Music

LISTEN: DE LA SOUL COLLAB WITH LITTLE DRAGON FOR NEW TRACK ‘DRAWN’

Ageing hip-hop trio De La Soul have shared a new track that features the talents of Swedish electronic group Little Dragon. ‘Drawn’ is the third track the ‘daisy age’ group have shared from their forthcoming album, following ‘Pain,’ a collaboration with Snoop Dogg that also came with a novel interactive lyric video game, and ‘Royalty Capes.’

The new album, And The Anonymous Nobody…, is set for release on 26 August and will be their first LP in 12 years (if... read more

‘SUICIDE SQUAD’ RIPPED OFF DIE ANTWOORD’S STYLE (APPARENTLY)

In what serves as yet another piece of slander against the bellyflop blockbuster that is Suicide Squad, South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord have accused the film and its director of plagiarising their style.

Die Antwoord posted a very aggressive allegation... read more

WATCH: CATE BLANCHETT STARS IN MASSIVE ATTACK VIDEO ‘THE SPOILS’

UK trip-hop veterans Massive Attack have shared the video for ‘The Spoils,’ featuring Cate Blanchett. Directed by John Hillcoat, the video sees Blanchett’s face distort and change shape before eventually turning to stone and then decomposing.

Blanchett is the third familiar name to work with Massive Attack this year. In February, Rosemund Pike appeared in the video for ‘Voodoo In My Blood,’ while in March, Kate Moss appeared in the video for ‘Ritual Spirit’. Hillcoat, too,... read more

LISTEN: EX-VAMPIRE WEEKEND MEMBER ROSTAM SHARES TWO NEW TRACKS

Earlier this year, Rostam Batmanglij announced his departure from Vampire Weekend, subsequently leaving both the founding member’s and the band’s future musical pursuits up for grabs.

Now, some seven months later, Rostam has returned as both a solo and collaborative artist in his own right, sharing two brand new tracks on KCRW’s ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ show. ‘Gwan,’ the... read more

INTERVIEW: DUSTIN TEBBUTT ON HIS DEBUT ALBUM & GETTING ZEN

For a man who likes to take his time, Dustin Tebbutt sure has released a lot of music in the past few years. Beginning with his 2013 EP The Breach, the Australian singer-songwriter has managed to release a new record each successive year, culminating in his recently launched debut album First Light. Perhaps ironically, his mentality of waiting for inspiration to strike doesn’t decelerate his music making process – if anything, it makes him swifter.

“It’ll be... read more

MIA ENLISTS ZAYN MALIK FOR HER NEW ALBUM

MIA has revealed a perhaps unlikely songwriting collaborator for her upcoming new album in former One Direction singer Zayn Malik.

The London MC and producer composed the track ‘Freedun’ with Malik whilst in India, consulting with Malik via WhatsApp. The track will appear on MIA’s fifth album, AIM, set for release on 9 September.

Speaking to EW, she said, “We just basically did it while I was [in India], because I’ve been here for a week-and-a-half. We’ve just... read more

THE MACCABEES ARE BREAKING UP

London indie rock outfit The Maccabees have announced that “After 14 years as a band [they] have decided to call it a day.” The band broke the news in a message to their fans, posted via Twitter, in which they thanked them “very deeply and sincerely” for all their love and support over the years.

The specific reason(s) for the split are unclear – however, the statement emphasises that “There... read more

50 CENT TRAUMATISED HIS AUNT BY WHIPPING IT OUT ON TV

We feel for 50 Cent’s aunt. All the poor woman wanted to do was tune in for her story, but little did she know she was about to cop an eyeful of her exposed nephew.

The disturbance happened during the latest instalment of Power, a crime drama on which Fiddy serves as executive producer and a cast member. And cast his member is exactly what the rapper-producer-actor-entrepreneur did on the episode, which briefly saw him nude below the belt.

Initially, 50 Cent... read more

PRINCE’S ESTATE DENIES PAISLEY PARK IS UP FOR SALE

The administrator of Prince’s estate has denied that the iconic compound Paisley Park is up for sale, despite reports on Friday that a court filing was submitted asking a judge for permission to put a number of Prince properties up for sale.

Paisley Park, Prince’s expansive home and recording complex that featured in the 1984 film Purple Rain, was on that list of 20 properties worth an estimated $US28 million (AU$37 million).

However, over the weekend, the Bremer Trust... read more

THE WEEKND DONATED $50K FOR A UNIVERSITY COURSE ON ETHIOPIC STUDIES

Ethiopian-Canadian singer-songwriter Abel Tesfaye, more commonly known as Grammy award-winning R&B artist The Weeknd, has honoured his heritage by donating $CA50,000 (about $AU49,800) to the University Of Toronto for an Ethiopic Studies program.

The money will go towards “a course on the Ge’ez, an ancient Ethiopian script and language also known as Ethiopic.”

Tesfaye offered the... read more