Following a the leak of 13 demos over the last week, Madonna today released a very big statement (aside from a smashed iPod on Instagram and commentary likening the leak to rape and terrorism). The statement comes in the form of a beautifully crafted set of six final tracks, artwork and a pre-order link on iTunes to Rebel Heart – M’s 13th studio album available March 2015.
The tracks are “Living for Love,” “Devil Pray,” “Ghosttown,” “Unapologetic Bitch,” “Illuminati” (now produced by Kanye West!) and the Nicki Minaj-featuring “Bitch I’m Madonna.” Other producers include Diplo, Dahi, Blood Diamonds and Madonna herself.
As an entity the six tracks are so incredibly well crafted, cohesive and very lyrically Madonna. This is something she should be really proud of, in spite of the unfortunate set of circumstances leading up to this point. Support Madonna by heading over and pre-ordering the record on iTunes.
During the Christmas season there is often an obligation to buy someone a gift, whether it is voluntary or forced – not everyone wants a festive jumper, so here are five alternative tech highlights and accessories curated by me, so that you can enjoy the darker side of the season yourself or share it with someone else.
Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere 45 Mon Damier Graphite, £1,210.00 via Louis Vuitton
Tom Ford Oud Wood Private Blend, £142 via Selfridges
Alexander McQueen, Embossed Leather Card Holder, £140 via MR PORTER
Pebble Smartstick charger, £18.99 available via Firebox
Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch with black leather band, £199 via John Lewis
If there was a list for best EPs of the year, this would be placed firmly at the top. Thomston’s visual and sonic experience go hand in hand – note the video for Anaesthetic below. Granted he is 19, from New Zealand and signed to the same management – so by default he is subject to Lorde comparisons, which is fair, but not something Thomas Stoneman is actively courting.
Thomston takes a darker direction in tone and aesthetic – the lyrical content is layered and introspective, but also holds this sonic and almost contrasting romantic melancholia. It makes for exceptional sex music and 4.20 music.
This video tho. Aesthetic, sound, visuals, Chris’s entire vibe – oh and Nicki. Damn. So good. Also The Pink Print is the most brilliantly constructed body of work that Nicki has ever released. \
Words cannot describe how brilliant this is. It legitimately feels like the first time that Viktoria Modesta has created a moving visual that is authentic, thought provoking, intelligent and beautiful. Everything Modesta stands for. It is truly inspirational.
Forget what you know about disability. Channel 4 introduces Viktoria Modesta, the world’s first amputee pop artist. The clip was directed by Saam Farahmand. Worth reading The Guardian piece and the strategy behind this move.