There’s a new artist offering up fast-flowing intentionally-nonsensical lyrics over old school hip-hop beats. London-based Barny Fletcher is just 20 years old and though relatively new to rapping, he has already found himself signed to TAP, home of Dua Lipa and Lana Del Rey, with a whole lot of music industry eyes fixed firmly on his progress. Having first showcased his skills on the eccentric DOUGH at the tail end of last year, he just followed up with Christ Flow, the first single from his forthcoming debut mixtape.
From the same village and with the same friends since the first year of school, side by side they formed their first gangs and they very probably partied together for the first time at Turnmills and Fabric. Chris and Liam are like the yin and yang: each of them has something of each other. Just as Taoist concepts are deep-rooted in the ancient rural religions, their intricate and atmospheric music also has something a little rural about it. Swap China for their native Hertfordshire, a county that has the motto “trust and fear not”. Their tracks aim for infinity: they move majestically conquering cities such as New Delhi, Sydney and Lisbon, they play at synthetic electronic music and organic jazz clubs, they were recruited by Khruangbin and even seduced the queen Lana Del Rey with a remix. Anything to establish their own kingdom: Maribou State.
The Last Shadow Puppets co-frontman Miles Kane is back with a new solo album, his first in five years. Coup De Grace follows 2013’s Don’t Forget Who You Are and arrives on June 8th via Virgin EMI.
As a preview to the release, Kane has shared the lead single, “Loaded”. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by John Congelton (St. Vincent), the track was co-written with Lana Del Rey and Jamie T. In a press release, Kane describes the hooky, guitar-laden tune as “upbeat and kind of punky.” His last single is ‘Coup de Gras’.
When you reach the end of an A$AP Rocky record, you can imagine him walking unperturbed towards the camera while everything he leaves behind him explodes. Like all the best action films, the music is pure entertainment: adrenalin highs, spectacular moments, timely slow-motion or high speed tension, sentimental digressions, food for thought… A feast of ideas and sound discoveries that are only within the reach of an artist who is conscious that he is at the top of his game. This is only a partial portrait of Rakim Mayers: he is the REAL DEAL. He directs his own videos (and those of any of the A$AP Mob family), he turns each and every one of his verses into an urban poetry Faberge egg; he produces under the pseudonym Lord Flacko (or variations including Pretty Flacko) under which he collaborates with Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Tyler, The Creator and Lana del Rey; he can go from a frenetic staccato on one track and move into teasing boudoir confessions on the next. There are not many artists with the authority to afford such luxuries. Why can he? Because he can. Because he is the man.
American pop diva Lana Del Rey, who’s created an aura of a cult star around herself, especially since the release of her 2011 release ‘Video Games’ and her languid retro look, comes to Barcelona during her ‘La to the Moon’ tour as she presents her fifth album, ‘Lust for Life’ (2017). No doubt her most ardent fans will be queuing up at Palau Sant Jordi for days, come rain or come shine, to get as close as they can to one of the biggest fan phenomena in recent times, and on top of that she’s touring what could be her best album to date. Before we will enjoy Cat Power.
Lana Del Rey’s covered a song by Madonna, but it might not be a track you were expecting.
She’s taken on a song from ‘Evita’ while contributing to Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s new album ‘Unmasked: The Platinum Collection’, which sees a bunch of artists doing their own covers of his show tunes. She’s offered up a version of ‘You Must Love Me’ (the only track in the movie that wasn’t also featured in the stage play).