New Album + Video: Lotus – Monks

 

Lotus drops the new hip-hop album, Monks, today and you can download it for free via their Bandcamp page. The album finds them taking their live electronic sound and mixing it up with classic hip-hop. Guests on the album include Gift of Gab, Mr. Lif, Doodlebug, Ozay Moore, Ras Arcane, Mane Rok, Xencs L. Wing, CX, and more.

The guys have also released a video for “Cannon in the Heavens” featuring Lyrics Born & Chris Vos. Check it out above.

Yael Naim – New Album + Live Shows in NY (5/9) and LA (5/16)

Thanks to the runaway success of her international hit “New Soul,” Yael Naim’s self-titled 2007 release propelled this French-Israeli singer-songwriter on a yearlong promotional trek around the globe. Naim’s stunning new album, She Was a Boy (which has already surpassed Gold status in France), collects 13 luminous folk-pop gems, each recorded at the singer’s apartment-turned-workshop. Upbeat tunes like “Come Home,” “Stupid Goal” and “Go to the River” will instantly appeal to fans of “New Soul,” though She Was a Boy presents a serious expansion of Naim’s sound as well.

Check out her upcoming appearances in NY and LA – She’ll be at Le Poisson Rouge on May 9 in NY, and she’ll be at Hotel Cafe on May 16th in LA.

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Jill Scott Performs Songs From New Album

The new Jill Scott album The Light of the Sun is coming soon enough that the diva hosted an exclusive party in NYC last night, performing hot new tracks along with some of her classics. Check out this footage via Please Don’t Stare via The Life Files.

New Jay Electronica – Freestyle + ‘Making Of’ Video

prelude to a freestyle. from Jay Electronica on Vimeo.

Jay Electronica is one of those artists who got himself a sweet deal (Roc Nation) from blowing up online. He’s released freestyles that were blogged and hyped up around the world, in particular the famous “Exhibit A.” His Roc Nation album will be coming out later this year, but for now we get this live video – “Prelude to a Freestyle”. After the jump, watch the Making of Act II, his upcoming album.

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Femi Kuti to Release Africa for Africa + Tour Dates

In a career spanning over twenty years, Femi Kuti has been able to find his own voice while preserving the memory of his father, Fela Kuti. Following his 2008 album Day By Day and ushering in a more aggressive but pointed style of music, Africa for Africa will be released on March 22nd on Knitting Factory Records. Femi’s offerings on Africa for Africa show that although an heir in the family lineage of Fela, Femi is carving out his own space in the great history of Afrobeat and African Music.  Africa for Africa aims to present Afrobeat in its rough, purest form.  After the jump, get more info and check out Femi’s upcoming North American tour dates for April and May.

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