Kanye samples Arthur Russell, Lafawndah plays town crier, and Charli XCX teams up with SOPHIE
You probably missed some of the incredible music that came out over the past four weeks, and that’s OK: Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo has dominated the news cycle and instantly overshadowed basically every other new release. So you might not have noticed that Kindness released a stunning new single for charity based on the story of a Syrian refugee he met in London, or that Connan Mockasin dropped a downright weird cover of a lost new romantic song from 1981, or that Charli XCX and SOPHIE teamed to make some sleek, shiny, high-definition pop music together.
And while you probably have heard The Life of Pablo, you might not have known that one of the album’s highlights, “30 Hours”, was based around a sample of legendary avant-garde musician Arthur Russell. All these tracks are collected in our latest playlist, which also features new songs from some lesser-known musicians and up-and-coming talent, including an insanely catchy new single from Kero Kero Bonito (the best, and possibly only Anglo-Japanese, rap trio to emerge from south London’s suburbs), trance-worshipping UK artist Ana Caprix, and fearless Norwegian experimentalist Susanna.