8th July 2013

Jay-Z – “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (Virgin EMI)

Instead of leaking pre-release tracks ahead of the release of his long awaited 11th solo album (the follow-up to 2009’s “The Blueprint 3”) he released the lyrics to key album tracks which were then hurriedly cross examined by the mainstream media. Because of this its hard to predict what “Magna Carta Holy Grail” will sound like but its safe to say that it’ll be one of the biggest hip-hop releases of the year.

22nd July 2013

Fuck Buttons – “Slow Focus” (ATP Recordings)

For their third album Fuck Buttons felt confident enough to produce it themselves and to introduce a hip-hop influence rhythms to their noise jams. Andrew Hung of the duo spoke to Pitchfork about the album in June and had the following to say about the hip-hop influence

“I started listening to a lot of hip-hop in the last 10 years or so, and Ben’s been listening to it a lot longer. Certainly the philosophy of hip-hop is quite engaging– that idea of recycling is very limitless and it’s fed into a lot of electronic music”.

Whatever it sounds like here’s hoping that “Slow Focus” lives up to the band’s previous albums.

29th July 2013

AlunaGeorge – “Body Music”

AlunaGeorge’s music has been bouncing around the internet for around a year now and now the male-female duo are hotly tipped for success and finishing second in the BBC’s Sound of 2013 didn’t hurt their chances of going supernova this year. However, its their music and not polls that has me excited an combination on Timbaland and The Neptunes style beats, off kilter synths and R&B vocals instantly mark them out from the pack, while never forgetting about a hummable tune and killer hook. Their debut album “Body Music” comes out in July and I can’t wait for it. To read an interview with band on The Guardian’s website click here.