José James on “Lush Life”

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“Lush Life,” the jazz standard written by Billy Strayhorn and famously recorded by Johnny Hartman with John Coltrane is an iconic song for most jazz fans. In this video, the new vocal sensation José James discusses the importance of the song, from its original conception (by Billy Strayhorn in his teens) to its forward-moving musical nature.

After the explanation by James, treat yourself to his sublime version of “Lush Life,” performed live with Belgian pianist Jef Neve. The song comes from their album on Impulse!, For All We Know, available in stores now.

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Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: Nas Covers “Hey Young World” by Slick Rick + MP3

The Levi’s Pioneer Sessions kicked off with Nas covering his “personal favorite MC” Slick Rick’s classic song, “Hey Young World,” and you can get your copy here. The series has some exciting upcoming tracks from artists like The Shins, Raphael SaadiqJohn Legend & The Roots, She & Him, Passion Pit, and more, so stay tuned! For now, check out this bonus footage of Nas laying down his track for Levi’s.


Alex Cuba’s “Caballo” Video + MP3

Check out the video for “Caballo” (Horse en Español), a Cuban-funk-rock track, conceived and produced in Smithers, Canada, where Alex Cuba currently resides. Alex Cuba‘s new album is self titled, to be released in the US on June 8th. Grab yourself an MP3 after the jump!

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Carl Hancock Rux : “I Got A Name” Video

Check out this video compiled by award winning writer and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux for his song, “I Got A Name,” off the album Apothecary RX, released on Giant Step Records in 2004. The ever poignant Carl addresses matters of racial stereotypes with such a hypnotic groove, you won’t notice the edification until its too late. Enjoy this one from the Giant Step vaults.

Quadron Video: “Buster Keaton”

Danish duo Quadron brings us the second video from their self-titled release on Plug Research. The soul/electronic act provides an entrancing visual take on the proverbial hoops women jump through in the many transitions from “teenagehood” to adulthood. Perhaps the emotional “Buster Keaton” video questions why women seem to float through life wearing the classically stoic Buster-Keaton-silent-movie face – either that or it’s a hoola-hoop commercial. Let us know what you think!


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