Spotlight: KING – The Story

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Successful blending of the retro and progressive is not easy. More than a handful of projects trying to accomplish this feat circulate the internet everyday, but only a few do it well. King’s The Story is one these few. The debut three-track EP highlights harmony of three ladies over an amalgam of light guitars, keys, and synths, big drums, tambourines, and pulsating bass without beating us over the head with either the accompaniments or any particular voice. In other words, the group’s wall of sound is more of an entrance than a barrier. I suppose we could all use a bit more supernatural love, and these three tracks played in sequence are a great place to start. Listen on Soundcloud, like them on Facebook, and purchase the EP on iTunes or Amazon.  There’s also a cute cut-and-paste video (above) if you like that sort of thing.

-L.E is a lower east side native, dedicated to engaging in and contributing to the advancement of culture from an objective NewYorkerCentric perspective. Follow L.E at twitter.com/discjockeyle, and listen to L.E’s Urban Sprawl Radio every tuesday from 5-6pm EST on WHCS.

Dotmatic – It’s Yours Vinyl + Contest

Dotmatic has been extremely busy in the studio cooking up some tasty treats. This year he has been featured twice on the Record Breakin’ Music 5 Year Anniversary compilation, released the first in a new series of seasonal projects with Lullabies for Winter, and now It’s Yours. All this and we are only three months into the year! Reminiscent of his highly acclaimed debut album The City, Dotmatic puts his own twist on hip-hop and soulful beats, all packed into a 45 vinyl record. Apparently a rather quiet fellow was able to sneak into the studio and copy some notes he left laying around that described the tracks on It’s Yours… Check them out after the jump.

Dotmatic gave us some wax to give away, so enter to win a copy of the It’s Yours 7″ single.

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Mary Mary Announces New Release, Something Big

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Mary Mary has announced the release of a groundbreaking new album to be released on March 29th, Something Big. Throughout their career, Mary Mary has earned 3 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Award, and they sound just as fresh and innovative on their sixth album: Something Big. This vibrant outing, once again produced by longtime collaborator Warryn Campbell, picks up where the group’s most recent mainstream success story, 2008’s The Sound left off.

Paving the way for Something Big is the lively lead single “Walking.” After only nine weeks at radio, the single has already marched its way into the top 10 at Urban AC and is steadily growing. “Walking” bounces along with synthesizer-accented, percolating rhythms while delivering its uplifting message. “Some say walking takes too long/I say with walking you can’t go wrong/I rock with the greatest,” proclaim Tina and Erica. Like Mary Mary’s previous albums, Something Big resonates with a fusion of sound (R&B, hip-hop, dance, pop, gospel and jazz) and empowering messages. But unlike earlier efforts, this album also features more collaborations with several talented new writers.

Purchase the single “Walking” on iTunes

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New Jay Electronica – Freestyle + ‘Making Of’ Video

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Jay Electronica is one of those artists who got himself a sweet deal (Roc Nation) from blowing up online. He’s released freestyles that were blogged and hyped up around the world, in particular the famous “Exhibit A.” His Roc Nation album will be coming out later this year, but for now we get this live video – “Prelude to a Freestyle”. After the jump, watch the Making of Act II, his upcoming album.

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