55th Annual Grammy Nominations


Some awesome artists getting recognized with the 55th Grammy nominations this year. Super glad to see our boy Frank Ocean, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, M.I.A., Florence & The Machine, The Roots, Bjork, and Miguel, amongst many others making the list.

And once again, we are thrilled to see so many great projects we worked making the nominee list as well. A big congrats to Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, and Anthony Hamilton for snagging more than one nomination, too! The 55th Grammys will air on February 10. For a full list of the nominees, click here.

Best Pop Solo Performance
Set Fire To The Rain [Live] – Adele

Best R&B Performance
Thank You – Estelle
Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) – Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Ledisi

Best R&B Song
Pray For Me – Anthony Hamilton
Refill – Elle Varner

Best R&B Album
Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment
Back To Love – Anthony Hamilton

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Real Good Hands – Gregory Porter

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Cross Roads – Ravi Coltrane

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
City Of Roses – Esperanza Spalding

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
The Absence – Melody Gardot

Best Long Form Music Video
Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding

New Track: Jennah Bell – “John Forbid”


The darling fresh talent Jennah Bell has captured our ear for a little while now. Below, we’ve got a new original track by the singer/songwriter called “John Forbid,” rich with a folky soulful furvor.

The track is off of the upcoming Live at Mother NY EP, which will be released on December 18. Very much looking forward to this – great to see such a sophisticated sound and thoughtful writing coming from someone so young and ripe in her career.

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New Release: Bilal – ‘The Retrospection’ (Curated by Vikter Duplaix)


Just a couple days ago, we shared with you Bilal’s cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Too High,” which was to say the least – brilliant. And as promised, Bilal dropped his The Retrospection mixtape this week to go along with it! Download for free below.

Curated by Vikter Duplaix, the hour long mix takes us on a seamless journey through Bilal’s colorful career. Easy to hit play and just let it go. Nice to enjoy this while we all anticipate Bilal’s upcoming album, A Love Surreal.

Bilal – The Retrospection [Download on Facebook]

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Video: James Blake Live at Conway Hall, London


Above we’ve got a clip of James Blake previewing material from his forthcoming sophomore album. This man never fails to give us the shivers. Lucky New Yorkers can experience the magic in a few days, in fact.

Word on the streets is some of the new track titles from his UK tour stint are: “Our Love Comes Out,” “Overgrown Vibes,” “Everyday I’m Safe,” “To The Bank,” and “Retro Clothes Shop.” Cannot wait to hear the album in its entirety!

Tour Dates:
12/06 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
12/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/12 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
02/15-16 – Reykjavík, IS @ Sónar Reykjavík

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