OH LAWD! Welcome to Monday, Volume 62, and a unbelievably luscious week of music. Four Tet chopped up JT/Jay-Z’s “Suit & Tie,” both She & Him and James Blake announced new albums accompanied by brand new tracks and both Lupe and Drake dropped freebies on the same day. Plus we have the first taste of Meek’s Dreamchasers 3, the next instalment of HS87’s All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of, a couple jams from Harry Fraud & Mac Miller and much more.
The re-release of the ever so popular Born To Die has finally been officially announced. The Paradise Edition will feature 9 new tracks (8 + 1 bonus) and it set to be released November 12. Lana Del Rey makes good, catchy pop music, and has a highly addictive persona. I like the fact that she released a handful of unreleased songs, is re-releasing an album that is already successful, all before her sophomore album. Initial judgement tells me, she has a vault full of material, and that more records seem imminent.
UPDATE: The video for “Ride” has been released, and the Pre-Order is available.
Welcome to Monday.
Lupe Fiasco gets set for the release of his fourth LP, Lana Del Rey covers “Blue Velvet,” The xx connects with Four Tet and Calvin Harris with Florence, minus the Machine.
Also new material from CHVRCHES, Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa, Tegan & Sara, Juvenile, Tyga and more
It hasn’t been that long since we’ve heard from the most recent indie pop queen, but it feels like forever. Lana Del Rey’s debut record was Born into success. With the singles heating up charts, radios and blogs everywhere, it was bound to find itself at the top, good or bad. Born To Die was indeed a great pop record. In the last few days, her name has caught fire once again. She is re-releasing the album in “Paradise Edition” form. It will contain 7 unreleased tracks, 5 of which were posted on Soundcloud for download (100 max each unfortunately). I happen to be online at the right time and was able to download them. So if you missed out, here they are, give them a listen, download or just pass on by.
There is something to be said about demos, they hold that raw sound that you often miss out on when it has been produced and mastered.
Soul singer Bobby Womack is back in the studio after a twelve year absence.
Donald Glover is gearing up for the release of his new mixtape Royalty.
The National finds themselves associated with HBO.
Maybach Music Group dropped two tracks this week from the upcoming compilation album.
As we all know, the beautiful Lana Del Rey dropped her first LP on the world Tuesday. Despite the less than stellar SNL performance, this record is quite phenomenal. There are a couple non-single tracks in the mix and I would definitely advise you to pick up a copy of Born To Die.
Also joining the mix is a fresh single from WZRD (Kid Cudi & Dot Da Genius).
New material from Beach Fossils and Pretty Lights as well.
Ingrid Michaelson released Human Again Tuesday and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Fill with the whipped butter tracks, light and fluffy, but her records never go without spreadable cream cheese, thick and complex. Tyga geared up a Garry Marshall-esque All-Star cast for his “Rack City” Remix. A couple smooth rollers from Mr. Ocean & Memoryhouse.
The Rapture released three phenomenal remixes of the ever so buzz-worthy track “Sail Away” (Click Album Cover For EP). The Big Pink released their sophomore record courtesy of 4AD Records. Jay-Z got some brand new vocals (literally) on his latest track, Lana Del Rey does it once again, the LP release date has found it’s way into iCal’s all over the world (January 27). Slick flow Chip Tha Ripper over a Lex Luger beat. 5 absent years and a record label later, The Shins are working on a new project due March, “Simple Song” is the first single.
With Rich Forever dropping a few days ago, Rozay takes over Vol. 5. Not to be outdone by the latest EP from Memoryhouse, the Toronto Dream Pop group who recently signed with Sub Pop, LP set for February 28th. The blog buzzing Grimes and her new track of looping pianos and synths wandered into the mix. Ryan Leslie dropped another phenomenal single in preparation for Les Is More.
Sorry for the tardiness, Boxing Day pre-occupied much of my day, not too mention wings + beer post sales. But here we are, some features off The Weeknd’s trilogy finale, Jeezy’s TM:103 and the beautiful Lana Del Rey’s latest single. Enjoy.