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The boys of N i G H T S continue their streak of hot releases. Their latest comes fresh off the 2 track EP with the single “Boyband”  and a B-side track “Mojo.” The two have created waves with their R&B/Electronica style, but have given us a fresh new sound bending the Hip-Hop genre.

Posed as a spotlight for rappers and vocalists stamped with the SOULECTION seal of approval, the recent launch of the brand’s Black Label imprint gives the North American powerhouse a chance to refine an otherwise on/off run of release from the brand throughout 2018. Cut from the label’s inaugural EP, LA-collective Hablot Brown take center stage alongside multi-talented Londoner Maths Time Joy for ‘Reason’ – a surefire sign that SOULECTION is back on track. Lucious guitar licks and impeccable vocal finesse dress this soulful slice of instrumentally refined R&B, giving a pretty solid indicator that Black Label isn’t to be marked as a half measure venture from Joe Kay’s gang.

First, there was the whisper of a brand new album for Chicago mainstay and independent poster boy Chance The Rapper. Then, at the speed of a tweet, there wasn’t. Chance runs an unconventional camp where distribution is concerned, but what fans got instead of a finished LP was literally ‘4 New Songs.’ Signs of life? Absolutely. Anything more than a handful of tracks cut from the ‘maybe’ pile of a recent A&R meeting? No. The more traditional sample work and conversational mannerism of ‘I Might Need Security’ make it the most interesting of this unsuspecting outbreak of material. ‘Work Out’ sounds like Wyclef on speed, ‘Wala Cam’ contemporary without charisma, and ’65th & Ingleside’ a crescendo-laden dose of electronic soul featuring some of the Chi legend’s famous vocal flare. Having not played the Apple Music exclusive card this round, all can hear the promising sounds of Chance (hopefully) getting ready to start gearing towards a formal follow-up to Colouring Book rather than blessing us with B-sides.

You might remember Abu Ashley from before when we wrote about his track “Asmaa.” Now he shares his highly anticipated debut EP by the same name, which is out now on [par.ka] records. Really interesting tidbit about the EP – it was engineered by Tanner Ross (Soul Clap/Wolf + Lamb) who we’ve had the distinct pleasure of interviewing before here at Discobelle. Comprised of two originals along with two remixes, Abu’s Asmaa EP is experimental yet club-friendly, minimalistic yet meticulously intricate. Stream the full EP below.

Asmaa EP Tracklisting:
A1 – Asmaa (Original Mix)
B1 – Asmaa (Alexi Delano Remix)
B2 – Hussein Online (Vinyl Mix)
* Nado Heights (Original Mix) [Digital Exclusive]

Abu’s homegrown Middle Eastern flair for music and fashion helped him develop the signature habibi house sound he’s been championing. The past few months has seen Abu spin everywhere from the infamous Output in Brooklyn down to the Shore Club in Miami, where he’s shared the decks alongside dance music greats like Matthew Dear, Tiga, Pearson Sound, Dusky, and Kim Ann Foxman. He’ll be performing a Boiler Room set on Wednesday, July 30th and again at Le Bain on August 4th before jetting over to Europe later this summer where he’ll be opening up for Crystal Castles during Berlin Music Week.

City Calm Down

Nov 12 2013

City Calm Down from Melbourne – a confident new electronic quartet that kicked an impressive goal with the sonorous Movements EP late last year – line up a new double A-side release. Catch a taste below.

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Keep your eye out for a complete LP of overcast panoramas from this mob early in 2014.