Bilal’s “Levels” Video

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The Sounds of VTech / Bilal Levels

Check out the new video from Bilal‘s latest album Airtight’s Revenge, the directorial debut by highly acclaimed musician Flying Lotus. This video for “Levels” is an appropriate spaced-out trip with multi-dimensional planes, omniscient third eyes, and naturally, Erykah Badu as the goddess. The video also includes a cameo from Thundercat and the producer of the song, Shafiq Husayn. Congratulations to Bilal on his Grammy nomination for the song dedicated to his children, “Little One,” another great single from Airtight’s Revenge.

Buy the Levels EP on iTunes, with remixes by Sonnymoon & Flying Lotus

NERVE ft. Jojo Mayer with Sonnymoon in NYC, 5/16

We’re looking forward to the New York live debut of Sonnymoon, whose album was reviewed and posted here for free download. Joining them will be NERVE, the band formed to back up “drum wizard” Jojo Mayer.

$10 Advance | RSVP to rsvp@luckyandlamazing.com

MeLo-X remixed Sonnymoon’s single, check out the stream here:
“Houstatlantavegas” (Sonnymoon vs. Nite Jewel vs. Drake MeLo-X remix)
 

MeLo-X & Sonnymoon‘s “HTLV” Remix EP on iTunes

NERVE Video after the Jump:

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Sonnymoon’s Golden Age

What would Drake’s “Housoatlantavegas” sound like minus the swagger and autotune? Like this!

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The name Sonnymoon is a reference to the legendary jazz saxaphonist Sonny Rollins. The band, like the tradition of jazz, is a progressive, boundary-crossing fusion of musical elements. Their music draws noticeable influence from artists like Bjork and Flying Lotus.  

As graduates of the Berklee School of Music, Dane Orr and Anna Wise are well versed in jazz concepts, but are also, like jazz musicians of the past, forward thinking in their approach to their own music. The duo’s sound consists of head-nodding drums, synthesizer ambiance, drones, glitches, and vocal harmonies that are a bit avant-garde, but still draw attention from a wide array of listeners. They are a part of a new school of artists that are continuing the legacy of music scenes that once seemed distinctly separate.  They join bands like Little Dragon and Electric Wire Hustle in continuing to bridge the gap between electronic, hip-hop, and rock, much like PPP did in the mid 2000’s, and Portishead did in the 90’s. There is nothing unique about bringing separate music scenes together, as there are countless others who are more or less known for similar practices. What’s important is, does it sound good? The answer is YES.   -L.E

Download the album here for free: sonnymoonmusic.blogspot.com

Or be nice and buy if for 5 bucks here: sonnymoon.bandcamp.com

-L.E is a lower east side native, dedicated to engaging in and contributing to the advancement of culture from an objective NewYorkerCentric perspective. Follow L.E at twitter.com/discjockeyle