Entries tagged with: Sampha
Chance the Rapper at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
The BBC Sound of 2014 Longlist is in and includes Banks, Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, Jungle, Kelela, MNEK, Sam Smith, Sampha, Say Lou Lou (formerly Saint Lou Lou), Chloe Howl and more. You might think some of these artists (like Chance the Rapper) already had their breakout year, but the requirements to be nominated are:
The successful acts cannot already be well-known to the UK public, for example through featuring in the final stages of a TV talent show or having already been a member of a successful band.The winner will be announced on January 10. Last year's winner was Haim.
They must also not have been the lead artist on a UK top 20 single or album before 4 November 2013 - but guest vocalists are eligible.
Full 2014 longlist, along with a BBC video with clips of all of them, below...
by Andrew Sacher
LA R&B singer Jhene Aiko is planning to release her debut LP, Souled Out, next year, but ahead of that she's got an EP, titled Sail Out, which comes out this Tuesday (11/12). The EP features contributions from two of her old Black Hippy pals, Kendrick Lamar on the sprawling, downtempo "Stay Ready (What A Life") and Ab-Soul on the brooding "Wth." Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Staples shows up on weed/love song "The Vapors," and Childish Gambino is on "Bed Peace." Early standout single "3:16 AM" is on here too, meshing well with the newer ones for seven tracks of blissful psychedelic R&B. Check out the brand new video for its track "The Worst," over at Noisey, and videos for "3:16 AM" and "Bed Peace," plus streams of the other five tracks, below.
The same day the EP comes out, Jhene appears on Saint Heron, the new compilation from Solange's Saint Records label. In addition to tracks from Jhene and Solange, it features other forward-thinking R&B artists like Cassie, Sampha, Kelela, Petite Noir, Jade De La Fleur, Starchild, BC Kingdom, India Shawn and Iman Omari. Kelela, BC Kingdom, and the just-released Cassie contributions can be streamed below.
Jhene was just in NYC joining Drake when his tour hit Barclays Center (10/28). A video of their collaboration at the Brooklyn arena is below. She appeared on Drake's new album, in addition to recent albums by Big Sean, J. Cole, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q.
Videos and streams below...
Disclosure at MHOW in March (more by Jason Bergman)
As discussed, UK dance duo Disclosure are bringing their tour to NYC for a co-headlining show with TNGHT on August 6 at Central Park Summerstage. It's with Julio Bashmore, who plays Warm Up that weekend. It's also two days before Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith plays Mercury Lounge, and around the time Jessie Ware is in the area too. It's also totally sold out.
However, Disclosure have now announced that later that night they'll be the Summerstage show afterparty which happens at The Wall (251 West 30th Street) with Alex English and "Guests." Any guesses on who they might be? Tickets for the afterparty are on sale now.
In related news, Sam Smith recently released his own new song, "Safe With Me," which you can stream below.
In other related news, Jessie Ware collaborator Sampha (who, like Jessie, sang on SBTRKT's album), released his own EP, Dual, this week (7/29) via Young Turks. Watch a video of him performing its track, "Indecision," for Yours Truly, below.
SBTRKT also DJs Output on Thursday (8/1) (sold out).
All Disclosure dates are listed, along with that video and song stream, below...
The xx at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beggars Group-affiliated label Young Turks is throwing its first New Year's Eve party in Mexico this year. The party happens on December 31 in Tulum with sets from Grimes, Four Tet, The xx, John Talabot, Pional, Koreless, Chairlift, Sampha, Tasker, and more TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Jessie Ware @ The Box, 12/10/2012
UK singer Jessie Ware made her American live debut last night (12/10) at swanky NYC club The Box. Backed by a three-piece band -- including bassist Rocco Palladino whose father Pino is currently on tour with The Who -- Jessie wowed the crowd with her amazing set of pipes and great tunes from her much-lauded debut album, Devotion. (Which recently disappeared off Spotify, but Jessie says will be back soon.) The set included hit "Wildest Moments" (she thanked Katy Perry for tweeting it), "110%" (she talked about having to change the title to ""If You're Never Gonna Move" because of Big Pun who is sampled in the song) and a cover of Bobby Caldwell's 1978 single "What You Won't Do For Love" that she pointed out she recorded with Sampha (they both appeared on SBTRKT's 2011 album).
Jessie charmed the audience too, cracking jokes and chatting with folks between songs. She asked if Woody Allen really plays Monday nights at the Carlyle and, if so, why was anyone at her show? She also said Woody and Larry David were on her wishlist for who would come to her NYC show. Other factoids: Jessie told the crowd her sister lives in Brooklyn and has a "willy" in her bathroom that she "nicked from The Box." No elaboration on that.
Jessie Ware's next show is at Bowery Ballroom on January 17 (sold out) which is right around the corner from The Box. Jessie said she walked past it on the way to show and saw that Grizzly Bear were playing.
More pics from Jessie's show are below, along with the recently-released Cyril Hahn Remix of "Sweet Talk."
photos by Matt McGinley
SBTRKT @ Terminal 5
SBTRKT brought his tour to NYC last night (10/11) for his largest headlining gig here yet at Terminal 5 with Kilo Kish (who also has upcoming CMJ shows), Nick Hook, and Koreless. SBTRKT (whose live lineup includes main member Aaron Jerome and vocalist Sampha) were joined by a string quartet for a few songs and the stage was set up with two enlarged versions of the masks that SBTRKT wears. They played a good chunk of 2011's excellent SBTRKT and also worked in some bonus tracks and non-album singles.
We were pretty bummed to hear that SBTRKT had "stuff being stolen one minute before stage time from dressing room in Terminal 5" and (possibly related) he had sound issues that delayed the show for about an hour. But once he finally started, the show was wild and the crowd didn't seem to hold the late start against them. Pictures, videos and the setlist from the show are in this post.
The show was presented by Red Bull Music Academy, who also presented the Brainfeeder showcase at VIllain on Wednesday (10/10), and will present Four Tet, Jamie xx, and Floating Points at Autumn Bowl (10/26) and Grace Jones at Roseland (10/27).
More pics, videos and the setlist from last night show are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Buzzcocks / Bon Iver / Squeeze
"The earlier part of the afternoon felt a little sleepy. People waking up late after Friday, taking their time getting to the festival, and the earliest bands on the bill usually have a gentler style of music anyway. That all changed, for us at least, with the arrival of the Buzzcocks, those spiky, rapid-fire elder statesmen of melodic British punk, on stage in the Gobi tent.Before Radiohead closed out Saturday with a near-2 hour headlining set, Coachella-goers were treated to live music by Jeff Mangum, the Buzzcocks, Squeeze, fIREHOSE, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bon Iver (videos & setlist HERE), Andrew Bird, The Shins, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky (who played at the same time as Radiohead), Feist, Noel Gallagher, Destroyer, Grace Potter, The Head and the Heart, and many more.
Founders Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle look older now -- it's been 35 years or so since they launched the band --but their voices are strong, their rapid-fire guitar riffing still delivers an electric current to the brain. And, bonus for fans on Saturday, the short length of many of their songs meant you got a whole lot of Buzzcocks packed into a 55-minute set." [Orange County Register]
DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Drumma Boy remix ft. Shabazz Palaces) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Feat. Little Dragon) (MP3)
SBTRKT & Sampha @ Nefertiti Jazz Club, Gothenburg, Sweden
Watching SBTRKT with vocalist Sampha, an inch from the small stage at Nefertiti Jazz Club in Gothenburg, Sweden back in August was a highlight of my trip over there for the Way Out West festival. At the time especially, SBTRKT's self-titled album was still in regular rotation in my brain and it was the first time I was seeing them live (I missed their july appearance at PS1). The only bummer was that I had to miss Little Dragon's conflicting festival set in order to catch SBTRKT which was even more frustrating because it was a hometown Little Dragon show (they're from Gothenburg) and it meant that Little Dragon vocalist Yukimi Nagano definitely wouldn't be showing up to play "Wildfire" with SBTRKT live. SBTRKT instead introduced the song by acknowledging that it was sung by one of their own residents and played her vocals from tape. It was still kind of amazing. Sampha sang live on the other tracks, and kept busy with various knobs and other instruments too. SBTRKT himself moves back and forth at lightning speeds from his multitude of electronic equipment to his drum set, sweating in the process. It did not seem at all like he was just "hitting play." Some unposted pictures from that Swedish SBTRKT show are in this post. I saw Little Dragon live a few days later in Brooklyn.
(After SBTRKT's set I ran through a park in Sweden on my way to catch who was playing after Little Dragon at the club they played at. I had no idea where I was - was just following directions. Fittingly, Yukimi passed me, in what seemed like the middle of nowhere, going in the opposite direction. On her way to say hello to SBTRKT I assumed.)
SBTRKT is now on a North American tour which arrives in NYC this week for two shows. The first, for the guys who wear masks on stage every night, is on Halloween at Bowery Ballroom with AraabMUZIK. The next is one night later at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Cubic Zirconia. Both are now sold out. Earlier on the tour SBTRKT stopped in Seattle where Shabazz Palaces made a surprise appearance to rap his remix verse live over "Wildfire" (kind of like Drake did in Toronto over the summer). Video from that Seattle show, more pictures from Sweden and all dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Drumma Boy remix ft. Shabazz Palaces) (MP3)
Back in June, we announced the killer initial lineup for Moogfest 2011 (October 28, 29, 30). That lineup just got even better with additions including TV on the Radio, Special Disco Version featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, St. Vincent, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, YACHT, John Maus, Araabmuzik Baths, Zomby, Active Child and more. It was also announced that Brian Eno, part of the initial lineup, will be presenting Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings and "Illustrated Talks" as part of this year's fest.
The initial announcement also included Suicide, Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Austra, M83, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Moby (full band), The Flaming Lips, Battles, CANT, Brandt Brauer Frick (who will be on a US tour that hits Glasslands), and more.
Speaking of CANT (aka Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear), he revealed the song "Believe" from his upcoming debut LP yesterday. Stream the track below. The album comes out September 13 on Chris' own Terrible Records. He's also got an upcoming tour surrounding Moogfest which includes a show on October 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of SBTRKT and Little Dragon, Drumma Boy remixed the SBTRKT song with Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on lead vocals. Shabazz Palaces is also featured on the remix (compare that to Drake's version). Grab the track above via Gorilla vs Bear. Shabazz wrote on Facebook today, "Besides the release of Black Up, I don't think I've seen one article on here create such a surge of activity as this Wildfire Remix has. Amazing."
Sampha, who sings live with SBTRKT and on his album, also recently released his own song, "Indecision." Stream the track below. Moogfest is one of the stops on SBTRKT's recently announced US tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom on October 31 (with Araabmuzik) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1. Tickets for both shows are still on sale.
Little Dragon plays a BV-presented Record Release show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg TONIGHT (8/16). The show is sold out, but if you don't have tickets you can catch them in NYC again on their headlining tour which hits Terminal 5 on October 14. Tickets are still on sale.
Song streams and full Moogfest lineup below...
SBTRKT wearing an AraabMUZIK shirt at PS1 in July (more by Vincent Cornelli)
After an awesome PS1 set, a live collab with Drake in Toronto, and playing Camp Bisco and Glasslands, UK dubstep producer SBTRKT will return to North America for a live headlining tour in October and November. As we learned from SBTRKT's last visit to North America (and confirmed in a new press release), live sets mean him and Sampha, who sings on the album. The tour stops in NYC twice. First on October 31 at Bowery Ballroom and then hits Brooklyn the next night, November 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. AraabMUZIK, who SBTRKT is a fan of (check out the picture above), opens a few dates on the tour including the Halloween Bowery Ballroom date. No opener has been announced for the MHOW show. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, August 12 at noon. All dates are listed below.
AraabMUZIK will also be in NYC THIS Friday (8/5) at Santos Party House for a S!CK Party with White RIng Laurel Halo (who plays The Stone tonight 8/4), Blissed Out, and others. Tickets are on sale now. Check out a flier for this show below. AraabMUZIK dropped his first official full length Electronic Dream this past June. You can purchase that on iTunes.
All dates, flier and a tour video below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli, words by Andrew Sacher
When I walked into MoMA PS1 on Saturday (7/9) for their second Warm Up of the 2011 season, Bronze were about halfway through their set. I'd never heard the group before but they won me over with their dark, psychedelic atmospheres and pummeling drum patterns, and were an interesting contrast to the dancier acts that followed. After Bronze's set, NYC DJ FaltyDL delivered a DJ set that set the mood for the rest of day's event. Though he's from New York, his beats are well-versed in UK garage and dubstep, and fit in really well with the two UK acts that came after.
The highlight of the day for me was seeing SBTRKT, whose excellent self titled debut LP dropped two weeks ago. He played a live set with guest vocalist Sampha, who contributed vocals to the album. As anticipated, both musicians came out in tiki masks. Like many dubstep producers are starting to do, SBTRKT embraces much more of a pop feel on his album, and many of the tracks are centered pretty heavily around vocals. However, unlike some of his contemporaries, his material still translates well onto the dancefloor. SBTRKT and Sampha would focus on key melodies in the songs, and then dive into extended mixes that got the crowd moving. The majority of the set consisted of the album's Sampha-fronted cuts, though they did play a chopped up version of the Little Dragon-featured "Wildfire." Drake didn't show up to rap over the track like he did in Toronto the night before, but SBTRKT did throw his verse into the mix.
Directly after SBTRKT and Sampha walked off stage, blown out avant-sax lines started spurting out of the PA speakers, which meant hidden behind the massive crowd of dancers, none other than Four Tet just began DJing. After the jazzy opener, Four Tet dropped one of his heavy trademark beats and went off into a killer set that sent the crowd into more of a frenzy than they'd been in all day.
Unfortunately, Matthewdavid, who I had been looking forward to seeing, had to cancel his set. SBTRKT was also scheduled to DJ an afterparty at Coco66, but the Brooklyn venue got shut down before SBTRKT could play. Four Tet did play his afterparty set at Marcy Hotel though.
More pictures and video from the whole day at PS1, below...
Drake, SBTRKT & Sampha @ Wrongbar - 7/8/2011
As you might know, Drake remixed/rapped over the SBTRKT track "Wildfire" which otherwise features Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on vocals. Last night (7/8), SBTRKT played a show at Wrongbar in Toronto. As we mentioned, a super special guest was expected in addition to SBTRKT vocalist Sampha. Guess who that was? Videos below.
SBTRKT is in North America for a few nights this week. As announced (by us anyway), it was never guaranteed that the now-sold out Glasslands show tonight (7/6) would be anything more than a DJ set and Sampha was definitely never confirmed, though apparently some thought he was (link is nsfw).
On Thursday (7/7), SBTRKT DJs again at Camp Bisco in Mariaville, NY. On Friday (7/8), he'll make his way to Toronto to perform with "Special Guests". Sampha's name was removed from the ticket listing since our last post, though maybe he'll still be there, and another special guest too.
SBTRKT returns to New York on Saturday (7/9) for his PS1 Warm UP Event with Four Tet, FaltyDL, Matthewdavid and others. If you want to see SBTRKT live, PS1 is the place to be.As mentioned, the show is billed as a live set w/ guest vocalist who will hopefully be Sampha.
Tickets are sold out for tonight's Glasslands show but are still available for the PS1 show at three different locations mentioned below (or at the door if it doesn't sell out).
As pictured above, SBTRKT tweeted that there may be an after party the night of the PS1 show (we think he's telling the truth) (no clue if it's dj or live though).
Ticket locations for the PS1 show below...
Sampha & Jessie Ware
SBTRKT released his debut and self-titled LP this week (6/28) in the US and a day earlier (6/27) in the UK. We've talked about the Little Dragon-featuring single "Wildfire" with vocals from Yukimi, but she isn't the only person contributing vocals to the album, far from it. Roses Gabor contributes vocals to the song "Pharoahs" and most of the album's vocals are performed by SBTRKT's Young Turks labelmates Jessie Ware and Sampha, who often collaborate with each other.
Jessie Ware and Sampha recorded the track "Valentine" together for Valentine's Day which they included on a Valentine's Day mixtape that they made for Fader. Check out the music video for that song, along with a live video of Jessie Ware and Sampha performing the song, and another of them performing a cover of Bobby Caldwell's "What you Won't Do for Love", below.
Jessie Ware also recently contributed vocals to another UK dubstep producer, Joker, for the single "The Vision," which was Joker's first release on 4AD. Listen below.
SBTRKT heads to North America soon for three NY dates, and for a just-added one in Toronto. Most interesting about the Canada date is that it advertises Sampha on the bill. Hopefully that means Sampha is also the "guest vocalist" appearing at PS1 on July 9th (one day later) too.
All SBTRKT and Joker tour dates, videos, songs and the SBTRKT tracklist with vocalists listed, below...