Chance The Rapper Reveals He’s Been Working With Wyclef, J. Cole, Jessie Ware and James Blake

Chance The Rapper has revealed that he has been working in the studio on collaborations with Wyclef, J. Cole, Jessie Ware and his house-mate James Blake among others.

The ever-conquering Chicagoan rapper announced the news in an interview on DJ Semtex’s Radio 1Xtra following his headline show at the Forum in London on the 15th July. You can hear the full interview below.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work in terms of the writing and production and shit” Chance said. “I’ve been doing a lot of stuff for Wyclef, I did a little bit of work with J. Cole, obviously James Blake. I’ve been doing a lot of writing with other artists – Elle Varner, who’s an amazing artist. Everbody – Boys Noize, Jessie Ware”.

While it is uncertain if any of these collaborations will see release via his own work – “I wouldn’t say too much of it is for me” says the rapper – Chance stated how he has learned a lot from “soaking in their energy. Working with them and getting to see their process is making me a lot better”.

Chance also recently released a new short music video for his track ‘I’m Very, Very Lonely’ which touches on his hometown performance at Lollapalooza on August 3rd. You can watch the video above.

La Roux – Trouble In Paradise

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It seems like a lifetime ago since ‘In For The Kill’ and ‘Bulletproof’ were dominating radio playlists. The partnership of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid shot straight to success with their grammy-winning debut self-titled record back in 2009 but they’ve sure taken their sweet time with following it up. The lengthy gap in between releases has seen them repeatedly try out new directions in order to conjure up the kind of tunes that can stand up as worthy heirs to the pop smashes on La Roux and this second album Trouble In Paradise is unquestionably a notable departure from La Roux as we know them for many reasons.

For one, La Roux has now been reduced to a solo project for – face and voice of the band – Jackson as Langmaid jumped ship in the time leading up to the record’s release over an apparent lack of understanding and displeasure with Jackson’s new focus on a sexier tone, which seems curious considering the fantastic songs that he is credited on co-writing here. This new emphasis on sexiness is evident from the tracklisting alone, but true to her claims, Jackson has filled the songs on Trouble In Paradise with seductive grooves, rollicking beats and simply more space to accompany her tales of rocky love. It’s thanks to this newfound use of space that the swooning ‘Paradise Is You’ and soaring ‘Cruel Sexuality’ are able to sparkle and accentuate Jackson’s aching vocal melodies. The jagged synths that formed the groundwork of La Roux are largely absent with ‘Silent Partner’ and its hard-edged melody being the lone hold-over from that sound and even then there is more room to breathe than tracks such as ‘Colourless Colour’ allowed.

As for the songwriting on Trouble In Paradise, well La Roux – with Langmaid or not – still know how to pen a pop song. The thing is chocked full of them from the disco guitars of single ‘Uptight Downtown’ to the Prince-ish hook of ‘Kiss And Not Tell’ and the ‘Get Lucky’-like chord progression of the bouncy ‘Tropical Chancer’. The only real misstep is ‘The Feeling’ which seems an afterthought after the climactic rush of ‘Let Me Down Gently’ but overall this Trouble In Paradise sounds pretty much like paradise.

James Barlow

Rustie Premieres ‘Attak’ (Featuring Danny Brown)

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Glaswegian producer Rustie has premiered ‘Attak’, the second song from his second record Green Language. The track features Detroit rapper Danny Brown. Listen to the track below.

‘Attack’ was dubbed the “hottest record in the world” and was premiered by Huw Stevens (who was sitting in for Zane Lowe) on Radio 1. On the show Rustie promised that Green Language will contain “a lot more wierder stuff.”

As proven by Rustie’s trio of productions on Brown’s Old, the rapper can easily jump his colossal yet colourful track. However, ‘Attak’ may be the greatest mix of the two personalities yet. Brown’s aggressive yelps complements the deranged sirens, before reaching a hard-hitting climax of blaring beats, solidifying it as a ‘banger’ in a uniquely Rustie fashion.

Green Language is due out on August 25th via Warp. You can listen to the first single, ‘Raptor’, below.

Chance The Rapper @ The Forum

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One must commend Chance The Rapper. The young Chicagoan emcee has very much trodden his own path thus far in a career which appears destined for nothing short of superstardom. The fact that an unsigned rapper who has only two mixtapes to his name can already count Justin Bieber, Skrillex and James Blake as collaborators speaks volumes about the power of the Internet but also of Chance’s exciting and all-appealing talent which is also responsible for the fact that this show has been sold-out for over four months.

A deafening roar welcomes Chance’s band The Social Experiment as they appear one by one before the man himself explodes onto the stage with the type of energy that could win over any crowd. In this case however, he is clearly preaching to the converted as the packed room displays their adoration by mimicking every exclamation of the rapper’s beloved ‘IGH’ adlib. After a series of incredibly tight stops conducted by Chance, the band jump into Acid Rap’s ‘Everybody’s Something’ which is greeted by a sea of waving arms and a backing chorus. As if there were anyone amongst the faithful that was new to him, Chance introduces himself after a verse of ‘Smoke Again’ and asks who in attendance has listened to Acid Rap – predictably; a large amount have. “Okay, who has listened to 10Day?” he then enquires to a surprisingly louder answer before he gently serenades his faithful with the lullaby-like ‘Lost’.

New material gets an airing also as Chance skips around the stage during his rendition of the Arthur Theme Tune that he’s been performing of late. Those who twig the song after its first line high-five like their dreams have just come true. Recent tracks ‘Home Studio (Back Up In This Bitch)’ and ‘I’m Very, Very Lonely’ are also sprinkled throughout the rapper’s set feeling like old favourites but Acid Rap highlights ‘Juice’ and ‘Interlude (That’s Love)’ still steal the show. The latter ends in downright gospel fashion with Chance galloping around unabashedly telling everyone that he loves them one by one. Next comes the fantastic chorus of other newbie ‘Paradise’ before the band falls into a mash-up of Acid Rap’s ‘Good Ass Intro’ and ‘Good Ass Outro’.

Unable to wait any longer Chance returns mere seconds after leaving the stage to close proceedings with ‘Chain Smoker’ – one of his finest pop songs. This chain-smoking, name-dropping, good-looking so-and-so is going places, and judging by the grin he wears throughout tonight, he sure knows it.

James Barlow

Bloc Party’s Kele Announces New Album ‘Trick’

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Bloc Party frontman Kele has announced details of his second solo LP, Trick.

The album follows his 2010 solo debut, The Boxer, and is due out on October 13th on Lilac Records.

01. First Impressions
02. Coasting
03. Doubt
04. Closer
05. Like We Used To
06. Humour Me
07. Year Zero
08. My Hotel Room
09. Silver and Gold
10. Stay the Night

Bloc Party are currently on hiatus following 2012′s Four, while Kele released house-influenced EP Heartbreaker last year.

You can watch a teaser for Trick below.

Pretend To Be Cool With Audio Addict’s Summer Playlist! (Part 2)

Photo Credit: Hannah Caffrey

Photo Credit: Hannah Caffrey

It’s time for Part 2 of our Summer Playlist! As promised, it features cigarettes, a French house banger and water park-based raps, all essential elements of having a cooler summer than any of your Instagram friends.

Flume – Change ft How To Dress Well
Everyone and their dog (I wish) was at Flume’s Coachella set this year. How To Dress Well aka Tom Krell is probably completely unknown to you, but it’s okay, just know that he sings like an angel, and that this tune is a welcome addition to a drive time soundtrack. Just wind your window down, put one hand on the wheel and one out of the window for maximum effect.

Gorillaz – Empire Ants ft. Little Dragon
Gentle acoustic strums, reverberating keys and Damon Albarn’s relaxing likely lad tones move into electro synths and a groovy bassline accompanied by the adorably sweet vocals of Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, which makes for two contrasting but equally summertime friendly parts to an underrated song. That sentence was long, wasn’t it…?
Okay, this is cool as fuck but no one really knows it is cool because it wasn’t a single.

Grimes – Oblivion
Sounds pretty cute, doesn’t she? Don’t even go there, Claire Boucher put herself through absolute hell to make the album this song is on. It’s strange how floaty this track turned out considering the painstaking process it took to make it.

Heems – Wild Water Kingdom
Wow! It sounds like a water park theme tune, but with tight raps!
“Bitch, I’m wavy!” and “I’m a fucking wavepool, Wild Water Kingdom!” are great things to shout when the paddling pool is out on drunken summer nights.

Jagwar Ma – What Love
Another FIFA favourite. Actually, if you listen to the FIFA soundtracks, there’s always at least one song that embodies hot days playing football down the park. Plus, Jagwar Ma is fun to say.
“Who’s this, mate?”
“Jagwar Ma” :))))))

James Miller – The Sarcophagins
This a sunset song with a solid drum pattern, sit outside in a deck chair after a couple of beers and reflect on how sometimes life passes by without you noticing.

Kindness – House
Adam Bainbridge is bezzy mates with Dev Hynes, has long hair and is an incredible dancer, so naturally he’s a chill dude. This is a pretty chill song for those downtempo evenings with pasta and wine. Just pretend like that’s something you do, instead of having a quick Rustlers burger.

Kurt Vile – Baby’s Arms
An acoustic song that is anything but vile. Mr. Vile has a slightly rough voice, but so does Bob Dylan and everyone reckons he’s pretty special. If you have a partner, have an evening picnic in a field and embrace each other to the sweet sounds of Kurt Vile. N’aawww.

Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
Everyone knows house music sucks ass and no one really likes it, but occasionally there’s a track that actually deserves some recognition. The Magician doesn’t do much except put stabbing keys and a generic house beat behind Lykke Li’s majestic vocals, but fucking hell, it works.
If you really can’t be arsed to do the whole two-step fist-pump thing, the original track is just as glorious.

M.I.A – Paper Planes
This was played to death in 2007, but now it’s been long enough for people to shout “AAAAHHH THIS TRACK THO” and lick off pretend shots on the chorus. Of course, M.I.A is probably one of the coolest artists out there, but you don’t need to know any other tracks except this.

M83 – Couleurs
“Yeah, Saturdays = Youth was much better than Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming because it has an eight and a half minute long French house anthem, but no one knows about it because it wasn’t on a fucking Persil advert” (THIS COULD POTENTIALLY BE YOU SAYING THIS, GET TO KNOW!)

Mac DeMarco – Ode to Viceroy
Viceroy is a brand of cigarettes, and smoking is cool, so play this one while slightly squinting, nodding and taking occasional drags for maximum effect.

Metronomy – The Look
This song was on Sex, STDs and Overbearing Parents or something similarly titled, and hedonism is how you and your friends live because you’re young and free (you nobheads), so listen to this while you masturbate to the thought of having sex with real people.

Miike Snow – Pretender
We’ve established that stabby pianos work sometimes, this is another one of them ones. One of the lyrics is “now I notice that I drink too much”, which probably strikes a chord with you so listen to it when you’re “raving” or whatever it is you call being drunk in a room containing more people than just yourself.

The final instalment will be up later this week and it features come-up music, come-down music and a guy who loves dogs, so make sure you check that or you’ll only be running at 66% cool.

Nathan Butler

SBTRKT Announces Details of Second Album ‘Wonder Where We Land’

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SBTRKT has announced details of his second album, the follow up to his self-titled debut.

The album is titled Wonder Where We Land and includes guest appearances from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. Sampha, Jessie Ware A$AP Ferg and Koreless. Find the tracklisting below.

1. Day 1
2. Wonder Where We Land (feat. Sampha)
3. Lantern
4. Higher (feat. Raury)
5. Day 5
6. Look Away (feat. Caroline Polachek)
7. Osea (feat. Koreless)
8. Temporary View (feat. Sampha)
9. NEW DORP. NEW YORK (feat Ezra Koenig)
10. Everybody Knows
11. Problem (Solved) (feat. Jessie Ware)
12. If It Happens (feat. Sampha)
13. Gon Stay (feat. Sampha)
14. The Light (feat. Denai Moore)
15. Voices In My Head (feat. A$AP Ferg)

The album is due out on September 23rd via Young Turks. You can listen to the ‘NEW DORP. NEW YORK’ (which features Ezra Koenig) below.