Having released their 4th studio album, Yeah Ghost, earlier this Fall the Grammy-Award winning duo Zero 7 have hit the road doing a major city US-tour. The album features jazz and soul singer Eska Mtungwazi, folk artist Martha Tilston, long time collaborator Rowdy Superstar, along with the vocal stylings of band member Binns, creating a more upbeat and approachable sound than their past albums. Opening for them is the Brooklyn based electro-soul group Body Language. You can catch them in the New York part of their tour at Terminal 5 on Friday Nov. 27.
In 2003, Lizz Fields emerged with her instant indie classic album, By Day By Night. In 2008, Lizz carved her musical space with PleasureVille on Blue Fields Records. She embraced the grit and the grind, a stylistic fete that grows with each listen. Full speed ahead, Lizz Fields transmits another beautifully crafted message in her unexpected remix album, re-PRODUCED. Originally deemed a side project, re-PRODUCED was created by Lizz Fields and partner, Tristan Leral, co-piloting the boards and the mic.
Lizz Fields - "Gotta Go" (Gotta Bounce Remix)
The much anticipated Los Angeles debut of Singer/Songwriter Nneka last Wednesday Nov. 18 at the SkyBar as part of the Svedka Vodka Sessions series, was everything hoped for and then some. The Sultry vocals of the Nigerian born singer was only enhanced by the strong message she communicated to the dazzled crowds. Helping warm up the crowd on that windy night was the masterful spinning of LA's own DJ Vikter Duplaix.
It was a high profile night covered by many, including Blogger Yaz Jenkins. For more photos and info you can check out her blog Pop!A-Razzi
Baaba Maal's Television (Palm, 2009) brought a subtle blend of electronic dance elements and timeless traditions of West African music, much as the result of collaboration with New York's Brazilian Girls, co-producers of the album.
While on his current world tour, Baaba's song "International" became a crowd favorite as it evolved with new layers and instrumentation. This extended version deviates from the original with its prominent horn section and added rhythms, yet it maintains the high quality of a studio recording.
Baaba Maal - "International (Alternate recording with horns)" (right-click to download)
Twitter followers got a special treat from @SiaMusic this week: the first single from her new album, "You've Changed". It's a new version of a perviously leaked track, reworked with production by Greg Kurstin and Nick Valensi (of The Strokes) on guitar.
Sia - "You've Changed" (right-click to download)