At times like these I realize how much talent actually comes out of London. Miss Obenewa is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and one of many ultra talented soul vocalists that have been making me wonder why I am not visiting their wonderful city more often.
She was classically trained on piano from the age of four and picked up the guitar in her teens. After having contributed on music by Plan B’s music, Obenewa started her own musical journey and released her “Once Upon A Time” EP in 2011. Her music was played on BBC1 Radio and now many years later she’s back with a breathtaking new song entitled “He“.
This particular song was written while she was sick in bed with the flu and later with the help of Raffertie & Walter Ego (Ninja Tune) it came to be her first new single out on Wunderkind.
This is the first single from Moka Only’s forthcoming “Chicken Wingz” album that’s dropping tomorrow. It will be the first full-length release from the newly formed Self Serve Records from Vancouver, that released a hot one from AstroLogical last week. Next week the label is releasing Frank Nitt’s upcoming single “Go Slow” produced by Mosaic and you can expect a lot more things to come very soon!
Now Oddisee is one of the hardest working MC’s we have ever met and we are excited for him that he has released his new album earlier this week.
The D.C.-born lyricist/producer started Diamond District together with yU and XO and has musically matured a lot over the past few years. On his sophomore album, “The Good Fight“, he sings on the chorus quite often and the whole vibe is less boom bap and more eclectic, making this more accessible then his previous projects.
With age comes wisdom and we like this layered style of making music. For the world needs more artists with a mature way of thinking like Oddisee. The main cut on here for us is “Contradiction’s Maze” featuring Maimouna Youssef, but really the whole album is a must listen. Available on 2xLP vinyl and digitally via iTunes as well.
I’m sorry for all you Kendrick Lamar and D’Angelo fans out there, but lets get one thing straight. Until now Hiatus Kaiyote has released the best album, entitled “Choose Your Weapon“, of the freakin’ year…period!
My love for the band from Melbourne has grown over the past few years and in particular for Nai Palm. This lady has captured my heart and touches my soul so deeply I cannot help but cry at times. It is rare that music does this to me. Especially contemporary music, for my true love (as some of you might know) is 70’s Soul and Jazz Fusion. You might also want to check out our previous post on the singles “Breathing Underwater” and “Shaolin Monk Motherfunk” of the incredible Choose Your Weapon album.
Thank god Choose Your Weapon in finally out on Flying Buddha Records. We have picked two of our favorite songs, but really you will want to hear and buy the whole thing. It’s a masterpiece of music that will trigger a heap of emotions!
Recently I came across a French label called On And On Records. The independent label was co-founded by 20syl and has it’s roots in Hip-Hop music, but for their latest compilation they delve deep into the Electronic beats scene.
On And On’s mission statement is to develop projects with eclectic and passionate artists. While overseeing the creative direction of the project, 20syl himself carefully handpicked prominent artists from the new international beatmaking scene for their newly released “On And On – 1Ø1” compilation album. The 23-track release introduces a wide range of talented producers such as 20syl, Shash’U (Fool’s Gold), IAMNOBODI (Soulection), Elaquent (HW&W), Phazz, Pomrad, Freddie Joachim (Mellow Orange), Tayreeb and Monk’ (Darker Than Wax).
With the birth of a new new records label, comes lots of new music. The newly formed label called Self Serve Records was founded by producer Mosaic out of Vancouver.
The latest single to come out on the imprint is AstroLogical‘s brand en track called “Loafers“. You probably know Astro as one half of the Potatohead People with his partner in crime being Nick Wisdom. This producer has been steadily making waves in the beat scene for years and it’s about time we shared some of his music on the site.
If you haven’t yet check out AstroLogical and visit the Self Serve Records Bandcamp page to purchase the single.
IMYRMIND clearly has a background in and passion for Hip-Hop, but as he got older slowly started to venture into Electronic and House music.
Dave released on labels such as Odd Socks and Tartelet Records and collaborated quite often with, his longtime musical partner, Glenn Astro. Last year they released a sick ass EP together on the Box Aus Holz imprint and we are still forever grateful for the amazing guest mix they did for us. Together with Max Graef, Glenn Astro started Money $ex Records and their sophomore release is a 7-track EP from IMYRMIND that goes by the name of “Money $ex 02″. The label tries to focus giving the artist the freedom to do whatever they want. No genre limitations, just good music from the soul.
We are super psyched about premiering the track “Coconutgrinder” exclusively today. It was made together with Rasho T, who has been a close and longtime friend of both IMYRMIND and Glenn Astro. This percussion-filled House track contains some crazy Hip-Hop influences and vibrant vibes. It makes for the perfect soundtrack on a sunny day like today. Pre-orders are available on the Oye Records site.
It’s no secret I fall in love with female vocalists on a regular basis. Nai Palm, Alex Isley, Alina Baraz and a lot more. Recently I fell back in love with Ruby Wood of Submotion Orchestra.
She thought today was the perfect day to share a little something something to celebrate the sunny weather. The track “Off My Mind” was produced by Niall Lavelle and written by Ruby Wood. One of the gems that made me fall in love with her amazing voice was “2L84U” of Submotion Orchestra’s ‘Alium’ album. It was released last year on Ninja Tune and In case you weren’t a fan yet, we suggest you head over to Ruby Wood’s Soundcloud page and check this beautiful lady out.
Oh if you hurry, you can snag a limited free download here.
According to miss Alina Baraz there is a universe inside of you and I bet deep within grows an abundance of urban flora.
Together with Danish super producer Galimatias the songstress from Ohio manages to captivate us once again. Ever since KING released their first EP, I’ve been slowly starting to believe in fairytales again. The tiniest things these pocket size miracles, but once you are able to witness them again they make life so more more intens. The latest song from Alina Baraz & Galimatias, entitled “Can I“, is another great example of such wonder.
Like I said before, these two are a match made in heaven and I’m dying for their “Urban Flora” EP to come out.
To most it is no surprise that the French producer we know as Evil Needle is heavily influenced by nineties Hip-Hop music.
He is known for his crystal-clear, luminous sounds which most praise him highly for. On his latest album, entitled “Reminisce“, he delivers what you’d expect. Titty tight beats, sounding crispy as f*ck. Some might say it’s the usual recipe, but I’m still snacking away on all 11 songs myself at the moment.
I remember Evil Needle telling me he started messing around with making his drums sound live. Over the years it seems he has mastered this quite well as you can hear on tracks such as “Lullaby”. One of the reasons I still love this sound, is because I’m a sucker for downtempo melodic joints that gently brush the ear. “Sunday Morning” is the perfect example and like we say…shit is simply vibin’.
Reminisce marks his 3rd release with HW&W following “Equilibrium” & “Qualia” and only features JSMN on vocals. It’s big, it’s bad and it’s well worth it, so pick up a digital copy right here.