New Release: Emma Shaheen – ‘Heart Cries’ EP

UK based singer-songwriter Emma Shaheen got her start in a nu-jazz band called Today’s Mathematics and in the last few years has been cultivating her solo craft. Citing influences within the realm of Erykah Badu, The Roots, Roberta Flack, Lauryn Hill, and Jeff Buckley, Emma’s vibe is refreshingly earthy and light. Her tone and enunciation kind of reminds us of a mellower Zaki Ibrahim.

A couple weeks ago, Emma released her Heart Cries EP, a five track EP of fluttery, flowy music to pick up the mood of anyone’s day. The fifth track is actually a Tall Black Guy remix of “Sunshine,” and is the most upbeat tune on the easygoing album. We love it all, though. Watch the video for the title track after the jump and stream the entire EP below!

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Watch the “Heart Cries” video after the jump

Video: The Flaming Lips & Erykah Badu – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (NSFW)

 

When the Flaming Lips linked up with Erykah Badu for their all-collaboration album, The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends, they recorded a cover of an old folk song by Ewan MacColl titled “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” Most famously recorded by Roberta Flack in 1972 the new version of the song gets a video that’s about as NSFW as it could possibly be. While the various Lips flail around in super slow motion, Nayrok Badu — Erykah’s sister, who looks a whole hell of a lot like Erykah — gets extremely naked and rolls about in glitter, blood, and white goop.

Directed by George Salisbury, the video is an artistic interpretation of the first time a woman has intercourse with a man. We’d like to applaud Erykah for constantly pushing the boundaries of her abilities and by exploring new dramatic forms of artistic expression.

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SXSW 2012 Artist Spotlight: Electric Wire Hustle + NYC Show


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Electric Wire Hustle is undoubtedly one of our favorite newer acts to hit the scene in the last couple years. Their sound cocoons you in soulful nostalgia all while keeping your expletives in free flow with their unforgettably unique flavor. SXSW brought the New Zealanders several shows, including the Mint Collective x Grown Kids Radio Showcase, where we got a chance to snap a few photos and catch up with the guys.

Self-described as more “painting with oils than water colors,” Electric Wire Hustle’s fluid sound is one of purpose where individuals strengths are recognized and utilized. Citing the opportunity to travel and “sample more than what’s limited to [their] particular portion of the universe” as one of their reasons for making music, the group’s seemingly effortless appeal becomes easy to understand – their music is informed by both the depth and breadth of experience.

Trying to pin down exactly what feeling you get when listening to Electric Wire Hustle can be a bit difficult to describe at times. There’s a familiarity and a newness all at once, and on the first record, an undeniable sense of Marvin Gaye. Per the guys themselves, they share that they ‘don’t necessarily wan’t to be any one thing.’ They explain

“It’s beat driven, it’s Hotere influenced, its Samo before Basquiat blew up, its Kafka after the first chapter.”

Read more, watch a live video, & get info on tomorrow’s NYC show after the jump

New Track: Rocket Juice And The Moon – “Hey Shooter” ft. Erykah Badu

 

Well isn’t this a fancy little treat. Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea have joined forces to become Rocket Juice and The Moon. Their debut track, “Hey Shooter” features the incomparable Erykah Badu, and is quite expletive worthy in its greatness.

Look out for their debut album dropping March 26th.

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Robert Glasper Releases ‘Black Radio’ + Video & 2nd NYC Release Show @ Highline Ballroom – Feb 29

 

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If you’ve been anywhere on the internet today, you’d should have easily seen about eleventy-billion posts about our man Robert Glasper and his oh so fancy Experiment’s release of Black Radio. We’re still blinking after seeing the iTunes price of $6.99 – that’s like, basically free.

Yes, the album actually features Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn, Ledisi, and Meshell Ndegeocello, amongst others. No, we’re not kidding when we say the that Black Radio is top to bottom worthy of a sublime stupor.

After dizzying ourselves from running around in circles of excitement all morning, we have now transitioned to the running man in anticipation of the release show at the Highline Ballroom in NYC tonight. And while you’re hating us in our unabashed show-off, do know that you can also gloat by grabbing tickets to tomorrow’s newly added second release show on Wednesday, February 29th.

Also, hats off to Okayplayer for premiering the video for the title track featuring Yasiin Bey! Check it out above.

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