Video: Bilal Covers Bob Marley

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Plug Research is taking over now; they’re too good. Today they gave us a video of Bilal (who’s new album Airtight’s Revenge came out this week) working with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson‘s orchestra to play a Bilal-style ”cover” of a classic Bob Marley song, “Is This Love.” Bilal puts a beautiful new twist on the song making it almost unrecognizable, with the help of the orchestra he leads along the way. Another “cover” was recorded during the same session which we’ll get soon, and that’s gonna be none other than Soft Cells “Tainted Love.”

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Bilal: Airtight’s Revenge Out Today

There are a lot of great new releases today, but possibly the best one is Bilal‘s Airtight Revenge. Back after years of obstacles with record labels, his new album is a beautiful departure from the ‘neo-soul’ box which seemed to form around him before. The sound on Airtight’s Revenge is still soul, and very new, but it’s way out of any box we would have imagined.

If you don’t believe that Bilal is magic, here are Questlove, Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe to explain it to you, their official endorsements. After the jump, watch each of their respective videos by Plug Research and learn how Bilal helped shape the sound of these artists.

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New Single by Bilal + MP3

Bilal, the Philadelphia born, Grammy nominated artist who has collaborated and performed with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu (he performed on her tour June 8th in Philly), and The Roots, is releasing his third studio album, Airtight’s Revenge,  on September 14th. Although classically trained and jazz-influenced, Bilal says this next album will be an eclectic mix of “jazz, hip-hop, soul, blues, and experimental free music.” To tide us over before the release of his much anticipated album, here’s a free MP3 download of his song, “Free.” The song will not make an appearance on Airtight’s Revenge, but it’s the first time the fully mixed and mastered version of this song has been released for download. Check it out and see what you think.

Bilal – “Free” [MP3]