Covering Gnarls Barkley is no easy feat. It requires the ability to reach deeper and pull out a certain angst their music carries. With Ella Eyre’s take of “Going On”, she accomplished just that. As her raspy tone lends itself to a more impassioned style of lyricism, it seems like a match made in musical paradise. Though she didn’t stray too far from the original, her interpretation is a more of a compliment to the artistic wonders of Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green. The track will be featured on her forthcoming EP Deeper (Out December15th). Listen below
So much of music is filtered and coated to fit meager standards. While there are many singers with ample vocal ability, there are not many that have the ability to render you wordless. Every time I listen to Sam Smith, I am completely engrossed in the amazing instrument that is his voice. To say his performance of “I’ve Told You Now” has become a daily obsession would be an understatement. Needless to say, I am a fan.
Though I favor more of his ballad-tinged material, his latest single, “Money Is On My Mind” is a jaunty offering full of meaning. As he lets the listeners know he doesn’t do this for monetary gain, he assures you it’s all in the name of passion. Stream the track below.
What is it about the UK that continues to churn out some of the best alternative sub-genre artists? While that remains to be a mystery, here is another London- based artist to add to your musical intake. SLK (properly pronounced “Silk”) debut single, “Ride” is quite the pleasing aural introduction. Between her robust voice and absorbing sonic strains, she creates a soundscape so appealing, it would be a challenge to discover a flaw. Equally endearing as the audio module is the message the song carries as well—manifest your destiny. Much to my delight, it’s done so in the most non-cheesy and predictable manner. By time the three-minutes concludes, you are left craving more of this morosely transfixing sound. Indulge below.
If you’ve read my recent post on Lauryn Hill, I’m sure you can sense my disappointment as of late. However, I use that term loosely because I am forever a fan/supporter of her talent. Add to that my burning desire to be present during her return to the stage at what was billed as her Homecoming Show in NYC. (Ticket prices didn’t allow me to do so, sorry Lauryn). However, thanks to YouTube we are all able to experience what was seemingly a thrilling showing by one of the most talented acts in music history. Get lifted below.
It has been quite some time since Lydia Rene has graced our site–far too long, if you ask me. The Philly based-talent is a one woman dynamo that writes, sings, and produces her music. If that isn’t enough to ignite your interest then listening to her newest single, “True Love” will surly seal the deal. Stunning all around, this song amasses all the melodic elements that would make any music devotee swoon in adoration.
With a beauteous live arrangement, complete with an eargasmic guitar and bass, enveloping vocals, and fragrant lyrics, “True Love” is simply flawless. Evolving as an artist is arguably more important than the music itself. Hence, it’s a pleasure to see such growth and execution on Rene’s behalf. The truth is, the only facet that could have made the song better is if it was longer. Do yourself a favor and listen below. Also added is a live performance of the song. Be thankful!
- What is the purpose of lyric videos? More importantly what is the purpose of watching a lyric video?
- Why hasn’t Lady Gaga’s Artpop…popped? (Read here for my two pence)
- After listening to countless Kanye West interviews, its cleat that he is seeking validation and permission to be a revolutionary from the powers that be. Isn’t being a revolutionary creating your own movement?
- Speaking of a movement, after Pharrell unveiled the world’s first 24-hour music video, isn’t only a matter of time before that becomes the next “thing” for “creatives” to do?
- How upsetting is it that Lauryn Hill’s homecoming show tickets are $100? That is even more upsetting than her new music.
- Am I completely missing something with this Lorde chick? Tell me, help me see it. The industry just seems desperate for the anti –Miley of the moment.
- Do you really think that Rihanna isn’t an icon? Icon equates to influence and she is a dominating force in pop culture.
- Speaking of Rihanna, isn’t the fact that both she and Justin Timberlake won awards for best Soul/R&B more upsetting than her infamous “doobie” hairstyle? Just think about it.
- Have you indulged in the brilliance that is Kwabs? What are you waiting for?
- Isn’t the dissolving relationship between Solange and Devonte Hynes a musical tragedy of sorts? Solange is undeniably a great artist, but weren’t we all hoping to hear the evolved sound of TRUE with her next project.
Tev’n is an artist completely new to me. Having never heard any music or even seen an image, I had low to minimal expectations as to what I would hear. After playing just seconds of “Rose Petal”, it was an instant ride to audio-heaven. By fusing an understated, yet concrete R&B base with luscious electro vibes, an enchanting cosmos is created in the process. Clearly opting for a more sonically drenched sound, his approach is equally current and pleasing. Indulge below.
In this day and age, who doesn’t love a great pop song? With a descending standard of quality, that makes this even more of an achievable feat. After releasing his sublime single, “Fire & Ice”, Aiden has unveiled the concluding title-track from his new EP Better Man (Out now). In what can only be described as an elevated parade of staunch pop production with a penetrating vocal timbre, this is all-around impressive. For any true lovers of dance music, this surely hits the mark exceedingly well. Stream Better Man in full here.
If the name Ella Eyre is new to your radar, have no worries, let’s get you acquainted. If you heard Rudimental’s colossal hit “Waiting All Night”, you’ve heard her fluent vocals featured all over the track. Fast forward to now, the UK-based talent is ready to claim her own shine. Her debut single, “Deeper” is full of natural charm by way of an unruffled arrangement and infectious soul strains. As the track interweaves dub-step tones with pop-ready production, there is nothing displeasing about “Deeper”. If anything, it’ll make you crave more. Ella’s forthcoming EP of the same name will be out December 15th. Indulge below.
Confession; I don’t give songs that long to decide if I love it or hate it. Reason being, I’m all about that instant connection, that thing that can’t be defined that lures me in. It’s even beyond the vocals, production, and music itself. It’s a sentiment, an atmosphere, and a glaring sense of humanity that I desire in music. Case- in-point, Denai Moore’s “The Lake”—absolutely mesmeric in every way. With its meager production, desolate vocals, and wistful ambiance, this track is sure to capture your attention for all the right reasons. It has the ability to pull at even your toughest heartstrings. Add to that the song’s accompanying visual which is equally dreary and you have quite the musical offering. “The Lake” stems from her current EP of the same name. Get lifted.
Evian Christ has finally made his musical return. After birthing one of the most sonically appetizing EP’s of 2012 with Kings and Them, he cemented his status as one to watch—and we did take notice. His new single, “Salt Carousel” is the first glimpse of what awaits on his impending Waterfalls EP (dropping next year). With an elevated sound all-around complete with transfixing bass/synths, towering highs, and sweeping lows, this track is the manifestation of audio- expertise. Indulge below.
It was a random day at work, or as I call it, “the Dungeon”. After scrolling though Forbes Highest Paid Musician list of 2013 and seeing Madonnna’s name perched at the top, I wanted to dive more into her catalog. Not her latest music for obvious reasons, but her classic’s, the material that made her thee Madonna. After indulging in her Erotica LP, I ventured into Ray OF Light and landed on “Frozen”. Raptured by the gothic tinges and mystical hues, the production alone is superlative. Add equally impressive lyrics to that and you have one of the 90’s pop masterpieces. Although, I’m admittedly late with this one, I’m sure I’m not the only one. Indulge in both the song and visual below.
There are some statements that can’t be denied. Bilal is amazing is one of them. With a virtuoso voice and boundless dynamics, he is one of the leading male talents in all of soul music. Every time I listen to him, or better yet, watch a performance, I am left in utter wonderment. Unlike many of his contemporaries who rest on a more predictable style of singing (and music), Bilal enlist a certain casing to his showings that places his presentation in a league all his own.
As he is currently touring in support of his latest LP A Love Surreal, we are fortunately able to experience his gifts live. Case-in-point, his performance of “Lost For Now”. To label it stunning would be a complete understatement. Also, just for good measure I added an equally sublime performance of my favorite song from A Love Surreal, “Slipping Away”. Indulge below.
India.Arie will always hold a special place in my musical tapestry. Having contributed some of the most heartfelt songs, more so emotional offerings that contributed to my view of love, life, and living, she has touched me. Aside from my personal connection, she is a beautifully tender-bearing artist who delivers music in an organic and genuine fashion.
Fresh from her lengthy four-year hiatus, the songbird has returned with her latest opus, Songsversation. Following up her previous video, “Cocoa Butter”, Ms. Arie has unveiled a visual for her latest single, “Break The Shell”. Offering a glimpse inside her latest tour with behind-the-scene moments captured in a black and white, the video is quite illustrative of the songs message. Watch below.
Aiden may be an unfamiliar name, but if you are like me, you will surely acquaint yourself after hearing his latest single, “Fire & Ice”. A cosmic blend of buoyant vocals and house-heavy production, this track is drenched in 90’s splendor. Full of all the palatable elements that make a song impressive, the UK-based artist has made quite the introduction. “Fire & Ice” is taken from his forthcoming EP Better Man (Out 11/26). Listen below and get lifted.
Music is art. Art is imagery. Imagery is moving. Within the opening seconds of hearing Cuttooth’s Dream In Color EP I was intrigued. Seduced by the strong lure of synths and engaged by the soaring levels each song contained. Though the EP is void of any vocal features, the instrumental pieces are imperious on their own—all due to the production sorcery of Nick Cooke. The power here is in the cohesively sonic manifestation of massive quantity.
Grand, soothing, and awe-striking the five track collection is as close to flaw free as any producer would hope for. Not only does it create abstract beauty via down beat/hip-hop inspired tones in a way that is venerable and undeniably skillful, it has the ability to pull in your imagination. This isn’t just music you hear, but that which you fall into and experience. There is nothing more to say besides spread play. Dream In Color is available now.