ICYMI: This week in music – July 14

Meg Mac’s debut arrives, there’s a new Eminem album and a top electronic producer drops new music. Here’s what what may have missed this week.

Meg Mac delivers the Low Blows

It’s been a long wait for Mag Mac’s debut album. The singer/songwriter from Melbourne took the spotlight after winning a triple j Unearthed competition to play at Falls Festival in 2014 and receiving the triple j unearthed artist of the year the same year. Since then, we’ve been drip fed singles and EPs, but now Meg has released her debut album, Low Blows.

Low Blows is out today and Meg took to social media to share the excitement.

These are the tracks Meg uploaded to triple j Unearthed: Known Better (2012) and Every Lie (2013).

She will embark on a national tour in September to support Low Blows.

Urban Beats

Quite a bit of hip hop news this week:

The Defiant Ones, an HBO four-part documentary exploring the careers of Dr Dre and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine has let slip that Dr Dre is working on a new Eminem album. The director of The Defiant Ones, Allen Hughes, praised Dr Dre’s work ethic and accidentally announced the news:

“He’s always painting. Right now he’s producing, in the 11th hour, a track for Eminem’s latest album. So Dre’s still real active in music, you know? It’s the truth,” he said.

Check the trailer for The Defiant Ones below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT5FeylUWO0

Dr Dre also release a new song alongside the show. Gunfiyah is the first new music from the legendary hip hop producer since 2015’s Compton.

Tyler, The Creator, has released Boredom which will feature on his fourth album Scum Fuck Flowerboy. He rose to fame through the hip hop collective Odd Future. The group has said that despite break up rumours Odd Future is still together. Odd Future’s last release was The OF Tape Vol 2 in 2012; since then various members have pursued solo careers.

Scum Fuck Flowerboy will release July 21, though the album has already leaked online. Lyrics of one track apparently reference Tyler’s sexuality – a question no-one seems very sure about.

Boredom is the second track released by the rapper . The first, Who Dat Boy dropped only two weeks ago and features A$AP Rocky.

And finally, Eric B. & Rakim fans rejoice! Paid In Full, the debut album from the legendary New York hip hop duo is getting itself a reissue on a ‘money green’ 12″. Sadly, the limited pressing of 500 copies worldwide has sold out; good news is that this sort of release always ends up on eBay or Discogs sooner or later.

Paid In Full was released in 1987, during the golden age of hip hop and landed at #228 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Rakim was credited as  a major influence on future hip hop names such as Wu-Tang Clan and Nas. Eric B. and Rakim played a reunion show at New York’s Apollo theatre last week, the first time the duo have performed together in 20 years, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic album. It was filmed to be released as a concert film and documentary.

Aphex Twin shows love for Korg

Aphex Twin has dropped a brand new track, korg funk 5. 

Alongside the track is an interview between Aphex Twin (real name is Richard D. James) and an ex-Korg engineer Tatsuya Takahashi. The two chat about the Korg synthesizer, Richard and Tatsuya collaborating and many other things. Last month, Aphex Twin began a countdown on his website, leaving many to speculate what would happen when the timer ended. Maybe this collaboration is what that Richard was counting down to.

LA electronica producer and singer/songwriter Empress Of has released a new track,  Go To Hell. Empress Of is the project of Lorely Rodriguez, who released her highly praised debut album Me in 2015. Go To Hell is the second single Empress Of has released since Me. Last year she dropped Woman Is A Word.

Nina Las Vegas, former triple j host of House Party and Mix Up Exclusive, has dropped an new track, Freeze debuting on THE FADER.  Since leaving triple j in 2015, Nina has created her own record label, NLV Records and released her Ezy Or Never EP.

SoundCloud’s financial woes

The music streaming platform SoundCloud, known for its plethora of remixes, is apparently in a bit of financial difficulty. An article by TechCrunch painted a chaotic scene over at SoundCloud which recently laid off staff and closed some offices. TechCrunch said the company has enough money to last only 80 days. SoundCloud dismissed the allegations as containing an “extensive number of inaccuracies”.

The heavy stuff

Thrash metal veterans Slayer are working on the follow up to 2015’s Repentless. In an interview with Revolver magazine, guitarist and co-founder Kerry King said the band has about six or eight song recorded: “Some [songs] with vocals, some with leads, but all with keeper guitar, drums and bass. So when those songs get finished lyrically, if the lyrics don’t change the songs, they’ll be ready to be on the next record.”

Slayer formed in 1981 and are one of the most successful and influential metal bands of all time. They are one of The Big Four thrash metal bands, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. This next album will be the band’s 13th album. Slayer’s 1986 album Reign In Blood was No 6 in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.

Moving away from thrash metal and onto sometime a little more mellow, Circa Survive  will release their sixth album Amulet this September 22.

The band have released the first single from the album, Lustration.

Circa Survive recently completed a 10th anniversary tour of their second album, On Letting Go. – Compiled from online sources by Ben Rochlin

Top photo from Meg Mac’s Facebook.

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