This English songstress is bringing a youthful and fresh sound to a 60's and 70's vibe. The 22-year oldEliza Doolittle has been writing songs since she was 12 and co-wrote all the songs for her debut album,Eliza Doolittle, which is set to be released early next year.
Some of Doolittle's tracks recall lost songs from the Motown era and her music bears the hallmarks of folk, ska, vintage R&B/soul, and even Big Band sounds which blend together to create her unique feel-good vibe with plenty of pop smarts.
Click over to her video for the song "Pack Up," which really displays her vintage pop style and features a catchy chorus from the soulful Lloyd Wane.
Grammy® Award winning Brazilian recording artist Djavan will be performing live at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, on Tuesday October 26th. Having released nearly 20 albums, Djavan pays tribute in his latest work, Aria, to all the other songs and songwriters that have inspired him throughout his career, including works by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and many others.
Everyone knows this Quincy Jones tune from something, depending on what generation they belong to and various other environmental factors. In preparation for the new Quincy album, we're tracing this song through time in samples and interpolations in jazz, hip-hop, plus film, TV and beyond.
Quincy released the original album Soul Bossa Nova in 1962 and the title track gained a presence in TV programs and films worldwide throughout the 60s and 70s. The signature flute loop was originally recorded by none other than multi-reed-instrument master Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Besides film licensing, the song also became a popular recording for sampling, particularly from the Canadian hip-hop group Dream Warriors (check out the Boombastic video below). That 90's style hip-hop/jazz hybrid is a quintessential example of the early Giant Step sound.
The next revival of the song came from Ludacris on his single "Number One Spot," (2004) which was also the ubiquitous theme of the Austin Powers soundtrack. (According to Wikipedia, Mike Myers grew up watching the Canadian game show which used the "Soul Bossa Nova" flute loop as a theme. But again, Wikipedia also once said that Ghostface Killah is also known as 'Chunky Mario Delight'). Ludacris, never lacking a sense of humor, embraces the Austin Powers joke in his music video and drags Q into the video, explaining his new flava on the old classic.
Now Ludacris pays tribute to the living legend again, this time bringing along producer Naturally 7 and Rudy Currence. The instantly-recognizable "Soul Bossa Nostra" continues to find a place in contemporary films and video games, close to 50 years after its release. Check out the new Ludacris version and find more info on the full Quincy Jones album below.
This week's show is one of Gilles' special Brownswood Basement editions where he pairs with DJ Shadow to bring you some of the best vinyl records out there. The experienced turntablist duo plays a killer selection from artists including The Meditation Singers, DJ Krush, Earl Rodney, and some of DJ Shadow's very own hits.
The praise is already rolling in for Rye Rye's "Sunshine" featuring M.I.A. Rolling Stone raves, "Sunshine is a sweet, percolating electro-pop cut that sounds like Judy Jetson's fave double-dutch jam." Now, there are four brand new remixes from JFK of MSTRKFT, Cataracs, LA Riots, and 12th Planet.