It should come as no surprise that “Dreams” signals Boots’ highest achievement among the stream of songs released after his breakthrough work on BEYONCÉ, seeing as how the woman who discovered the producer graces us with her presence on this latest release. “All my life / I’ve been dreaming of you,” goes the indelible refrain, a gorgeous little concoction that effortlessly floats above the ether, inhabiting both the real world and the dreamlike state Boots and Beyoncé sing about during the nearly 5 minute cut.
Movement has been one of this year’s early revelations, as the Melbourne, Australia trio has pumped new blood (and new perspectives) into the 2010’s blossoming R&B scene. A low-lying pulsating beat introduces the song, before some sampled, spliced vocals and an even lower-lying vocal comes into focus. While the vocals are nearly impossible to make out, they work excellently as a musical instrument, as the heavily effected vocals sink in to the dark sonics surrounding in. Then there’s those piano chords and that guitar solo that sprout up seemingly out of the blue, showing us that the musical world Movement inhabits has far more depth than first imagined.
The debut self-titled EP from Movement is out 6 May in the U.S. via Modular.
Do It Again marks the latest of several gems crafted by Norwegian electronica duo Röyskopp and Swedish pop singer Robyn, notably “The Girl and the Robot” off of Röyksopp’s 2009 album Junior, while they also collaborating on Vol. 1 of Robyn’s Body Talk series (2010). With the new EP coming out in a few weeks, slices of the collaboration are coming down the pipeline, including the stellar title-track. For fans of Robyn’s remarkable Body Talk sessions, this newest offering is a breath of fresh, familiar air. “We do what we want / As soon as it’s done / We just do it again,” Robyn emotively sings. What first appears to be a prideful declaration of defiance takes on another life as the song evolves, as Robyn warns her partner, “We should not be friends / We’ll just do it again / If you stay around / We’ll just do it again.” What could have been a one-note affair is actually a multi-dimensional dance-pop track, one that has as many complexities as a real life human relationship. We already knew fembots had feelings, but they have heart, too.
Do It Again is out 26 May via Cherrytree/Interscope.
UPDATE: Stream “Do It Again” above. The song officially premiered on the Annie Mac Show on BBC Radio this past Friday (25 April). An earlier version of this article proclaimed this to be the second collaboration between Röyksopp and Robyn. The error has since been modified.
Future’s masterful new LP Honest doesn’t drop until this coming Tuesday (22 April), but the album has been available for streaming over at MTV since the beginning of this week. While that stream failed to include the crucial André 3000-featuring “Benz Friendz (Whatchutola)”, the penultimate track on the standard version of Honest has found on its way onto the internet, via Miss Info.
The track is a victory lap for Future, as the ATL-born rapper finds himself rapping with Atlanta hip-hop icon André 3000 of OutKast. A delicious operatic vocal sample is the perfect backdrop for the track, which finds Future and 3-Stacks deriding materialistic people, with André rapping on the hook, “I told that bitch I don’t give a fuck about a Benz, bitch / And I don’t want no bitch who need to have that kind of friendship.” On his verse, Dré is as smooth as ever, a glaring reminder of what hip-hop is missing the more years go by without new OutKast music. But the future is in good hands, seeing as how Honest stuns from beginning to end.
George Lewis Jr.’s two incredible LPs as Twin Shadow, 2010’s Forget and 2012’s Confess, succeeded largely due to Lewis’ clear and consistent aesthetic, one in which he nails out of the park with the stunning new single “To the Top”. The soaring chorus is ripped straight from the 80s, with Lewis’ emphatic vocal delivery coming into its own to form one of his crowning achievements as a music composer. This is an anthemic moment for an artist long overdue to break out in big ways.
DOWNLOAD Twin Shadow – “To the Top”
We just discovered the rising Iranian-born, London-based producer TĀLĀ a week or so ago, courtesy of the meditative title track from the forthcoming The Duchess EP. The A-side of that release, “Serbia”, just hit the internet, and finds TĀLĀ pushing herself to places unforeseen on “The Duchess”, and could very well be her breakthrough moment.
The Duchess EP is out 2 June via Aesop.
While “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” made Lana Del Rey a star in music blog circles, her Born To Die album didn’t take off in the U.S. as well as industry heads would have wanted. For the most part, Die found Del Rey a little too aware of the incredible reception of her two stellar opening singles, trying to recreate that magic time and time again. It wasn’t until Cedric Gervais got his hands on album track “Summertime Sadness” that Lana Del Rey scored her first ever U.S. Billboard Hot 100 hit, transforming the somber song into an EDM, festival-sized banger. Luckily, she doesn’t take the bait on “West Coast,” the first single off her forthcoming Ultraviolence LP, crafting a song much more in the vein of her Born To Die album, albeit with a lot more bite.
“Down on the west coast they got a sayin,'” begins Del Rey, over one of her better productions. Guitars, strings, swelling synths, and Del Rey’s wispy vocals combine to form a fully realized whole, and one of the more intriguing pop songs of 2014. Like her best work, “West Coast” sneaks its way under your skin as its melody takes on more definition with repeated plays.