Introducing Oceana

Oceana is bringing the finest in soul-pop, funk, R’n’B and reggae to the reknowned dance label, Ultra Records. A real cosmopolitan, Oceana has lived in Paris, Hamburg, London, New York, Los Angeles and spent a fair amount of time in Martinique, exploring her Caribbean roots, allowing her to make a rounded, international-sounding album.

Check out the Yahoo-premiered video for the single “Cry, Cry”

“Cry Cry,” original and remix, are out on Ultra Records June 1, 2010.

Stream and download the RCRD LBL premiered remix of “Cry Cry” by tech-step outfit out of Germany, Deichkind.

Exclusive Spinnerty Mix + Download

Tomorrow, Spinnerty releases his latest project, Just Listen Pt. 1 &  2 featuring John Robinson & Jacqueline Marie, as limited 7-inch vinyl & digital download on Philadelphia-based label Record Breakin.

To celebrate, he’s dropped us this jazz-inspired, beat-heavy mix complete with previews of his new work. Full tracklist is posted after the jump, but the mix also features the “Just Listen” remixes by B.Bravo and DJ Limbs, which will be available June 22nd.

Stream the Spinnerty – Just Listen Mix
 

In his own words: “The Just Listen project leaves me feeling like a proud dad.  Bringing together musical friends of mine to create a project bigger than the sum of its parts.  Connecting the dots from San Francisco to Chicago to Philly to the UK and back again, the Just Listen record offers sounds spanning from classic boom bap to downtempo to future funk to dancefloor heat all wrapped together with feel good vibe and optimistic look on things to come.  I hope you enjoy listening to this release as much as I enjoyed putting it together.” – Spinnerty

Tracklist and download after the jump. [Read more...]

Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” + Remixes

Robyn follows up her Grammy-nominated album with a triple album in three installments. Body Talk Pt 1, (6/15) picks up where Robyn left off, with the emphasis on those sweeping, emotional dance tracks and the biting, quirky rap-pop with which she made her name. On the lead single from the new album, “Dancing On My Own,” Robyn depicts a scene familiar to many: the man she loves is dancing with another woman, oblivious to her presence as she looks on.

Check out the club remixes by Chew Fu, Michael Woods, Fred Falke, Jakwob, Rex The Dog and Buzz Junkies.

Robyn – “Dancing On My Own” (Original Version)
 

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Photos: Giant Step Presents Janelle Monáe at Highline

Photos by Jaecyne Howell (MoonRisingNYC.com).

Janelle Monáe truly gave us an epic show on Tuesday night, supported by DJ Moni. Those of you who stood patiently in line got into the venue with plenty of time to get your groove on and revel in Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid Spectacular Emotion Picture experience. If you didn’t make it, maybe you can catch Janelle on tour with Erykah Badu. It’s a show not to be missed. But no matter who you are, cop the new album as soon as possible.

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Talib Kweli & Hi Tek are Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute In Stores Now

Ten years since their classic contribution Train of Thought sealed their fates in hip hop lore, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek release their follow-up venture, Revolutions Per Minute. With their first collaboration praised for its uplifting messages and nostalgic soundscape, Kweli’s command of the mic and Hi-Tek’s versatile production skills have made this album one of the most anticipated hip hop albums of 2010.

Exclusive produced by Hi-Tek, features on the album include appearances by Estelle, Bilal, Bun B, Mos Def, Jay Electronica, J. Cole, Res and Chester French. The album covers an array of topics that discuss the shortcomings of America (“Strangers”), society’s obsession with fame (“Got Work”), an honest discussion of drug use (“Lift’in Off”), the pining for a lover returning home (“Midnight Hour”), a music history lesson (“In the Red”), and even a track about Nigeria’s corruption-riddled oil business (“Black Gold”). This kind of entertainment with real world application manifests itself on the album’s first single “In This World.” Accompanied by Hi-Tek’s pulsating bass and a gripping soul sample, Kweli contemplates success and the infinite obstacles that prove burdensome to its maturation with a resounding co-sign from Jay-Z.

Reflection Eternal – “In This World”
 

Revolutions Per Minute on iTunes | Amazon

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