Blaqstarr Video: “Rider Girl”

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Check out Blaqstarr‘s new video for “Rider Girl” from the Divine EP. As if the music isn’t catchy enough, Blaqstarr also seems determined to stick in our heads visually, with his glistening muscles and fauxhawk. The motorcycle-riding girl of the song is present but only as a psychedelic silhouette, constantly in motion.

Don’t forget Blaqstarr‘s Divine EP is out this week [iTunes]. He is performing a special showcase at Qué Bajo?! at Santos Party House, NYC on Thursday, 1/27 at 10 pm and an additional live show at MeanRed’s Dark Disco at Good Units, NYC on Saturday, 1/29.

New Releases This Week: Charles Bradley & Tony Cook

Charles Bradley has a new release out this week on Dunham Records, a sub-label of Daptone Records, the great Brooklyn-based home of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Dunham is the perfect fit for the re-discovered soul singer, whose 45 singles were relatively unappreciated in their time. After years of traveling and odd jobs, he was picked up by Daptone’s Gabriel Roth, and now he’s touring around the country with The Budos Band & The Menahan Street Band. His new album, No Time For Dreaming, is available in stores today. Get a free download below, and check out the video for “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” here.

 

 

Tony Cook is another comeback story with a new release out this week: Back To Reality. Tony was the drummer of the J.B.’s, and he produced the record “On The Floor (Rock It)” which later became known as “granddaddy of house records.” While funk gradually turned into disco, Cook began to produce on his own, merging genres that didn’t exist yet like garage and house (hence “the granddaddy of house records” title). Stones Throw Records is releasing some of these old recordings on Back to Reality, showing the music community’s cooperation between generations and genre labels. Download the single below, get the album on iTunes, and get more info about Tony Cook from Stones Throw.


Tony Cook – “On The Floor (Rock It)”

Tony Cook – On The Floor (Rock-It) by stonesthrow

Little Dragon: “Twice (Freddie Joachim Remix)” + MP3

Little Dragon news is spilling onto the internets, with their third album Ritual Union due for release this Spring and a world tour to follow. Last week they gave three killer sets here in NYC; check some of the photos by the great photographer Mel D Cole here. Along with the buzzing live shows, remixes have been popping up, like this Freddie Joachim remix of “Twice,” originally from Little Dragon’s perfect debut album. His remix takes the original tune to another level, upping the tempo to show off the melody. Freddie Joachim has a few releases of his own as a DJ and producer. His last release was on the San Francisco based label Mellow Orange.

Check the full Little Dragon tour schedule & more on the official site + US dates from Brooklyn Vegan

Corinne Bailey Rae Returns With The Love EP (Out Now), Covers Bob Marley, Prince and More

Grammy-winning artist Corinne Bailey Rae returns with The Love EP (out now), a five-song collection of covers that she calls an “homage to some of my favorite musicians, as well as a conversation between some of my musical influences.”

The EP opens with a cover of Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” followed by “Low Red Moon,” written by former Throwing Muses/Breeders singer Tanya Donelly for her band Belly. Bailey Rae also crafts unique takes on the 1978 Bob Marley classic “Is This Love” and “My Love,” a No. 1 hit by Paul McCartney & Wings. The EP closes with a live version of “Que Sera, Sera” (popularized by Doris Day and Sly Stone) — a song that Bailey Rae and her band have been closing shows with on her recent tour (check out the live video after the jump).

Corinne has recently been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for outstanding female artist alongside Mary J., Rihanna, Sade and Chrisette Michele. The awards will be given on March 4th.

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Record Breakin’ Music: Five Year Anniversary Mix + MP3

In celebration of their 5 year label Anniversary, our friends at Record Breakin had DJ lil’ dave mix some tunes from the catalog as well some future gems that will be coming out on the label. The tracklist includes artists like Joy Jones, Spinnerty, Kissey Asplund, Anthony Valadez, Coultrain, Ragen Fykes & Ohmega Watts, DJ Stylus and many more. If you like what you hear, support the upcoming album: Record Breakin’ Music 5 Year Anniversary. The compilation will be available on February 7th, here and at other fine retail outlets in physical CD or digital format.

Record Breakin’ Music 5 Year Anniversary Mix by DJ lil’ dave by Recordbreakin