Entries tagged with: Jai Paul
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Nao at Pitchfork Paris 2015 (more by Rachel Jaurez-Carr)
London singer Nao has given us two EPs so far, 2014's So Good and last year's February 15. The title track of the first one was with A.K. Paul, Jai Paul's brother who co-wrote and sang on his best-known songs. Another impressive Nao collaborator was Disclosure, whose 2015 album Caracal she sang on. A debut album is promised, featuring recent single "Bad Blood." But first, she's announced a short North American tour with BBC Sound of 2016 longlisted producer Mura Masa, who she's also collaborated with (on the song "Firefly").
The tour hits NYC on May 7 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon. All dates are listed, along with music by Nao and Mura Musa, below.
In related news, Mura Masa's Someday Somewhere EP also features UK rapper Jay Prince, who is also touring soon. His dates are mostly overseas, but so far also include Toronto and NYC. The NYC show happens March 12 at Rough Trade. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/3) at noon.
Late last year, Jay released the Beautiful Mercy EP which features Allan Kingdom and more. This week he followed it up with his first song of 2016, "Heights." He kind of sounds like a British Kendrick Lamar (actually, he sounds almost exactly like a British Kendrick Lamar). He pulls it off though. Stream his EP and new single, with his list of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh returned with a new mixtape today called The Night I Went To.... It's only really a "mixtape" because it's free; the 13-song collection (one bonus track included) is highly cohesive and certainly better than what another artist might call an "album." His MMG boss Rick Ross raps a verse on "Your Life," and the more shrug-worthy guests Ed Sheeran and Chris Brown show up on "Are You With Me" and "Call Me (When It's Over)," respectively. The former of those samples Jai Paul's "Jasmine," with Ed singing the hook. A Jai Paul sample fits right in on this album too -- most songs have slower tempos, atmospheric electronics, and pitched-up soulful vocal samples. Rockie sounds real smooth over the whole thing.
Stream The Night I Went To... and watch the video for "Tell Me" below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?
Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
by Andrew Sacher
I always look forward to FACT's year-end list, which you can count on to be chock full of (but not limited to) forward-thinking electronic music, pop, R&B and rap, and it's one of the lists where I'm usually guaranteed to find something new. They just put out their 50 Best Albums of 2013 list, and it has all of those things, from one of the biggest name pop stars of the year to some of the most obscure stuff. It's also got one of the least obvious #1s I've seen on lists this year.
Check out the whole thing below...
Quilt at Mercury Lounge in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Tylan @ Joe's Pub
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Marc Maron @ Union Hall
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Charnett Moffett @ Joe's Pub
* Jennifer Curtis & Friends @ Barbes
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Marc Broussard, Courrier @ City Winery
* Memory Tapes, Sleep Over @ Mercury Lounge
* Star & Dagger, Ten Ton Mojo @ Mercury Lounge
* White Prism, Bright Light Bright Light @ Ace Hotel
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Graham Parker and The Rumour @ Gramercy Theatre
* Echo Friendly, Young Unknowns, Sua @ Public Assembly
* Jon Madof, Marlon Sobol and Special Guests @ The Stone
* DRGN King, Walking Shapes, Onward Chariots @ Cameo Gallery
* HRVRD, Daylight, SoftSpot, Coasta @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Mmoss, Quilt, Prince Rupert's Drops, Electric Mess @ Glasslands
* Call Of The Wild, The Soupcans, Pampers, Beasty @ Death By Audio
* David Cross, Jon Glaser, Heather Lawless, Leo Allen @ Littlefield
* Vensaire, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Zula, My Body @ Silent Barn
* Negative Approach, Violent Bullshit, TWO MAN ADVANTAGE, Crushed @ The Grand Victory
* Black Cobra, Public Speaking, Belus, Bezoar, Jon Mizrachi, Ancient Sky, Mrs. Adam Schatz, David First @ Europa (Brain Cave Festival)
The Soupcans will be in NYC on Wednesday (4/17) to open for fellow Toronto bands METZ and Odonis Odonis at Bowery Ballroom, but before that they play a smaller NYC show at Death by Audio tonight with Call of the Wild, Pampers, and Beasty. Admission is $7 at the door.
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Jai Paul, who dropped the very impressive singles, "BTSTU" and "Jasmine" over the last couple years, finally released his self titled debut album. You can stream it in its entirety below and purchase it over at bandcamp. The tracks are all untitled, but track 9 is "Jasmine" and track 16 is "BTSTU" (via FADER).
UPDATE: Jai Paul tweeted, "To confirm: demos on bandcamp were not uploaded by me, this is not my debut album. Please don't buy. Statement to follow later. Thanks, Jai."
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
!!! at Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
As previously discussed, !!! will be in town for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (12/13) with Sinkane (who will open for Solange next week) and Yellow Dogs. Tickets for the show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Meanwhile, !!! frontman Nic Offer recently spoke to us about his favorite albums and songs of the year. Like Nic's own music, the list skews mainly electronic and electronic-tinged pop, and he makes room for a few other interesting inclusions too. Nic is also now the second artist we've spoke to to include the various artists compilation, Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984. You can check out the whole list below.
by Andrew Sacher
As expected, there have been lots of (dangerous) rumors floating around about Big Boi's upcoming sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which is due out December 11 via Def Jam (pushed back from November 13). He's now revealed what is (fingers crossed!) the official tracklist for the album and the guest spots are pretty exciting. Despite Little Dragon's initial guest spot having gone to Kelly Rowland a while back, the group actually appears on three other album tracks. The album's got plenty of love from the dirty south, like on "Gossip," which features veteran UGK and worthy newcomer Big K.R.I.T.; frequent Outkast/Big Boi collaborator Killer Mike appears on a track with Little Dragon; TI and Ludacris end up on a track together; and Sleepy Brown of Organized Noize, who produced a ton of Outkast back in the day is on one too. In more surprising (and also exciting) news, Wavves and Jai Paul are both on the album. As is A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Kid Cudi, and others. You can check out the full tracklist below.
In related news, TI also revealed the tracklist for his much-delayed upcoming album, Trouble Man (due out 12/18), and it looks a bit different than the one we initially mentioned. The most striking difference is that the song sampling Gotye and featuring Kendrick Lamar is not listed anymore. But in more positive news, Big Boi's Outkast partner Andre 3000 is there on the song, "Sorry" (the one where he allegedly apologizes to Big Boi). Cee Lo Green, A$AP Rocky, R. Kelly, and more are set to appear too. The full tracklist is below. TI plays NYC on December 18 at Best Buy Theater (tickets).
A letter from XL...
We work with some amazing artists, and we appreciate the support you show them. To celebrate their work, and say thank you to you, we've made a limited edition, double 12" vinyl sampler. It features a track from each of the artists we've worked with this year. It won't be available to buy anywhere.P.S. don't forget Radiohead play SNL on 9/24.
We would like to give you a copy of the XL Recordings Sampler 2011. If you'd like a copy of the sampler, email your postal address to XL11@xlrecordings.com and we'll send you one, wherever you are in the world. We have 1000 copies to give away. First come, first served.
XL Recordings Sampler 2011 tracklist:
A1 Adele- He Won't Go.
A2 Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - I'll Take Care Of You
B1 Radiohead - Supercollider
C1 Tyler, The Creator - Yonkers
C2 Friendly Fires - Show Me Lights
D1 The Horrors - Still Life
D2 Jai Paul - BTSTU (Edit)
by Bill Pearis
The BBC recently published its Sound of 2011 list, its annual picks of artists they think will be hot next year. A few of these you might have read about already: The Vaccines (playing here in January), Anna Calvi (playing here in March), Australia's The Naked and the Famous (maybe you saw them at Brooklyn Bowl in November), Esben and the Witch (been here a couple times), and Warpaint (already kinda big over here). There's also dubstep wizkid James Blake, hotshot producers Nero and more.
The list was determined via "160 influential UK tastemakers," and the artists selected must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 14 November 2010, and must not already be famous (aka contender for TV talent competition, etc). You can see the whole list at the bottom of this post and the top five from the initial list of 15 will be revealed first week of the new year. Last year's list was topped by Ellie Goulding and also included The Drums, Marina & the Diamonds and, uh, Owl City.
Another of the band on the Beeb's list is Yuck who have scheduled and then cancelled U.S. shows twice this year already, but are now really coming -- they pinkie swear -- for two shows next month: January 25 at Mercury Lounge (on-sale 12/17 at noon) and Jan. 26 at Glasslands (tickets are on sale). Immediately after their NYC shows, Yuck heads out for a North American tour with their Fat Possum labelmates Smith Westerns. Yuck's debut album, loaded with warm and fuzzy indie rock a la early Teenage Fanclub or Yo La Tengo, will be out February 15. You can check out "Rubber" from the album above (and watch its NSFW video further down), as well as previously-released, super-catchy "Georgia."
Also on the Sound of 2011 list and also here in January are Nashville-via-Ohio band Mona, who play The Rock Shop on January 12, Mercury Lounge on January 13 and Union Pool on January 15. The BBC describes thusly:
The myth of the last gang in town is an enduring one in rock music. A small town, some big ideas and four kids who've grown up and grown so close that they finish each others sentences. Mona are those tender souls, hoping to outgrow the story that's been written for them. Says frontman/guitarist Nick Brown of their debut single Trouble On The Way. Nick: "It's pretty self-explanatory - there's a sound on the horizon and the volume's gonna grow."You can check out a couple Mona videos below. The band have already played Later with Jules Holland, which seems to make them one of these American bands that England likes first. (Other examples: The Killers.) Apart from their three NYC shows next month, most of their 2011 plans seem to be focused in the UK.
The majority of this Nashville-based four-piece were raised in the church and learned their craft playing to the congregation: Nick and drummer Vince Gard as Pentecostalists and bass player Zach Lindsey in by Southern Baptist. Guitarist Jordan Young is the token heathen. For those within the faith, secular music was banned. Vince's mother would play him Creedence Clearwater Revival records and make him promise not to let on to his father - rock and roll as illicit, secret thrill.
Videos for Yuck and Mona, plus the entire BBC Sound of 2011, after the jump.