55th Annual Grammy Nominations

 

Some awesome artists getting recognized with the 55th Grammy nominations this year. Super glad to see our boy Frank Ocean, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, M.I.A., Florence & The Machine, The Roots, Bjork, and Miguel, amongst many others making the list.

And once again, we are thrilled to see so many great projects we worked making the nominee list as well. A big congrats to Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, and Anthony Hamilton for snagging more than one nomination, too! The 55th Grammys will air on February 10. For a full list of the nominees, click here.

Best Pop Solo Performance
Set Fire To The Rain [Live] – Adele

Best R&B Performance
Thank You – Estelle
Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) – Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Ledisi

Best R&B Song
Pray For Me – Anthony Hamilton
Refill – Elle Varner

Best R&B Album
Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment
Back To Love – Anthony Hamilton

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Real Good Hands – Gregory Porter

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Cross Roads – Ravi Coltrane

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
City Of Roses – Esperanza Spalding

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
The Absence – Melody Gardot

Best Long Form Music Video
Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding

Video: Oddisee – “Let It Go” (Live)

 

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Oddisee is on his The Roots ish with some live band action in his newest video. Filmed at Tone’s loft, the song featured is a live version of “Let It Go,” complete with background singers and lush groovy soulfulness. You’ve got to appreciate the thoughtfulness being brought back into hip hop performance right here.

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Robert Glasper To Release ‘Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP’

 

After experiencing overwhelming and well deserved success with his recent Black Radio release, Robert Glasper is now gearing up to release a remix EP. Called Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP, the project includes both unreleased tracks and remixes. The remixers include Glasper, Questlove, 9th Wonder, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Pete Rock, along with some additional flair compliments of Black Milk, Phonte, The Roots, and Solange.

Peep the track list below and be sure to catch Rob and the guys on tour this fall for some spiritual healing.

Tracklisting for Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP
1. Afro Blue feat. Erykah Badu / 9th Wonder’s Blue Light Basement Remix feat. Phonte
2. Black Radio feat. yasiin bey / Pete Rock Remix
3. The Consequences of Jealousy feat. Meshell Ndegeocello / Georgia Anne Muldrow’s Sassy Geemix
4. Twice / ?uestlove’s Twice Baked Remix feat. Solange Knowles & The Roots
5. Letter to Hermione (feat. Bilal) / Robert Glasper and Jewels Remix feat. Black Milk
6. Dillatude #2

Tour Dates
September 15 – Indianapolis Jazz Festival – Indianapolis, IN
September 23 – iTunes Festival @ The Roundhouse – London, England
September 26 – Milwaukee Performing Arts Center – Milwaukee, WI
October 4 – Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
October 5 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
October 6 – Traif – Buffalo, NY
October 7 – The Egg – Albany, NY
October 9 – Royalton – Fairfield, CT
October 11 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
October 12 – Ram’s Head – Baltimore, MD
October 13 – World Café Live – Philadelphia, PA
October 16 – SOB’s – New York, NY
October 19 – The Hoxton – Toronto, Ontario
October 20 – The Shelter – Detroit, MI
October 21 – Lincoln Theatre – Columbus, OH
October 25 – Royce Hall – Los Angeles, CA
October 26 – Discovery Green – Houston, TX
October 27 – Royce Hall – Los Angeles, CA (Trio)
October 28 – Anthology – San Diego, CA
November 1 – Palace of Fine Arts Theatre – San Francisco, CA
November 4 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

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New Release: Emma Shaheen – ‘Heart Cries’ EP

UK based singer-songwriter Emma Shaheen got her start in a nu-jazz band called Today’s Mathematics and in the last few years has been cultivating her solo craft. Citing influences within the realm of Erykah Badu, The Roots, Roberta Flack, Lauryn Hill, and Jeff Buckley, Emma’s vibe is refreshingly earthy and light. Her tone and enunciation kind of reminds us of a mellower Zaki Ibrahim.

A couple weeks ago, Emma released her Heart Cries EP, a five track EP of fluttery, flowy music to pick up the mood of anyone’s day. The fifth track is actually a Tall Black Guy remix of “Sunshine,” and is the most upbeat tune on the easygoing album. We love it all, though. Watch the video for the title track after the jump and stream the entire EP below!

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Video: Lakecia Benjamin – “Jump And Shout”

 

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Charismatic saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin recently released a video for her upcoming solo album, Retox. The funky soul tune is called “Jump And Shout” and features Lakedcia partying all around the city with her pals.

The young musician has played with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots and Macy Gray, and is more than ready to leave her mark as a one woman powerhouse.

Playing composer, producer, and saxophonist on her new album, Lakecia is really showing her range with this project. “This album is really a fruition of years of songwriting as much as it is a showcase for my sax playing and horn arrangements,” she says.

Retox drops June 12.

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