- by Variance Staff
- March 5, 2013
British quartet Rudimental on Thursday released a new track, "Waiting All Night," featuring Ella Eyre. The new cut follows previous releases "Feel the Love," featuring John Newman, and "Not Giving In," featuring John Newman and Alex Clare (both of which are multi-platinum in Australia), as well as "Hell Could Freeze," featuring rapper Angel Haze.
Following a big month for Frank Ocean with wins at the Grammys and Best International Male Artist at the Brits, the channel ORANGE artist revealed that he was "10, 11 songs" into his upcoming sophomore album. "It's another cohesive thing, bordering on a concept record again," he added. In the meantime, a new, previously unreleased track had leaked online. The guitar-featuring song is reportedly one of the tracks that ultimately did not make it onto ORANGE.
Following an EP that debuted last summer, Hudson (aka David Hudson) on Tuesday released his latest single, titled "Chained." While his previous material showcased a softer sound, the new track introduces a grittier albeit polished tune, with more mature, gravely vocals that suggest a stronger rock influence.
Emeli Sandé, who has previously praised the way her rap collaborators connect with their audience, has added another to the mix. The Scottish songbird has teamed up with West Coast MC Kendrick Lamar for a remix of "Next to Me," a track originally off her debut LP, Our Version of Events.
Phoenix on Monday debuted their first single off the forthcoming album, Bankrupt! The catchy new track, "Entertainment," premiered on BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe show.
It's only a day late, but The-Dream on Tuesday released the lead single off his forthcoming album, Fourplay. The new track, "Slow It Down," sees the singer-songwriter-producer collaborating once again with Fabolous. The-Dream previously told us at the Grammys that he had anticipated being able to release the new cut on Thursday, in time for Valentine's Day. He had actually hoped to have released the entire album earlier than it's upcoming May 7 debut, telling Variance on Sunday, "Have to force the label's hand—those guys."
Days after their icy Grammys appearance, The Civil Wars have unveiled new music. The duo comprised of Joy Williams and John Paul White on Wednesday unleashed "Long Time Gone," a collaboration with T Bone Burnett. It is the first of 14 tracks on the A Place At The Table soundtrack, featuring original songs and music by The Civil Wars and Burnett. The soundtrack releases Feb. 26.
San Fernando Valley sister trio Haim on Tuesday released a new song, "Falling," the title track off their forthcoming new EP, which arrives April 1 via Polydor. As we previously reported, the group originally debuted this track live last month during a performance for BBC Radio 1. It is now available for streaming and purchase.
Scottish outfit Chvrches have only released a handful of songs, but their fan base continues to grow. And with good reason. The trio—made up of Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry—recently took the No. 5 spot on BBC's Sound of 2013 poll, and as we revealed earlier this week, they will also be performing this May alongside a ridiculously good Sasquatch Festival lineup in Washington state.
Drake has taken a page from Kanye West's playbook, releasing on Friday evening his new single "Started From the Bottom." The track, which is set to release for purchase following next Sunday's Grammy awards, is the first cut off his yet-untitled new album. In a post to his October's Very Own blog, the rapper-actor acknowledged that songs and artwork for the album are already in the works, as is a tour.
As if January didn't already have enough great music news and upcoming albums announced, Sam Beam (aka Iron & Wine) has announced his new album Ghost On Ghost will arrive this spring. And to make this last day of January just a little bit better, Beam is offering the first new track off the set, "Lovers' Revolution," which can be heard below.