After giving an amazing performance last week in Boston at the beautiful Woodward at Ames, José James zipped back to New York City to make an appearance later that week at the Lincoln Center. Along with Robert Glasper and Bilal on the bill these gentlemen thrilled the audience and made very clear, just how unclear the line between jazz and soul can be. Check out what the New York Times had to say about him, and about the re-emergence of jazz in the mainstream.
Our friends at Daptone Records have a new release out this week: the third album from Budos Band, titled Budos Band III. Produced by Bosco Mann and TNT at “House of Soul Studios” in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the band’s third full-length studio effort was conceived during weekly, beer-fueled Staten Island writing sessions – as well as more than 150 live gigs over the last two years – and recorded during a 48 hour period in January 2010.
If the menacing album art, which features a cobra primed for the attack, is any indication of the music itself, we can expect an all out assault of the senses, with a tendency towards the venomous and psychedelic.
The Budos Band: "Unbroken, Unshaven" [MP3]
Get the album directly from Daptone for vinyl with exclusive non-album tracks and more.
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Check out a significantly less controversial new video from M.I.A., at least compared to the gruesome "Born Free" video. Our girl Maya has traveled a long, bumpy road to the release of her album /\/\/\Y/\ , but she's still going strong and sticking with the GIF animation theme in her "XXXO" video. If you haven't already, check out the "XXXO" remixes featuring Jay-Z and more remixes by Riton and SBTRKT.
Loads of impatient hip-hop fans are now pacified, since the Canadian rapper K-os has finally delivered The Anchorman Mixtape as promised long ago. It features Drake, Eliayh, Scuba 'Steve' Krecklo, Gadget, Saukrates Inc, Stephen 'Calcutta' Murray, Spock, Ryan Dahle, Sebastian 'Sir Bastard' Grainger, Roger Swan, Phantogram, Cirkut & AG, Illangelo and muse S.E.M. Besides the slew of special guests, the album incorporates your favorite Will Ferrell sound bytes too, naturally.
K-OS - "Faith" ft Drake
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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.