Days Nights

Although Wikipedia states that Daley “received his mainstream breakthrough when he became the guest vocalist” on Gorillaz’s Doncamatic in 2010, chances are that his is a name most people on the street won’t recognise if you ask them. For anyone who wrote him off on the basis of that track, you’re missing out on one of the most promising British R&B/soul singers of the past couple years.

So what’s happened in the past three and a half years?

  • 4 EPs.
  • Guest features on singles by Wretch 32 and Nelly (yes, that Nelly. ‘Hot in Herre’ Nelly.)

  • Shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2011.
  • Touring with Emeli Sandé, Maverick Sabre, Jessie J and Miguel.
  • And a year and a bit of work on his debut album

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After her critically lauded “Sail Out” EP was released in November 2013, American singer-songwriter Jhéne Aiko aroused interest from Rnb and Rap heavyweights alike. The 7 track EP boasts some impressive features from Kendrick Lamar to Childish Gambino but ultimately, it is Jhéne’s sweet voice and unfiltered lyricism that leaves us wanting more. Her debut album “Souled Out” drops May 2014.

Warpaint

It’s hard to believe that Warpaint have only had one album (albeit they preceded this by a fantastic EP and subsequently provided the instrumentation to a wonderful cover of The XX’s Crystalised).  The one album illusion comes to an end this weekend with the release of their eponymous second album.

The lovely lads over on NPR are streaming the whole album which is very kind of them, isn’t it?  Have a listen there cuz god knows we have no clue how to embed that monstrosity of a streaming player.

The injection of a smoother R’n’B sound into this record, compared to what Warpaint purists might be familiar with, gives the album a sexier, more confident edge than the band’s previous releases.  It comes as no surprise that Theresa Wayman stated that “playing music can take you closer to that same kind of state of ecstasy as an orgasm” in an interview with the Guardian last weekend.

The album’s lead single, Love Is To Die, featured in the Calvin Klein Fall 2013 campaign and has been given the live treatment…

… whenever they’ve got the chance over the past couple of months.

This is the kinda record that will only sound better on vinyl so be sure to pick up a copy when it goes on sale this weekend.

This post comes to you courtesy of the sizeable G+T I just consumed and also on pain of being mauled by a pine marten.

liz_stopmecold

We wrote about LIZ’s retro music video for U Over Them a few months ago (yes because the early 00′s are now retro. We’re getting old, people).

Stop Me Cold, available as a free download in exchange for a Like on facebook, sounds like something that Christina Aguilera would be releasing if she was in touch with what was going on in music these days (Let’s be honest, her Lotus never blossomed…).

The first ten seconds open with a guitar riff that would easily be mistaken for a track off of The Diary of Alicia Keys before breaking out all the turn-of-the-century R’n’B stops.  In spite of its uptempo swagger, it’s hard not to imagine this song working just as well if it was stripped down to LIZ’s vocals and an acoustic guitar.  Until we hear that acoustic session, the original track will do just fine.

And be sure to read on to get this sick remix of U Over Them…

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