Four years and four million album sales after her self-titled debut album comes Corinne Bailey Rae‘s long-awaited second album, The Sea. For the 30 year-old singer and songwriter from Leeds, this meant politely declining the suggestions that she work with this or that big-league producer in this or that big-money studio. The first single “I’d Do It All Again,” one of many highlights on album, is a sweeping, defiant declaration of love and faith. The Sea will undoubtedly elevate Bailey Rae beyond her already-considerable achievements and put her up there with the all-time greats.
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We’re just like you: we get put on to the best new artists, the likes of which we might have never heard, by Gilles Peterson and his magical radio shows. Andreya Triana is one of those artists. Her tracks stand out in the latest GPWW (Worldwide Family Mixtape: Sbtrkt) and we searched to find that Andreya is unsurprisingly a Ninja Tune artist.
This is the first single from her forthcoming debut album, Lost Where I Belong, co-written with Fin Greenall (aka Fink) and produced by Simon Green (aka Bonobo).
UK tastemaker extraordinaire Gilles Peterson pulls out some of his favorite laid-back tracks of the year, as well as some of 2009′s best reissues and world music releases. As usual, the GPWW playlist is widely diverse, running the gambit from Marvin Gaye to Oliver Lake Ntu to Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou.
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Like what you hear? Gilles will make his Brooklyn debut on Jan 29th at Littlefield. Check him in person. More info here.
News has been leaking about the new M.I.A. album to come later this year. We share her frustration regarding interweb connections, so we absolutely love this story: M.I.A. wrote a song about Verizon Customer Service’s incompetence, and she even got some Philipino Verizon employees to sing backup on the track, perfectly titled “I’m Down Like Your Internet Connection”.
No guarantee that this song will be on the new album, but for now, take this MP3 to go along with the video, via MFR.
M.I.A. – “There’s Space For Ol Dat I See” [download MP3]