my good friend lorn had this ridiculous/fantastic idea to mix together “No Church in the Wild” and “Clint Eastwood” so i did it and you can listen to that now and it’s called
Jay-Z & Kanye West vs. Gorillaz - No Clint in the Eastwood
Rulers Of Westeros of the day: Now that’s how Game Of Thrones should end. Everything’s coming up Davos!
Studio Ghibli 25th Anniversary double feature back in cinemas: Celebrating 25 years since their release, animated classics My Neighbour Totoro and Grave Of The Fireflies are receiving a cinematic re-release, being shown together for the first time in the UK. May 24th just became a big day in your diary, didn’t it?
New: John Newman - Love Me Again
John Newman has already made something of a name for himself by providing stellar vocal work on Rudimental’s Number One hit “Feel The Love” (a.k.a. the best Rudimental), but like most singers appearing on dance mega-hits, you’d expect him to tumble into beige singer-songwriter mediocrity or simply slip off the radar entirely. Thankfully, that is definitely not the case. Newmo (as we’d guess his friends call him) has come up trumps with “Love Me Again”; this thing is absolutely massive. The best house piano riffs since “Take It Back”, the best brass section since “Candy”, it’s like Plan B’s soul period, but with a bit more heart. We’re talking “Get Lucky” levels of quality here, people. Get on it before its killed by being attached by thousands of trailers and adverts.
Creed Bratton - All The Faces
As heard on the finale of The Office this week. It’s okay, you can cry now, the loss of a long running TV show is an emotional time, and it doesn’t help when the last episode is so heartwarming.
New: Giorgio Moroder - Racer
Just in case the new Daft Punk album isn’t banging enough for you, here’s one of its collaborators Giorgio Moroder providing the soundtrack to a new Google Chrome and blending his italo-disco trademark of old to the big noise of modern house.
Kanye West unveils new single, is still a genius: If your expectations for Ye’s sixth LP weren’t already fairly lofty, then they should be after watching that. The provocatively-titled “New Slaves” is being projected onto various buildings around the globe (the video up there is from Williamsburg, Brooklyn), with a map of times and locations kindly provided on Kanye’s website. The track itself starts off as ominous with Kanye going hard on subject matter from his disappointment in black culture (“It’s leaders and followers/But I’d rather be a dick than a swallower”) to, as always, the trappings of fame, before flipping in what sounds a lot like a vintage College Dropout/Late Registration soul sample, but with West singing for himself this time. Basically, it’s magic.
There are reports that Kanye’s new album will drop on June 18th, after he mysteriously tweeted that date last week, but no one quite knows for sure. Fingers crossed.