New Video by The Roots: “The Fire” featuring John Legend

Check out the latest visual from The Roots’ How I Got Over, this time for “The Fire,” with John Legend. While the artists don’t appear, director Rik Cordero uses the video to chronicle “a post-apocalyptic death march” and the struggle to find the metaphorical key to survival. If you don’t already have your copy, HIGO is available now through Island Def Jam.

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New Music by Lauryn Hill: “Repercussions”

No one seems to know where “Repercussions” came from, but we’re happy to hear some newly surfaced music from the talented Lauryn Hill. Rumors of a comeback have been circulating since Ms. Hill’s NPR interview and addition to the Rock the Bells line-up, which will put the former Fugees member back in the spotlight after a decade of avoiding it. Still don’t know if there’s a new album in the works, but we’ll take what we can get from the enigmatic icon and hope there’s more to come.

Lauryn Hill: “Repercussions” [MP3]

Yvette Rovira: “Let’s Go Out Tonight” + MP3

“Let’s Go Out Tonight” has a backing of funk guitar, horns, and a rolling drumbeat behind Yvette Rovira’s powerful vocals, creating the upbeat dance tune of the album that will start off any night with a burst of energy. The track is a musical and emotional contrast to the rest of the album, which draws on heartfelt, poignant lyrics dealing with love, ambition and social responsibility.

Still, it’s Friday and you might see Yvette Out Tonight, maybe performing with the The Lifted Crew. After the jump, watch her interview with Fiona Bloom’s Efficacy Video Series.

Yvette Rovira – “Let’s Go Out Tonight” [MP3]
 

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Gregory Porter: “Pretty” + MP3

Our friends at AMG have dubbed Gregory Porter to be “up there with José James,” as far as male vocalists in the amorphous genre called Jazz. You know how we feel about José James, and we’re more than grateful to hear all this new male vocal talent.

Download the song “Pretty” from his album Water. “Love makes us all crazy,” he says of this song. A soulful tribute to a woman from Porter’s past, “Pretty” is an understated ensemble piece that is bolstered by the alto sax work of Yoske Sato.

Gregory Porter – “Pretty” from Water [MP3]
 

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