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Pacifika's name is at once familiar and mysterious, implying endless seascapes and tropical beaches, golden sunsets and endless summers, warm tides and mighty tsunamis. "Words are powerful," says the band's lead singer and chief lyricist Silvana Kane...
The Savoy Label Group's new dance-oriented label, Savoy Jazz Worldwide, will kick off a series of groove-based releases in 2006 with 'Palace Lounge Presents Cafe d'Afrique,' a compilation put together by the South African producer Andrew Mitchley for...
Stepping out as a solo artist back in 2009, it was immediately and abundantly clear that Paloma Faith was the complete (and petite) package. A captivating chanteuse, a rabble-rousing entertainer and theatrical fashion chameleon, Faith's debut album, ...
Panacea's ears are itching, because people are talking about them. Is it hype? Maybe. Is it warranted? No question. Every few years a new artist comes along that changes fans' notions of what they can hope for from a trip to the record store. In 2007...
Born and raised in Paisley, Scotland, Paolo Nutini is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter blessed with a soulful, passionate voice and the natural gift of being able to tell a story in a song. Like many truly inspired singer/songwriters before him, Nutin...
Paper Tongues plays for the people. Fusing massive rock n' roll melodies with fiery hip hop beats, the Charlotte band conjures an infectious, incendiary sound on their A&M/Octone debut. Embracing elements of rock, funk, rap and soul, these seven indi...
Patrick, now age 24, grew up in South London and began refining his precocious talents at the age of eleven when he escaped from school troubles by late night experimentation in the corners of his bedroom with his violin, voice and car boot sale orga...
During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors including 12 Grammy Awards. In 2003 he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is a member of The Songwri...
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Peekaboo Theory has been creating a buzz in the Houston and surrounding area music scene since their formation in February 2006. Vocalist James Cayn, Guitarist Ramon, and Turntablist F.Y.I.A.A.M first met at Guitar Center in Houston, Texas. All th...
When Perry Blake released his first, eponymously-titled, album with Polydor in 1998 there was a buzz of expectation in industry circles. Here was a rare package: an articulate songwriter with an exceptional melodic sense who understood, instinctively...
Born in Harvey,Il. outside of Chicago to a musical family, Peven Everett was only a toddler when he began playing objects as instruments and shortly thereafter acquired a drum kit from his mother. After graduating from The Berkley School of Music, he...
Rap is still with us. While the past has brought with it sometimes disturbing, bland or questionably talented rappers, interesting and credible rap artists continue to emerge as well.

2004 will reveal the latter with the solo debut of Barak ...
You never forget your first love. For Ben Drew, there was a brief flirtation with the He-Man cartoon character around the age of six, but the plastic figurines were forgotten a year later when he heard Michael Jackson. Ben loved the videos, loved the...
In the tradition of legendary funk and soul godfathers like James Brown, George Clinton, Sly Stone & Prince, Plant Life serves up a healthy dose of sensuality and politics while providing a groove strong enough to shake the system to its core. As a m...
Jack Splash is a time traveller. He was there when it all began, and he made the whole planet rock with Afrika Bam. He had Melle Mel's back when he was by the edge, and he used to wear them big suits with Talking Heads. And as God is his witness, or ...
We are pied-piping the world one person at a time."

That's the mission of the Platinum Pied Pipers, a two-man dynamic musical duo that has a potion for modern hip hop soul to tempt the masses, and already the rage is catching on.

Pl...
The Polyrhythm Addicts were born in 1999, just as hip-hop was turning the corner into an era that was less about lyrics and truth. When Mr. Complex brought DJ Spinna and Shabaam Sahdeeq together he had only intended to drop one track for a Japanese c...
Named after the shipping town where founding member Geoff Barrow grew up, Portishead formed in Bristol, England, in 1991. Prior to the group's formation, Barrow had worked as a tape operator at the Coach House studio, where he met Massive Attack, wor...
If you like real jazz (and not just "jazzy" grooves) there are only a few acts outside the established jazz community that deliver the true spirit of the "blue notes." Povo (meaning "people" in Portuguese) is one of these rare acts. With a sophistica...
Power Douglas is an axis where Sonic Youth, Public Enemy, Can, Joy Division, The Pixies, and Eugene McDaniels rotate as one octave. The band consists of four members: Furor Thin is the brooding eccentric lead vocalist, and Tim Harp and Jesse Crawford...
As hip-hop becomes more and more of a mainstream reference point, it seems that its true innovators are fewer and further between. Trace the lineage from individuals like Afrika Bambaata to Pete Rock and Timbaland and you'll find a small group, rich...
Presto is a remarkable producer..."- okayplayer.com (Sidik Fofana)

Organic, soulful and refreshingly contemporary, Presto has spent the last decade perfecting a production style that infuses hard-hitting hip hop beats with an ethereal touch ...
A sold-out show playing to thousands of people is typically a reason to celebrate. But for Derek Vincent Smith – better known under his moniker as the innovative electronic-music producer Pretty Lights – it led to a creative crisis ...
No, Brooklyn's Project Jenny, Project Jan has neither a Jenny nor a Jan, but the music of vocalist Jeremy Haines and electronic maestro Sammy Rubin will find you hard pressed to pigeonhole.

So where did they come from anyway? In college, Jer...