Download the sultry track ‘Sweating’ from Alewya

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This week’s download comes from Alewya. You have seven days to download her song “Sweating.”

Alewya | photo via Facebook

From the press release:

Dubbed as “this decade’s triple threat” by LOVE Magazine, the autodidact producer and singer-songwriter is seen on screen spraying a large canvas hinting at her wide-spanning talents which include illustration, sculpture and visual art. Since recording this release, Alewya has also featured on Lil Simz’s Drop 6 album on the track ‘where’s my lighter’.

The translation of Alewya’s name from Arabic means ‘most high’ or ‘the highest’ so it’s fitting that her music centers around the idea of transcendence. Her music is an accessible space for her and her listeners to connect spiritually. “I want to move people to themself. I want them to feel the same way that I felt when I had a taste of a higher power and felt there was a presence over me. I want people to feel that.”

After spending four years in New York, she returned to west London where she was raised. Born in Saudi Arabia from an Egyptian father who was raised in Sudan and an Ethiopian mother, Alewya grew up nestled in a community rich with diaspora from around the globe. It was here she received a nourishing musical education that can be heard throughout her music.

Both her music and art are deep broodings through euphoria, heartache, melancholy and back again. Alewya is challenging you to remember the last time you really felt connected. And as she finds the connections between disparate worlds, Alewya wants to make you feel, and make you dance.

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Download ‘Desire’ by Bob Moses & ZHU

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This week’s download comes from the electronic duo Bob Moses and their latest album “Desire.” You have seven days to download the title track.

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Bob Moses | photo via Facebook

From the press release:

Bob Moses (Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance) have announced their next release: a concept record for the club. Presented over six continuously mixed tracks, Desire—due out August 28, 2020 on Domino—is a love tale for the digital age: all about the positives and pitfalls of humanity’s driving wants, especially in these technology-driven times.

The title track, a hypnotic late-night collaboration with Grammy-nominated electronic musician ZHU, is out now with an interactive video directed by Owen Brown (creative agency CTRL5) and animation by Airplan Studio. The video is hosted on interactive streaming company Eko’s platform, with interactive production help from Particle3, and uses anaglyph imagery to display two different sides of desire. With the press of a button, viewers can switch between worlds of ‘pleasure’ and ‘pain’, manipulating a beating heart into a burning fire, lipstick into a bullet, joy into despair. It’s a deft and delicate dive into the ups and downs of desire.

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Download Tricky’s new song ‘Fall Please’ featuring Marta

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This week’s download comes from Tricky and his forthcoming album “Fall To Pieces,” his 14th studio album. You have seven days to download the song “Fall Please” featuring Marta.

Tricky | photo credit: Erik Weiss

From the press release:

Tricky might be over three decades deep into his music career but he’s currently on a creative roll. In the last year he’s put out an acclaimed autobiography, Hell Is Round The Corner, dropped the enchanting 20,20 EP and is on the verge of releasing Fall To Pieces, his 14th studio album.

Fall To Pieces was recorded in Tricky’s Berlin apartment, over the course of two or three months in late 2019. The tracks are often short, ending abruptly and moving on to the next without warning. Tricky’s music has always enlisted female vocalists to carry his ideas – back in the day he believed they were vocalizing his mum’s creative energy from beyond the grave.

The majority of tracks on Fall To Pieces rely on Marta Złakowska, the singer he discovered during a Polish tour when he was left without a vocalist on the opening night: the local promoter suggested a girl who worked in a nearby bar, and when she arrived she had already learned the chorus to Tricky’s song ‘When We Die’. She saved the tour from disaster and afterwards Tricky said to her: “Look, if you give me 12 months of your time, so I don’t have to look for a singer on tour, I will help you with your music afterwards and you can be on my album.”

It sounds fortuitous – much like when Tricky encountered his original female vocalist Martina Topley-Bird by chance when she sang outside his front door. But of course he has an intuition too. “Yeah, I can tell when someone is humble and down to earth. Marta doesn’t care about being famous, she just wants to sing.”

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Download Aluna’s ‘Get Paid,’ featuring Princess Nokia and Jada Kingdom

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This week’s download comes from Aluna and her forthcoming album “Renaissance.” You have seven days to download her song “Get Paid” featuring Princess Nokia and Jada Kingdom.

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From the press release:

Following her two latest stellar single releases ‘Body Pump’ and ‘Warrior’ – taken from her now confirmed forthcoming debut solo album ‘Renaissance’ – Aluna delivers the goods yet again, this time with the help from her friends Princess Nokia and Jada Kingdom for ‘Get Paid.’ A feel-good dancehall summer jam with an important message, ‘Get Paid’ “is an aspirational celebration about black women and women of color getting paid, in opposition of the reality that we are consistently undervalued for our work.” Aluna explains.

“On the other hand, this is a song about believing we deserve to get paid because as society keeps telling us we are worthless, we internalize that notion, which is almost more damaging because it stops us from advocating for ourselves.” “The song is such a vibe, as soon as I heard it I just had to jump on it. Aluna is so dope and an icon too.” Jada Kingdom continues. “This record is an instant classic, I’m so glad to be a part of it — dancehall to the world!”

Lastly, Princess Nokia reveals, “I loved working on this song with Aluna, I’ve admired her work for years. I was happy to collaborate on a dancehall song that is nostalgic to my childhood and bring a new version to life with these talented women. The record is fun and daring, and hope all of our fans enjoy this.”

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Download Roosevelt’s grandiose ballad ‘Sign’

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This week’s download comes from German producer Roosevelt. You have seven days to download his song, “Sign.”

Roosevelt, photo courtesy of the artist.

From the press release:

“Sign” is a pared-back piece of hyper-melodic digitalism, a cinematic ballad about loss and hope with a pulsating antique drum machine as the bedrock. Sparse and dazzling at the same time, “Sign” is a prime example of Roosevelt’s deft craftsmanship, paying homage to early house and vintage pop. The new track is a musical return to Roosevelt’s roots in dance music – there are no guitars or live drums – it’s all computer love.

“I wanted to make something intimate, so I started with these spherical Juno 60 chords. When I added rhythmical elements, I realized that the track could work in a dance music world. I normally record a lot of real drums but stripped this one back to just an 808 beat. A nice contrast between the intimate feeling of the synth and the dancefloor qualities of the vocal sample, bassline and 808 started to emerge. I found it really inspiring to make something that’s initially made for listening alone on your headphones, but that hopefully can come alive in the near future when played out at a dance club or festival and create a form of unity again,” Roosevelt said.

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Download ‘Crystallize’ from the international collective Keleketla!

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This week’s download comes from the international collective Keleketla! and their self-titled album. You have seven days to download the song “Crystallize.”

From the press release:

Keleketla! is an expansive collaborative project, reaching outward from Johannesburg to London, Lagos, L.A. and West Papua, “Keleketla!” started as a musical meeting ground between Ninja Tune co-founders Coldcut and a cadre of South African musicians (introduced by the charity In Place Of War), including the raw, South African-accented jazz styles of Sibusile Xaba, and rapper Yugen Blakrok (Black Panther OST).

From those initial sessions, the record grew to encompass a wider web of musical luminaries, including Afrobeat architects, the late pioneer Tony Allen and Dele Sosimi, legendary L.A. spoken word pioneers The Watts Prophets, and West Papuan activist Benny Wenda.

The final product is a future-facing assemblage of influences, drawing connections between different points in a jazz-tipped, soulfully-minded spectrum; it builds outwards, from the solid musical foundations of those first sessions, featuring the likes of Thabang Tabane, esteemed percussionist and son of the legendary Phillip Tabane.

On the one hand, there are gqom beats, interlaced with activist chants and Tony Allen’s live Afrobeat drums; on the other, there are warm, lyrical meditations, aided by horns and keys. The name “Keleketla” means “response,” as in “call-and-response,” a title which speaks to the project’s aim: to build out a shared musical ground, traced across different recording sessions, continents apart.

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Download Leifur James’ melancholic ‘Wise Old Man’

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This week’s download comes from producer and composer Leifur James and his new album “Angel in Disguise.” You have seven days to download his song “Wise Old Man.”

Leifur James | Courtesy of the artist

From the press release:

London based experimental producer and composer, Leifur James announces his return with news of the release of ‘Wise Old Man’ – the first single taken from his highly anticipated second album ‘Angel in Disguise’, which is out now via Night Time Stories (sister label to the coveted ‘LateNightTales’).

Driving, melancholic electronica, ‘Wise Old Man’ is a nod to what can be expected of James’ second album, “Angel In Disguise,” showcasing a more experimental side to his production. Traversing through musicality, progressive synths and introspection, this first single unveils the producer’s distinct sound with disorientated vocals; speaking of the interplay between reason and emotion, the lyrics repeat “Wise old man in my brain, soul bursting through my veins,” opening the gates to this captivating electronically steered opus.

“Angel In Disguise” promises to explore the themes of love and loss through a masterful blend of harmonic vocals from James himself, nuanced electronic soundscapes and vibrant percussion – punctuated by bespoke visuals, directed by Balázs Simon. This exciting project is expected to make waves and see James step up, exhibiting his discerning ear and painstakingly honed production craft on a seminal label.

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Download Jayda G’s upbeat ‘Both of Us’

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This week’s download comes from DJ and producer Jayda G. You have seven days to download her song “Both of Us.”

Jayda G | photo credit: Lou Jasmine

From the press release:

Her first new material since 2019’s debut album “Significant Changes” arrives with a great deal of anticipation—clips floating around online of Jayda teasing ‘Both Of Us’ in her DJ sets quickly led to an influx of messages requesting more information and pleading for an official release. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” she says. “I really wondered if releasing the record right now was the right thing to do. Things can feel really fucking depressing at the moment, but the amount of messages I’ve been getting about the track, even during lockdown when people are unable to even be in clubs or at festivals, that really convinced me that now was the right time.”

As with “Significant Changes”—which contains many references to her work studying the environment—on “Both Of Us / Are U Down” Jayda distils her interests and surroundings once more. The resulting EP is a dichotomy of old and new, equal parts nostalgia and of breaking new ground.

‘Both Of Us’ is an upbeat throwback to the dancefloors of the past, drawing on Jayda’s love of classic, uplifting house, the kind she digs for and plays religiously in her DJ sets and during her recent year-long BBC Radio 1 Residency. “I wanted to make a happy house song” she explains, “the uplifting vocal, the slow breakdown, the release, those are a key part of so many of those classic house tracks I’ve found through digging over the years, and I really wanted to emulate the feeling I get from those”

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Download Fantastic Negrito’s ‘Chocolate Samurai’

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This week’s download comes from Fantastic Negrito’s forthcoming third album. You have seven days to download his song “Chocolate Samurai.”

Fantastic Negrito | photo credit: Lyle Owerko

From the press release:

When you listen to Fantastic Negrito, you’re invited to hear the story of life after destruction. Each song is a real story about a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million-dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that left him in a coma, and is now in the midst of a rebirth that took him from the streets of Oakland to the world stage.

The narrative of this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. Songs born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy.
Negrito burst on to the national radar by winning the inaugural NPR Tiny Desk contest in 2015, and has since won Grammys for his first two albums: The Last Days of Oakland (2017) and Please Don’t Be Dead (2019). His third album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?, arrives this summer and includes features from fellow Tiny Desk winner Tank (Tank and the Bangas) and Bay Area legend E-40.

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Download Fontaines D.C.’s latest song ‘A Hero’s Death’

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This week’s download comes from Fontaines D.C. and their forthcoming album “A Hero’s Death.” You have seven days to download their title track.

Fontaines D.C. | photo via Facebook

From the press release:

Barely a year since their debut Dogrel earned them a spot as one of the most acclaimed new bands of 2019, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. will return with A Hero’s Death on July 31 via Partisan Records. Arriving battered and bruised – albeit beautiful – the album is anything but a re-hash of the swaggering energy from their first record, instead the music is patient, confident, and complex – heady and philosophical takes on the modern world and its great uncertainty. The album serves as a conscious effort to subvert expectations, to challenge themselves and their listeners, and to sacrifice one identity in order to take on another – one that is fully their own.

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