J.M.Z. – ALWAYS

J.M.Z blends an Trap beat with a Soulful, pitched-up vocal sample on new track ‘Always’.  The formula isn’t far off that patented by Kanye West, whom the UK producer cites as an influence, but the effect here is totally different.  Stream the short new cut below via SoundCloud.

SKEPTA – NO SECURITY [VIDEO]

Skepta released ‘No Security’ last Halloween, but returns to the post-‘Konnichiwa‘ cut with an extra verse and a new video.  The Tottenham MC pops up in some odd locations in a strange variety of outfits.  The track follows Skepta’s BRIT Awards performance last week, at which he didn’t take home a single award despite being…

THUNDERCAT – FRIEND ZONE

Brainfeeder producer Thundercat celebrated this year’s Valentine’s Day with a new track from upcoming album ‘Drunk’ [February 24].  ‘Friend Zone’ is as witty as it is funky, bemoaning the all-too-familiar liminal space between love and friendship.  The 23-track album promises an “epic journey into the often hilarious, sometimes dark mind of the Grammy-winning singer/bassist”, and is set…

VINCE STAPLES – BAGBAK

Before he heads out on ‘The Life Aquatic Tour’ with Kilo Kish later this month, Vince Staples drops off ‘BagBak’.  Save for this feature on GTA’s ‘Little Bit Of This‘, the new track is his first since last Summer’s superb ‘Prima Donna‘ EP.  Stream below via SoundCloud, click here to download via iTunes.

FLUME – SAY IT [VIDEO]

The huge-sounding, Tove Lo-featuring ‘Say It‘ was among the first singles to be released from epic LP ‘Skin‘.  Now that it’s out, and indeed a “companion EP” scheduled for release next month, the Aussie producer revisits the track for a new video.  We’re don’t claim to understand quite why an astronaut and a man made…

LIDO – DYE

Lido’s back!  New track ‘Dye’ is the last to be released from the Scandinavian producer’s upcoming debut LP ‘Everything’ [October 7].  It’s a little darker than were used to, taking vocal samples from frequent collaborator Canblaster.  Stream below via YouTube.