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When we first heard SBTRKT at his US debut during the SXSW Music Festival this March, we knew we were on to something. Just a few days ago, the London-based producer released his self-titled debut on Young Turks. The 11-track album blends a palatable mix of house, electronic, dubstep, and garage while keeping a soulful undertone throughout. According to Billboard, the project was recorded over the span of two years with most of the guest vocalists (Little Dragon, Sampha and Jessie Ware) recording on SBTRKT's living room couch.
The low-key artist prefers to conceal his identity, keeping his real name to himself and wearing an African mask to his live performances. So, you'd imagine his surprise when he found that Drake chose to re-make his "Wildfire" single featuring Little Dragon. Go figure. Check out the original track for "Wildfire" above - we've already looped it about ten times. Also, don't miss his only four US tour dates slated for this year.
The Bay Area holds a hidden arsenal of musicians that often tend to remain behind the scenes. Amongst them is The Park, with a rhythm section consisting of Derek Taylor (drums), Josh Lippi (bass), Ben Schwier (keyboard), and Nate Mercereau (guitar). Having spent the last several years backing the likes of Alice Russell, Darondo, Freddie Gibbs, and Big KRIT, the group has been meticulously crafting their debut alongside their very busy schedule.
This week, The Park finally released The Process EP and we are super juiced. The first single, "Excuses," is a funky, jazzed out soul groove that'll have you body rolling in no time - check out the video above!
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While The Black Opera has been secretive about its membership, its mission is displayed in plain sight: to be a "counter-cultural musical movement" of performing artists and musicians. On June 21st, the collective issued its first project, dubbed Overture. The 7-track release is available to stream in full via an interactive YouTube playlist. Above, we've cued up the playlist to one of our favorite tracks, "Legendary Scrolls."
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Hailing from Chelmsford, Essex, Gold Panda has been stirring a steady buzz for the last couple years with his hard-hitting live shows and catchy, trancey hip-hop production. Per his admitted affinity for and study of Japanese culture, his tracks also often hold an air of Eastern instrumentation. His most recent single, "MPB," premiered on The Fader about a week ago and showcases a fantastical blend of bright tropical sounds. Stream and download below! Look out for his US tour in October, too.