Gorgon City Lets You 'Go All Night' with New Mix #GoAllNightPartySoundtrack

In October, Gorgon City released their mainstream debut and LP Sirens. The project, for me, is still steady in rotation as it’s a combination of soul, and house - two of my favorite things. The album featured not only great production, but also great features one of which came courtesy the powerhouse singer Jennifer Hudson in the form of “Go All Night.” 

In my review of the album which you can read in it’s entirety here, I described the song as an epic dance-floor banger.  

As soon as the song begins with minimal production, Jennifer’s voice commands full attention. As the song continues and the beat develops, Gorgon City create a song complete with traces of the legendary Cece Peniston in her heydey. This is a song that will easily be an anthem in gay clubs or House music parties around the world and for good reason - it captures a feeling and makes you dance uncontrollably (I have a little sweat forming as I write listening to this song for the sixth time in a row). 

The pairing recently released the video for the song, and now, to celebrate the official release of the single Gorgon City created this bomb 1-hour playlist, ‘Go All Night’ mix. It will be the perfect addition to any holiday party or just if you want to turn up at your desk, which I am currently doing. 

Also, Gorgon City will begin their tour soon check the dates here. I saw them in San Francisco earlier this year - I danced so hard, and met some really cool people.  If you want to purchase Gorgon City’s LP Sirens, purchase the album here via iTunes

Tinashe's Debut Album, Stellar Effort or?

As a woman, I make mistakes and I am woman enough to admit to those very mistakes. One of those errors of judgement came on October 7th – the day that R&B singer Tinashe released her debut album Aquarius. I wrote a tweet about how great her album was – I don’t know the exact verbiage I used and I assume since it was Twitter I could find the information out by looking at my timeline, but I am lazy, distracted and eating Tater Tots with Fish with an excessive amount of Hot Sauce and a side of Lemonade – digression. But yes, I prematurely said that I loved the Tinashe album in so many characters when realistically, that’s not the truth. The album which Tinashe herself is the executive producer of, features production from Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), DJ Mustard and Mike WilL Made It, just to name a few.Aquarius has it’s high points but on the sixth full listen, I realized that the album became background music.

Tinashe has a good voice especially in the sea of autotuned non-singers or oversexualized singers with repetitive subject contents. But for me, what those albums have that Tinashe’s album lacks is the ability to keep listeners invested (kind of like the J.Cole syndrome). At times, I forgot that I was actually listening to the album perhaps because the lush, sex music vibes doesn’t captivate my short attention span. Also, aside from the lead single “2 On” featuring Schoolboy Q, the album production wise doesn’t really change up – everything is slow, saucy and cuddly.

That being said, as a whole Tinashe’s debut is leaps and bounds better than I expected. The songs on the album really allow Tinashe’s voice to play the lead role as she seamlessly goes between FKA Twigs-ish vibes on certain songs, and Janet Jackson in others.

Highlights on the album come in the form of the Future assisted “How Many Times.” Although Future kind of messes up his main part with a series of tribal chants that sound more Tourette like than necessary, this is subjectively speaking, the album’s best song.  For the song, Tinashe flips the classic Janet Jackson track, “Funny How Time Flies” from her 1986 classic Control, and makes it contemporary and sensual. “Cold Sweat” follows in terms of highlights as Tinashe sings about friends, foes and all things that are synonymous with becoming a star. This song also shines a light on one of Tinashe’s strengths – her vocal versatility.

Overall, the Tinashe album is a nice debut album. I wouldn’t say that it is something that I will consistently play, but it was leaps better than I expected – just not gas-worthy like I said.

Video: @HaimTheBand - "My Song 5" ft. A$AP Ferg

Los Angeles based sister trio, Haim, had one of my favorite releases of 2013 with their debut effort Days Are Gone.  With the effort, they showed not only are they bad ass musicians with a healthy hair of locks, but that they are versatile.  The versatility of the group was shown once again with their latest collaboration.  From the album, my favorite song hands down was "My Song 5" it's crazy.  The lyrics are captivating, and memorable.  The guitar, the drum - in love.  Earlier this summer, the band released the updated remix version featuring A$AP Mob counterpart A$AP Ferg.  

Typically, I hate when people feel they need to put a rapper on a song because more times than not, it doesn't fit the flow or just seems like a marketing plow.  However, this collaboration I enjoy and it doesn't bother me at all.  I won't say that it made the song better because the song was great by itself, but it definitely added a different energy.

The pairing are finally releasing the video for the track and it's hilarious.  For the video, they created a daytime talk show exposing some weird circumstances and cool cameos like Big Sean and Ke$ha.

Grab the single here, and make sure to cop Haim's album here as well.

Video: @KimbraMusic - "Miracle"

Today, one of my favorite singers, New Zealand bred singer Kimbra, released her highly anticipated sophomore album, Golden Echo.  It is in my hopes that I am able to finish my album review before I head out of town for AfroPunk because the album is crazy.  Not only does Kimbra have a knack for writing great songs - she also does these real interesting and quirky things with her voice shown with her new single "Miracle." The video which premiered on Refinery29 this morning, is interesting and fun, two things that have become synonymous with Kimbra.

Check out the video and make sure to cop Kimbra's new album here. Also, make sure to check Kimbra out when she heads out on her tour (which begins on my birthday so you know where I'll be) check the dates below.

10/20 San Francisco, CA The Independent 10/23 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy 10/24 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory 10/25 Las Vegas, NV Life Is Beautiful Festival 10/27 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue 10/28 Denver, CO Sherman 10/30 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café 11/01 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall 11/06 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom 11/07 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live - Downstairs 11/08 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall 11/09 Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall

Video: Sasha Keable - "Living Without You" (Live Vevo DSCVR)

So although I am a terrible blogger, my last posts on here have been about UK based singer Sasha Keable, who is my favorite right now. I first got introduced to Keable with her feature on one of my favorite projects of 2013 - Disclosure's Settle LP for the track "Voices" which she was a featured artist on.  I loved how her voice had so much soul, yet control and power and kind of stanned out for her with her debut EP BlackBook.  The EP was crazy - and so is her latest effort Lemongrass and Limeleaves. Here we see Keable singing the lead single from the EP in the form of "Living Without You" for an acoustic set with Vevo DSCVR and man doesn't she sound amazing.

If you're not up on Sasha, please get up on her ASAP.

Video: Janelle Monae - "Electric Lady"

Today, Miss Janelle Monae released her new visual installment for the title track from her last album The Electric Lady and I could not be more excited.  "Electric Lady" is my favorite song from the album because For one, her voice sounds amazing. Secondly, I too am an Electric Lady - like hello, and also lastly, I love the way the vocals sound on the chorus.  For the video which features cameos from some lovely women: Estelle, Monica, my boo Esperanza Spalding, Fatima and T-Boz, Monae creates a video centered around a fictional sorority.

Also, can I gush over how good Janelle looks with her hair let out like that or nah?  Her style these past few months has been on point to me. She is still sticking with her signature black and whites, but the splash of color with the pink crop top is adorable.  Also, the letterman jacket is now on my Fall shopping list.

Video: @KimbraMusic - "Love in High Places" ft. Thundercat [Lyric Video]

Kimbra The Golden Echo So, I have not blogged on here since April which is extremely sad.  I've been all over the place traveling, not traveling, working, not working, just doing way too much that I've lost focus of this little here love - but I'm back for the time being. That being said, anyone who knows me knows that I stan out for New Zealand grown singer Kimbra.  I went all the way to New York (as if this is not a place I'd love to travel) for my birthday two years ago because I was in love with her album Vows, which I still believe is a necessary listen, and this year I will also be seeing her again for my birthday in San Francisco the first date on her Fall Tour.

Kimbra's sophomore album, The Golden Echo, is set to be released less than a month away on August 19th and it should be a good one.  From the album so far, we have heard the lead single "90's Music" which sadly, doesn't really tickle my fancy, as well as "Nobody But You" which you can download on iTunes.  We have also heard the much buzzed about collaboration between Kimbra and bassist Thundercat, in the form of "Love in High Places." Now, we are getting the lyric video which is lovely in it's on right.  Seeing the lyrics flash by on the screen actually made me love the song a little bit more.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Kimbra's upcoming release - The Golden Echo, which will be released August 19th.  You can also pre-order the album on iTunes and cop three tracks from the album as well here.

MP3: Sasha Keable - "Living Without You"

artworks-000077261144-5l79if-t500x500 Worst blogger again, but at least I'm working on it.

Any who, if you follow the site, or my Twitter, or my Facebook, or any of my social networks, you will see that I spend a lot of time gushing about UK based singer Sasha Keable. After initially getting exposed to her from Disclosure's Settle LP with the single "Voices" I instantly became a fan.  Last year, she put out her debut EP Black Book, which still is in constant rotation for me - I even put it on a CD in the car which is a huge deal.  I wrote about that project here (it's also docked on the side of the page) , and if you have not yet, make sure to download it for free via Soundcloud ASAP.

Keable is now on the brink of releasing a new EP Lemongrass & Lime Leaves, which will be available May 12th.  From the EP, Keable is unleashing one of the first tastes of what people can expect with her new single "Living Without You" and it's lovely.  It's a very different sound from her previous EP which for me, had some great Hip-Hop undertones.  This time, it's a little more poppy and I can definitely dig it.

Listen to the track below & make sure to mark your calendars for her upcoming release.

Source: Artistic Manifesto, xoxo.

Video: denitia and sene - "Divided"

denitia-and-sene I love denitia and sene which could tell if you frequent this site with every post  I write about them.  Last year, the twosome released their new single "Divided" in part of Red Bull's Sound Select to celebrate Record Store Day - April 19th.  I wrote about the Christian Rich produced single for Saint Heron which you can read here.  Now the sexy track written by Sene is getting the visual treatment and it's pretty cool.  denitia looks like a vixen - that's all I'm saying.  I love this track, the reggae vibe of this song makes you want to slow wind backwards - or me at least.  It's a very sensual song.

Little Dragon - "Paris" (Zane Lowe Radio Rip)

Little Dragon Music New music from Little Dragon, always makes me excited.  In my head, I sing just like Yukimi - I may even sing like her out loud not 100% sure right now.  Although I wasn't such a fan of their last effort, Ritual Union, which was released three years ago I'm extremely anxious for their new LP Nabuma Rubberband. 

Little Dragon are currently on tour promoting their upcoming effort and here is the second release in the form of "Paris." The song premiered yesterday on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio show, and now here it is in stream form.  I'm pretty sure my coworkers wondered what was wrong with me as I listened to this song - baby girl probably looks like she's having an experience.  This is one of those songs that makes me live out my Flash Dance 80's desires - Spandex and all.  I just can't STOP DANCING and I'm really loving this song.

This along with the first single "Klapp Klapp" have Nabuma Rubberband, sounding like a great project or as Lowe referred to it - "hottest record of the year."

Listen to the stream below and pre-order Nabuma Rubberband here.

Video - @Clearsoulforces - "Solar Heat"

Last year, I got a chance to interview Detroit based group, Clear Soul Forces, for Frank151, about their then unreleased album Gold PP7's. I remember asking dumb questions like what exactly a Gold PP7 was - but I learned.  (You can check out the interview here)  After speaking with the 'Fearsome Foursome' and listening to the album, I can proudly call myself a Clear Soul Forces fan and am glad to see "Solar Heat" finally get the visual treatment.  The video is the final track from the groups sophomore project which you can get here -- it's a great project from start to finish - great production, lyricism everything.

Video credit: Richard Taylor of TaylorMadeHD

Tune-Yards - "Wait For A Minute"

With any Tune-Yards track or project, you can expect an interesting and enjoyable music experience.  Keeping true to that, today the Tune-Yards are releasing their new single "Wait For A Minute" from their upcoming project Nikki Nack which will be released May 6th.  "Wait For A Minute" has a real chill vibe - very retro, yet dancey all the same.  I am definitely loving this song.  Make sure to keep your eyes and ears out rather for Tune-Yards new project, Nikki Nack, which will be released May 6th -- if your mother is a musical person, this would be a great Mother's Day gift.  I'm just saying, that's what I'm giving and some food. #ballingonabudget

Marie Dahlstrom - "Forget Me Nots" featuring Jeremy Passion

10149460_10202681504291653_1121786588_n Anytime anyone mentions Marie Dahlstrom's name it can be said that I gush over her.  She's one of my favorite new singers hands down which makes me so excited that I get to work with her on PR.  She has an amazing voice.  She's a great songwriter.  She is a great producer - not to mention, she has an equally interesting and cool personality.  There we go with the gushing that I said exists.  Last year, Dahlstrom had a pretty good year - she won three Scandinavian Soul awards, was voted Soul Bounce's 'Bounce Worthy Artist of The Year' and Soul Singer, Eric Roberson, sang her praises after she performed as his opener on his London tour stop.  She also released two great projects - Gloom, and her covers project The Renditions.  Dahlstrom is now putting the finishing touches on her new covers project The Renditions Part 2, and this is one of the first tastes of what people can expect in the form of her Patrice Rushen cover, "Forget Me Nots."  For the track, Dahlstrom hooks up with singer Jeremy Passion and they create music.  Dahlstrom also produced this track - another reason for my Marie Dahlstrom gush festivals.

Listen to the stream below but keep an eye out for the project.

The Roots - "When The People Cheer"

The Roots Once again for the worst blogger of the year award - myself.  I have all these cool things to blog, but between blogging over at Solange's Saint Heron or on my friend and I's site (that may have been politically incorrect) Technolochic which isn't getting so much love either currently, I haven't done so much blogging here.  Really need to work on that.

That being said, one of my most favorite groups ever is The Roots.  I've been a fan of The Roots forever.  They are one of my dad's favorite groups too so we have these real cool jam sessions with them sometimes going through our favorites from their discography: The Tipping Point, Illadelph Halflife,  Things Fall Apart, How I Got Over. The Roots, who have been performing on the Jimmy Fallon show these last few years, are working on their forthcoming LP Then You Shoot Your Cousin.  

Given the title of the album, the album will have a darker sound for The Roots.  With their last effort, Undun, listeners were introduced to an album that you told a story backwards, this time, the album will take a satirical look at violence in our culture and in Hip-Hop.   From the project, the first release we are getting is "When The People Cheer."  As always, the song combines great production and stellar verses from Black Thought.

"When The People Cheer" is from The Roots upcoming album which will be out May 13th on Def Jam.