Frank Ocean – Nikes (2016)


“I got two versions. I got twoooo versions,” Frank Ocean wrote in April 2015 announcing his new LP, then titled Boys Don’t Cry. That lyric reemerged early Saturday morning in “Nikes,” the first video off the singer’s follow-up to 2012’s Channel Orange and the first evidence that Ocean has more new music planned than his surprise “visual album” Endless.

“Nikes” boasts an array of tantalizing images, including self-immolation, semi-NSFW nudity, wild and glittery nights out and a rapping Chihuahua. The video also features a cameo by A$AP Rocky holding a photo of the late A$AP Yams, plus tributes to Pimp C and Trayvon Martin (“That nigga looked just like me,” Ocean sings.)

Keeping with the “two versions” motif, “Nikes” has Ocean singing as a pair of different guises, one a sped-up vocal, the other slowed down, with the two distinct voices weaving alongside and contrasting each other over the song’s first half. Midway through, Ocean’s unadulterated voice steps in. “We’re not in love / But I make love to you / When you’re not here / I save some for you / I’m not him, but I mean something to you,” Ocean sings.

The video ends with self-immolating Ocean – or at least someone wearing the same Jenny Holzer shirt as Ocean – being extinguished.

Metallica – Hardwired (2016)


It really does exist! We know it’s been a long time coming, but today we proudly introduce you to Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, the long awaited next Metallica studio album that is the follow-up to Death Magnetic! Two discs, nearly 80 minutes of music is coming your way on November 18, 2016… yes, THIS YEAR!

Hardwired… represents the next phase of our journey as Metallica and we are so excited to share it with you. If anyone was tuned into radio station 93X in Minneapolis earlier today, you heard the world debut of the first track, “Hardwired” and we’re hoping you’ll hear a lot more of it in the coming days. Produced by Greg Fidelman, along with James and Lars, this is our 11th studio album and is available for pre-order in a variety of configurations including 12 songs on a double CD, vinyl, digital download, as well as a deluxe version with the riffs that were the origins of the album. Everyone who pre-orders the album through will receive an instant download of the song “Hardwired.”

Danny Brown – When It Rain (2016)


Danny’s third studio album sees guest features from Kelela, Cypress Hill member B-Real, Petite Noir, as well as verses from Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt on the track ‘Really Doe’. Production comes from from frequent collaborator Paul White, alongside contributions from Evian Christ, The Alchemist and Black Milk.