You saw all the other stuff. There’s what else happened today.
Zayn’s Mind of Mine is out today
Here’s to the best rebrand in pop has seen since... Justin Bieber’s Purpose, though “Pillowtalk” is certainly no “Sorry”, but “It’s You” aims for something grander. Something along the lines of James Blake, only not as pretentious. Anyway, Mind of Mine is out today, it’s going to be huge, and we can’t look away. Go on, give it a gander:
Ty Dolla Sign Shares Free TC Bonus Tracks
Free TC was an admirable mess, and an enjoyable one. Shouldn’t come as a surprise that its bonus tracks are capital-F Fun. The standout here is “Westside”, which ushers in summer in a way few tracks have recently. Check them out below:
ASAP Ferg has a new album coming, but here’s a video for monster single with Schoolboy Q, “Let It Bang”
ASAP Ferg surprised many people when his album Trap Lord turned out to be the best album to come out of ASAP Rocky’s ASAP Mob squad. A followup to that album has been announced: Always Strive and Prosper. Solid advice.
Always Strive and Prosper is out April 22, and you can get a sweet, sweet taste today, just click on the video below. First single “Let It Bang”, featuring Black Hippy Schoolboy Q (who has an album out this year btw).
Katy B drops “I Wanna Be”, confirmed: does not sample the Spice Girls jam. :(
Katy B is dropping a collaboration-centric album/“project” called Honey at the end of April and she’s been slowly leaking it online for a few months now. Here’s the latest drip-drop. It’s called “I Wanna Be” and we feel it’s a missed opportunity for a Spice Girls interpolation. The Spice Girls were so good, guys.
The song is co-credited to Chris Lorenzo, a producer prominent in the Midlands bassline scene, who peddles something he calls “house & bass” and describes it as “heavy bass tones and a very speed garage-influenced sound, and lots of low, resonant warps and basses”. Or something along the lines of Rihanna’s 2010 single “Only Girl (In The World)”. At least that’s where “I Wanna Be” lands. Never a bad thing.
The Field shares massive, meditative single “Reflecting Lights”
Swedish producer Axel Willner, better known as The Field, will release his new album The Follower on April 1. Here’s the closing track, “Reflecting Lights”, which goes on for a varied 14 minutes. There’s a gamut of emotions on display here. It’s certainly nothing I’ve ever heard from Willner’s music before. Carve out a quarter-hour and listen: