Stereogum comment section favorite Fred Gibson, who produces under the name Fred and releases music as the annoyingly punctuated Fred again.., has worked on records by huge stars like Halsey, Ed Sheeran, Eminem, Stormzy, and Burna Boy, and he was mentored by none other than Brian Eno. Fred produced “Lifetime,” the exceptional 2020 club track from the xx’s Romy Madley Croft, and today they’ve teamed up for another dancefloor filler.
ALTO ARC are a new supergroup that consists of hyperpop producer Danny L Harle, Hundred Waters’ Trayer Tryon, Deafheaven singer George Clarke, and makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench. That’s a pretty eclectic and exciting group of people, and today they’re announcing their self-titled debut EP, out next month on the great heavy music label Sargent House.
Gretel Hänlyn’s voice isn’t one you’ll forget. Powerful and commanding, her rich, husky vocals dominate whatever soundscape they unfurl across, whether it’s the lo-fi electronics of Mura Masa‘s recent single ‘2gether’ where she takes the lead, or the gnarly alt-rock of her recent solo release, ‘Motorbike’. Her’s is a voice that the 19-year-old artist, real name Maddy Haenlein, is proud of. “No one’s ever said to change it,” she tells NME over Zoom from her parents’ house in Acton, west London: “If they did, I’d tell them to fuck off.”
Warpaint back, baby! It’s been nearly six years since the shimmery, harmony-rich Los Angeles quartet released Heads Up, their last album. The band has never fully gone away. Last year, for instance, Warpaint released a couple of one-offs, covering Gang Of Four on a tribute album and writing a new song for an HBO show. The members of the band have also kept busy with solo records and side projects; Stella Mozgawa, for instance, just announced the existence of Belief, her new duo with producer Boom Bip, two weeks ago. But an intermittently active Warpaint is one thing, and Warpaint in album mode is another. Warpaint are in album mode now.
Tove Lo has released a new song, “How Long,” which is featured in an episode of Euphoria. Alongside Lana Del Rey’s “Watercolor Eyes,” which came out last week, it will be featured on a soundtrack that will be released next month when the show’s second season concludes.
It’s been a good long while since we had new Grizzly Bear music. Painted Ruins came out in 2017 — that’s five years ago! Shields (their best album and I’m glad we all agree) turns 10 this year. That time I saw them play “Two Weeks” at Lollapalooza a year before Veckatimest came out? Feels like a different lifetime, and not just because I clanged my head on a metal bar during Foals’ set the same day. Unfortunately, the band is not about to emerge with a new LP at this moment. But friends, the next best thing is upon us.
Katie Dey, the experimental bedroom-pop mastermind from Melbourne, has kept busy since the 2020 release of her great album mydata. She’s teamed up with Black Dresses’ Devi McCallion on the collaborative album Magic Fire Brain, she’s released a remix LP, and she’s covered Laugh & Peace’s “In The Sky.” Today, Dey has announced that she’s got a new album called forever music and that it’ll be coming out next week.
Yesterday, Damon Albarn really stepped in it. In a Los Angeles Times interview with writer Mikael Wood, Albarn said that Taylor Swift “doesn’t write her own songs.” Albarn went on to argue that it doesn’t count as proper songwriting when Swift collaborates with other writers: “I’m not hating on anybody, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes.” Upon seeing that quote, Swift herself clapped back at Albarn on Twitter: “You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really fucked up to try and discredit my writing.” Swift collaborators like Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner also spoke up on her behalf.
If you’ve been keeping up with Tomberlin on social media over the past few months, you’ll know that the Artist To Watch alum has been busy at work on the follow-up to her debut album At Weddings and 2020’s Projections EP. Today, Tomberlin is releasing a new single, “idkwntht” — that jumble of letters stands for the track’s repeated refrain: “I don’t know who needs to hear this.” Tomberlin is backed up on the song with guest vocals from Told Slant‘s Felix Walworth.
The Swedish indie band Hater have been intermittently blessing us with new singles over the past few years, including 2019’s “Four Tries Down” and “It’s A Mess,” 2020’s “Sift” and 2021’s “Bad Luck.” Now they’re finally ready to roll out their first album since 2018’s Siesta.
FKA Twigs embraces a classic throwback aesthetic in the new music video for “Jealousy,” a track featuring Rema off her recent mixtape, Caprisongs.
The video, directed by Aidan Zamiri, has a late-Eighties/early-Nineties feel, jumping between sequences of FKA Twigs performing the song and dancing alongside a small troupe, and black-and-white footage of Rema delivering his verse solo. The choreography in the clip was handled by Twigs’ regular collaborator, Kash Powell.
“Jealousy” is the latest Caprisongs track FKA Twigs has released a music video for, following “Meta Angel” and “Tears in the Club,” her collaboration with the Weeknd. Caprisongs was released Jan. 14...
Last August, Steve Gunn returned with his latest album, Other You. He’s taking that new music on the road in the spring, but first he’s back with something else. Today, Gunn has surprise released an EP called Nakama, which works as a sort of extension or addendum for Other You, featuring remixes and remakes of five of the album’s songs.
NEW YORK — Christina Aguilera doesn’t pick up exactly where she left 22 years ago with her Latin Grammy winning Spanish album “Mi Reflejo.” The superstar singer comes full force as a “grown woman and a mother” to showcase her Latino roots in the EP “LA FUERZA.” And that is only the beginning.
The money challenge has taken social media by storm over the last several days. A sizable roster of rappers and celebrities have participated in the challenge in a plethora of ways — whether they’re using actual cash to spell out a phrase or making a point by using toilet paper to spell out things such as “IRS Watching.”
Although Kanye West is going through a divorce with his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, it appears he sent a stern warning to the Kardashians when it comes to his children. In an interview with Jason Lee of Hollywood Unlocked, which premiered on Monday (Jan. 24) on YouTube, the Chicago rapper-producer, now known as Ye, spoke candidly about his impending divorce and how he plans to stay in his children’s lives no matter what.
YouTuber and crafter Melanie Ham, who was well-known for the stories about her art and personal life she shared on social media, has died at the age of 36.According to posts shared to her social media accounts, which were published by her husband Robert Ham, Ham passed away from cancer on 12 January.“It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness I share the news of the passing of my sweet, amazing, beautiful wife Melanie,” the caption of the Instagram post reads. “If you’ve been following our journey I’m sure you were, like us, hopeful she could defeat this...
Elvis Costello has signed a worldwide, exclusive music publishing deal with BMG to represent his entire catalog, including his latest album “The Boy Named If.” Under the agreement, BMG will administer the rights to all of his songs dating back to his 1977 debut album, “My Aim Is True.”
His catalogue includes timeless classics such as “Alison,” “Watching the Detectives,” “Everyday I Write The Book,” “Pump It Up,” “Veronica,” and hundreds of others. A two-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Costello has released some 32 studio albums and his songs have been covered by Linda...
Celebrate Jay Versace's birthday with his impressive work on Tyler, The Creator sixth studio album Call Me If You Get Lost. Learn more about how the social media star became a highly sought after music producer inside.
Big Sean, H.E.R., Moneybagg Yo, Ari Lennox and others will perform at the the second annual “iHeartRadio Living Black! Empowered by AT&T,” a month-long on-air celebration. The event will also feature special appearances from Lizzo, J. Cole, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Saweetie, Bas and others.
The event will exclusively stream on TikTok and broadcast on iHeartMedia hip-hop and R&B stations and the iHeartRadio app. The event marks the first collaboration between between iHeartMedia and TikTok.
According to the announcement, the event will “spotlight the power of Black culture — past, present and future — throughout Black History Month in February. The month-long celebration will feature...