Raphael Saadiq’s Stone Rollin’ Out Now + MP3

Stone Rollin’ – written and produced by Raphael Saadiq, who also plays bass, mellotron, keys, guitar, percussion and even drums on most of the tracks – is even more powerful, urgent and bold than The Way I See It (2008). The new songs are firmly planted in classic R&B, and nod to Saadiq’s heroes like Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Little Walter and Sly Stone, with his own contemporary spin.

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‘ features its share of special guests too. Robert Randolph dropped by to lay down some nasty steel guitar on “Day Dreams.” Guesting on “Just Don’t” is Larry Dunn from Earth, Wind, and Fire, plus one of Saadiq’s indie rock favorites, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon. Another standout track is “Good Man,” which brilliantly blends golden age soul with a killer hip hop hook, co-written and sung by upstart Taura Stinson. The new album is in stores today – get yours now!

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Also, Raphael Saadiq is today’s Spotlight Artist on YouTube.com’s home page discussing his favorite music videos. His choices may surprise you! Check it out after the jump.

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Nikka’s Box – Happy Easter

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Nikka Costa and company have a holiday message for y’all, with a super-special guest, in the form of the classic “Rapper’s Delight.”

Be sure to check out other videos in Nikka’s Box YouTube Series as she prepares to release her new album.

Kutiman Video – “My Favorite Color”

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Kutiman continues to improve his unique medium, using YouTube visual / audio clips to create a kind of mash-up video remix. Each one of his tracks includes about a dozen random YouTube clips, carefully composed and crafted into a new thing. The latest video “My Favorite Color” is interactive, you can click on any image to get to the original YouTube sample. Make sure to check out the first series of these mixes by Kutiman, Thru-You.

Watch NY77: The Coolest Year In Hell

New York City was a different place in 1977. The whole word has changed, but the city during that time had a very particular chaotic rhythm to it: “Punk, disco, hip hop, the blackout, Son of Sam, Tony Manero, CBGB, Studio 54, Max’s Kansas City, Show World, Paradise Garage, cocaine, polyester and leather” [via Dangerous Minds].  This 2007 TV documentary reflects that time and place with great authenticity by including some of the real players of the time.

The full movie is here on Youtube in its entirety – so full-screen this, sit back and remember the days.