“This record is all about capturing the moment,” says Minneapolis-born, London-based singer José James of his new nine-track release, For All We Know. A collaboration between James and noted Belgian pianist Jef Neve, the album finds the charismatic young vocalist applying his warm, rich baritone to a sterling assortment of timeless jazz and pop standards. The result is an eloquently spare, effortlessly expressive set. James’ vivid performances, paired with the intimate duo format, lend new emotional depth to such beloved classics as “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You,” “Tenderly,” “Body and Soul,” Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” and George and Ira Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.”
On Thursday, May 13th at 10 p.m., Giant Step presents our first SVEDKA Vodka Listening Session, at The Florida Room at Delano, on Miami Beach.
A Janelle Monáe listening party is unlike any other you have ever been to!!! You will find members of Monáe’s Wondaland Arts Society dancing on tables as a visual tapestry accompanies the tripped out melodies and wall shaking rhythms of The ArchAndroid. Bring a friend, wear some dancing shoes, and put your hair in a ponytail. Janelle Monáe is going to play you her album, herself.
There will be a Q&A held after the album listening. Come with your questions ready and find out what everyone in the industry is all abuzz about before anyone else does. This event will be free, but strictly RSVP only. Entrance will be granted on a first come, first served basis so make sure you arrive on time. 21+
Drawing their name from spice island slang for “Good God!,” Bonjay were born in a basement at Ottawa’s legendary Disorganised parties. What began as a simple crowd pleasing party lark has developed into a serious commitment to songwriting and production, including remixes for labels like Mad Decent, Ninjatune and Ghetto Arc (XL Recordings). With Alanna on the mic and Pho on beats & effects, their live performance is a high-energy sound system of bass and soul. Dancehall innovation, indie sentiments, and R&B hooks – these are the sounds booming out from the jeeps, towers and headphones of young Toronto, and Bonjay makes them their own.
Download this cover / dance mix of “Honey Honey” by Feist:
Emvee ft. Bonjay – “Glitch Feisty Rub” [MP3]
Limited-edition vinyl EP of six all-original Bonjay songs coming in September, wider release to follow. Debut album in 2011.
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Check out the video for “Midnight Hour ft. Estelle” the latest from Reflection Eternal‘s album Revolutions Per Minute, due out May 18th.
Following the worldwide success of their first three albums, Keane release Night Train on Cherrytree/Interscope Records. The band has had three consecutive #1 albums in their native UK and have played sold out shows throughout the US.
Night Train features eight powerful new tracks which were written and recorded during the band’s Perfect Symmetry world tour that saw them playing to packed arenas in 28 countries. The album takes its title from the band’s favorite mode of transportation during the tour, and includes Keane’s collaborations with Somali/Canadian rapper K’NAAN, “Stop For A Minute” and “Looking Back.” “I think these tracks show us in a completely different light,” says Keane frontman Tom Chaplin. Other highlights include “Ishin Denshin (You’ve Got To Help Yourself),” which features Japanese MC Tigarah, as well as the gorgeous “Your Love,” which hangs around a rare lead vocal from the band’s Ivor Novello-winning songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley.