“What You Talkin About!?” Video by Redlight ft. Ms Dynamite

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You remember the lady UK rapper Ms Dynamite and her Flamenco-inspired beat on the 2002 hit “It Takes More.” US fans were simultaneously inspired and baffled – what to do with such a strong female voice in the world of fancy cars, clothes and hoes?

Apparently Ms Dynamite is back with the neon times, begging comparisons to Rye Rye and M.I.A. on a single with Redlight, “What You Talkin About!?”. She has a new album coming out too, so look for it on MTA Records later this year.

Ms Dynamite Facebook

Esperanza Spalding’s Chamber Music Society in Stores Today + MP3

Esperanza Spalding, who’s already been praised by some of the most powerful people in the world, releases a new album today called Chamber Music Society. “I’m confident that this music will touch people,” she says of Chamber Music Society. “We all want to hear sincerity and originality in music, and anyone can recognize and appreciate when love and truth are transmitted through art. No matter what else has or hasn’t been achieved on this recording, those things are definitely a part of this music. Those are the things I really want to deliver.”

Esperanza Spalding – “Little Fly” [MP3]
 

Purchase the album on iTunes | Amazon

Videos, Music, Tour Dates & Tracklisting

Yvette Rovira Remixed by DJ Spinna & Matthias Heilbronn

A Florida native, vocalist and songwriter Yvette Rovira moved to New York City to craft her self-titled debut album. Working with producer Rob Mounsey (Rihanna, Mary J. Blige) and a tight family of musicians, she’s recorded a full-length flavored with Latin-inspired percussion, funk, and old school R&B references, all sung with a distinctive power and passion. With release date around the corner, we have a Matthias Heilbronn remix of the high energy “Let’s Go Out Tonight” and DJ Spinna‘s take on “I Remember Love.”

“Let’s Go Out Tonight” (Matthias Heilbronn Remix)
 

“I Remember Love” (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix)
 

Check out the Album version of “Let’s Go Out Tonight” with a download, plus a video interview here.

Spotlight: Aabaraki

Aabaraki pays tribute to two legendary postmortem singer/songwriters, covering a Classic cover of a classic on The Pre-Release EP, available for free download here.

The Hathaway cover:
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The John Lennon original:
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Comprised of four talented working musicians: Brian Forbes (guitar), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Aaron “BLACKDATA” Steele (Drums), and Aamir “Akie” Bermiss (vocals/keys), Aabaraki has been playing their own brand of reduction-stutter-funk together as a unit since the spring of ’09. Separately, they have worked with an impressive range of musicians and producers including Roy Hargrove, Soulive, Patti Smith, The American Symphony Orchestra, Megahertz (Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy), and Jimmy Lenner (John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer).

The current EP reveals a vulnerability (“Terrified,” “Save Me”) and predation (“Girl,” “Big Bad Wolf”) that’s quite common among us humanfolk. Vocalist Aamir “Akie” Bermiss accomplishes this with keys-in-hand, and tongue-in-cheek as he channels the American Everyman. A reflection of our culture, Akie’s creative use of satire is best exemplified halfway through the EP in the up-tempo “Big Bad Wolf:” ‘Haters hate, players play, girl don’t front on me just get undressed. Now you’re free, follow me, to the deepest depths of desire.’

The band is funky, harmonic, minimal, and is consistent throughout the EP, each musician sticking closely to the sound of his instrument without relying on heavy effects that might alter it beyond recognition. They are retro but not throwback, progressive but not cold. In other words, Reduction-stutter-funk at its best.

Aabaraki will be playing in NYC at Fontana’s on September 9th and Rockwood Music Hall every subsequent Thursday. They are also working on a follow-up to The Pre-Release EP to be released in the fall. In the meantime, make sure you download the current project here.

-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