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CMU’s One Liners: The Voice, Azealia Banks, Kendrick Lamar and more

By , and | Published on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Rita Ora

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• The PRS For Music Foundation has teamed up with the Gilles Peterson-founded Steve Reid Foundation to launch the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Awards, which will offer support – cash and mentorship – for unsigned artists “pushing musical boundaries”. Info here.

• What does ‘The Voice’ need? No, not that. Or that. No. No. Oh, come on, there’s no need for language like that. OK, I’ll tell you. It needs Rita Ora. Well, I assume so, cos that’s what it’s got. She will replace Kylie Minogue on the next series.

• Azealia Banks is back! Was she gone? I’m not sure. But for the purposes of narrative let’s just say she’s back. And she’s brought with her… a new track, called ‘Chasing Time’. Still no sign of that album though.

• That Kendrick Lamar’s new single, ‘i’, is now ‘out there’ for people to listen to. A quick poll of three people I just did gave it the thumbs down, but a lot of other people seem quite excited by it. How do you feel, huh?

Approved Canadian beat-creator Ryan Hemsworth has released a new single ‘feat’ singing by Dawn Golden. Its title is ‘Snow In Newark’, and it’s the first sign of Hemsworth’s TBA new record. Hear the track here.

• Matt Hales, aka Aqualung, who’s written tracks with Lianne La Havas, Paloma Faith and Mikky Ekko since his 2010 solo LP ‘Magnetic North’, has this week detailed his next solo set, ’10 Futures’. Released 19 Jan, it features La Havas, SOHN, Prides and Joel Compass, who features on lead single ‘Tape 2 Tape. Stream that here.

• Alt-pop ladio Rosie Lowe, has shared a solo track titled ‘Water Came Down’, taken off her forthcoming first LP, which is set to arrive in the new year. Watch its video now.

• I’ve never quite seen the appeal of album listening parties myself. But Flying Lotus is good, isn’t he? And you’d all like to hear his new album? Well get yourselves down to Plastic People in Shoreditch at 7pm today to have a listen to it in the company of others like you. Or just listen to ‘Never Catch Me’, featuring Kendrick Lamar, all on your lonesome right now.

• Ex-MCR poster boy Gerard Way is to headline his first solo British shows later this year. The first is on 5 Nov at The Ritz in Manchester, and the final date is at London’s Koko on 10 Nov. All back Way’s ‘Hesitant Alien’ LP, which hits shops next week.

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