Daft Punk Collaborate with Parcels on “Overnight”

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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.

Pezzner June 2017 Chart

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  1. Dunmore Park Ft Piper Davis – The Whistle (Pezzner Remix) – Supremus Records
  2. Rushmore – Soho Only – Clone Jack for Dase Series
  3. Stimmhalt – Dreams (Pezzner Remix) – RebelLion
  4. The Native Language – Umbra – Hunt & Gather
  5. Reinhard Voigt & Terranova – Wan Wan – Kompkt Extra
  6. Pezzner – Stop – Decay Records
  7. Motel Express – The Trees – Hunt & Gather
  8. Ike Release – Mirage – Mister Saturday Night Records
  9. Session Victim – Head Over Heels – Delusions Of Grandeur
  10. Esa – Rent-A-Disc – Dekmantel

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Prodigy From Mobb Deep Dead at 42

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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.

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Premiere: Komodo – HEL

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Following his Patterns & Light album released in 2014, Chris Child (a.k.a. Komodo) returns with his Divider EP on June 30. The EP, which was recorded on and off from the end of 2015 to the end of 2016, finds the Brooklyn-based electronic music producer exploring an array of styles including ambient, downtempo and electro. What’s more is that Child has paid particular attention to percussion, moving away from samples toward incorporating his own percussion into his soundscapes.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere “HEL” from the release. It’s an ebullient synth-driven track that, like the best narrative, lands in an unexpected place.

“‘HEL’ was loosely inspired by the Fritz Lang film Metropolis; specifically the film’s visual design of the city,” he explains. “I find movies, or anything visual of interest in general, to be a great starting point when composing a new track. It helps me get an aesthetic direction going — even if it will inevitably change later.”

Collectors take note: The Divider EP will be released digitally, on a limited vinyl run of 100, and on a limited CD run of 80. It will also feature a special release, fully mixed in surround by Kasson Crooker of Symbion Project. A follow-up remix EP to Divider, featuring remixes by ANSTAM, Taylor Deupree, Kodacrome, Lumia, and Symbion Project, is planned for this summer.

Premiere: Badin Brothers – Brotherhood Riff

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Biological brothers in rhythm Scott and Olivier Badin, who DJ and produce as Badin Brothers, hail from Paris. They came of age in the ’90s when French Touch ruled dance floors. Releases like Daft Punk’s classic 1997 album Homework changed their lives, and set them on a course of making music for the dance floor.

Cut to the present and the brothers, who are based in London, are working hard and living out their musical dreams. After making their debut in Ibiza in 2014, they’ve been able to bring their sound to clubs all over the world, including New York, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.

Today the duo release their hotly anticipated Music Off EP on Housekeeping, a red-hot event and label serving as residents at In The Dark at Hï Ibiza. We’re extremely pleased to world premiere the buzzy “Brotherhood Riff” from the release, a tech-house treasure overflowing with big-room vibes. Hit the play button below and enjoy.

Chaka Khan Drops First Official Single From iKhan Records

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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!