A few days back the mysterious creator of ‘Jasmine’ and ‘BTSTU’, Jai Paul, seemingly (without warning) released his self-titled album. However, we held off on posting his supposed debut due to a series of rumours suggesting that the record was a fake. Sure enough, on Monday morning, Paul opened a twitter account in order to set the record straight and announced that the demos that were released were not uploaded by him and Jai Paul was not his debut album. Paul apparently had his laptop stolen and the tracks were subsequently uploaded and sold illegally on Bandcamp. XL, the label to which he is signed, has issued a statement-
“As widely reported, on Sunday 14th April, music by XL Recordings artist Jai Paul was illegally made available via a fake Bandcamp account. This music was not uploaded by Jai and it’s not his debut album – it is a collection of various unfinished recordings from Jai’s past.
Neither XL or Jai will take any money from the sale of this music. We have been working with Bandcamp and PayPal to resolve this situation and they have told us all purchases will be refunded within the next 7 days.”
The record has since been removed from Bandcamp. However, if you didn’t get a chance to grab it while it was still around, we’re sure the demos are floating around somewhere on the Interwebs. And we suggest that you search- the songs, though not official, are still fantastic. Two of Paul’s most well-known pieces were present on the album- have a listen below if you haven’t already.
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Lianne La Havas’s Forget has been reworked, tweaked, and skewed countless times by professional and amateur artists alike since it’s release; and when considering Lianne’s velvety vocal chords, one can easily understand why.
Self-proclaimed video game lover and American producer Laurel Halo draws her inspiration from the emergence of the information age, stating that her title ‘Halo’ is representative of “social networking and it’s glow of positivity” [Pitchfork]. Under the Kode 9 helmed label, HyperDub, Halo shapes her music into a harmonious blend of futuristic sound manipulation and wistful atmosphere.
Halo’s rework of La Havas’s Forget diverges far away from the original’s rock and roll roots, instead striving towards a technical and cohesive sound. In my opinion, Halo is very much successful in taking elements from the original and pairing them with her new ideas.
Download || Forget (Laurel Halo Remix) – Lianne La Havas [recommended]
According to Pitchfork‘s article, Death Grips member Zach Hill suggests that their website thirdworlds.net was shut down by Epic. The article also added (as an update) that the label denies that they were behind the site takedown.
Regardless of who did what, the album is receiving tremendous attention, with the first song at over 57k plays on Soundloud, not even 24 hours after being posted. Later in the day Pitchfork released another article titling ‘Deep Web’ as a ‘Best New Track’, as well as hitting number one on Bit Torrent’s most legally downloaded music for the first half of 2012.
Take a look at Death Grips’ twitter for other news, and listen/download the album below.
Aptly timed, Poolside returns with a breezy, easy going summer jam appropriate for those days where things seem to be moving in slow motion. “Slow Down” premiered on Pitchfork earlier today, along with a video featuring Poolside family, friends, and pets. The track is the first taste we’ve heard of their upcoming record, Pacific Standard Time, due July 9th.
While you’re at it, take a trip over to Poolside Music here to download their three latest nu-disco inspired mix tapes- one for the day, one for the night, and another dedicated to us ‘night people.’
Download || Slow Down – Poolside
This month, Nicolas Jaar‘s record label, which has recently evolved into something like a culture house, is dispensing those little cubes of music that we’ve been hearing so much about. Needless to say, they’ve already been snatched by the the eagerest of fans but according to Nico, more are already on the way.
“[The compilation will be released] in the form of an aluminum cube that fits in the palm of your hand … Designed by Jaar, the Prism format is meant to retain a physicality in music and promote connectivity, with two headphone jacks on either side of the rechargeable cube. Four buttons allow listeners to start, pause, and skip through tracks, much like the Playbutton format.” (via Pitchfork)
From what we hear, the second batch is currently in construction. However, while we’re waiting, to keep our ears sated and our anticipation high, Jaar has released a smaller gift. “Encore,” a piano-driven ditty, can be downloaded below or found over at Cloud and Sunset.