This week, Radar recommends three new Burial tracks, a new video by Stockholm rapper Yung Lean, and a motorcycle trip through North Korea.
Childish Gambino – Because the Internet
The second studio album by writer-turned-comedian-turned-actor-turned-rapper Childish Gambino, Because the Internet was released together with a 72-page screenplay, embedded with visuals and audio. It’s been speculated that the rapper has acted out bits and pieces of the screenplay over the last few months, both in person and via social media. Some has praised the album as a piece of ambitious performance art, while others have condemned it, accusing Childish Gambino of hubris. Whatever one thinks about Donald Glover’s artistic ambitions, Because the Internet is a great album. Listen to it here.
Yung Lean – Kyoto
Recorded in Amsterdam earlier this year, the video for Stockholm rapper Yung Lean’s latest track Kyoto features boat rides, visits to Asian food stores, Maneki Neko cats, and, of course, Arizona iced tea. The track is the first taste from Yung Lean and Sad Boys’ debut album, out next year. Watch the video, directed by Rigel Kilston from Numbers & Boards, above.
Karl X Johan – Never Leave Me (Vinjette Remix)
This week, remix supremos Robin Sääf and Gabriel Gruvberg of duo Vinjette unveiled their sprightly interpretation of Karl X Johan’s magnificent summer hit Never Leave Me. Listen above.
North Korean Motorcycle Diaries
North Korea has been all over the news this week, since Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle and previously one of the country’s most powerful men, was executed. This week, online magazine Vice also premiered North Korean Motorcycle Diaries, a short film that follows New Zealanders Joanne and Gareth Morgan as they ride across the Baekdudaegan, a mountain range that stretches the length of North and South Korea’s shared peninsula. The couple shot the entirety of their trip, the footage from which they allowed Vice to cut into a short film, giving us a glimpse into a country that is strikingly beautiful, and rigorously restricted. Read an interview with Joanne and Gareth Morgan here and watch the video below.
Burial – Rival Dealer
Ever since his 2006 self-titled debut album, British dubstep producer Burial has continued to release a string of brilliant singles and EPs, both solo and collaborative with the likes of Four Tet and Massive Attack. This week he unveiled a new three track EP, called Rival Dealer. Officially out on December 16, the whole EP is already streaming online. Listen to it below.
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