Kelis’ new album Flesh Tone hits stores today and has already been tipped as one of 2010′s “Best Bets” by Billboard. The David Guetta-produced single “Acapella” is already an international No. 1 hit, while the festive “4th of July (Fireworks)” is a club banger that mixes R&B soulfulness and electro breaks with a rip-roaring wobbly bass riff. Kelis says of the album, “there’s a physicality behind it – it’s about blood, muscle, heart. I was pregnant when I recorded 75 or 80 percent of this music… And that became a real driving force for me. She also worked with label head will.i.am, Alle, Benny Benassi, Free School, Boys Noize and Burns to achieve her club-ready sound.
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“Acapella” is the Free Video of the Week over at iTunes so grab it now before it’s gone. You can also stream loads of remixes here. Besides those remixes by the likes of Benny Benassi and David Guetta, a lesser-known DJ Replay also made a dope mix to get you hyped up for the new album, Flesh Tone.
Jack Splash, Plantlife frontman, has been bubbling in the background of your favorite R&B for years, producing for artists like Alicia Keys and Raheem DeVaughn. Now following his recent single with Kelis, “In the Future”, DJ Skee & The Smoking Section have released the new Jack Splash mixtape for download: Heir To The Throne Vol. 1.
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While the physical release doesn’t come around until October 6th, the highly anticipated Basement Jaxx album Scars is now available worldwide in digital format with bonus tracks. (Buy here from iTunes). Featured vocalists and collaborators include Kelis, Meleka, Chipmunk, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Santigold, Sam Sparro, Lightspeed Champion, Amp Fiddler, Yo Majesty, Yoko Ono, Paloma Faith, Lisa Kekaula, Jose Hendrix Ndelo, Jose James, Lil Louis, Serocee, Funkagenda and Paul Thomas.
“There’s a good reason why the new record is called Scars,” says Felix Buxton. “Making it has been a grueling process. When we finished recording, it felt like we’d come out of a boxing ring.” His bandmate Simon Ratcliffe nods in agreement.