Mahalia’s official debut continues her rise to the realm of the purest R&B. All of these tracks on LOVE AND COMPROMISE are convincing and sublimated by a smooth voice and a sparkling sound that takes us back to the 90s. The British singer choose the right kind of collaborators for her debut: she explores the afrobeat sound on Simmer with Burna Boy and the mid-noughties R&B on What You Did thanks to the vibrant vocal from Ella Mai. Overall, Mahalia has put on this album 13 songs that are a pleasure to listen to, both for lyrical content and for the groove. In a musical genre dominated by artists like Jorja Smith, SZA, and Little Simz, there is a place for Mahalia too.
2 Kindness – Something Like A War
Although this new work by Kindness struggles to match the extreme beauty of the previous Otherness, it is still a great test for the English producer Adam Bainbridge. In Something Like A War we can find his refined taste in different sounds, some shades of Caribou and Toro Y Moi, or a funk “Softness As A Weapon”, but the entire album sounds like a missed opportunity to go to a next level.
3 Frankie Cosmos – Close It Quietly
This album is the only supply we need for the winter. So let’s take a glass jar and fill it with the loud sound of indie-pop guitars, the wild flowers, the smell of the sea, and all the choruses we sung in the car riding with windows down. Then lock down the jar with one of those grandmother’s caps and keep in a drawer. It will be nice to reopen it on January and feel the warm smell of summer.
Rex Orange County went from 5/10 to 10/10. He is finally ready to be reborn now and share with his fans some new music. This single is already a good start and it’s accompanied by a video in which Rex plays the piano and the guitar in a house with some friends and a child disguised as a ghost behind his back.
CUCO – Keeping Tabs (feat. Suscat0)
In the clip, directed by the creative duo Circa, Cuco takes a psychedelic drug in the parking lot of a supermarket and ends up in a night club where an angel promises him a lot of Flaming Hot Cheetos if he sings.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Half Manne Half Cocaine
Gibbs wakes up in 2029 following a decade-long coma and goes to take revenge on the man who put him in the hospital. If someone were to tell him that it was wrong he would say that the doctor ordered it.
LOONY – Dare You
Major Lazer – Que Calor (feat. J Balvin & El Alfa)
A new heat wave is expected for the weekend. Turn the fan on and baila baila el reggaeton.
Angel Olsen – Lark
Next month, Olsen will release All Mirrors, anticipated with the title track and also with the clip for Lark. The video is astonishingly beautiful showing an emotional catharsis that begins with Olsen jumping up into a stranger’s pickup truck and ends with her dressed as a widow on the beach.
FKA twigs – holy terrain feat. Future
Masterpiece, as usual. But… Was I the only one seeing a reference to Madonna’s Frozen?
Gus Dapperton – Coax & Botany
Gus Dapperton is getting big.
Victor Kwality – Full Moon
Kwality’s new single is produced by Stabber and is dazzling like a full moon.
Mind Enterprises – Monogamy
Mind Enterprises is still obsessed with the 80s, the italo-disco and the VHS. Press play and enjoy the good vibes.
The famous comedy Friends debuted on NBC in the fall of 1994, running for a decade with its 236 episodes (basically more than a combined tally of Lost and Orange Is The New Black).
It worked because at that time we didn’t need a TV that worked like a cinema: we liked to watch some anti-cinematic American comedies that were full of hilarious dialogues, ridiculous situations, and jokes. After all, the Friends‘ winning formula was the familiarity: we spent so many nights watching Friends episodes just to get into the lives of those six friends in New York (and we were really interested in their stories).
We can’t stop watching it even now not just because it feels like a golden age in our adolescence but also because those “Friends” have become our second family in a decade.
The Rembrants sing in the opening theme “I’ll Be There For You” and so it was: they’re there and they’ll always be, like real friends.
Here’s a rundown of our favourites music moments from Friends to celebrate its anniversary.
The one with U2’s With or Without You 📻
The one with Phoebe’s hit: Smelly Cat 🐱
The one when Ross debut as musician 🎹
Rachel sings Copacabana 🌴
Chandler and Phoebe duet 🎧
The one where they all sing Marcel’s favourite song 🐒
Another week, another guide to the videos you need to watch. Let’s start with the best of them all: Tyler, The Creator’s new visual for the track A BOY IS A GUN. In the clip we find IGOR (the alter-ego of Tyler, The Creator we met in his latest album) idling in an opulent mansion that seems like a labyrinth with no exit.
Devendra Banhart – Taking A Page
I don’t know if you’ve already listen to the latest Devendra Banhart album Ma, released last week. It’s something very similar to a diamond, precious but very fragile. It has immense value, so great that it’s difficult to handle it. Perhaps it’s the only fragile thing that has the power to make us fragile.
Princess Nokia – Sugar Honey Iced Tea
“and the winner is… PRINCESS NOKIA“
Okay Kaya – Ascend And Try Again
Norwegian-born Kaya Wilkins has returned under her moniker Okay Kaya, with the first single from her sophomore album, out next year. The track came to be after the singer was offered a role in a Swedish film that would have her playing a professional-grade scuba diver. Despite she had to pass up the opportunity for medical reasons, she had been inspired to explore her relationship with water. In the clip for Ascend and Try Again, we find Kaya swimming in a volcanic hot spring in Japan. Take a deep breath because it could leave you breathless.
DIIV – Blankenship
The release of Deceiver is approaching.
M83 – Feelings
The wait is finally over for M83’s new album. DSVII comes out today and is also accompanied by the video for Feelings that will appeal to all NSFW fans.
Jerkcurb – Air Con Eden
“We really wanted to create a utopian space, and stole tonnes of references from ‘50s greeting cards, architectural models and classic MGM stage designs.” I guess we could say that the mission accomplished.
Ryan Beatty – Dark Circles
Brockhampton and Tyler, The Creator collaborator Ryan Beaatty has shared the video for Dark Circles starring Jim Lopez as a trumpet player who mets a terrible end.
Masego – Big Girls (Live)
The live you need this week.
Will Joseph Cook – The Dragon
Will Joseph Cook’s new track sees the artist touching on the ongoing climate crisis. As Will explains, the accompanying video “does not contain any useful advice regarding the solution to humanity’s numerous existential crises”. It’s about working it out and finding the real solutions.
[Update] Jesus is King is out now! Listen to it here!
Ok, it’s the day before the day.
Kanye West’s new album Jesus Is King was announced by his wife Kim Kardashian in August with a September 27 release date.
But when we talk about Kanye the skepticism is rife, especially since he announced the Yandhi album via Twitter last year and never released it because it wasn’t ready yet (two months after the scheduled date).
A year has passed, Yandhi has never been released, and our hopes are now all placed on Jesus Is King, the awaiting album that comes after the Sunday Service experience. The title and tracklist of the album seem to be related to religion: as is known, since the beginning of the year the Wests carry on the Sunday Service tradition, a weekly service that focuses heavily on music. Sunday after Sunday Kim and Kanye held our service in different places, turning the tradition of the Black Church into something more glamorous. In this affair that is part church, part gospel performance, and part fashion business Kanye seems to be the head of the service hosting friends such as Chance The Rapper and Kid Cudi.
Not long after the first Sunday Service, this tradition went viral and we feel that it’s going to be an important part of Kanye’s career. So we expect that Jesus Is King will be the culmination of this Sunday Service experience.
We don’t know if Jesus Is King will be released or not but here’s everything we know so far about the album.
On Thursday, August 25 Kim Kardashian shared what seemed to be a tracklist for a new Kanye West album called Jesus Is King with a September 27 release date. The photo included a Bible opened to Psalm 57:6 where we read: “They spread a net for my feet my soul was despondent. They dug a pit before me, but they themselves have fallen into it! Selah”. That “Selah” at the end of the psalm is also a track of the album.
During the Sunday Service Easter at Coachella Kanye performed an unreleased track titled “Water” which is in the Jesus Is King‘s tracklist.
The biblical references
Behind the track titles, we read a lot of biblical references. “Garden” maybe alludes to the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve lived before the Original Sin. “Selah” is found frequently at the end of psalms but we don’t know what it means. “Baptized” could be referred to the baptism, the ritual of purification for committing the Original Sin. “Water” could be related to the important symbol in Christianity. However, each title suggests a reference to the Bible and we know that Kanye’s appropriation of religious iconography and symbols can already be seen in The Life of Pablo.
What will ‘Jesus is King’ sound like?
We are expecting the album to be gospel and sound similar to the music Kanye has been playing during his Sunday Services. The tracklist and the previously-teased “Water” seems to reflect this theory.
West’s new album may be delayed
As anticipated in the intro, it may be that we will not listen to Jesus Is King tomorrow, not ever. There’s a recent rumor that West will miss the planned release date of Friday, September 27. According to Joe Coscarelli of The New York Times, West is currently in Wyoming where a group of Def Jam executives has traveled for a “come-to-Yeezus meeting”:
However, Kim Kardashian retweeted a countdown for the album