"ARIYA" (CATALYST REMIX) by TONY ALLEN // afrobeat
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JOSE JAMES ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
"WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING // soul | jazz
José James has announced a June 10 release date for his new album, While You Were Sleeping, his fifth studio album and his second album for Blue Note Records. While You Were Sleeping is the follow-up to his widely acclaimed R&B and jazz steeped No Beginning No End, and signals a new creative direction for the versatile singer-songwriter. The album was recorded in Brooklyn, NY, and was produced by José and Brian Bender.
That creative shift is heard in the rock edge of tracks like “EveryLittleThing” and “Anywhere U Go” and is evidenced in a change in José’s band which adds guitarist Brad Allen Williams to the stellar line-up of keyboardist Kris Bowers, bassist Solomon Dorsey and drummer Richard Spaven. The influence of Jimi Hendrix can be heard throughout the album as much as R&B forefathers like Al Green. Special guests on While You Were Sleeping include vocalist Becca Stevens who duets with James on her song “Dragon,” as well as trumpeter Takuya Kuroda who is featured on the cover of Green’s classic “Simply Beautiful” that closes the album.
"This album is a synthesis of everything I love about music,” says José, “from contemporary artists like Frank Ocean, James Blake, and Junip to groundbreaking artists I grew up with like Nirvana, Radiohead, and Madlib. It's also a love letter to many late nights spent in East London clubs like Plastic People and Cargo, watching new movements unfold in electronic music. I want people to feel the joy of discovery that I experience night after night onstage, reaching for something new." - Read full article via BLUENOTE.com
WATCH MUSIC VIDEO | "PARK BENCH PEOPLE" by JOSE JAMES from "THE DREAMER" (2008) | PRESS*PLAY>>
"WEIRD FISHES/ARPEGGI" by RADIOHEAD // rock | alternative | electronic
ABOUT "IN RAINBOWS" by RADIOHEAD…
In Rainbows is the seventh studio album by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. It was self-released on 10 October 2007 as a download via a pay-what-you-want model, followed by a standard CD release in most countries in the last week of 2007. The album was released in North America on 1 January 2008 on TBD Records. In Rainbows was Radiohead's first release after the end of their contract with EMI and the end of the longest gap between studio albums in their career.
Recording with producer Nigel Godrich, Radiohead worked on In Rainbows for more than two years, beginning in early 2005. In between recording, the band toured Europe and North America for three months in mid-2006. The songwriting on In Rainbowswas more personal than other Radiohead albums, with singer Thom Yorke describing most tracks as his versions of "seduction songs". Radiohead incorporated a wide variety of musical styles and instruments, using not only electronic music and string arrangements, but also pianos, celestes, and the ondes Martenot.
Upon its retail release, In Rainbows entered the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200 at number one; by October 2008, it had sold more than three million copies worldwide in both digital and physical formats. The album earned widespread critical acclaim and was ranked as one of the best albums of 2007 by several publications. In 2009, it won two Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Special Limited Edition Package. - wikipedia
"SUPA LOVE" FT. KELIS by GURU // soul | hip-hop
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ABOUT "GURU'S JAZZMATAZZ STREETSOUL" VOL.3 . . .
As the title seems to suggest, this volume featured a blend of Soul with R&B. The decline in Jazz inflections that made Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 popular continued on this release (the decline was already noticeable on Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality.) According to Billboard's music charts, any aspersions levied by music critics against the album had little (if any) impact on its performance in the marketplace. Streetsoul outperformed previous entries significantly; it peaked at #32 and #8 on the Billboard 200 and "Top R&B / Hip Hop Albums" charts respectively.
As with previous releases, a host of guest performers were featured on this recording. Most of the artists are stalwarts of the neo soul and R&B scene. First-time appearances in the series were made by several contemporary acts, including Amel Larrieux, Angie Stone, Bilal, Craig David, Donell Jones, Erykah Badu, and The Roots. Veterans featured on this release include Herbie Hancock and Isaac Hayes.- wikipedia
GIFTED FILMS INC. presents J DILLA "STILL SHINING" // documentary
"STILL SHINING" was created in 2006 shortly after J Dilla's passing. The documentary was directed by Brian "B.Kyle" Atkins and features some of our times greatest artists including Common, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, Pete Rock, Bilal, Questlove, as well as Ma Dukes. | PRESS*PLAY>>
"TIGHTROPE" (WONDAMIX) FT. B.o.B. & LUPE FIASCO by JANELLE MONAE // pop | soul
WATCH "TIGHTROPE" (WONDAMIX) | OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO (2010) | PRESS*PLAY>>
"WORLD IN A ROOM" from forthcoming album "DISTORTED AIR" EP
by ANUSHKA // house | electronic
Brighton-based duo Max Wheeler (producer) and Victoria Port (singer/songwriter) are a classic concoction of jazz-inflected heady dance floor thrills – modern Brit-soul at its best. “World in a Room” combines their trademark groove driven dance music, with Victoria’s claustrophobic lyrics over infectious house chords. While Victoria’s melodies bring the sweetness, the tracks have the low-end weight to please DJ mavens like Karizma, Brackles, Moxie and Annie Mac. The ‘Distorted Air’ EP – released on vinyl only on Record Store Day (19th April) – is full of songs on fractious romance, ever the well-spring of transcendent pop with sweet female attitude. - gillespetersonwordwide.com | PRESS*PLAY>>
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