Azealia Banks isn’t your typical triple-threat youngster; the girl may only be 20 years old, but she’s been big in the game since her teens. Hard at work, crafting her sound, self-promoting and working with some of the most visionary producers on the planet (Machinedrum, Lunice to name a couple), she’s already gotten hype from peeps like FADER and RCRD LBL. Then again, things change quickly when you’re young, as she put out the much-buzzed about “L8R” in the middle of last year, and almost a year later she returns triumphantly with the club-bumper “212“. Now, she graces URB with an exclusive treat, produced by LuckyMe’s favorite chef, Lunice. Well, that and a bit of insight into her blossoming career that’s taking on a life of its own. Listen and lose your shit at your own risk. Check out the stream and download link for “Runnin’”, as well as our interview with Ms. Banks.
We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later. The culmination of Travis Stewart (Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (Braille) working together in unison under the guise of Sepalcure is now taking a huge leap; into the brilliant world of the full-length LP. Sepalcure will be released on November 22nd on Hotflush Recordings, the label which has housed their previous EPs as well as Sharma’s latest release under his Braille pseudonym. Like many of their previous tunes, the duo provides an emotive landscape to their compositions that are unparalleled; except this time around there’s a ton of different varieties in regards to tempo, rhythm and all-out audible engagement. Get ready for an excellent debut, as well as select live dates in Krakow, Poland (for Unsound Festival) and Mexico City (for MUTEK Mexico). Check out the tracklist after the jump.
What a year it was for the world surrounding bass culture; while the aggro-based sound collectively known as “bro-step” blew out big clubs all over the States, the surrounding, more intimate and intelligent venues housed some of the best artists seen in recent years. This is partly because this was a landmark year for new acts to emerge out of the electronic fold and present themselves in the biggest way possible; 2010 was definitely a year to step up in the grandest way and the artists on this top ten list reflect that; from big debuts to debut album epics to just extraordinary musical undertakings, all the tracks here provide a sonic connection to the many pieces that made 2010 whole. Without further ado, the best tracks of the year are down below.
The soulful duo of Sepalcure (Machinedrum & Praveen Sharma) are finally going abroad to make the kids out in Europe fall in love with their emotionally engaging sounds, going to Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and London with fellow Hotflush luminaries such as Scuba/SCB, George FitzGerald and Sigha. Also, if you’re in London on the 17th, don’t you dare miss out on seeing them with the badman James Blake. What has impressed me about Sepalcure is the simultaneous evolution of their live show and productions; it’s always changing into something more personal, more demonstrative of how much they pour into the tunes they make. With their second EP, Fleur coming out in January via Hotflush, the duo has graced URB with a fantastic live session they did on a radio show that they frequent, Percussion Lab Radio. There is no tracklist (you don’t need one, just listen to it) but there’s all good vibes. Mix link and EU tour info after the jump.
So, LuckyMe are one of my personal favorite groups of creative minds involved in some of the finest textures of music and art; the international collective stretches from Scotland to Harlem to Montreal and always carries a unique aesthetic to their style, whether it be providing lush synths and beats to an already dreamy tune or making an amazing piece art, the LuckyMe steeze is infectious and intellectual. With that said, New York has only gotten bits and pieces of the collective playing, mainly URB favorites Machinedrum and Cubic Zirconia, but on the 24th of September at 88 Palace (in a mini-mall nonetheless), the family reunion takes shape in what could be the event of the year. With that said, the minds behind the brand and bravado, also known as Dom Sum and Martyn aka THE BLESSINGS, have provided URB with an exclusive mixtape that will surely make you dance, bop and lose your mind in absolute amazement. More info on LuckyMe NYC and the mix after the jump.