Janelle Monáe ft. Big Boi: “Tightrope”

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Our favorite young performer Janelle Monáe has released the first single from her upcoming album, The ArchAndroid, to be released on May 18th. According to JanelleMonae.com, the second single will be available on her site tomorrow, while a music video for “Tightrope ft. Big Boi” is currently in pre-production. She also was booked for the 2010 Lilith Tour, so keep an eye out for tour dates and details.

Janelle Monáe – “Tightrope ft. Big Boi” (download MP3 from Refined Hype)
 

And if you missed it, check the video of Janelle at Skybar in LA last year.

Everything in Time by DJ Center Available Now

bluecover_grey_new.inddEverything in Time is a global soul record bringing back a low-end theory and warmth thatʼs been absent in music as of late. Itʼs a record for a generation raised on a foundation of hip hop and jazz, but grown with a broader musical palate. Itʼs roots music without being reggae, and soul music without being a throw back to the past.

As the songs unfold on Everything in Time, youʼre enveloped in lush piano chords, warm bass lines, boom-bap drum patterns, flying tambourines, and soaring horns. The guests DJ Center chose for his album are the perfect marriage to every song. The record features everyone from favorites like Oddisee and Zaki Ibrahim to the up-and-coming Gretchen Parlato (whoʼs worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding) and Samia Farah (whoʼs dub reggae and jazz vocal styles give her a rare, distinctive sound).

The icing on the cake is the remix of “Tout Passe” (CD only) contributed by the incredibly talented Waajeed of The Platinum Pied Pipers. The underlying essence of this record is timeless music. Listen unhurriedly, as all great things happen in time.

“In A Song” ft. Middle Child (Download MP3)
 

“Center’s Groove”
 

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King Britt & Soul Litchfield in the Philly Snow

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This weekend, Philadelphia was hit with an unprecedented 26 inches of snow. King Britt didn’t hesitate to jump in: he directed this video, featuring music by Soul Litchfield. Learn more about Soul Litchfield and get a free download of the track here.

Salvador Santana’s Keyboard City In Stores Now

Music is a burst of choices. Not only what note to play when and with what instrument, but whether to play a note at all. Salvador Santana, the 26-year-old keyboardist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter with strong Bay Area roots, knows what it means to navigate the infinite options of music.

Collaboration has always been the centerpiece of his creations, and this passion manifested his solo debut, Keyboard City around the inspirations of a few legends: Bay Area MC/producer Del the Funky Homosapien who helped hone in Santana’s writing skills, Beastie Boy studio wizard Money Mark, and GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. The legendary founder of the Wu-Tang Clan rallied support around the album by featuring on the remix of the title track, “Keyboard City.”

In March, Salvador Santana will tour extensively in support of the new album with his keyboard-centric band. Check out the album release party in LA this Thursday, free with RSVP. More tour dates here.

Salvador Santana - “Don’t Do It” (MP3)
 

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Stream Remixes of “Don’t Do It” from DJ Vadim, Darkstarr, J. Boogie, & Michna