V V Brown on Tour in US

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/YtTWIQmntaE" width="550" height="445" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]After gaining critical acclaim from U.K. media and the European festival circuit, Capitol Records singer-songwriter V V Brown has planned her first U.S. live appearances for late October. Her debut album, Travelling Like the Light, is scheduled for North American release early in 2010, with an introductory EP planned in November 2009.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
October 24 New York, NY @ Santos Party House (CMJ Showcase; 12 midnight set time)
October 26 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy (opening for Midnight Juggernauts; 11pm set time)
October 27 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland (opening for First Aid Kit; 10pm set time)
October 29 San Francisco, CA @ Poleng Lounge

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Somi’s Upcoming Release If the Rains Come First + MP3 Download

somi2Somi‘s third album, If The Rains Come First, is a stunning collection of self-penned story-based songs, a meditation on opening ourselves up to life’s blessings and challenges much in the way that we accept the rain and all that it brings. If The Rains Come First is set for release on October 27th on Obliqsound. “The songs on this album reflect where I am emotionally and spiritually today,” Somi says. “At the end of the day, I still know who I am and where home is before, during, and after the rain – it’s in the music.”

Optimism, conviction and resilience are hallmarks of Somi’s new creations. “Prayer To the Saint of the Brokenhearted,” reflects on the sense of helplessness and hopelessness one often feels after heartache, while serving as a reminder of the possibilities of faith and renewal. “Enganjyani,” which means ‘most beloved’ in Rutooro, refers to, “the memory of whispered prayer and being haunted by a past lover.” The track features the legendary Hugh Masekela, a longtime Somi fan who has become a mentor, guesting on trumpet. “Rising,” a song about faith and navigating life’s challenges, is all forward motion, a flawless juxtaposition of sizzling rhythm, instantly memorable melody and a vocal style that JazzTimes magazine describes as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves.”

Digital exclusive of the album to be released October 13.

Download & Tour Dates After the Jump

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Alex Cuba Downloads and Contest

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Alex Cuba‘s new album Agua Del Pozo is out now, available worldwide – pick it up! Big thanks to Al Borde for their interview, and especially for their [drop.io] downloads:
Alex Cuba – “Vampiro”
Alex Cuba – “Augua Del Pozo”

*Enter Giant Step’s online contest to win a free copy of Agua Del Pozo*

Skidrow Sessions with Pharoahe Monch, Shafiq Husayn and more

A few weeks ago, some musicians came together and they ended up creating a jam session of epic proportions, and someone captured the magic on vimeo. Pharoahe Monch, Shafiq Husayn (SA-RA), Om’Mas Keith (SA-RA), Brook D’leau (J Davey), Mark De Clive Lowe, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite for Ma Dukes), Thundercat, and more.

The new album by Shafiq Husayn, Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka drops October 6th via Plug Research.