Janelle Monáe Releases The ArchAndroid & Giant Step Presents A Special Performance at Highline Ballroom

The long-anticipated album from Janelle Monáe will be released tomorrow: The ArchAndroid. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen it yet, check out the video for “Tightrope” here.

These photos were taken at last week’s SVEDKA Miami release party for The ArchAndroid, hosted by Janelle Monáe. And tomorrow night, to celebrate her new release, Ms. Monáe will give a very special performance at Highline Ballroom (NYC) with DJ Moni. It will be a magical evening in Metropolis, so we hope you can make it. If you didn’t RSVP in time, try your luck in the contest for free tickets — quick.

The ArchAndroid – Purchase on iTunes

jmonae.com


“Never Be Your Woman” Video by Wiley ft. Emeli Sande

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The freshest UK-imports just keep coming: check out Wiley featuring Emeli Sande in their video for “Never Be Your Woman.” We’ve been playing this in the office for months, and cannot wait for the album!

Nas & Damien Marley “As We Enter” Tinie Tempah Remix + MP3

Download this Tinie Tempah remix of “As We Enter” from the upcoming project by Nas & Damien Marley. We’re so ready for the release of Distant Relatives this Tuesday, plus their NYC performance on Monday. They’re also offering a download on their official site, so visit here too: distantrelatives.com.



Leela James Webisode Premiere: “I Want It All”

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Check out this webisode where Leela James talks about her musical influences and preview the new track “I Want It All” from My Soul, out May 25th. Find more webisodes on Bama Love Soul, Singer’s Room, and soon on Hard Candy.


Georgia Anne Muldrow is Jyoti

Jyoti is a Sanscrit word meaning “light,” and it’s the new alias which Georgia Anne Muldrow will be using for all her upcoming jazz projects. The name Jyoti was given to her by the late great Alice Coltrane, a friend of the family. The first of these jazz projects will be Ocotea, drawing from an ocean of influences such as Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys, Swamini Truiyasangitanada’s Monastic Trio, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Henry Threadgill, Sun-Ra, and Stevie Wonder (to name a few).

Infused with experimental synthesizers that poses a pan-tonal sensibility, and melodies that soar about with raw musicianship, Ocotea is sure to become a new-jazz classic. It will be released on limited CD/vinyl on June 15th.

This is Georgia like you’ve never seen her before.

Stream a track from the new album: “The Black Mother”