Gaz Coombes: “Sub-Divider”
Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes has been on a roll since his Britpop band called it quits. As half of the HotRats he produced an excellent covers album in 2010, and now he’s offering this track from his upcoming solo debut. It starts out icy cool and wraps up with a blazing hot guitar solo. Suddenly life in a post-Supergrass world is looking very appealing.
Miguel: Art Dealer Chic, Vol 1 EP
This is a tragically short three-song EP from one of the hottest purveyors of R&B today. Thankfully, Miguel has promised two follow-ups. Pay special attention to "Gravity" (below), which is anything but stuck on the ground. [TheFader]
Midnight Magic: “Drop Me a Line”
A disco-funk throwback along the lines of Hercules & Love Affair—which isn’t surprising when you learn the two groups share some members. The accompanying video is an infomercial-chic delight.
Sheek Louch & Ghostface Killah: “Trading Places”
Sheek Louch of The LOX and Ghostface Killah of... you don’t need me to tell you that... trade verses on this track that is not as much of a tribute to the Eddie Murphy movie as I was hoping. [XXL]
Melanie Fiona ft. J. Cole: “This Time”
The recent Grammy-winning R&B songstress gets a big assist from hit-maker J. Cole, who sounds a lot happier here than he looked when he lost the Best New Artist Grammy. [XXL]
Don Trip: Guerrilla mixtape
One of XXL’s Freshman Class of 2012, Trip is most famous for frightening-but-impressive “Letter to My Son.” You can download his anticipated Guerrilla mixtape now and see what all the buzz is about. And check out Fuse's full appraisal of the Freshman Class of 2012 here. [TheFader]