Last month, Nigerian pop futurist Burna Boy released the excellent album African Giant. It featured collaborations from around the global black-music spectrum, and one of those artists was Jorja Smith, the London R&B singer and past Drake collaborator. That pairing made sense, and today, they’re running it back. Jorja Smith’s new single is a percolating, … More »
With a number of hit singles under his belt and a forever viral Coachella performance, Whethan is cruising through 2018 at a healthy speed. The most recent additions to his growing discography includes a bootleg of Clairo‘s “Pretty Girl” and a hit single with Oh Wonder entitled “Superlove,” which gained him fast traction for the launch of his “Life of a Wallflower” US tour.
Before he hits the road on September 13, the Chicago-born prodigy will take proctor a poolside party at Splash House‘s second weekend of 2018, a multi-venue festival-style event held at select resorts in Palm Springs. To compliment the upcoming performance, Whethan’s provided us with a selection of songs from his personal rotation that have summer vibes written all over them. The young beatmaker dished to DA regarding his new Orbit playlist,
“I’m super excited for Splash House. I’ve never played before, but I’ve seen videos and I’m looking forward to an exciting weekend. Here are a handful of songs to jam to this summer that I’ve personally had on repeat. Hope you enjoy.”
Whethan’s Orbit series contribution includes a diverse assortment of jams including old school Calvin Harris, the new heater from Childish Gambino, a track from upcoming English vocalist Jorja Smith, of course some music from Whethan himself, and more. This year’s Splash House commences on August 10 — fans can purchase their tickets here.
Every year, a cabal of UK music-business types gets together to figure out which album gets the Mercury Prize. The Prize, probably the most prestigious award of its kind, recognizes what it considers to be the best album of the year by a British or Irish act. The award has been around since 1992, and … More »
A couple months back I named Jorja Smith one of the new queens of UK R&B (along with “Boo’d Up” breakout star Ella Mai) on the strength of her debut album Lost & Found, a smoothly simmering collection informed by jazzy ’90s hip-hop and neo-soul. It was a statement of longevity from Smith after … More »
“Boo’d Up” is blowing up. Ella Mai’s sumptuous ’90s R&B throwback, first released way back in February 2017 as the opening track of her Ready EP, is on its second week at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. The slow-burn success story had its genesis in Spotify and Apple playlist placement but … More »
“Get It Together” was one of the best tracks on Drake’s 2017 playlist More Life, thanks to its two relatively unknown featured artists: African house producer Black Coffee and English R&B singer Jorja Smith. Smith’s gorgeous vocals made her a sought-after collaborator; she appears on Kali Uchis’ most recent album, as well as the … More »