Jack Splash, Plantlife frontman, has been bubbling in the background of your favorite R&B for years, producing for artists like Alicia Keys and Raheem DeVaughn. Now following his recent single with Kelis, “In the Future”, DJ Skee & The Smoking Section have released the new Jack Splash mixtape for download: Heir To The Throne Vol. 1.
Baaba Maal‘s Television (Palm, 2009) brought a subtle blend of electronic dance elements and timeless traditions of West African music, much as the result of collaboration with New York’s Brazilian Girls, co-producers of the album.
While on his current world tour, Baaba’s song “International” became a crowd favorite as it evolved with new layers and instrumentation. This extended version deviates from the original with its prominent horn section and added rhythms, yet it maintains the high quality of a studio recording.
Baaba Maal – “International (Alternate recording with horns)” (right-click to download)
Twitter followers got a special treat from @SiaMusic this week: the first single from her new album, “You’ve Changed”. It’s a new version of a perviously leaked track, reworked with production by Greg Kurstin and Nick Valensi (of The Strokes) on guitar.
Sia – “You’ve Changed” (right-click to download)
Adriana Evans’ 1997 self-titled debut was critically acclaimed but commercially panned, leaving her disenchanted with the music industry. This led to a seven year hiatus in Evans’ musical career, followed by the limited sophomore release, Nomadic. Nomadic was released on Evans’ independent label to be sold only at shows and on her website… until now. Animatedcartunes is proud to re-issue this hard-to-find classic, now enhanced to include a music video for the lead single “7 Days”. The album draws its inspiration from many genres of music including samba, reggae, rock and hip-hop, with soul firmly rooted at the base.
Georgia Anne Muldrow is a singer, producer, songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles, known for her abstract production and writing style. In 2005, she introduced herself to the indie scene with the self-released Worthnothings EP, eventually signed to Stones Throw and began to get attention from artists like Mos Def, SA-RA, and Erykah Badu. These are Georgia Anne Muldrow’s “Early” recordings. She wrote, produced and recorded this lean, ten track album entirely by herself. Seventeen years young with an old soul, Georgia managed to blend the composing acumen of Roy Ayers and J Dilla with the vocal stylings of Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill.
R&B/soul luminary Angie Stone has never shied away from pushing her own limits and the limits of her music. With each new recording, with each next step in her career, she has consistently hit the world with something it didn’t see coming. Her new album, Unexpected, encompasses a diversity of styles and influences that Stone has distilled over the years – rap, R&B, soul, funk and more – and weaves them together in a narrative that addresses life’s ups and downs, but ultimately strikes a redemptive chord.