New Release: speakers – ‘New Frequency’ EP + MP3


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Los Angeles based speakers is a lively duo that meshes dance, R&B, hip-hop, electro-pop to deliver some particularly tasty sounds to your ear. Their debut EP, New Frequency, released yesterday and we are not afraid to say that it has us shaking it with absolutely no shame.

Folks can also look forward to features from Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes and singer NiRé All’Dai on the EP.

Above, singer/producer Blair Taylor and singer/rapper Keon B pull all stops in the video for the instant banger, “Bass,” complete with party skeletons and more. The video for the free track below, “And Her Too”, will be soon premiering on VEVO.

Starting in June, look out for a summer club tour hitting major cities across the country.

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Speakers – “And Her Too” [MP3]

Purchase New Frequency EP on iTunes

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New Release: Tensei – ‘One’ EP + MP3


You may be familiar with Tensei as our winners of the November 2011 Next Step Contest. Of late, this Chicago-based production duo is gearing up for their upcoming full length album with an EP that’s setting quite the standard.

One showcases the producers’ deft technique in using live instrumentation and ‘self-sampling’ to craft their music. The result is a set of some acutely groove-worthy jams. Jam after jam, folks. Get down!

Stream the full EP below and also download the bonus track “For The Love” for free!

Tensei – “For The Love” ft. Adad, Yaw, & Denmark [Download on Soundcloud]

Purchase One on iTunes

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Alsarah & The Nubatones Release Self-Titled EP Today


Alsarah’s voice is like fresh mist on a blistering day. Inspired by Sudanese and Nubian music, Alsarah & The Nubatones formed just a year ago and are already creating soulful, funky music with abundance and great spirit.

Perhaps best described as East African retro-pop, the group’s self-titled debut intermixes original compositions with traditional pieces to birth highly melodic sonics that might induce a spasm or two before you find yourself in a possessed state of motion.

Stream the entire project below and enjoy the free download for “Fugu!”

Alsarah & The Nubatones – “Fugu (Shams Alhurria)” [MP3]

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New Release: Khari Mateen – ‘Khari’ EP


Chances are you don’t know who Khari Mateen is, but we’ve known this cat since he was a newbie to The Roots crew family at just 18 years old. Some may recognize Khari as the bassist from his current band, Elevator Fight with the illustrious Zoe Kravitz. Others may have heard his production work on The Roots’ “Game Theory,” “Clock With No Hands,” nearly half of How I Got Over, and finally, on the most recent leak with The Roots and Big K.R.I.T., “Make My.”

So, really – you already know Khari’s music. Late last month, Khari gave the world an introduction to his work as a solo artist on his Khari EP. The project features Khari’s production and also puts his vocal talents on front and center. The music is impressively (but not surprisingly) diverse with R&B, funk, rock, jazz, downtempo, classical, electronic, and hip hop influences. Do yourself a favor a get put on – ASAP. And heads up that half of the EP tracks are actually free downloads, including one of our favorite tracks, “Mother.”

Purchase Khari on Bandcamp

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New Release: Stacy Barthe – ‘Sincerely Yours’ EP


Stacy Barthe is the truth and it’s likely that you’re already familiar with her work. The LA singer-songwriter been quietly flexing her skills songwriting for giants like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Britney Spears. In fact, Rihanna’s latest single “Cheers (Drink To That)” is a Stacy Barthe original and is steady climbing the Billboard 100 charts.

You may also have fancied her track with Frank Ocean, “Without You,” which came out earlier this year.

Last week Stacy dropped her debut vocal project, a free 8-track EP entitled Sincerely Yours. You need to take a listen.

Stacy Barthe – “Without You” ft. Frank Ocean [MP3]

Stacy Barthe – “Not Like I Used To…” [MP3]

Stacy Barthe – Sincerely Yours EP [Download]

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