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.
Check out Kid Sister’s latest fun-loving tribute to her hometown of Chicago in the video for “Big N Bad,” directed by Rik Cordero. The track is from her album Ultraviolet, out now through Downtown Records. Watch here for Kid Sister’s take on why Chicago is a unique place to create music.
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]
“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.
Yvette Rovira – “Let’s Go Out Tonight” [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]