Any project soul singer Aloe Blacc takes on, as he is continually showing, will be infused with the emotion and passion that gets both the guys and the gals tingly all over. His hit song, “I Need a Dollar,” was featured on HBO’s “How to Make It in America,” and sparked major attention. With a bouncing bass line, clean blues guitar riffs, and a sax and trumpet section from The Grand Scheme, Billie Jean’s intensely personal lyrics are brought out in an entirely new way in one of the best covers of the song we've heard. Look out for more Aloe Blacc videos in the near future, and if you’re in the New York area, don’t miss him at Giant Step’s Summerstage on July 17th on the Central Park main stage.
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The Levi's Pioneer Sessions keeps it moving with an amazing new cover, which may have been the catalyst a full blown Roots - John Legend soul cover album. Immediately after the new Roots release this Tuesday, they've announced plans for a new one. Pitchfork details their new project here; including classic covers like this one, it's obvious that these recordings came natural. Get the free download of The Roots & John Legend remaking the Ernie Hines' breakbeat classic, "Our Generation" at Levi's Pioneer Sessions.
Theophilus London has a new mixtape coming soon [UPDATE: out now, via Complex Mag], titled I Want You [usershare] for the legendary Marvin Gaye song he covers. He also covers Tweet & Missy's "Oops (Oh My!)".
Theophilus London - "Oops!" [MP3]
Theophilus delivered a message with "I Want You," [thanks to hypetrak.com] and we will not compromise his vision by correcting meaningless syntax or spelling errors:
"This track sparked the whole mixtape!
I bought every single Marvin Gaye record i could fine.. and spent an entire 2 months listening while working on my album in LA. I then bought the separate parts from the original song I WANT YOU by Marvin Gaye and
recorded my verse and singing in LONDON. I put all the different instruments together for the new wave version
It was a pleasure Covering this song! I really Want my Listeners! and this is my way of telling them!!
I am very Excited for people to hear my new desires and I just want Girls to wake up and put this on! eat their breakfast smoke their brains out and enjoy I WANT YOU"
Whether or not the following information came from Ryan Wakeman, WARPA, the Gaiming community or Janelle Monáe's journals, Max Stellings and the Palace of the Dogs Archives is inconclusive at this time...What is known or agreed upon is that this information stems from an official entry on The ArchAndroid Crown in the Living Cyktionary, a 28th Century encyclopedia...
The ArchAndroid Crown: Designed by Zoman Ignatius, the half-elf, half-human mystic, reportedly 500 years ago. According to legend, the crown has several magic properties, as well as innovative technologies that can be employed only by The ArchAndroid. Zoman was a consummate inventor, artist and sculptor, a cross between Tesla and Da Vinci, and as such, he designed the crown to be a work of beauty that would embody the very spirit of Metropolis. According to legend, the crown features prominent Metropolis buildings and towers that will light up radiantly when the one and only true ArchAndroid wears the crown. According to the Daily Horos, this opulent headdress was stolen from the vaults in the Black House, reportedly by 1954, in October of 2715. Several members of 1954 were hunted down and executed for this crime. But the crown was never found. Many claim it has been secreted away to the Wonderground. There is also word that in the year 2010, several 1954 operatives have crafted a replica of this historic headdress to be worn by Janelle Monáe in anticipation for her album The ArchAndroid … no word on whether or not this replica has magic properties … The Living Cyktionary, 9th Edition, 2719
Video Trailer for The ArchAndroid after the jump.
After three years of nonstop hits, Names You Can Trust is ready to drop its first collaborative full-length project: a diverse set of talented DJs, producers and bands from around the world remixing their favorites from the NYCTrust catalog.
A limited edition Names You Can Trust Remix 12" is available for purchase now with remixes by TM Juke & Jack Baker, Colman Brothers, Fumaca Jazz, Los Fulanos and Spinnerty.
Buy digitally from Turntable Lab, who are offering bonus tracks.