Caught in the net: New mixtape from a voice of the future


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I voted for Joey Bada$$ (pictured) in last year's BBC Sound of 2013 poll. He didn't make the list but I maintain the young Brooklyn rapper is a voice to listen out for. “Word Is Bond” is his new track, released last week and trailing his upcoming mixtape Summer Knights. Find it at Like his excellent mixtape 1999, still freely available at, the new single finds Bada$$ rhyming confidently over beats and samples, here provided by Statik Selektah, that recall the classic 1990s era hip hop of the likes of Nas' debut Illmatic – those piano loops are irresistible. As if to burnish his throwback credentials he references, among other things, George Pataki, the long-serving former Governor of New York, who first took office in 1995.

Brassy new album from Byrne and co

Fresh from last year's well received Love This Giant collaborative album, David Byrne and St Vincent have released a new five-track EP. In a nod to the brass instruments that provided much of the backdrop to last year's album, the new EP is called Brass Tactics. It features an unreleased song recorded in the Love This Giant sessions, two remixes and two songs recorded live on the pair's tour last autumn, including a version of Talking Head's “Road To Nowhere”. The EP is available at – it's a free download as long as you're not miserly with your email address.

A visual score that adds more

I'm a bit behind marking 100 years since the Paris premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, but it's not too late to catch up with such a remarkable piece of work. Over many years, the American musician, composer and software developer Stephen Malinowski has created interpretations/visualisations of music and musical notation. He's done this by analogue means and digitally via graphics, software and iPad apps. Among other things, he worked on the accompanying visuals to Bjork's last project Biophilia. Recently he created a gorgeous visual representation of the music of The Rite of Spring. High-tech in execution and lo-fi in look, the work is a thing of compelling beauty – of course the music itself, certainly helps. Watch it at and find an interview with Malinowski on at