Boy, did these guys get lucky.
Up-and-coming Berlin via Byron Bay, Australia retro indie-pop band Parcels — Jules Crommelin, Patrick Hetherington, Noah Hill, Anatole Serret and Louie Swain — have dropped “Overnight,” a collaboration written in collaboration with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel Homem Christo of Daft Punk on Kitsuné. The track arrives after Bangalter co-produced Arcade Fire’s new album, Everything Now.
While the track’s groove and funky guitar hook riffs call to mind the helmeted French duo’s smash aforementioned global smash featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, it most certainly has its own je ne sais quoi.
Parcels are currently on tour in Europe, where they will be performing live through November.
The music world is reeling from the news that legendary rapper Prodigy of highly influential Queens duo Mobb Deep has died at the age of 42.
According to a statement from his publicist, Prodigy, whose real name was Albert Johnson, was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas “for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.” Prodigy has battled sickle cell since birth and was in Las Vegas for a performance. TMZ is reporting that the MC may have choked on an egg during his stay at the hospital.
“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
Rising from Queensbridge in the ’90s, Mobb Deep cemented their status in hip-hop history by way of raw, often eerie tracks like “Survival Of The Fittest,” “Shook Ones Part II” and “Quiet Storm RMX.”
More recently he had served time in prison, where he later released a cookbook of prison recipes in 2016. Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook was released on Infamous, Prodigy’s own imprint at Brooklyn-based Akashic Books. His track with Brooklyn’s Mark The Beast called “Beast With It” released in association with the second issue of Black Panther is out on June 29.
More on this story as it develops.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Chaka Khan has unveiled the first official single from her newly-formed label, iKhan Records, along with an a cappella intro of “Through The Fire.”
Originally released in February 2016, the alternative mix of “I Love Myself” is the latest offering from the iconic soul/R&B songstress whose career spans five decades as a member of the group Rufus and solo artist known for chart-topping hits including “What Cha Gonna Do For Me?” “Clouds,” “Papillon,” “I Feel For You,” and “Through The Fire.” The single was co-written with singer/songwriter B. Slade and Eve Nelson.
“The lyrics to ‘I Love Myself’ give voice to the deeply personal and continuing journey of my life and the obstacles I continue to overcome both publicly and privately,” says Khan, noting that the past year has been particularly difficult because of the deaths of longtime friends such as Prince, Natalie Cole, and Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. The famed singer and her sister Taka Boom entered rehab in 2016 due to an addiction to fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller, that caused Prince’s overdose.
Related: Read our 1999 interview with Prince conducted at Paisley Park
Khan adds, “Having come through all those things deepens the already universal message of ‘I Love Myself’ for me in ways I couldn’t have imagined a year ago when the song was originally slated for release. Loving yourself is a life-long process and even more so in the face of loss.”
A percentage of the song’s net proceeds will reportedly benefit two organizations that assist victims of domestic violence and discrimination, Face Forward and Stomp Out Bullying. The funds will be distributed through The Chaka Khan Foundation, which was formed in 1999.
Khan is currently on a European tour. She just performed at Secret Solstice in Reykjavik and has upcoming appearances at Park Life and Wild Life festivals in the U.K. Khan will then return stateside to take the stage at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on July 1.
We’re happy for new Chaka music, but here’s some of our all-time favorite Chaka moments!
Canadian musician/producer/DJ Dan Snaith is widely known for helming Caribou, an electronic project which serves as a forum for his thoughtful, beautiful, and often emotionally jarring songs. His winsome instant classic “Can’t Do Without You” remains one of his finest musical statements.
While Caribou’s modus operandi has slowly gravitated from the living room to the dance floor, Snaith’s Daphi project has been club-focused from the get-go. With 2012’s heralded album Jiaolong to his credit, Snaith has circled back to his revered project which will realize itself in the form of a new collection of material that comprises FABRIC LIVE 93. Due out on July 28, the release began as a mix of new material and serendipitiously evolved into a full album of 27 unreleased Daphni tracks and edits.
Obligatory press release gush from Snaith, “What started as a mix featuring bits of new music gradually evolved until it reached a place where it was essentially a studio recording and barely a DJ mix at all, yet the structure remained. A lot of these tracks were recorded in situ in the mix itself – I’d put one track in place and instead of searching through existing music to find the track to follow it I’d just make an entirely new one.”
He adds, “I’ve been to fabric maybe ten or fifteen times over the years and the majority of those have been to see Ricardo Villalobos play. I’m always drawn to the eccentrics in each field of music and I love that a club like fabric, that is such a mainstay of London’s clubbing landscape, is also the de facto London home of dance music’s foremost eccentric.”
Ultra Naté, who is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of her smash crossover hit “Free,” has joined forces with house DJ/producer Quentin Harris in Black Stereo Faith, a new collaborative project.
Both artists bring to the table years of experience making music for the dance floor. However, they say their upcoming debut album out on July 9 brandishes an array of musical influences.
Obligatory press release gush from Ultra Naté: “I think the most important thing to us was to not limit or restrain ourselves with worries over where music is at this particular moment. When we were putting the initial ideas together I would just fish through everything and anything I liked as a jump off point. Pink Floyd, Pointer Sisters, Nine Inch Nails, Madonna, Timbaland, Chic, Tammi Terrell, Eurythmics, The Go-Go’s, Fleetwood Mac, Frankie Knuckles, The Stones, Kate Bush, Earth, Wind and Fire, Sinead O’Connor, Soft Cell, anything that moved me. The great thing about Quentin and what we were doing is that he was open and excited about all of it – no matter how quirky and left of center the idea. I think most listeners are music lovers and open to whatever makes them feel.”
Obligatory press release gush from Quentin Harris: “From the moment we started we had no rules with the kind of music we were making on this record. I didn’t feel any kind of pressure to make things this way or that way. We made whatever we were inspired by. Even with all the different genres we touch on from song to song, if you listen to Black Stereo Faith cohesively it all makes sense together. It’s all encompassing of dance music from rock to disco to urban. It’s not a one-trick pony.”
Black Stereo Faith will make its DJ debut on Saturday, July 8 at Silent Disco at Lincoln Center NYC for Midsummer Night Swing: Nu Disco Edition.
Ultra Naté & Quentin Harris as Black Stereo Faith Tracklisting:
I’m Too Sexy (Touch This Skin)
Taking Me High
Lil Miss Baby
Luv 2 Bee
Give It 2 U
All The Money
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