enumclaw make a quick getaway in their all-action “Cents” video
The Tacoma-based indie rock band releases its debut EP Jimbo Demo on Friday.

By David Renshaw

April 29, 2021

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Enumclaw’s Jimbo Demo EP is the sound of a band embracing the moment and running with it. Forming little over 18 months ago, the Tacoma band makes scrappy indie rock with a big pop heart and even bigger ambitions (their Twitter bio reads “Best Band Since Oasis”). Fronted by Aramis Johnson, until recently DJ for Northwestern rapper Ghoulavelli, Enumclaw’s music is as raw and immediate as you might expect from a band that hadn’t picked up, never mind mastered, many of its instruments prior to embarking on an adventure together.

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“Cents” is the opening track on the EP and lays out the Enumclaw formula immediately. The guitars are sludgey but with enough jangle to remain pretty while Johnson wails “Can you make it last?/ Can you bring it back?” It’s a song with one eye on escape and another already nostalgic for the place you’re departing. The “Cents” video, premiering below, offers up a more fantastical scenario in which the band, clad in balaclavas, carry out a heist and a similarly speedy getaway.

Speaking to The FADER via email, Johnson says: “‘Cents’ is a song about how fast things can stop making sense. I wrote the song this past summer after hanging out with some friends I don’t see that often, reflecting on how fast things changed between us all. For the video, I wanted to put together something that played on the song in a way that doesn’t really make sense, like most action films.”

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Enumclaw’s Jimbo Demo EP is released April 30 via Youth Riot.

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Brazil’s Deekapz share R&B jam “Hoje Tem”

Brazil’s Deekapz share R&B jam “Hoje Tem”
The track is set to appear on the duo’s upcoming EP, Ensaio Sobre Você.

By Sajae Elder

April 27, 2021

Photo by Joao Falsztyn.

 

São Paulo-based production duo Deekapz is known for pushing the boundaries of global bass, infusing Brazilian Baile Funk into airy R&B and electronica while working with some of the biggest names in Brazil.

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Today, they share a new single “Hoje Tem,” a laid-back R&B jam with a breakdown that pays subtle homage to Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” and whose title is a colloquial expression for when you’re certain something is about to be fun. The single serves as the first from their upcoming EP, Ensaio Sobre Você (Essay About You).

On the forthcoming project, the pair shift their focus from solely production by incorporating songwriting and singing into the mix for an introspective take on romantic relationships.

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Listen to “Hoje Tem” and see the Ensaio Sobre Você tracklist below.

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Ensaio Sobre Você Tracklist
1. Hoje Tem
2. Margarida
3. Eu Quero Entender
4. Confesso
5. Acabou

DāM-FunK’s “Feel” is a neon meditation

DāM-FunK’s “Feel” is a neon meditation
His Architecture III EP is out this Friday.

By Jordan Darville

April 22, 2021

A stalwart conservator of funk traditions, DāM-FunK is a walking divining rod locating the genre’s most immaculate vibes. This Friday he’ll share Architecture III, the third and final installment in his long-running series. Today we’re proud to premiere “Feel,” the last single before the EP’s release on DāM-FunK’s label Glydezone Recordings.

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“Feel” is a sensory rush without ever feeling overwhelming. There’s a gentleness to the instrumental even when the drum programming kicks into high gear — you can thank the synthesizers for that, big blissful chords that sweep across the song like streaks of purple and orange across a sunset. Be warned: if you’ve been putting off buying a convertible with an even more expensive sound system, this might be the song that puts you over the edge.

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“’Feel’ is one of my latest compositions. It’s from the 6 song Architecture III project. The Architecture series (I, II, & III) of releases are more on the minimal, 4 on the floor side of my musical interests. I grew up listening to artists like Larry Heard (aka: Mr. Fingers) & discovering music by electronic musicians such as Haruomi Hosono, while still listening to + creating Funk & related. This final entry in my Architecture series (on my imprint Glydezone Recordings) allows me to share another side of my music palette for the world at large. It’s a pleasure to be able to do so.”

Kero Kero Bonito share “21/04/20” video

Kero Kero Bonito share “21/04/20” video
The band’s Civilisation II EP is out today.

By Jordan Darville

April 21, 2021

Kero Kero Bonito‘s three-track EP Civilisation II is out today. It’s a cheerful listen made compelling by the London group’s seamless experimentation with J-pop, video game music, and underground electronica. To celebrate the EP’s release, the band have come through with a music video for its second track “21/4/20.” Hey, that’s today! Dan W. Jacobs’s clip visualizes the mythical lyrics with a tapestry adorned with the story. And who said comic strips couldn’t be art?

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In a press statement, KKB wrote that Civilisation II dives into “lost world art-pop, made entirely with old synthesizers and assorted junk in our quest to realize a fantastical parallel timeline for pop music, with lyrics encompassing religion, our society, and the environment.” We previously heard “The Princess and the Clock,” a song we really liked, and I’m currently stuck on the supremely weird acid house freakout “Well Rested.” Listen to all the tracks below.

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Sam Gellaitry moves on from the past in his “Duo” video

Sam Gellaitry moves on from the past in his “Duo” video
Gellaitry returns with new music ahead of an EP due later this year.

By David Renshaw

April 16, 2021

Scottish producer Sam Gellaitry was born of the SoundCloud era. Summing up that mid 2010s period of music perfeclty, he made his name crafting a heady mix of disco, house, bass, and trap music into something unidentifiable by region but certainly wasn’t the sound of where he was making the tunes; his parents house in the Scottish countryside. His success online led to real life deals with with Los Angeles label Soulection and later XL Recordings, with three EPs in his Escapism series dropping between 2015-2017.

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Today marks the return of Gellaitry with new song “Duo,” and this time he’s putting himself out there more than ever. He’s singing, for a start, with his Stirling accent coming through on bittersweet lines such as “I wish you all the best in your future endeavors” and the ultimate kiss-off, “I only care about forever.”

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Still in control of the production, “Duo” is a late night cruiser with slick basslines lit up by piano and synths exploding like fireworks before a guitar solo that wouldn’t sound out of place in the middle of classic ’90s action movie Point Break ends proceedings.

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The accompanying video aims to match Gellaitry’s whirlwind of emotions, combining quick cuts of the producer stalking the streets at night with more serene footage captured in his rural hometown.

Speaking to The FADER via email, Gellaitry said: “This feels like dropping my first song ever! This is also also my first ever music video which I’m delighted to share with you all. I feel reborn! Much love and hope you all enjoy ♥️”

“Duo” will appear on Gellaitry’s forthcoming EP IV, due next month.

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Anjimile announces orchestral remix EP Reunion

Anjimile announces orchestral remix EP Reunion
The singer-songwriter also shared a new version of “In Your Eyes” featuring Jay Som.

By Sajae Elder

April 13, 2021

Anjimile has shared details of his upcoming EP, Reunion, dropping on May 7. The project is set to feature orchestral remixes of songs from his 2020 album Giver Taker, which dropped last fall.

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The singer-songwriter also shared a new, wistful take on his track “In Your Eyes,” this time featuring singer Jay Som. Of the upcoming project, Anjimile says: “The most exciting part was giving the participating artists free rein to fuck around with my songs and make them into something purely collaborative, something special, and something new. When [composer Daniel Hart ] sent me his arrangements, they knocked me on my ass. They’re so beautiful and so interesting.”

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This isn’t the first time Anjimile’s music has been reimagined, as NNAMDÏ shared his own stripped-down take on “Baby No More” last fall.

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Listen to “In Your Eyes (Reflection)” above.

Tommy Newport connects with EarthGang on “Stargazer”

Tommy Newport connects with EarthGang on “Stargazer”
The release is Newport’s first since his EP, Ultra Mango.

By Sajae Elder

April 13, 2021

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Rising singer-songwriter Tommy Newport teamed up with Atlanta-based duo EarthGang on the slow-grooving “Stargazer,” a hazy ode to taking chances that dropped on Tuesday. Serving as Newport’s first release since his 2020 EP Ultra Mango, a critically acclaimed six-track project filled with Newport’s funk-laden take on indie rock, the song’s pulsing bassline is the perfect backdrop for his airy vocals and EarthGang’s potent wordplay.

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“Has the devil ever danced with you / did he try to change your point of you / open the gate and slip right through,” Newport sings on the track. “Stargazer was written in LA & I’m honored to have my first released collaboration be with the insanely talented EarthGang. Once I laid down the hook, I knew it felt right,” the singer explained about the song in a press release.

Listen to “Stargazer” below.

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H.E.R. Calls On Reggae Artists For Her New EP

Grammy Award-winning soul singer H.E.R. has landed in Jamaica as she works on an upcoming reggae-inspired EP as well as a song on DJ Khaled’s upcoming album “Khaled Khaled.”

The soulful singer who collaborated with Bob Marley’s grandson Skip Marley on their hit song “Slow Down” which was nominated for a Grammy, said her EP will feature other reggae artists from within the island.

“Me and DJ Khaled have a song together that I’m really excited for people to hear, and he wanted to shoot the video here. My EP that I’ll be releasing is gonna feature a lot of reggae artistes. It’s gonna be dope,” she said to local newspaper, Jamaica Observer.

H.E.R says after making “Slow Down” she was inspired to make Reggae music, especially since she has always loved the genre.

“I felt like Slow Down was one song that made me even want to dive into reggae even deeper. I’ve always loved reggae, and now I’m about to do a whole reggae project,” she began. “My EP is definitely coming this year. I’m still finishing it up and making sure its great before releasing it.”

“Slow Down” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B song. The song was among several nominations for H.E.R. (acronym for Having Everything Revealed), who was born Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson at the Grammys. She eventually walked away with Song of the Year for 2021 for her song “I can’t breathe.”

The song was centered around the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, whose last words were “I can’t breathe,” as a police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knees on his neck for nine minutes. An ongoing trial of Chauvin has found that his actions led to the death of Floyd.

According to H.E.R, the ensuing protests and social upheaval weighed heavy on her, and the win for her song was unexpected.

“It’s such a big deal and an honour. I didn’t expect to win it, and there were so many amazing artistes in the same category. When I heard the announcement, I was super surprised. The [song’s] message, it really came from my own personal anxiety and looking at the world around me and my perspective of the world and what was going on in the summer of 2020 and the protests in America,” she said.

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“I couldn’t really believe that people listened to the song and it gave them perspective. It really means the world to me just because it’s an important message and also very personal to me.”

Meanwhile, H.E.R has not revealed who the artists are who will feature on her EP, but it seems likely that DJ Khaled is lining up the links among the best of Reggae and Dancehall. The EP is expected to be released later this year.

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LSDXOXO announces upcoming EP, shares “Sick Bitch”

LSDXOXO announces upcoming EP, shares “Sick Bitch”
Dedicated 2 Disrespect drops later this spring.

By Sajae Elder

April 07, 2021

DJ, producer and artist LSDXOXO has shared that his upcoming EP, Dedicated 2 Disrespect, is set to drop on May 14th via XL. In addition to the announcement, he also shared the project’s lead single, a techno-pop banger called “Sick Bitch.”

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“I wanted to make a Dance Mania pop anthem with vocals that had the playfulness and vulgarity of Chicago ghetto house,” LSDXOXO said of the track in a press release. The video, conceptualized by LSD himself alongside Mischa Notcutt and directed by Pe Ferreira and Enantios Dromos Limitrofetelevision, is a dark, nostalgiac, and fashion-filled match for the song’s pulsing bassline, exploring raves as spaces for queer expression and the “the fine line between feeling sexy and feeling messy.”

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Watch the video above.

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