Leela James Releases My Soul, MP3 + Full Album Stream

Leela JamesStax debut, My Soul, opens with the churning “Ain’t New To This,” a proud and defiant declaration of survival in the minefield known as the music business; and the bouncy “Party All Night,” penned by James and produced by Carl “Chucky” Thompson, who previously worked with Leela on 2005’s A Change Is Gonna Come.

Thompson also handled the production of “Mr. Incredible, Ms. Unforgettable,” a sultry duet between James and vocalist Raheem DeVaughn. “Raheem and I are good friends, and we’d been talking for some time about doing something together,” says James. “We finally happened to be in the same place at the same time, and we just made it happen. It really wasn’t something that we planned. It was just something spontaneous that took its own course.”

While James may have been surrounded by talent in the making of My Soul, the record is ultimately her personal statement – not just about the music’s rich past but about its present and its future as well. Her arrival at Stax Records may position her among legends, but she’s well aware that she still has much to do and say.

Link to full album stream and download of “So Cold” after the jump. [Read more...]

Introducing Oceana

Oceana is bringing the finest in soul-pop, funk, R’n’B and reggae to the reknowned dance label, Ultra Records. A real cosmopolitan, Oceana has lived in Paris, Hamburg, London, New York, Los Angeles and spent a fair amount of time in Martinique, exploring her Caribbean roots, allowing her to make a rounded, international-sounding album.

Check out the Yahoo-premiered video for the single “Cry, Cry”

“Cry Cry,” original and remix, are out on Ultra Records June 1, 2010.

Stream and download the RCRD LBL premiered remix of “Cry Cry” by tech-step outfit out of Germany, Deichkind.

Exclusive Spinnerty Mix + Download

Tomorrow, Spinnerty releases his latest project, Just Listen Pt. 1 &  2 featuring John Robinson & Jacqueline Marie, as limited 7-inch vinyl & digital download on Philadelphia-based label Record Breakin.

To celebrate, he’s dropped us this jazz-inspired, beat-heavy mix complete with previews of his new work. Full tracklist is posted after the jump, but the mix also features the “Just Listen” remixes by B.Bravo and DJ Limbs, which will be available June 22nd.

Stream the Spinnerty – Just Listen Mix
 

In his own words: “The Just Listen project leaves me feeling like a proud dad.  Bringing together musical friends of mine to create a project bigger than the sum of its parts.  Connecting the dots from San Francisco to Chicago to Philly to the UK and back again, the Just Listen record offers sounds spanning from classic boom bap to downtempo to future funk to dancefloor heat all wrapped together with feel good vibe and optimistic look on things to come.  I hope you enjoy listening to this release as much as I enjoyed putting it together.” – Spinnerty

Tracklist and download after the jump. [Read more...]

UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival: Ticket Giveaway

The UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival is coming up soon (‘Jam Day’ is May 30th, ‘Reggae Day’ is May 31st) and the line-up is fantastic. Raphael Saadiq, Q-Tip, Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime (G&D), The Foreign Exchange, Bilal, Quadron, hosted by Zion-I. And that’s just the first day. ‘Reggae Day’ brings on Nas & Damien Marley, Barrington Levy, and our clear favorite, Nneka. We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner in the area. Enter to win after the jump!

We can’t all make it there, but remember that Giant Step’s Summerstage 2010 (NYC) will feature the incredible Raphael Saadiq, with more great artists to be announced soon!

Raphael Saadiq – “Oh Girl”
 

Nneka – “Heartbeat”
 

Nas & Damien Marley – “As We Enter”
 

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Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” + Remixes

Robyn follows up her Grammy-nominated album with a triple album in three installments. Body Talk Pt 1, (6/15) picks up where Robyn left off, with the emphasis on those sweeping, emotional dance tracks and the biting, quirky rap-pop with which she made her name. On the lead single from the new album, “Dancing On My Own,” Robyn depicts a scene familiar to many: the man she loves is dancing with another woman, oblivious to her presence as she looks on.

Check out the club remixes by Chew Fu, Michael Woods, Fred Falke, Jakwob, Rex The Dog and Buzz Junkies.

Robyn – “Dancing On My Own” (Original Version)
 

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