Stones Throw renaissance man Aloe Blacc has a new release on iTunes with two singles from his new album, including "Take Me Back." The forthcoming album is called Good Things, and will be produced by Truth & Soul with backing from Expressions and El Michels Affair.
Aloe Blacc - "I Need A Dollar" [mp3]
It's also the theme song for that show you've beeing seeing ads for everywhere, How to Make it in America. Check out the debut:
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Erykah Badu has revealed the artwork, designed by EMEK, for her upcoming project (New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh) to be released on the 30th. We at the GS office been lost in this visual puzzle for hours, looking for clues, contemplating the meaning -- what's your opinion? (click for close-up)
Head over to ErykahBadu.com for the official leak of the Madlib-produced "Strawberry Incense."
(Erykah + Madlib = Madu?)
Mr Day is known as the singer of French jazz combo Metropolitan Jazz Affair and The Dynamics, plus a frequent featured vocalist for artists like Boozoo Bajou, Patchworks and Mr. President. "Tears of Joy" sounds like The Who playing in homage to Smokey Robinson. That’s the direction Mr Day has taken for his much-anticipated solo album, Small Fry, a record full of pure soul music from suave to edgy and raw, but always with the elegance Mr Day carries so uniquely, making him the most British of dandies on French soil.
Mulatu Astastke is a giant of Ethiopian music. He is the inventor of Ethio-jazz. His work has inspired many imitations, many admirers, and a whole new generation of fans. His music veers from the sublime tezetas to the most foot stomping funk.
His relevance in today's music scene is evident in the music of the artists he influences, as well as his own new music. Enjoy the album preview: five streaming tracks and a download from Mulatu Steps Ahead by Mulatu Astastke on Strut Records: listen here.
Mulatu Astastke - "Green Africa"
[get free MP3 here]
Video from Mulatu Astastke's performances will be featured in the DVD boxset from VTech/Mochilla, Timeless, also to be released on March 30th.