Any project soul singer Aloe Blacc takes on, as he is continually showing, will be infused with the emotion and passion that gets both the guys and the gals tingly all over. His hit song, “I Need a Dollar,” was featured on HBO’s “How to Make It in America,” and sparked major attention. With a bouncing bass line, clean blues guitar riffs, and a sax and trumpet section from The Grand Scheme, Billie Jean’s intensely personal lyrics are brought out in an entirely new way in one of the best covers of the song we’ve heard. Look out for more Aloe Blacc videos in the near future, and if you’re in the New York area, don’t miss him at Giant Step’s Summerstage on July 17th on the Central Park main stage.
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The Levi’s Pioneer Sessions keeps it moving with an amazing new cover, which may have been the catalyst a full blown Roots – John Legend soul cover album. Immediately after the new Roots release this Tuesday, they’ve announced plans for a new one. Pitchfork details their new project here; including classic covers like this one, it’s obvious that these recordings came natural. Get the free download of The Roots & John Legend remaking the Ernie Hines’ breakbeat classic, “Our Generation” at Levi’s Pioneer Sessions.
This is the first single to be released from Belleruche‘s third studio album, 270 Stories, set to hit the shelves on October 11th, 2010 on Tru Thoughts Records. The London based group’s lead singer, Kathrin deBoer, has a sound that epitomizes the word soulful. Look out for Belleruche’s album in the fall.
This week, Gilles goes as deep as he wants to, starting off with some sunshine by Seu George (Roy Ayers’ classic, “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”), playing tunes by Flying Lotus, Janelle Monae, and finishing off the show with “On a Clear Day” by the Charlie Byrd Trio. Elephino (pictured above) brings us the Worldwide Family Mixtape this week, mixing in some of his own work with other artists including Prince, Joy Orbison, and Kid Kanevil.