Bilal's album Airtight's Revenge was released last year, providing a breath of fresh air to neo-soul. The album has produced some beautiful visuals to accompany singles including "Robots" and "Levels." The latest of these videos is for the emotional standout track Bilal wrote for his son, "Little One."
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In mid March, British singer/songwriter Katy B debuted her album in the UK, On a Mission. Katy is most commonly known for her collaborations with dubstep artist, Benga. Breaking through the age of auto tune, On a Mission not only showcases Katy B's impeccable song writing abilities, but also her raw vocal talent. In pop diva tradition, Katy takes the most fresh underground sounds and turns them into catchy club hits. On a Mission has not been released in the US but will be soon.
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Mo Kolours has released this free track "Biddies" as a sampling of his upcoming EP, Drum Talking. A recently featured producer on the famous Gilles Peterson World Wide radio show, Mo Kolours has a growing reputation in the UK. This beguiling, otherworldly record sees him drawing heavily on the ‘sega’ music of his ancestral island homeland and uniting it with dub, soul and various electronic styles to create intriguing new combinations.
Biddies is a house-not-house bumper, driven by Mo Kolours' crafty vocal manipulations, percussion and chants. This is a unique record announcing a very unusual talent.
For the last 23 years, the Blue Note New York has maintained Blue Note clubs in multiple Japanese cities, with current establishments in Tokyo and Nagoya. In light of the recent earthquake and tsunami, the Blue Note New York will host a jazz benefit concert at the Highline Ballroom tonight — April 18th — and tomorrow with 100% of the ticket proceeds to be donated to the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund spearheaded by Direct Relief.
The event will feature an impressive roster of internationally known jazz musicians including: Madeleine Peyroux, Ron Carter, John Scofield, René Fleming, Michel Camilo, Kenny Barron, Paquito D'Rivera, Robert Glasper, Roy Hargrove, Dave Valentin, Roberta Gambarini, Richard Bona, Lionel Loueke, Gretchen Parlato, Gregoire Maret, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jose James, Christian Scott, Alex Brown, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabackin and many, many more.
Doors open at 6pm, and show starts at 7pm both nights. An after-hours party will be held both nights starting at 11pm with performances by Robert Glasper, Sarah Hayes, Eldar, and many more.
The Ultimate Collection is a double-disc of Sade's biggest hits throughout the years, including songs from the 2010 release Soldier of Love and four new tracks that have leaked on the internet in the past few weeks. "I Would Have Never Guessed" is the fourth of Sade's new bonus tracks for the compilation. Check out the rest on Sade's Soundcloud page, and pre-order The Ultimate Collection here if you want to get the extra DVD of music videos. The new album will be available May 3rd, and Sade will be touring with John Legend this summer - find tour dates here.