Caught in the Net: Rap with a little help from his friends

The Brooklyn rapper Theophilus London (below) released a new EP to iTunes this week. The five-track release "Lovers Holiday" is also previewing along with the rapper's own dissection of each song on the Spin website at ind.pn/hmZWyy. It cements the up-and-coming artist's twin reputations as a music insider and as a genre-blender with guest vocals and production from the likes of Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara, Glasser, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Dev Hynes and Solange Knowles. The cynic might quibble at the shameless flaunting of indie-hipster credentials (hip-hop for the Pitchfork generation etc...) but there are some nice pop-tones in there and a fine throwback 1980s synth sheen to the whole thing.

Only Kinetic

Last week the elder stateman rapper/producer RZA put a brief message on Twitter (@RZAWU), "Wu-Disciples, check Kinetics kickstarter, show some love. Young brother bringin you new tracks! PEACE! http://goo.gl/iv9hP". The link led to a music pledge site for the rapper Kinetic 9 of the Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated group Killarmy. The rapper plans to release a new free download record this month, but before that he is trying to raise money for its production and post-production from fan donations through the Kickstarter website. With only a week to go in his pledge-drive Kinetic 9 was a good $2,000 short of his $3,000 target. Hopefully, the music will still see the light of day.

Surrender to the new beat

Chaz Bundwick, aka the electro-pop outfit Toro y Moi, has a new album out on 22 February. The record, his second, is another wave of hazy electro jams that also showcases his emerging song writing abilities. It's called Underneath the Pine and ahead of its release the whole thing is streaming on Urban Outfitters' blog at ind.pn/fcRT8t. On the site, there's also a video for excellent lead single "New Beat". And while you're at it the South Carolina native has also dropped a new mix for Fact magazine at ind.pn/gfng6x.

Cat Power emerges with a new song

Cat Power last released an album in 2008. That covers-filled record, Jukebox, featured only one of Chan Marshall's own compositions It's five years since her classic LP The Greatest. Fans starved of new Cat Power material having been waiting with baited breath for new music from the singer; an album is reportedly due this year. This week a video surfaced from a recent Cat Power gig in San Francisco, with Marshall and her band playing an unknown song – ind.pn/gtzOeS. Her label, Matador, have since confirmed it as a new song. The track is a slow-burner with piano and guitar rumbling along with a soft vocal, reminiscent of the quiet tracks on 2003's You Are Free.

l.ryan@independent.co.uk

Arts and Entertainment
Billie Piper as Brona in Penny Dreadful
tvReview: It’s business as usual in Victorian London. Let’s hope that changes as we get further into the new series spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
No Offence
tvReview: No Offence has characters who are larger than life and yet somehow completely true to life at the same time spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
The Queen (Kristin Scott Thomas) in The Audience
theatreReview: Stephen Daldry's direction is crisp in perfectly-timed revival
Arts and Entertainment

Will Poulter will play the shape-shifting monsterfilm
Arts and Entertainment

books
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
    General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

    On the margins

    From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
    Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

    'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

    Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
    Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

    Why patients must rely less on doctors

    Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
    Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

    Flesh in Venice

    Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
    11 best anti-ageing day creams

    11 best anti-ageing day creams

    Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
    Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

    Juventus vs Real Madrid

    Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
    Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

    Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

    Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
    Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

    Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

    Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

    Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
    China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

    China's influence on fashion

    At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
    Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

    The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

    Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
    Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

    Rainbow shades

    It's all bright on the night
    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power