This week Gilles brings more new soul music to the table with artists like Aloe Blacc, Janelle Monae, Cee-Lo, and Jamie Lidell, while throwing his Balkan Jazz mix in between. Also listen for Gilles-endorsed jazz artists like Propaganda and Misa Blam.
Vonnegutt, a new four man hip-hop band signed by Outkast-founded label Purple Ribbon Records, is featured in this Big Boi track, "Follow Us," off of his upcoming album, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (out July 6th). Big Boi has had no lack of new music with the recent release of his mixtape with Rick Ross, Southernplayalisticmaybachmusic.
B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco, who toured together this last year, have teamed up with Janelle Monae on this chilled out, funky-with-a-hint-of-metal version of "Tightrope." According to B.o.B himself, this is "one of the best collaborations of the year." If you missed Janelle's newest album, The ArchAndroid, make sure to grab yourself a copy.
After years of almost total silence from Lauryn Hill, she finally opened up to NPR about her music, why she left the game, and where she's headed next. While her classic solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was groundbreaking in part because of her unique ability to sing over hooks she also rapped, she's focusing now on "opening up [her] range, really sing more." According to Lauryn, "Most people have never really heard me 'sing sing sing'... if I do record again, next time perhaps it will be in an expanded context." And for those have been missing Ms. Hill's voice, she's starting to perform again, including the Rock the Bells tour this summer. She told NPR, "I think it's just time [to perform more], I'm starting to get excited again."