I've been a fan of British rapper, A2, ever since I heard his rendition ("Gold") of Nick Hakim's "Cold" a few months ago. So, back in May, I was happy to see that i-D Magazine premiered the video for one of the quintessential tracks from A2's More Sleep EP, entitled "Holograms." It's smooth and relaxed, depicting A2 smoking, partying, and reminiscing about a past girl he can't help but dream about. It all really comes together quite well -- check it out.
Sampha and his heavenly voice recently reappeared after a brief hiatus stemming all the way back from his 2013 solo debut, Dual. Now, he's graced us with "Timmy's Prayer," an earnest and open performance that utterly pierces. It's a beautifully orchestrated return to the forefront of the genre; and that's not hyperbolic. It's excitement.
You've probably read Macbeth in school at some point but I doubt you've watched a portrayal quite like Justin Kurzel and Michael Fassbender's before. A visual masterclass, the acting, cinematography, direction, and what ever editing was necessary to do what they did throughout the film, are all stunning. In sum, the clip above shows Banquo's son, Fleance, picking up the slain Macbeth's sword; while the newly crowned Malcolm walks out of his throne room (although, I like to think of it as a flash-forward towards Banquo's son as an adult, having been crowned king and fulfilling the Witches' prophecy). I thought the vibe given by the visuals paired nicely with Black Atlass' "Tonight" - very menacing, yet beautiful.
River Tiber, or Tommy Paxton-Beesley, is a Toronto musician you've unwittingly heard of before and has been making music for quite sometime. To date, he's released two EPs entitled, The Stars Fall (2014), When The Time Is Right (2015), and more recently was featured on Jazz Cartier's "Tell Me." This, however, is one of his own songs entitled, "West," featuring fellow Torontonian, Daniel Caesar, and by the quality of the song (and his buzz in general), it might indicate a new EP or album on the horizon.
Verbatim, I believe that "I Love Kanye" is one of the best songs on The Life of Pablo following "Ultra Light Beams" and "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2." It's a hilarious a cappella in the middle of an album from a delusional egotistical maniac. It might actually be the most perfect song on the album given who Kanye West is. It's dope, too, because people are taking it upon themselves to remix "I Love Kanye" and put their bootlegs up on Soundcloud. Sadly, these are getting taken down just as fast as they are going up. Fortunately, I've downloaded every single one I've liked and thrown them into a compilation. There are 10 in total. Here are 3 just so you can hear how good they are.