“Little Fly” Video by Esperanza Spalding

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“Little Fly” is a quiet and melodic piece from the upcoming album Chamber Music Society, in which Esperanza Spalding sets the William Blake poem to original music. Throughout the piece, Esperanza’s vocals merge seamlessly with her own bass as well as the string trio that surrounds it.

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Eli “Paperboy” Reed Releases Come and Get It

On his Capitol Records debut, Come and Get It!, Eli “Paperboy” Reed proves to be the life of a soulful, sweaty party where everyone eventually gets dragged onto the dance floor. He incorporates the feel of classic R&B and soul into a largely self-penned album produced with Mike Elizondo. As a performer, Reed approaches each song with nothing less than utter conviction; he’s as authentically gritty as he is ingratiatingly sexy. Admirers have likened Reed to such luminaries as Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, but Reed is channeling his influences and inspirations into making something all his own.

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Questlove and John Legend Talk About Their New Album Wake Up!

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There are plenty of reasons why we’re looking forward to the release of this upcoming collaboration, Wake Up!, but here are a few highlights as described by the musicians themselves. Find out how these soulful 70′s throwbacks and their political themes are more relevant than ever in 2010.

N.A.S.A. Covers Max Romeo’s “Chase The Devil”

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Dr. Martens is celebrating its 50th anniversary by enlisting ten contemporary bands and ten film directors to cover ten cult classic songs. The seventh and latest track in the series is N.A.S.A.‘s re-interpretation of Max Romeo and The Upsetters classic reggae anthem “I Chase the Devil.” Having collaborated with heads as diverse as M.I.A., Karen O and Tom Waits on their masterful debut LP The Spirit of Apollo, it was anyone’s guess as to what direction N.A.S.A. would take. After hours spent crunching real tape loops and experimenting with the dubbing to get exactly the right “stoned, spacey feel,” the production on the track sparkles. The animated video that accompanies is every inch as virtuoso with humor and imagination in excess. Don Letts has broken boundaries left, right and center in his film work and this video continues that spirit of exploration with extra-powerful visuals.

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Painkillers Don’t Work for Lauren Pritchard

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Currently residing in London to produce and promote her new album, Tennessee-born Lauren Pritchard will release a new EP in the UK next week. She plays piano and sings with a raspy yet powerful voice; her upcoming full-length consists of soulful tracks with production contributions from the likes of Mumford & Sons. We can expect more from her in an upcoming US debut, and we can’t wait!

Grab a free Flotilla remix download from her MySpace.