Sade - The Sweetest Taboo
Lianne La Havas - Gone
Lianne La Havas - Elusive
Lianne La Havas no longer needs any introduction; her trajectory has been well documented. Her name has become synonymous with beautiful, soulful, emotive songs about heartbreak. Aged 22, her debut album reached number 4 in the UK album charts, was nominated for this years Mercury Music Prize and she can now count Stevie Wonder, Prince, Erykah Badu, Bon Iver and Jill Scott as fans.
Lianne announces the release of a two-part video with Noisey.com and Essence.com for singles “Elusive” and “Gone”. Director Colin Solal Cardo (La Blogotheque) said of their partnership:
“I’ve been collaborating with Lianne for more than a year now, but working on this project felt like something completely new. Lianne’s a brilliant storyteller, there’s a true cinematic quality to her songs. When you listen to them, you go through all these emotions and narratives, like a collection of short movies. We felt like it was finally time to build a world around these songs, give life to these love stories and let Lianne actually become these characters. Be it a candid young girl falling in love, or a heartbroken femme fatale in the middle of the woods. I feel fortunate for the trust relationship I have with Lianne, it’s something any music video director has to cherish because it’s rare and precious. Ultimately, that’s what allows an ambitious project like this one to exist.”
Directeor: Colin Solal Cardo
Director of Photography: Fabien Benzaquen
Art Direction / Stylism: Colin Johnco & Ylva Falk
Editor: David Poucet Color Grading: Julien Hery (Royal Post)
Produced by La Blogothèque: Matthieu Buchsenschutz & Chryde Lianne La Havas
Laura Mvula - She
She is taken from ‘Sing To The Moon’ available on the 4th of March.
Sing To The Moon available from Amazon: http://po.st/rAejxG // iTunes: http://po.st/2hYcWm // Laura’s Store: http://po.st/z4U7QV
For more information on Laura, please visit:
Official Website: http://www.lauramvula.com
(C) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
From My Father
My father was a South Korean immigrant that came to the United States with my mother to realize the ever-so-elusive “American Dream”. Fifteen years after being in this country, he found himself in the middle of a crisis that resulted in him being deported back to Korea, with the strict order that he would never be able to step foot in the States again. He was abruptly separated from his wife and children, returning to his homeland with essentially nothing to his name. However, through patience and perseverance, he rebuilt himself while in Korea, and eight years later, my mother reunited with him and has lived with him ever since.
Although this tale may seem specific to him, I felt that the nature of struggles, reflection, rebounds, reunification, and eventual triumph can resonate within any human being. Since I wanted this story to embody my father’s personal life, I only sampled material that my father listened to when he was my age, which consisted primarily of Korean folk music from the 70s and 80s. Also, much of the music was given to me directly from my father himself, adding to the significance of the album’s title.
“This project is dedicated to my father, Seong Ho Yeo, and my mother, Hee Sook Moon. Your love for each other and for your children knows no bounds, and the story you share together is a testament to the power of patience, persistence, healing, and unconditional love. Thank you for the warmth and care you continue to bring to my heart. Even through the distance, I feel it every single day.”
All tracks produced and mixed by Trebles and Blues.
Mastered by K-Murdock.
Artwork by Vi Pham: www.vipham.de.
Download the promo mix here: http://www.mediafire.com/?yx7498k3ohm…
Yesterdays by Ian Kamau (One Day Soon)
The song ‘Yesterdays’ was released Oct 7, 2011 on the album One Day Soon. It features sign language performance by Muna Jimale (UK based Cultural Curator) and I. Shot by Nabil Shashand assisted by Aden Abebe & Daniel Balay in Esplanade, Toronto. The piece is shot in front of a mural painted as part of The Brighten The Corners Project (coordinated by Well and Good in 2010)– artists: Patrick Thompson & Alexa Hatanaka.
Maia von Lekow: Acoustic and intimate.
Featuring the songs: Uko Wapi, Guava Tree and Seeing Blue. Maia adds a blossom of new sound to Kenya’s music scene. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Maia’s main influences growing up were Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole & Nina Simone. Maia’s songs weave African jazz melodies, ballads, and soulful blues together creating a hybrid signature sound.
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Daley - Alone Together ft. Marsha Ambrosius
Channeling invigorating soul, slick R&B, soaring pop, and enthralling ambient stylings, UK singer, songwriter and performer Daley has just unveiled his six-song debut EP for Republic Records, Alone Together. Daley’s signature “Future Throwback Soul” sound is sparking a buzz worldwide: he recently became the number one “Most Shared Act” on the BBC’s 1Xtra Livehome page, and he’s currently blowing up Twitter in the UK as “#rememberme” reached number two on the site’s trending topics.
The first single stateside, “Alone Together,” features a cameo from critically-acclaimed R&B singer Marsha Ambrosious; boasting a slow, sultry beat, Daley carries the melody with true soul and infectious charisma, illuminating how dynamic his voice is. Meanwhile, the UK single “Remember Me” is a fiery duet with label mate, 4x-platinum superstar and BRIT-Award winner, Jessie J; a funky bass line and propulsive handclaps weave throughout the song as Daley’s soulful delivery reaches impressive heights in tandem with the diva’s.
Given that individual flare and undeniable talent, it’s no surprise that he’s nominated in two categories at the 2012 Soul Train Awards: the “Centric Award” forBest International Performance and their overall award “Best Outstanding Artist” for the EP’s title track. His mixtape “Those Who Wait” has reached over 100K downloads and the video for the single “Alone Together” has already surpassed 1 Million Views.
UK - Pre-order Daley’s debut single ‘Remember Me feat. Jessie J’ here: http://smarturl.it/DaleyRememberMe
US - Buy Daley’s ‘Alone Together’ EP here:http://smarturl.it/DaleyAloneTogether
Download Daley’s mixtape ‘Those Who Wait’ here:http://tinyurl.com/daleymixtape
Music video by Daley performing Alone Together. (C) 2012 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
“When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor.
My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman.
They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.
Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” - Janelle Monáe
Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long | Erykah Badu
Yes, it’s Erykah Badu and her smooth raw voice and her tunes full of incredibly catchy soul. Harmonized vocals constantly hum in the background, interbreeding with Badu’s voice; this is a heavenly mix and coupled with breath-easy guitars and simmering drum beats. A rumbling rhythmic bassline settles back nonchalantly as it lets the song take you wherever your peace of mind resides. Besides … “What’s the rush?”
My rating: 7/10
MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH
Lianne La Havas
Song: Everything Everything
“No Room For Doubt”, “Elusive”, “Forget”… Just a few songs from the entrancing, incredibly soulful Lianne La Havas. Having folk and “neo-soul” in the equation is questionable, yet produces beautiful harmonies, meaningful lyrics and a song that will last for days, most probably weeks! ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ is her first studio album. From the quirky “Forget” to the downplayed and relaxed (yet emotional) “Lost & Found”, La Havas manages to intertwine playful and serious songs incredibly. This stunning girl is the one to watch.
My rating: 11/10
Solange // Losing You [Music Video]
I’ve posted way too much of Solange today, so I’ll leave you with the music video for “Losing You”. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d post more if I could, but there’s not really anything more in the way of content today. Plus I want to go buy my dinner.
The video for “Losing You” is very good. It sees Solange roaming about Cape Town with some cool kids, as they dance, ride bikes and smash bottles. You know, like you do. Plus they’re all dressed in very stylish African inspired fashions, because Solange would never go out on her bicycle wearing something horrible.
The party near the end of the video really reminds me of Janet Jackson’s “Got ‘til it’s Gone”. That’s a great video as well, so I guess this whole releasing new music has been a critical success for Solange. At least with me.