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Flying Lotus’ Flamagra Album Is Almost Here And It’s Stacked
Flying Lotus fans are in for a great one come Friday May 24 when the producer’s new album, Flamagra drops. At 27 tracks long, the album is a huge return from FlyLo – his first album of new material since 2014. Already, we’ve heard some killer sounds from the record; the Anderson. Paak collaboration in ‘More’, ‘Spontaneous’ featuring Little Dragon, ‘Takashi’ and the David Lynch-featuring ‘Fire Is Coming’.
Elsewhere on the album, collaborations with Solange, Tierra Whack, and Shabazz Palaces are set to take Flamagra to the next level – so colour us excited. Flying Lotus is at his peak once more.
Ciara Returns With Her First Album Since 2015, Beauty Marks
Multi-platinum selling R&B star Ciara is back, baby. Releasing her seventh studio album, Beauty Marks, this year, Ciara makes her return with her first new album since 2015’s Jackie.
The album features collaborations with Macklemore, Kelly Rowland, and Tekno, while Skylar Grey and Benny Cassette are amongst the producers who’ve jumped on board. You’ll remember the viral hit ‘Level Up’ and the more dulcet sounds of ‘Greatest Love’, and Beauty Marks once again shows off Ciara’s versatility on record. The album is the singer’s first since leaving Epic Records and the first release through a new deal brokered with Warner Bros. Records and her own record company, Beauty Marks Entertainment.
Hilltop Hoods Announce The Great Expanse World Tour
These Adelaide hip hop legends don’t do anything by halves, nope. Hilltop Hoods are returning to an arena near you this winter and spring, brandishing their latest album The Great Expanse, as well as a brand-new live show to boot.
The Australian leg of the larger world tour kicks off with a massive show at Rod Laver Arena on August 10, supported by Mojo Juju, Shadow and DJ Nino Brown. The tour then continues right around the country, wrapping up at Perth’s RAC Arena on September 7. This is the first time the Hoods have toured nationally since 2016’s Restrung Tour, so it’s been a little while in between drinks. Tickets are on sale on Monday May 20 via Ticketek.
Common Is Back With New Record, Let Love Have The Last Word
And speaking of new albums, Common is also dropping some new music of his own in the form of a new album titled Let Love Have The Last Word.
It’s been a busy couple of years for the rapper, who is also a noted actor, philanthropist, writer and producer – so for Common to come through with Album #12 is pretty special. Inspired by his newly released memoir of the same name, Let Love Have The Last Word is a personal record rooted in the emotional turmoil Common opens up on as a youth. The memoir has recently made headlines due to revelations that the rapper experienced sexual molestation as a young boy and the journey he underwent in recovering and coming to terms with the abuse as an adult.
There isn’t currently a release date for the album, but fans will froth on the fact that Common was back working with longtime collaborator Karriem Riggins as well as Samora Pinderhughes and Boom Travis.
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