Over four years since she dropped her bombastic tropical punk mixtape, China Food, Dominican futurist Maluca is back in the studio, gearing up for the release of her debut LP in 2015. The first single off her upcoming album is the sultry track, “Trigger.” Featured earlier this year in a short film by Opening Ceremony, Maluca fans can now access the single in its entirety on Soundcloud. Listen to “Trigger” below:
Named after the Swahili word for “the strong one,” Etana is one of Jamaica’s most down-to-earth talents. Throughout her ascension from nursing student to reggae star, she’s also managed to moonlight as an advocate for impoverished children and battered girls in Jamaica. And she stresses just how materialistic she is not in her latest single, “Richest Girl.” She sings, “I could lose it all / One thing that is true / If I wake up next to you / I’m the richest girl.”
Danish soulstress Nabiha has generated a considerable amount of buzz in Europe since her 2011 track, “Never Played the Bass” made it to No. 37 on Billboard’s Dance Club chart. She later scored the 2013 European Border Breakers Award, and was nominated for Female Artist of the Year at the Denmark Grammys. Her 2014 single, “Mind the Gap,” hit #1 and both Danish and UK pop charts. Now poised for crossover success, she makes her US debut with the Mind the Gap EP. Bolstered by sultry rhymes and infectious soul hooks, Nabiha’s latest single, “Animals” is a bonafide banger. You can stream the full EP below:
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Riding atop a wave of overdrive and everyday teen ennui, this band of brothers is one of LA’s most exciting exports. Made up of Mikaiah Lei and Anaiah Lei, the duo recorded their first release at the ages of 15 and 12. Since then they’ve graced the stages at Coachella, the Vans Warped Tour and Afropunk; and this fall, they’re unleashing more garagey SoCal grooves with the release of their full-length debut on FADER Label, Pink Palms.
Known for his expertise in amalgamating music that maps all corners of the world, this globetrotting DJ and producer isn’t afraid to shine a spotlight and mix anything from New Orleans brass, samba arpeggio samples, deep global bass fusions, to Cuban son. It’s in his adventurous cuts that Captain Planet draws international appeal. Following his successful 2011 debut Cookin’ Gumbo, he’s gearing up to release a sophomore LP, entitled Esperanto Slang (out October 7th via Bastard Jazz Recordings).
This Australian bunch seesaws between absurdities and a lazy, anti-everything sentiment that suggests they’ve got it all figured out. Pretty much everything’s a bummer, so why bother, right? Originally formed as a synth-and-drums two-some in 2011, it wasn’t until their second LP Amusements that Jake Robertson and Billy Gardner added a bassist (Marc Dean) and guitarist (Shaun Connor). They’re a touch less juvenile on their latest, Order of Operation, out late September on Goner and in October on hometown label Aarght.
Since its inception, MASA is destined for greatness. Formed by Didi Gutman, (leader and founder of Brazilian Girls) and Hector Castillo (producer of Gustavo Cerati, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Roger Waters, and Bjork), this innovative dream team dazzled critics on the blogosphere a few weeks back when they dropped “Los Pinos,” a seminal track with hypnotic keyboard riffs, shoulder swaying-induced mid-tempos, and dissonant, electrifying power cords that backdrop to the raspy-yet-mystique vocals of Didi.
Appropriately self-dubbed as “janky pop” (a play on the jangle-pop genre popularized in the ’80s), Twerps made their full-length debut in 2011 after releasing a handful of 7-inches and EPs in the years prior. Since then, they’ve maintained the same uniquely charming formula: interplay of sweet but sort of deadpan female-male vocals, and a chorus that clashes ever-so-slightly.
Get your tissues ready. Today Nigerian dancehall don Patoranking premieres his video for “Happy Day,” an anthem for love that transcends prejudice. Follow the story of a young man (played by Patoranking himself) who marries his sweetheart — to the great displeasure of her father. This groovy, heartwarming ballad ends with a solid message: “Love doesn’t see the color of your skin, but through the pigment of your heart.”
You may know him best by this tropical groove, featured in the final season of the critically acclaimed TV series, Breaking Bad. But three years since his last album, Rio Arriba, Argentinian producer Chancha Via Circuito (AKA Pedro Canale), returns with his third full-length, Amansará (or, “tame”). This aptly-titled new release advances Canale’s soft departure from his domain of dance floor-friendly digital cumbia, merging more ambient electronica with various elements of South American folk music, such as the Paraguayan harp. Lido Pimienta electrifies the latest single “Jardines,” her velvety voice standing strong against a backdrop of hypnotizing bass.
Amansará is out today and available on Wonderwheel Records. Listen to “Jardines” below:
School’s back in session, and Kendrick Lamar’s head of the class. In anticipation of his first solo release since his 2012 album good kid, m.A.A.d city, the crowned king of Top Dawg Entertainment released his latest single “i” today. With the help of Los Angeles-based producer Rahki, Kendrick Lamar’s affirming stance of “I love myself” is underlined by layers of irresistible, funky Seventies grooves. It’s as positive as it is profoundly political, and it’s available for streaming below. Look out for his upcoming album (title TBA) later this year.
Jessie Ware’s new single “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe” is a swing through the sultriest of R&B. The London-based singer finds herself in a place she’s been before — crooning a series of sweet nothings. But this time she’s found herself a partner in Miguel, who offers up a series of mumbled affirmations in return. It’s a smoldering partnership; one seemingly ready to spark at a moment’s notice.
Ware’s sophomore ode to romance, Tough Love, streets October 13th on PMR. In the meanwhile, for those who are hungry for even more from the album, there’s the recently released dance version of her previous single, “Say You Love Me.” Listen to Gorgon’s club-ready remix here. – Words by Laura Studarus