It appears applicable that, on what seems to be prone to turn out to be one of many hottest weekends in latest reminiscence, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have dropped their scorching new observe, “WAP”. The video is extraordinary, though I may have carried out with out the Kylie Jenner cameo. The whole lot else, although, prime marks.

Talking of scorching, Victoria Monet simply launched her new solo mission, JAGUAR. Author Brittny Pierre did a fantastic overview, which you’ll learn right here. This week, I reviewed the improbable new Glass Animals album, Dreamland, and One other Sky’s intense debut I Slept on The Flooring. You may also learn my interview with Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley right here.

The Weeknd launched his collaboration with the late Juice WRLD, “Smile”, which performs on each artists’ mournful vocal kinds over muted violin motifs and stuttery beats. Duckwrth teamed up with KIAN for the slick R&B observe “Fast”, whereas pop artist Troye Sivan launched a shock new track, “Rager teenager!”, from a forthcoming EP.

I’m very into Nayana Iz’s EP Smoke & Fly, which is loaded with woozy, piano-lounge instrumentation and her wealthy, husky bars. James Blake has carried out a fantastic collaboration with Flatbush Zombies on “Afterlife”, whereas Olafur Arnalds is providing up his immersive track “Again to the Sky”, that includes the arresting voice of JFDR.

When it comes to dwell occasions, clearly social distancing is maintaining us from music venues, nonetheless. That stated, the AIM Awards are happening subsequent week on Wednesday 12 August as a digital ceremony, with particular honours going to unbiased stars Little Simz and AJ Tracy.

It’s a double invoice for the highlight artist this week, with introductions for Falle Nioke and newcomer Alex Tierney.

Falle Nioke is a singer and percussionist from Guinea Conakry, West Africa, who collaborated with Ghost Tradition for the Youkounkoun EP that got here out final month through PRAH Recordings.

Try my Q&A with Falle and Ghost Tradition, under:

Hey guys, how’s your yr thus far?

Falle Nioke: My yr goes good, I’ve been studying loads and recording at my house studio throughout lockdown. It’s been nice having the time to be artistic and I’m additionally having fun with spending time with my household.

Ghost Tradition: Good! I’m very fortunate that lockdown has meant extra studio time for myself, and extra time with household.

What have you ever noticed about society and tradition on this tough time?

Falle Nioke: I’ve been observing that nothing is happening and the city is quiet. Little socialising and disappointment about individuals who have died from Covid. Questioning what the longer term holds for our dwell music trade. I’ve carried out just a few on-line gigs however its unhappy to not have an viewers to share the power within the room.

Ghost Tradition: I’ve seen plenty of concern about what’s going to occur to dwell music, with rumours that it isn’t going to be secure to go to a gig till April 2021. For artists who depend on efficiency to have the ability to maintain doing what they’re doing, it is a big blow. Nevertheless, I’ve seen a optimistic, ahead pondering response on-line the place individuals are discovering methods to maintain making artwork and evolve right into a post-Covid world.

Inform me a bit about your new music and what impressed it

Falle Nioke: I used to be impressed when i met James to do one thing I hadn’t carried out earlier than, to combine my African model with the European dance model. Once we hyperlink up I simply began to sing with my Gongoma and we constructed the tracks on that.

Ghost Tradition: For this mission with Falle, the inspiration actually comes from him. I needed to construct round what he was doing, so we’d begin together with his vocal and I’d construct from there. Typically I needed to listen to a mixture of two kinds that I haven’t heard a lot of.

What else do you’ve gotten lined up for the remainder of 2020?

Falle Nioke: In 2020 I’ve one other ep coming hopefully and much extra recording.

Ghost Tradition: I’m at present ending a ghost tradition album which I’m practically there with.

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Subsequent up is Alex Tierney, brother of the good photographer Christian Tierney, who’s shot artists together with Niall Horan, Rihanna, Dua Lipa and Lizzo.

Alex is a 20-year-old singer from Dublin who attracts closely on R&B and hip-hop influences to create sprawling, dreamy musical landscapes. Earlier than he’d even launched a solo observe, he was invited to open for Lewis Capaldi at The Olympia in 2019, and has now dropped his debut single, “Over the Maybes”.

The track was written, recorded and produced within the Tierney family earlier than being despatched to LA for mixing by Jonas Jalhay (Put up Malone, James Blake). Hopefully you’ll agree it turned out fairly nice.

Try my Q&A with Alex, under:

Hey Alex, inform me a bit about your self

I’m a 20 yr outdated singer-songwriter from Dublin, Eire and I just lately launched my debut single “Over The Maybes”.

What’s the inspiration behind your debut?

The inspiration behind the observe is mainly the sensation in a relationship the place precisely how you are feeling about somebody however they aren’t being clear about how they really feel and also you’re uninterested in the uncertainty and ambiguity.

Have you ever managed to remain artistic throughout the lockdown interval?

Lockdown has truly been a extremely thrilling time for me creatively. I fortunately have some recording gear at house and didn’t actually have anything to do however make music and that’s how “Over The Maybes” happened. It was written, recorded and launched totally from house throughout lockdown so it was just a little daunting however I’ve been blown away by the response.

What do you’ve gotten lined up for the remainder of the yr?

I’m actually excited for the remainder of the yr regardless of it nonetheless being a bizarre time. I’m at present making ready the discharge of my subsequent single which will probably be introduced very quickly and I’m engaged on tons of different actually thrilling new music that I can also’t wait to share!

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