This week starts off with three new tracks taken from a hotly anticipated debut LPs. First, there's new work from Sampha, who, after collaborations with Jessie Ware, Drake, and SBTRKT, is off to a great start as a solo artist. Then, there's the first single from King Krule's much-anticipated debut full-length, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. Next, we have a new one from R&B singer/producer team AlunaGeorge. For the second half of our list, we head back to the States (with a detour in Sweden) for a Holy Ghost! track, some new Jay-Z (featuring Frank Ocean), Julia Holter, and a beautiful dream-pop export from I Break Horses. Enjoy!
"Without" With a host of high-profile collaborations, it's now Sampha Sisay's turn to take the spotlight. If "Without" is any indication, the transition should be easy enough, with the London R&B singer perfectly marying his unmistakable voice to his idiosyncratic production style.
After 2011's fantastic self-titled EP, King Krule has been taking his time for a follow-up. Hearing "Easy Easy," it's clear that the years in between were worth the wait, with Archy Marshall's bellowed vocals and dark atmospherics more fully realized than ever.
Another new track from AlunaGeorge's debut LP, Body Music. This time it's all airy beats and bright synth stabs for yet another piece of pop perfection.
I Break Horses
I Break Horses came on the scene a couple years ago with a promising dream-pop debut. "Denial" is the newest taste of its follow-up and sees the Swedes going for a more maximal sound.
"Teenagers In Heat"
While some continue to lament James Murphy's dearly departed LCD Soundsystem, it's clear that DFA head honcho hasn't been sitting idly these last few years. "Teenagers In Heat" from Brooklyn dance dudes Holy Ghost! may be an outtake from its new album, Dynamics, but the track is still effortless new-disco at its best.
"Oceans (feat. Frank Ocean)"
The unconventional release of Magna Carta Holy Grail may have overshadowed much of its actual music, but while listening to "Oceans," everything seems to quiet down. With Frank Ocean stealing the track, it also features Hov in a somewhat introspective mode. It's a quiet highlight from an otherwise bombastic album.
"In the Green Wild"
Over the past three years, Los Angeles singer/songwriter Julia Holter has released two albums of beautifully composed bedroom pop. As is clear from "In the Green Wild," Loud City Song sees her entering a real recording studio for the first time, but losing none of her trademark idiosyncrasy.
Clockwise from left Photo: Courtesy of Washed Out; Julia Holter; Jay-Z; Sampha