Young Taylor McFerrin has been amazing us with beautiful music lately. The three singles leading up to his full-length “Early Riser” album have been nothing but astonishing. With an all-star lineup including Nai Palm, Emily King, Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Ryat and father Bobby McFerrin this was bound to be superb. Luckily the rest of this masterpiece is just as good as what our ears have been fed till now.
We picked our two favorite songs (“Florasia” and “Stepps”) of Taylor McFerrin’s Early Riser to give you an idea how incredible this really is. I’m definitely purchasing this on vinyl and I suggest you too pick up one of the best releases of 2014. The album is available via the Ninjatune shop or at your local record store.
Never have we seen Taylor McFerrin shine so bright! It’s truly his year, because it’s official now. No Decisions left to be made, we’re Already There. The Early Riser album is going to be The Antidote for any miserable day. For his 3rd single Taylor calls in the help of Robert Glasper and Thundercat to ensure another sure shot.
With a little help from Max Bryk (1/3 of the band Moonchild) on the keys, Nick shows us he’s a hopeless romantic and far from a one hit wonder. This summer his EP will be released as a free download, but for now go swoop up this single for free!
Recently I was chilling with Nick and Seravince in Vincent’s studio and a collaboration is well on it’s way. Stay tuned for that!
It took the guys from New Zealand quite some time, but finally we can look forward to some new music from Electric Wire Hustle in the form of a brand new album entitled Love Can Prevail. Their return is a long awaited one! This project will be released through Somethinksound and Okayplayer September 8th. Luckily the band is providing us with a preview of what the future holds.. The If These Are The Last Days EP comes with two album cuts plus remixes from fLako and Eliphino. Red Bull Music Academy has just premiered fLako’s remix of “Bottom Line“, so kick back and savor it.
Just now Mark de Clive-Lowe announced the coming of his “Church” album on Bandcamp. In two weeks the release will be out, but in the meanwhile we thought you guys could use a lil preview. Feast your ears on the song “Hollow” featuring miss Nia Andrews and pre-order yourself some t-shirts, CD’s or digital goodies!
8-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Kenneth Whalum makes his debut onto the New York jazz scene with a distinctive voice of originality. As a composer, arranger, bandleader, and tenor saxophonist, Whalum released his To Those Who Believe album in 2010 with support from Robert Glasper, Chris “Daddy” Dave and Derrick Hodge. After a brief stay at Atlanta’s historic Morehouse College, he transferred to New York City’s prestigious The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, graduating in May 2008.
At the start of 2014 Whalum teamed up with Big K.R.I.T. on his latest single “Away“. A perfect mix between Jazz and Hip Hop with Kris Bowers on keys and Jamire Williams on drums. We’re looking forward to his upcoming Through Hell & High Water album due later this year.
Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life is an electric band with its inception rooted in the soul music Strickland grew up listening to. Combining the musical stylings of a supergroup of sorts, Twi-Life features legendary trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy, dexterous keyboardist Yuki Hiran, bassist Mark Kelley (The Roots), dynamic drummer Charles Haynes and special guests Jean Baylor (Zhané) & Raydar Ellis. Strickland himself plays the the sax and does the production. The live version of “Inevitable” sounds so amazing thanks to miss Baylor, but remember this is a mere taste of things to come. And I know we’re excited to hear more from this project!
It’s been a while, but today I learned that Moonchild (the trio coming out of L.A.) released another quality album. For those that know about “Be Free”…you are going love their new adventure entitled “Please Rewind”. I never thought I’d appreciate this one as much as their previous album, but I do! Super soulful and jazzy with soothing vocals from the lovely Amber. Something you should definitely get comfy to and purchase.
What can I say about one of Houston’s best kept secrets? I heard about JayLotus in the past, but it wasn’t until today that I realized he and Philippe Edison are the same. The multi-talented Modern Jazz musician gets down on alto sax, tenor sax and piano as well. One of my favorite Edison creations is the Glasper-esque “So Real”, but rest assure there is way more of his incredible music to discover. Visit his Bandcamp and Soundcloud page for more info!
Meet Matthew Kirkis from Melbourne. A multi-talented bassist/producer/writer/painter and mastermind behind the group Kirkis, who’s explosive medley of colour and sound feels like a funky space ballet. This shit is straight bananas…with chocolate pudding on top! Make sure you get into the zone and download “Purplefruit For Xray Vision” for free and keep your ears out for their upcoming “Liverbleech” album that’s set to be released on Eglo Records later this year.