It looks like Marvel’s new Netflix series just got even cooler. Luke Cage will see none other than A Tribe Called Quest handling score duties. Before you run off to tell your friends the good news, stick around to see D’Angelo and Maya Rudolph cover Prince, J Dilla and Nas rap over a Madlib beat, Tim Heidecker belt out a rager, Azealia Banks strut through the Big Apple in a new video, Jamie xx team up with DJ Koze, and Tegan and Sara getting through an awkward video shoot for “Boyfriend”.
Marvel is hard at work on a new Netflix series called Luke Cage. The show premieres on September 30th, which means more news will be coming our way as secrets slip out. The newest? None other than Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and composer Adrian Younge have been using a full orchestra to create the show’s score. This isn’t the first time they’ve worked together either. They produced one of the tracks on Kendrick Lamar’s untitled album. Clearly the two have big things ahead of them, but we just wish we could hear a snippet of how good it sounds right now. [Reck News]
We’re still mourning Prince‘s passing, as much of the music world is. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon decided to pay yet another tribute to the iconic musician. D’Angelo joined Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum to perform a cover of Prince’s “Sometimes It Snows In April.” It’s somehow even more powerful than expected, flaunting the talent of those three onstage as well as Prince’s songwriting behind it all. The Purple One was very clearly The Perfect One, too. [Consequence of Sound]
At this year’s SXSW, Nas previewed a previously-unheard collaboration with J Dilla called “The Sickness.” The song saw Madlib behind the board with a mighty beat, bringing Dilla back into modern day in a way that seemed too fitting to be true. Now, that audio has an accompanying video. It’s full of doodles and tricks, the type of fancywork that keeps you engaged from beginning to end, all thanks to director Ruffmercy. Check it out above. [Pitchfork]
Tim & Eric aren’t all laughs. The comedy duo’s own Tim Heidecker will release an album next month called In Glendale. To give you a taste of what’s to come, he’s shared “Work From Home,” a laid-back country-style ballad that puts you right back in the late ’60s and early ’70s. In the song’s video, director Austin M. Kearns revisions the song as a one-shot clip where Heidecker delivers the lyrics via a long phone conversation. Imagine if he called you singing this. Now that would be some memorable promotion work. [Pitchfork]
It’s never been a matter of personality when it comes to Azealia Banks, but rather how she uses it. In the brand new video for her recent single “The Big Big Beat,” the rapper puts her ego to the test, dancing her way through New York City which such charm that it has us wishing we were right there by her side. The song comes off this year’s surprise mixtape, Slay-Z, and becomes a fully-formed beast in the clip directed by Matt Sukkar. Check it out above. [Rolling Stone]
Jamie xx is ready to drop more beats. The electronic musician and DJ announced he has a new released that comes in partnership with Kosi Kos, the alter ego of DJ Koze. It’s off Koze’s upcoming album, Pampa Vol. 1, that sees a whopping 19-song tracklist which you can hear in full this Friday. To tide you over, he and Jamie xx have shared their single off the album, “Come We Go,” which you can stream here. [Consequence of Sound]
Tegan and Sara inch closer to pop stardom with each release, and with their newest album, Love You to Death, they’re embracing that synthpop power with strength. “Boyfriend” sees them poke fun at love triangles, and the song’s video sees them poke fun at the music video shooting process, too. It’s all in good fun and plenty entertaining, especially for any Wednesday worries you may be stuck on. So chill out and check it out above. [Rolling Stone]
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