Video: Nneka – “Shining Star” + Tour Dates

 

As the US release date (February 28th) for Nneka’s third album, Soul Is Heavy nears, we are finding ourselves more and more excited.

This gorgeous video for “Shining Star” is shot at La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands in Spain. The earthy video shows Nneka prancing about the forest in a simple glee, all culminating in a diagram of the planets and stars employing the local plant life.

Tour Dates
3/6: Vancouver @The Biltmore Cabaret
3/7: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
3/8: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
3/10: San Francisco, CA @ Red Devil Lounge
3/11: West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
3/13 – 3/17: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/18: Houston, TX @ House Of Blues Bronze Peacock
3/21: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
3/23: Toronto @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club “Canadian Music Week”
3/24: Montreal @ Cabaret du Mile End
3/26: Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s
3/27: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
3/28: Philadelpha, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
3/29: Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java Music Club & Cafe
3/31: Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl

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Video: Miles Bonny x B. Lewis – “Together Forever”

 

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In preparation for their March 6th slated EP titled Egg Black, Miles Bonny and B. Lewis have a new video out for “Together Forever.”

The wavy tune murmurs its lullaby against black and white images showing the ups and downs of a couple’s evening.

“A true companion is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” – Miles Bonny & B. Lewis

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January Next Step Artist Spotlight: Annabel (lee) & Richard E

 

Congratulations to Annabel (lee) & Richard E for being our January 2012 Next Step winners!

Combining jazz, folk, and classical, Annabel (lee) & Richard E draw inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe, Debussy, Miles Davis, Nick Drake, and Joni Mitchell to create rich emotive music that touches deeply – “melancholy magic,” they call it.

Annabel and Richard’s story itself is anything but dim. The two met via their MySpace music pages, carried on a six month online courtship, were later kept apart due to visa challenges, and connected the dots between New York City, London, Paris, and California to eventually (finally) tie the knot. Makes for some interesting music, we’d say.

Having just finished mixing their debut album, Annabel (lee) & Richard E: By the Sea and Other Solitary Places, the duo is planning some acoustic gigs around Los Angeles (including at Rockpaper Coffee Co) as well as a single release!

We are delighted to share the new single, “Alone,” to be officially released in a few weeks. An interpretation of an Edgar Allen Poe poem, the song was inspired while Annabel and Richard resided on the South Coast of England in Hastings where Annabel reported hearing “voices.” The recording includes the windows opened “ever so slightly to capture the sound of a subtle wind coming through, hauntingly.” Listen to it below!

For free download is a remix of an original track entitlted “My Mistake” by Siberian house/jazz music producer Cortes (aka Peter Shallmin). Sounding divine.

Annabel (lee) & Richard E – “Alone”
 

Richard E & Annabel (lee) – “My Mistake” (Cortes Bossavantgarde Mix) [MP3]
 

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New Release: Eric Lau – ‘The Mission’ EP

 

Obviously, you are still grooving to Eric Lau’s “Yesterday” like we are – and how could you not? But now there is more where that came from.

The Mission EP includes seven tracks with the overarching theme including Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson on the majority of the tracks. Simpson is sounding pretty incredible against these Lau beats. Folks are going to need to get to work to try to compare to these joints. Loving this!

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Video: Jessie Ware – “Running”

 

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You’ve probably been hearing her on “Valentine” for a while thanks to the internet rounds, which also features frequent SBTRKT collaborator Sampha. Finally, you can hear a new solo track from the super sweated London vocalist Jessie Ware.

Called “Running,” the whispery song features an echoey quality reminiscent of your favorite 80′s or early 90′s pop tune, complete with guitar riffs. The video shows Jessie playing a sophisticated seductress in her parlour.

Below, you can hear Jessie’s other solo tune, “Strangest Feeling,” which dropped a few months ago!

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