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.

Get a free MP3 download of N.A.S.A.’s “Chase The Devil” from Dr. Martens

Check out more videos and downloads: 50.drmartens.com

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.

Shannon Harris – “Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism”

Producer, composer, and artist, Shannon Harris released the single Desperado El Montuno in 2001, followed by his 2004 full length The New World Reveal-A-Solution. Now after six years of creation, he’ll be physically/digitally releasing his sophomore album, Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism, on August 21st. The album celebrates and transforms Harris’ African roots and Latin/Asian/Middle Eastern influences into an alluring aural narrative, weaving sultry vocals and live instrumentation together. Check out the release page for more info, streams, and a free download of one track.

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Spotlight: New Talent from OkayAfrica

There is no one alive today that can deny the cultural contributions of Africa to modern day music across the entire globe. From artists such as the late Fela Kuti, on whose life the Award-winning Broadway musical Fela is based, to new emerging cosmopolitan artists such as  Nneka and K’Naan, the influence of African music is still heard today. Even Artists that you would not traditionally think of as African influenced, such as The Roots, whose new album might be the best to come out this year so far, can easily tell you how they have been touched and influenced by it. In fact so much so that a new branch of Okayplayer, appropriately named Okayafrica, was launched earlier this summer devoted exclusively to covering the latest cutting edge African Artists. Considering the great overlap in our communities, we thought it best if we gave you a little sample of what they offer. Check out a few of our picks after the jump.

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