So funky. The Child of Lov earlier this month released his cheeky video for "Give Me," a tune blending elements of soul, blues, and funk, and some good ol' raw charm.
According to Potholes In My Blog, the upcoming album is set to include Damon Albarn, DOOM, and Thundercat, amongst others. If this is any indication of what's to come, we certainly can not wait.
Oh, man. Bonobo is back and has got our britches in a bunch with anticipation now. Today he released a new video for "Cirrus," the first single off his upcoming album, The North Borders. The ambient tune continues on the same theme of his previous music - fantastical, atmospheric, jungly, tribal electronic music with a soulful flourish. The video is a quirky semi-animation with a circa 1940s flair.
The North Borders is out April 1. A tour will kick off on April 10 and span several US cities - catch those after the jump.
Nickodemus takes us way back with his first mixtape he did for Giant Step in 1995 back when we were Groove Academy. Hear and download below as well as get Nickodemus' nostalgic recollection of a legendary time:
In 1995 I passed on a mix tape to Groove Academy (Giant Step) Marc Labelle at an outdoor stage that was rocking with DJ's Jazzy Nice, Chillfreeze + Groove Collective & Nappy G live. They soon took me on as a 3rd DJ in the weekly rotation of the legendary Giant Step parties. The club vibes were HOT! There was a mix of hip hop, jazz, funk, live instrumentation, paintings, tap dancers as well as a very funky & sexy dance floor! Needless to say, I was hooked & thanks to Marc, Maurice Bernstein & Jonathan Rudnick, I stayed in the Giant Step crew for many years after. We pushed the sounds from Acid Jazz/funk, Hip Hop/Trip Hop, House & Drum & Bass- all with live musicians taking it to another level. I've also had the opportunity to DJ at shows for Jazzmattazz, Tricky, K&D, St Germain, Pharcyde, Groove Collective, Massive Attack, Gil Scott Heron & all the greats who passed through NYC at that time. Here's the 1st mix-tape I did for Giant Step in 1995. It featured artwork by BLUSTER! #MixTapeDiaries with more mixes & stories continue on www.mixcloud.com/Nickodemus ENJOY & please share this moment in time!
Last night, Jose James packed a full shoulder to shoulder crowd at the Highline Ballroom in NYC for his No Beginning No End album release show. An eager and attentive crowd would go from standing still in awe to happily grooving, switching in intervals throughout the performance - Jose surely knows how to captivate.
The first half of the show was naturally focused on the new album and material, with Jose gliding across stage and outpouring the euphoria of the moment he felt through that gorgeous voice of his. Then, with a tender and somber Amp Fiddler cover that many assumed would be the final encore, Jose transitioned in a whole second half of the show.
"Park Bench People" was his segue into his older catalog, a song he performed with a proud nostalgic fervor and familiarity as the crowd lit up in cheers with similar sentiments. Jose also sprinkled much of his performance with charming human turntable interludes, "scratching" and "mixing" the song with just his voice. The ante got upped towards the end of the show where he invited Taylor McFerrin to join in on the human turntablism with his impeccable beatbox - the pair were visibly in another land as they vibed back and forth.
Jose also took the time to announce to the audience that him and his wife are expecting a baby girl. The glowing father to be then dedicated a song to his two ladies. It was a beautiful night all around.
A new musical force has hit the scene and they're called Rudimental. Showcasing a catalog that spans drum and bass, soul, garage, jungle and house, the UK chart-toppers are lapping their peers with their ridiculous versatility. Their lead single, "Feel The Love" featuring John Newman blew up at #1 in the UK and was named iTunes' Dance Song of the Year - watch the accompanying beautiful wintery video above. What you know about some horse racing in city streets?!
At the end of last year, the group also released their video for "Not Giving In," which also features John Newman along with Alex Clare. The music moves through moods and tempos, keeping the listening experience interesting and engaging; the high adrenaline overtone carries welcome elements of soul and pop, creating a highly palatable sound for a universal appeal. And once again, the neighborhood centric storytelling and cinematography for the video is brilliant - find it after the jump.
"Hell Could Freeze" is yet another recent-ish single for the sampling and features Angel Haze. For those of you we've now got hooked, the good news is that this one is a free download on the Rudimental website.
After the jump, find the group live in session with their super soulful tune, "Baby."
Look out for an album sometime this spring! Also, the group today announced a string of US tour dates (find below) that include appearances at Ultra Music Festival (Miami), SXSW (Austin), as well as stops in NYC, San Francisco, and LA.
3/13- SXSW, Austin TX (DJ)
3/14- SXSW, Austin TX (live)
3/15- SXSW, Austin TX (live)
3/16- Black Butter party @ Bardot, Miami FL (DJ)
3/17- Ultra Music Festival, Miami FL (live)
3/18- Black Butter party @ Santos, New York NY (DJ)
3/19- Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (live)
3/21- Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA (live)
3/22- Black Butter Party @Key Club, Los Angeles CA (DJ)
3/23- Troubadour, Los Angeles CA (live)