Archives: August 2019

LISTEN – Big Gigantic “Friends ft Ashe” – OUT NOW!

August 19th, 2019

Big Gigantic is the latest act to ride on the last waves of summer with a compelling release, and they’re here to prove they’re still king of the game. After a period of silence, the Boulder duo returned with their first single in three years, “You’re the One” with Nevve in June. Now, Big G has followed up with another anthem—”Friends” with Ashe—delivering their beloved signature combination of breezy vocals, brass, and feel-good messages. According to Ashe, the group performed “Friends” at Coachella 2017, only to see its release to fruition a couple years later.

Beginning mellow with layers of plucky strings and soft shakers that build, Ashe sings about a breakup that won’t let go. The melancholy tone quickly shifts when horns crescendo into an uplifting blare and momentous beats. Big G lets the horn take the lead on a symphonic interlude that transforms the lyrical connotations into a carefree jazzy ensemble. Embracing the easy-living mindset of summer, “Friends” waxes summer poetic on its double meaning for both listeners and Big Gigantic.

“Through life’s ups, downs, makeups, breakups, and everything in-between, you always count on your friends,” the duo said in a tweet about the tune.– Via Dancing Astronaut

Kindness US Tour + “Hard To Believe ft Jasmine Sullivan”

August 19th, 2019

Over the last few months, Kindness has re-emerged with a couple new tracks: “Cry Everything,” which featured Robyn, and “Lost Without,” which featured Seinabo Sey. Today, the British musician is announcing their first new album since 2014’s Otherness. It’s called Something Like A War, and it’ll be released in September. It features another guest spot from Robyn (on a track called “The Warning”) and appearances from Alexandria, Cosima, Bahamadia, and Nadia Nair.

There’s also a song with Philadelphia powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan, who hasn’t released an album of her own since 2015’s Reality Show. (It’s about time!) The feverish duet, which is called “Hard To Believe,” was co-written by Sampha. Listen to it below.

WATCH – Atmosphere “Earring” featuring Musab

August 16th, 2019

It’s been a long, hot girl summer, but Atmosphere came to cool things down with a chilly new music video for “Earring”, featuring Musab.

Directed by Colin Floom, the video was shot in the mountainous region of Colorado and bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain western thriller film, but we can’t remember which one. 🤔

WATCH – The Tuxedo Way Video

August 15th, 2019

The single from Tuxedo – the duo of Grammy-nominated soul singer Mayer Hawthorne and Grammy-nominated producer Jake One – is designed for the dance floor, and for their new video, director Ian Eastwood enlisted some of the most successful hip-hop dancers to show their moves. Eastwood is a former member of Mos Wanted Crew, which was featured on America’s Best Dance Crew and World of Dance. When Tuxedo met him at a party (“he said he fuxed with the Tux,” they told VIBE) and saw him dance, they decided to pitch him to direct the video for “The Tuxedo Way.”

The video features Eastwood both directing and performing, along with several other renowned dancers: Popin’ Pete (nee Timothy Earl Solomon) of the Electric Boogaloos crew, Jaja Vankova (So You Think You Can Dance season 12 finalist and America’s Best Dance Crew season 6 champion), Alan “Kid Boogie” Leal, Lily Frias (America’s Best Dance Crew season 7), Marie Poppins (America’s Best Dance Crew season 8), Hector “Bean” Flores (America’s Best Dance Crew season 7), and Shockwave. The dancers are a perfect fit with Tuxedo’s 70s-inspired funk.

“The Tuxedo Way” appears on Tuxedo’s third album, Tuxedo III, which was released in July on the duo’s label Funk On Sight and features guest appearances by MF DOOM, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Parisalexa, Leven Kali, Battlecat, DāM-FunK, Gavin Turek and Benny Sings. Tuxedo is currently on a North American tour that runs through Aug. 24.

ICYMI – Sampa The Great New Album + “OMG” VIDEO

August 15th, 2019

Zambia-born, Sydney-based rapper Sampa the Great has announced her debut album. The Return is out September 13 via Ninja Tune. It features the single “OMG,” which arrives with a new video. The video was directed by Sanjay De Silva and shot between South Africa and Botswana, where Sampa was raised. Watch below.

The Return follows Sampa the Great’s 2017 mixtape Birds and the BEE9, which won the Australian Music Prize. It features contributions from Jonwayne, Ecca Vandal, the London jazz collective Steam Down, MsM, Andrei Eremin, Silentjay, Kwes Darko, Clever Austin, Blue Lab Beats, and Syreniscreamy. The album also includes Sampa’s recently shared song “Final Form.” – Via Pitchfork

ICYMI – Bonobo’s “Linked” + Outlier Dates

August 14th, 2019

Bonobo has been one of electronic music’s most thoughtful and sophisticated artists for nearly two decades — and the producer born Simon Green also knows how to light a dance floor on fire. This special dichotomy is encapaulsted on Bonobo’s latest single “Linked,” out NOW via the always exceptional Ninja Tune.

The song — Bonobo’s first release since the January single “Ibrik” — is a gentle escalation into club-ready sonic rapture built on insistent but soothing beat patterns and delicate vocal flourishes. Consider it your day-to-night sonic segue all summer long. The track comes amid a summer/fall tour schedule that finds the LA-based artist delivering a series of his Outlier shows. Originated at Brooklyn’s much-beloved and now shuttered club Output, Outlier features Bonobo and an all-star collection of co-bills including Tokimonsta, DJ Harvey, Derrick Carter, Mall Grab and more.

Tour Dates
August 3: Bonobo presents Outlier Midway Street Party, San Francisco, US
August 4: Shambhala Festival, British Columbia, CA
August 17: Bonobo presents Outlier Brooklyn Mirage, New York, US
August 23: Ravine, Atlanta, US
August 24: Deep Tropics Festival, Nashville, US
October 5: Sonar, Mexico City, MX
October 19: Outlier @ ADE, Amsterdam, NL
November 8: Summit LA19, CA, US