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Release Round-Up: Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Bishop Nehru & DOOM, Austin Mahone, Machinedrum and Timber Timbre

By | Published on Monday 7 April 2014

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran (pictured) had his many fans in a right tizzy last Friday, when he confirmed via Instagram that his new single, ‘Sing’, will have its first official play tonight on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show.

Pop bird-of-paradise Lana Del Rey has revealed the title of her real new single, which will lead in her latest LP, the Dan Auerbach-produced ‘Ultraviolence’. And it isn’t ‘Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight’, by the way. Tweeting Prefix mag in reaction to the ‘leak’ of a track by that name last week, LDR said that, in fact, she has a track titled ‘West Coast’ in waiting, saying that she had written ‘Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight’, an apparent red herring, “for someone else four years ago”.

Then she tweeted this ‘West Coast’ ‘selfie’, perhaps to give a sense of its aesthetic. Or maybe she was just bored. As blabbed earlier this year by Lana in a carpark, ‘Ultraviolence’ might be released on 1 May. Or maybe it might not be.

In further quite flimsy info of a release-type nature, it’s come to light that ‘NehruvianDOOM’, teen rapper Bishop Nehru’s collaboration with collaborations-mad masked MC DOOM, will in fact extend to an LP, and not, as many had assumed, to just an EP. I know this because on Friday Nehru said of the project, which is due to surface later this year on Lex/Noizy Cricket, this: “Hey Nehruvians NEHRUVIANDOOM is no longer an EP and it’s officially going to be an album. K bye”. XXL Mag looked in on the duo in the studio back in February, and filmed their findings, which are still watchable on the XXL site. K bye.

FAO any nice girls desperately seeking a cleaner, all-American alternative to Canadian dirtbag Justin Bieber: I have just the boy for you. His name’s Austin Mahone, his favourite colour is red, and he has just announced his first album. It’s called ‘Secret’, if you must know, and is out in the UK on 26 May. But if you can’t wait that long, this super-fresh clip for Austin’s Pitbull-charged new single, ‘MMM Yeah’ (which doesn’t rip off ‘Virtual Insanity’ in any way), should more than satisfy:

Moving on as swiftly as it’s possible to move from that, what say you have a play around with alt-dance gunman Machinedrum‘s ‘Aeolia’, a track taken from online retailer Bleep’s tenth birthday compilation, ‘Bleep:10’. Released on 5 May, the compo will feature similarly one-off songs by Fuck Buttons, Oneohtrix Point Never, Autechre, Nathan Fake, Lone, Gas, Modeselektor, Untold, Dabrye, Nosaj Thing, U-Ziq and Byetone. In the meantime, this is Machinedrum’s gift to it:

And now, rising from the thick, dark molasses of Timber Timbre‘s sticky new LP ‘Hot Dreams’, which is out right now, is the official visual for ‘Beat The Drum Slowly’, a prickly, foreboding folk song that does largely as its title suggests. Watch the animated clip, which is the work of none other than approved artist in his own right, Chad Vangaalen, in a bit, and/or hear its host single played live later this month, when TT visit London’s Scala (16 Apr) and the Roadhouse in Manchester (17 Apr), on the last two stops of their European tour:

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