May 10, 2017
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Two weeks ago it was announced that there would be a small collection of unreleased Prince songs shared with the public on the one-year anniversary of his death. Following this news, the planned release of the songs was shot down by Prince’s estate claiming that the works were stolen by his former sound engineer. According to NPR Music, news has now surfaced that “June 23 will bring not one but two deluxe reissues of Prince’s 1984 masterpiece Purple Rain, each of which will feature not only a remastered version of the original nine songs, but also a set of 11 more tracks from the vault (most have never been heard before).” The name of the posthumous EP (extended play) is Deliverance.
Lapalux, an English recording artist of Brainfeeder (record label), announced a new album titled, Ruinism which is set to release on June 30. His previous album Lustmore was released two years ago and featured his signature wonky and glitched out sound. He released one single off of Ruinism titled “Rotted Arp (feat. Louisahhh)” which features a slightly ominous and barebones buildup into a beat that’s littered with a constant grumbling bass and high-pitched synths. If you’re looking for something different, Lapalux is the way to go, especially his song “Without You (feat. Kerry Leatham).”
- Cole’s most recent album, 4 Your Eyez Only received a visual album treatment and debuted on HBO in April. The 4 Your Eyez Only film is now available on YouTube. In the film, Cole visits Ferguson, MO; Fayetteville, NC; Baton Rouge, LA and other cities. In each city, the film highlights street level outlooks and conversations being held by the respective citizens. From topics of education to police shootings and civic engagement, the flick also intertwines songs from the 4 Your Eyez Only album which act as segmented music videos. The entire film is an artistic synchronization of Cole’s music, tertiary cinematics and the current struggles blacks face in modern America.
Norwegian producer and DJ Cashmere Cat has released his debut LP (long playing) titled “9” on April 28. Cashmere Cat specializes in the electronic/future bass genre and teams up with several vocalists on the album such as Jhené Aiko, The Weeknd and Kehlani. The song “Europa Pools (feat. Kacy Hill)” instrumentally goes through several changes with cerebral vocals on top of bubbling drums and kicks. In “Victoria’s Veil,” Cashmere Cat utilizes several different types of glitchy pads, bells and pop rhythms.
Washington D.C. rapper, Wale released his album “SHINE” on April 28 through Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records. His fifth studio album, “SHINE” involves collaborators like Lil Wayne, G-Eazy and Travis Scott. The song with Lil Wayne titled “Running Back” has a upbeat melody with standard hip hop snares and hi hats. “Fashion Week (feat. G-Eazy)” uses a more organic sound with acoustic drums and a recurring sample clip exclaiming “Go!” Wale’s next show southern California show will take place on May 12 at The Novo in Los Angeles.
The alternative electronic group Son Lux comprised of Ryan Lott (vocalist/composer), Ian Chang (drums) and Rafiq Bhatia (guitar) have created multiple albums and EPs (extended play) over the past four years and will continue the streak with their upcoming EP Remedy. The EP currently has two singles out titled “Dangerous” and “Part of This.” “Dangerous” incorporates Lott’s signature vocals with fast-paced orchestral strings, plucked guitars creeping ambient sounds and prominent drums from Chang. Meanwhile, “Part of This” features choppy but cohesive drums, horns and a revving chorus.