If only there were more info to accompany this track… all we know is that “Vicadin” is produced by Flying Lotus, and it may be a single from an upcoming follow-up to Jose James‘ Black Magic. Jose just put this up on his Soundcloud account without much explanation, but we’re not complaining. Bonus Jose James download after the jump…
More of Gilles Peterson‘s annual winners this week – as many songs as could possibly fit into two hours. As Gilles said, it was a fantastic year for music. You won’t want to skip any of this mix, featuring Janelle Monáe, Bonobo & Andreya Triana, Joy Orbison, Ramadanman, Tokimonsta, Flying Lotus, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Aloe Blacc and a whole lot more.
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Take a trip around the world with Jamiroquai with this new music video from the upcoming album Rock Dust Light Star. This new song is called “Lifeline,” not yet released in the US.
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We are very pleased to present the first of The Boombox Series, the beginning of a beautiful friendship between Giant Step and Arcade44. For our first session, we got the chance to create some NYC-inspired magic with the rising star Jessie J. Jessie was recently named BBC’s #1 Sound of 2011 and her scandalous music video for “Do It Like A Dude” became an instant sensation; she has everything in place to continue her rise to the top. Another factor is her natural songwriting ability: we hear she’s gotten requests from the best of the world’s pop stars including Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera… we could go on. Check out Jessie serenading us in the subway: a quick glimpse of the star under ground, before she’s another celebrity being mobbed by adoring fans.
Jessie J’s debut album Who You Are will be released in the US this Spring on Universal / Republic.
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This Tuesday, NYC was on winter storm watch throughout the night, but that had no apparent effect on Plan B‘s New York debut at Bowery Ballroom. The place was packed and full of energy, with a crowd that was at least half British folks “on holiday.” Before Plan B, the crowd was treated to a beatboxing extravaganza from Faith SFX, complete with layered drum beats broken down, live instrument imitations and sing-a-longs to hip-hop classics, including DMX and Lil Wayne. He riled up the crowd for Plan B, who came out strong with a full backing band: two guitarists, back-up singers – the works.
Plan B played a mixed set including many tracks from his upcoming release The Defamation of Strickland Banks. First his soulful ballads had the crowd swaying, then he got into his more upbeat songs like “Prayin” and the crowd got jumpy; couldn’t get enough. Of course Plan B added a bit of flavor to his set, sprinkling in some classic covers, medleys, and switching to a reggae groove mid-song. Overall Plan B nailed it in our famously snobby city on a bitterly cold night. By the end of the show, there were nothing but warm smiles inside.
LA: Plan B is in the States for one more night, playing at Troubador (LA) with DJ Luke Top (Fools Gold) tonight. Hope you already got tickets, cuz it’s sold out.