Femi Kuti’s New Release – Africa for Africa + Win Tickets for US Tour

On his album Africa For Africa, released today, Femi Kuti articulates a raw and forceful call to the long tradition of Afrobeat. Recorded in the same studio where he produced his first recordings with his father Fela Kuti and his breakthrough solo album No Cause For Alarm?, Africa for Africa is in several ways a return to Femi’s roots. Deliberately less-produced than its predecessor Day by Day, it aims to present Afrobeat in its roughest, purest form. Femi continues to develop his activist voice on the new album, with the lyrics addressing government oppression and other modern problems in Africa, but the music retains a visceral power.

Win tickets to one of the following shows on Femi’s US Tour:
4/21 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
4/22 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
4/26 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
4/30 – Metro – Chicago – Chicago, IL
5/06 – Austin City Limits Live at Moody – Austin, TX
5/12 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
5/13 – Bimbo’s 365 Club – San Francisco, CA
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Late Night Alumni’s Haunted Out Today & Behind the Scenes Video

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Enjoy this behind-the-scenes video with Late Night Alumni, and get a peek into the production process of third album Haunted. Following up Of Birds, Bees, Butterflies, etc., Haunted is an entrancing collection of elegant music. Vocalist Becky Jean Williams colors synth soundscapes from world-renowned producer and DJ Kaskade, Finn Bjarnson, and John Hancock with a mystifying charm. Haunted is a perfect title for the album; it’s pulsing house music but it’s also beautiful and ethereal.

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Adele Covers “Promise This” by Cheryl Cole, Upcoming Album 21 Receives Critical Acclaim

Adele absolutely kills this cover of Cheryl Cole‘s “Promise This” for BBC’s Live Lounge. Originally an upbeat dance song, Adele tones it down to show off her pipes, as she should. Lucky for us, it’s also a technique we hear in her upcoming album, 21.

Adele – “Promise This” (Cheryl Cole Cover)
Adele – Promise This (Cheryl Cole Cover) by CherylOnline

While the new album by Adele has not officially arrived in the US yet, the Euro scene and the savvy, impatient blogosphere is already eating it up. Some press highlights include:

“With just a piano as backing there are no layers to pull back or hidden meanings to uncover and its simplicity will leave you feeling the full effects of her beautiful make-your-hair-stand-on-end vocals. It’s an early shout, but it could very well be the album of 2011.” – Punchbowl Blog

“This is a serious and frequently astonishing album.” -Holy Moly

“Her second offering has lived up to the reputation she has created from her debut and powerful voice which is the female Johnny Cash.” – M is for Music

21 is simply stunning. … Genuinely brilliant.” – BBC

21 will be released in the US on February 22nd on Columbia Records.

Record Breakin’ Music: Five Year Anniversary Mix + MP3

In celebration of their 5 year label Anniversary, our friends at Record Breakin had DJ lil’ dave mix some tunes from the catalog as well some future gems that will be coming out on the label. The tracklist includes artists like Joy Jones, Spinnerty, Kissey Asplund, Anthony Valadez, Coultrain, Ragen Fykes & Ohmega Watts, DJ Stylus and many more. If you like what you hear, support the upcoming album: Record Breakin’ Music 5 Year Anniversary. The compilation will be available on February 7th, here and at other fine retail outlets in physical CD or digital format.

Record Breakin’ Music 5 Year Anniversary Mix by DJ lil’ dave by Recordbreakin

Jazmine Sullivan Releases Love Me Back

Seven time Grammy-nominee, 23-year-old Philadelphia native Jazmine Sullivan delivers beyond expectations on her new album, Love Me Back – a vibrant, musically diverse collection that sets soulful R&B melodies to inventive, hip-hop-inspired beats. Her 2008 debut album Fearless bowed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and spawned three Top 10 singles.

Love Me Back is a rich showcase for Sullivan’s powerhouse vocals and unique storytelling gifts on songs like “Redemption,” “Good Enough,” the Missy Elliott-produced “Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles),” and “Don’t Make Me Wait,” which boasts an ’80s-style rhythmic backdrop that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Prince album. Once again, Sullivan co-wrote every song, collaborating with her early champions Missy Elliott and Salaam Remi, as well as Ne-Yo, Toby Gad, Chuck Harmony, No-ID, Anthony Bell, and Cainon Lamb, who bring out the best in this self-assured performer whom Vibe has called “every inch the soul star.”

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