FKA twigs releases sophomore LP, ‘MAGDALENE,’ produced alongside Nicholas Jaar, Skrillex, Cashmere Cat, and more

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FKA twigs releases sophomore LP, ‘MAGDALENE,’ produced alongside Nicholas Jaar, Skrillex, Cashmere Cat, and moreFka Twigs Holy Terrain Future Single Stream 1

FKA twigs has released her highly anticipated sophomore album, Magdalene, which features a stacked lineup of producers like Skrillex, Nicholas Jaar, Cashmere Cat, Sounwave, Benny Blanco, Noah Goldstein, Jack Antonoff, Kenny Beats, and many other talented sound engineers.

The follow-up to her 2014 LP1 was announced during the summer, with the release of “holy terrain” featuring Future. She revealed the album was a three-year project made during a period of physical and emotional recovery, and it’s about every lover she’s ever had and will continue to have. It’s a fragile piece with a sense of defiance and strength at the same time, partially inspired by Mary Magdalene’s story.

Magdalene is a nine-track work alongside the previously released singles “Cellophane,” “home with you,” “holy terrain,” and “sad day.”

FKA twigs delivers new Skrillex-produced Future collaboration, ‘Holy Terrain’

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Ahead of her upcoming LP Magdalene, FKA twigs has dropped off a surprise collaboration with Future titled “Holy Terrain,” with production credits from Skrillex and Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff. The track finds FKA twigs gliding over a minimal, moody hip-hop beat while Future accents twigs’ vocalizing with distant ad libs before delivering his own spacey, auto-tuned bridge verse.

“Holy Terrain” is another portfolio diversifying piece from Skrillex who has spent the summer on a scorching release streak, most recently a floor-primed dance cut with Ty Dolla $ign and Boys Noize. This latest offering is the OWSLA head’s most reserved cut of the summer, effortlessly matching FKA twigs’ chilling vocal performance.

Magdalene is set to be released on October 25. It will be twigs’ first long-player since 2014’s LP1. In addition to Skrillex, Future and Antonoff’s contribution to the record, Nicolas Jaar, Cashmere Cat, and other taste-makers are credited with appearances on the forthcoming album. See the video for “Holy Terrain” below.

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Nicolas Jaar assists on forthcoming FKA twigs album, ‘Magdalene’

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Composer Nicolas Jaar has never shied away from exploratory realms of music with his prolific discography of experimental releases, club world surveillance, and movements under alias Against All Logic. When FKA twigs revealed in an interview with i-D that Jaar had lent a hand on her newest studio album Magdalene, the notion of the two forces of eccentricity made instant and utter sense.

Magdalene is FKA’s first full-length LP since 2014’s LP1. The self-produced album came to fruition during a period of solitude for FKA, reaching its completion across stints in London, New York, and Los Angeles. FKA notes in the interview that she began work on Magdalene three years ago, pre-dominantly alongside Jaar and a sundry of other contributors. Future also appears on the album on track, “Holy Terrain.”

“The record is about every lover that I’ve ever had, and every lover that I’m going to have”, FKA stated. “It’s really fragile. I made it at a time when I was in recovery – physically and emotionally – and I think that comes through.”

Magdalene will be released this fall on Young Turks.

H/T: Pitchfork

Breakaway Festival promises multi-genre experience with 2019 festival series

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Breakaway Music Festival returns this summer with an extensive litany of hip-hop and electronic acts alike. Facilitated by Prime Social Group, one of North America’s rising festival promoters, the company has seen increasing success over the years, expanding Breakaway from its flagship event in Columbus, Ohio, to Nashville, Tennessee for the first time in 2018. Breakaway also recently branched into Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, amassing some 65,000 attendees in 2018 alone.

The latest run of Breakaway shows kicks off in Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium August 23-24, and boasts an impressive bill including Future, Young Thug, Matoma, Louis The Child, Bassnectar, TroyBoi, Christian French, and more. The upcoming Columbus edition also promises an enticing Silent Disco experience, with a variety of DJs wiring tunes to headphones throughout the weekend. Breakaway’s Michigan edition in Grand Rapids takes place the same days, with Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Gigantic as a few headliners. It hits Charlotte, North Carolina in October, and returns to Nashville the following week.

2019 has proven another promising year for Prime Social Group organizers, who have produced over 800 events around the globe. General on-sale tickets for each of the festivals are available here.

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Diplo hops back in the studio with Madonna for ‘Future,’ with Quavo

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Diplo‘s tag line, “Random white dude be everywhere,” is no joke. From appearing in the new Detective Pikachu movie, to debuting the very first album as the production backbone of power trio, LSD, to working on the presumed last Major Lazer album, Diplo’s schedule this year indicates no idle hours.

And for his next trick, Diplo has rendezvoused with Madonna yet again, for her new track, “Future,” featuring Quavo, of Migos. This isn’t the first Diplo-assisted Madonna original, either. The Mad Decent maestro shared production credits with Sophie for Madonna’s cheeky, 2015 declaration, “Bitch I’m Madonna.” The first single from her forthcoming album, “Future” exudes a Caribbean dancehall style in a similar vein as Diplo’s radio-ready Major Lazer efforts. The impending album, Madame X, housed by Interscope Records, will be Madonna’s first in four years

Future drops surprise Zaytoven-produced mixtape, ‘BEASTMODE 2’

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Imagine the slew of unreleased material Future and his choice producer, Zaytoven, have in the pipeline. In a recent interview with The FADER, Zaytoven actually did divulge on the workaholic’s ammo, revealing they’ve recorded roughly 100 songs over the past three years. A lot of those tracks were then sat on for their new offering, BEASTMODE 2, and after much deliberation, they decided to keep it “short and sweet,” releasing an album with just nine tracks.

It’s easy to understand the significance of conciseness in hip-hop by comparing Future’s effort to Drake‘s recent undertaking — admittedly a notable achievement from the Toronto-based talent, but a padded, deeply-advertised 24-track double-album nonetheless. It’s a bit humbling then to have a rapper release an album with just nine songs. Future and Zaytoven’s effort is simply their own approach to artistic integrity.

When the pair linked in 2015 for their original collaborative project, Beast Mode, the Atlanta-based rapper was on a hot streak. Fast forward two years, and that same steam has still yet to wear off. Beast Mode came right in the middle of what is now a historic string of releases for Future. He followed up with his self-titled, HNDRXX and Super Slimey, just to name a few, and now BEASTMODE 2 comes on the heels of Future’s work on the soundtrack for the movie Superfly. Considering the rapper’s timeline and trajectory, it’s no small wonder that beast mode was the title of these works — he certainly is on his game.

Rick Ross – Green Gucci Suit ft Future

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Maybach Music founder Rick Ross has linked up with longtime friend and collaborator Future on a new track, “Green Gucci Suit.” The two internationally revered rappers have appeared on a multitude of singles together, whether featured on tracks like those on DJ Khaled‘s albums Grateful and Major Key, on tracks like Ace Hood’s “Bugatti,” or supporting one another on albums, like Future’s appearances on Rick Ross’ 2017 Rather You Than Me.

“Green Gucci Suit” opens with an ’80s, Miami Vice feel, a potential nod at its upcoming feature on Ross’ Port of Miami II. The album, announced in March, will be the follow up to Ross’ debut 2006 album Port of Miami, with a release date to be announced.

Lost Lake Festival returns to Phoenix with impeccably curated sophomore lineup

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Phoenix is quickly becoming an enticing west coast festival market. Last year found Superfly, the events powerhouse behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, planting their flag in the desert with the inaugural Lost Lake Festival in the heart of Phoenix’s downtown district. Now, Lost Lake is back for a second edition in 2018, led by a stacked talent roster topped by Future, The Chainsmokers, rap’s current lead female SZA, and pop-rockers Imagine Dragons. Highlights on this year’s bill include Nas, Louis The Child, Mija, A$AP Ferg, Cashmere Cat, and T-Pain.

Bringing over 40 acts across October 19 – 21, Lost Lake boasts a uniquely curated festival experience, blending top-notch hip-hop, electronic music, and rock with a heavy emphasis on Phoenix’s burgeoning arts and culinary scenes. With festival amenities that include a marketplace to discover local artisans and creators, a philanthropic component with FOUNDation and an entire culinary experience dubbed Phoenix Flavors, Lost Lake applies just as much emphasis on its host city as its lineup. From Janelle Monáe and Young Thug to local favorites Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra and Jimmy Eat World, Lost Lake drops off one of the most diverse lineups of the summer for their 2018 installment.

Outside Lands reveals The Weeknd, ODESZA, DJ Snake, Jamie xx & more atop 2018 bill

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Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.

Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season  — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest  — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.

The Weeknd is set to perform, where he’s likely to play out his recent slew of new material which features the aid of Nicolas Jaar, Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Gesaffelstein. Both Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson front the bill with performances that will be nothing less than excellent and the lineup also promises a plethora of beloved dance acts. From ODESZA, Chromeo, and Claptone, to DJ Snake, Jamie xx, Tycho, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Gryffin, Lauv, and Whethan, Outside Lands is a music lover’s oeuvre in its late-summer installment.

More information and tickets, which are available starting at 10 a.m. PST April 5, can be found here.


New study attributes increase in MDMA use to hip hop’s lyrical glorification of “Molly”

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Future’s 2017 single, “Mask Off” had hip hop fans ardently chanting the song’s substance centered chorus, “Percocets, Molly, Percocets” shortly after its May release. The track eventually worked its way into the festival sets of electronic artists like Marshmello, with its integration in the electronic sphere contributing to its further popularization.

“Mask Off” is but one of many hip hop songs to mention MDMA, and as a recent study has newly determined, hip-hop’s lyrical glorification of the party drug has led to an increase in the number of new users that try the stimulant for the first time.

Published in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, the study surveyed African American young adults who have used molly in the past. The study went on to determine that 82% of the study participants credited hip-hop music as a key influence in their decision to take molly.

Study participants noted that the proliferation of hip-hop lyrics that portray MDMA as a chic, fun drug contributed to their comfort in trying it. “I’m just trying to party like a rock star, not get strung out,” one of the study participants noted, “Whenever they [rappers] mentioned it [molly], they are either partying, drinking [alcohol], smoking [weed], or having sex. All the things I love to do the most. I never heard about anyone getting addicted or dying. That made me feel better about trying it.”

And yet despite MDMA’s convivial representation in hip hop lyrics, Khary Rigg, a PhD and professor of mental health law and policy at the University of South Florida reminds listeners that while Molly is “not as dangerous as opioids,” the substance continues to be “linked to psychiatric problems, sexual risk taking and adverse health outcomes like seizures, irregular heartbeat, hyperthermia and even death.”

The study’s focus on the molly use of African American participants offers researchers insight on how hip hop music can influence patterns of MDMA use among the African American population — studies concerning MDMA use have previously focused on white, European, and electronic music listeners involved in dance culture.

“The behaviors of millennial African Americans are probably the most likely to be influenced by hip-hop music as the artists themselves are typically from that demographic,” adds Dr. Rigg. “This suggests that rappers may be effective sources for prevention, health promotion, and harm reduction messages aimed at African Americans.”

Whether top grossing rappers fond of name dropping “Molly” in their songs will refrain from the drug’s mention will remain to be seen, and is perhaps doubtful, the study nonetheless spotlights the power of lyrical suggestion.

H/T: Medical Press