nubyianIn a few days the UK twelve-piece outfit Nubiyian Twist will release their debut self-titled album. As a preview, check out the song “Work House” below. Cheers!

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GriefNot much has to be said to introduce Earl Sweatshirt. We’re big fans of his flow and…facetious…persona. We’re not sure what to make of his Instagram (see soapmanwun), but, at any rate, in the future keep an eye on his posts for teasers every now and then. The…candid…title of his new album, set to drop this week, is I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. Sony must be at the top of the list of Shit Earl doesn’t like right now, that is, after botching the rollout of the album, breaking the track list, including the features (Vince Staples, Wiki, Dash, and Na’kel), a week early. Presumably, he wanted to partake in the recent trend of surprise releases, but so much for that. In the meantime, enjoy the dark and poignant “Grief.”

 

laurendesbergWe rarely post covers on LeB, but Lauren Desberg’s version of Rock Steady is off the charts. The vocalist has an entirely new take on the classic song and features  a band of all-star musicians including pianist Taylor Eigsti and saxophonist Walter Smith III. Check it out below!

 

Screenshot 2015-02-25 07.47.29Sour Soul, yesterday’s release of Toronto-based BADBADNOTGOOD’s collaboration with the “Staten Island rap champ,” Ghostface Killah, features the production of BBNG and Frank Dukes who forgoes samples for intricate instrumentation. “Gunshowers (ft. Elzhi)” opens with a hypnotic strumming of the guitar tempering Ghost’s emphatic vocals, reminding us why his diction has been so commodified by the New York Hip Hop scene (a la Action Bronson). Check out the full album here and “Gunshowers” below.

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guantanamobaywatchThe Portland group Guantanamo Baywatch recently released their new single, “Too Late.” The song is the title track off their upcoming album, Darling…It’s Too Late, out May 12th.

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lageThe song “Gardens” is just one gem off guitarist Julian Lage’s first solo album, World’s Fair. Take note of Lage’s incredible musicality and skill at the guitar on a beautiful set of music that should be listened to from start to finish.

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Screenshot 2015-02-05 18.47.00Two days ago, OFWGKTA’s Hodgy Beats dropped DENATAPE2, almost six years after the precursor, DENATAPE. Check out the features from Domo Genesis and Hit-Boy and especially the track “HakuemeniB.” It uses the beat from “Aquemini,” the title track from Outkast’s 1998 album of the same name. In the first verse, Hodgy talks about himself in the third person, and then, in the last, responds in the first, conceding to the criticism of the first-verse other in some sense of frustrated self-awareness.

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limecordiale2Today we’ve got a new single from the Aussie band Lime Cordiale. It is their first release since their EP Falling Up the Stairs. Be sure to check out the music video here.

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Screenshot 2015-01-19 16.26.35Luke Christopher’s recent single is another example of his ability to artfully walk the line between genres. He produces almost all of his work, capable of both rapping and–as we hear from “Lot To Learn”–singing, but be sure to check out the rest of his music here. Enjoy “Lot To Learn” below.

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sidewalkchalk2The Chicago group Sidewalk Chalk plans to release their newest album, Shoulder Season, on February 3rd. In the meantime, check out the single “Don’t Cry” below and preorder the album here.

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