Video: Paloma Faith – “Just Be”


The theatrical Paloma Faith bares all for her “Just Be” video she released earlier this month, and evokes quite the mood.

Oftentimes, we creatures creepily enjoy a semi-masochistic love and the whirlwind of an emotional roller coaster that comes with it; Yet still, even the healthiest of loves also endure inhuman amounts of pain and annoyance. Resembling her physical bareness, Paloma candidly paints a cuttingly honest picture about the choosing and wanting to withstand a breadth of pain for the one that somehow makes it all worth it.

Fall To Grace drops December 4.

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New Release: [re:jazz] – ‘Kaleidoscope’


[re:jazz] this month released their funky, soulful jazz album Kaleidoscope and it’s awesome. The wonderful N’dea Davenport also makes a guest appearance on the album, making us a little weak in the knees.

Filled with a tasty stew of mellow melodies, Kaleidoscope brings us back to that whirly ambient nu-jazz of the early and mid 2000s. Automatic grown and sexy swank time.

View the video interview above to get more acquainted with the group and the process behind Kaleidoscope.

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Video: Lianne La Havas – “Is Your Love Big Enough?” (Live on 89.3 The Current)


Rising star Lianne La Havas was recently featured on Conan O’Brien and also performed a couple other spots stateside. Of her performances, our favorite video is of her in studio live rendition of “Is Your Love Big Enough?” for Minnesota’s 89.3 The Current. She looks so cozy and awesome in that sweater and those patterned pants, too!

Something about that crackling honey voice that makes us damn near lose our minds.

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Video: Robert Glasper Interviews Jose James, Pt. 2 & 3


Robert Glasper continues to flex his interviewing skills on parts two and three of his video series with the dashing Jose James.

Part two is all about the musicians and the team that helps Jose express his vision. Some incredibly talented and timeless musicians up in the mix. On part three, Robert compliments Jose’s voice to be something like that of a ‘hip 60 year old man.’ Travels, future plans, Jose’s birthday, and a guest appearance from God are touched on. Don’t sleep!

Watch Part 1 here.

Look out for No Beginning, No End on January 22.

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Ghetto Brothers Reissue ‘Power Fuerza’ on November 20


With the demise of the 1960s gang scene in NYC came an unlikely fruit. A few South Bronx gang members (Benjy, Robert and Victor) rooted in the Melendez family unit grew to form a musical group known as the Ghetto Brothers. While the crew had been immersed in the violent and criminal parts of gang life, Benjamin “Yellow Benjy” Melendez social consciousness and focus towards Puerto Rican nationalism in time moved his people more and more towards positive community building. Journalist Jeff “Chairman” Mao elaborates:

“By mid-1971, Benjy’s social conscience and interest in Puerto Rican nationalism dovetailed with the rise of young urban activist groups like the Black Panthers, the Young Lords, and the Puerto Rican Socialist Party. Catching the revolutionary spirit in the air, the Ghetto Brothers eradicated junkies and pushers from their neighborhood, cleaned parks and garbage-strewn empty lots, and participated in clothing drives and breakfast programs.”

We tickle your fancy a bit? Well, as it turns out, the Ghetto Brothers will be reissuing their rare and truly unique 1972 Latin Rock album Power Fuerza as a deluxe edition, including “remastered audio and extensive 80-page liner notes booklet, with rarely-seen photos and visual artifacts from gang members, plus interviews with group and cultural historians.” You know that liner booklet is going to have some gems.

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