Amidst all the Kanye West madness last night, James Blake shared a stunning new track. During his BBC Radio 1 residency, he played a new song called “Modern Soul.” Blake’s new album Radio Silence is slated to feature Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and none other than West himself, although it doesn’t have a release date yet. On “Modern Soul,” Blake contemplates his career and finds himself at a crossroads, singing “Because of a few songs” and “I want it to be over” over and over again, making for an emotionally raw excursion into electronic music that sits with some of his best songs to date.
Aussie producer Flume has shared another track from his forthcoming album Skin. This time, he’s featured none other than Vince Staples, the Long Beach rapper who emerged last year with his debut album Summertime ’06, and Kučka, a relatively unknown artist from Perth who sounds uncannily like Aluna from AlunaGeorge. The track itself is harder-hitting than anything Flume’s done before, no doubt because of Staples, but it retains Flume’s impeccable sensibility when it comes to balancing sound.
James Hinton (The Range) has shared “Florida,” the first single from his new album Potential, out March 25 on Domino. “Florida” marks a departure from the darker tone of 2013’s Nonfiction: steel drums, deft sampling, and a catchy vocal hook make this a much bigger, brighter track than anything The Range has done before.
Chaz Bundick, aka Toro Y Moi, returns with new track “Empty Nesters” from his forthcoming album What For? due April 7. “Empty Nesters” is funky, poppy, and has a distinctly indie rock feel, and marks a departure from Bundick’s earlier work as Toro Y Moi and 2014 album Michael, released under his dance moniker Les Sins. Listen below.
Purity Ring have shared their first new track since 2012’s brilliant Shrines. Featuring luscious synths overlaid with Megan James’ stunning voice, “Push Pull” hints at a new album in the works. Listen below.