Articles tagged new zealand, funk, hi-life, reggae, dub, islander, neo-soul, soul, samplers, brass

27 Jul 2015 // 2:30 AM

Lianne La Havas: Blood

With Blood, Lianne La Havas rediscovers herself and adds a prefix to her name.

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27 Jul 2015 // 2:05 AM

Simply Red: Big Love

Big Love come across as a kind of audio time capsule, one that makes the passage of the past 30 years simply disappear.

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Joss Stone: Water for Your Soul

Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors to make something that stands out as special.

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Alejandro Meola and Robinsones - ‘First Impressions’ (EP stream) (premiere)

The Argentina-raised musician explores blues, rock, and reggae on his first English-language release.

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Stephen Kalinich and Jon Tiven: Each Soul Has a Voice

Considering the substantial pedigrees of the principals involved, it’s hardly surprising that Each Soul Has a Voice boasts an archival feel, one that sounds so seemingly so retro it often goes askew.

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20 Jul 2015 // 1:18 PM

Hudson Mohawke ft. Ruckazoid - “Warriors” (video)

Scottish electronic producer Hudson Mohawke teams up with vocalist Ruckazoid for the track "Warriors".

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Sly and the Family Stone: Live at the Fillmore East

On these two days in 1968, Sly and the Family Stone sounded like a perpetual motion machine far too powerful to ever break down.

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16 Jul 2015 // 2:30 AM

Bilal: In Another Life

With In Another Life, Bilal and Adrian Younge deliver a stone cold soul classic.

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15 Jul 2015 // 2:20 AM

Galactic: Into the Deep

When Galactic explores the deep, it's the places we all found before, explored, had a little fun with, left, and sort of forgot about for a while.

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The Benjees - ‘Alright Alright Alright’ (album stream) (premiere)

The Brooklyn foursome blend punk, funk, blues, and soul into one crazy little gumbo on their debut album.

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Leon Bridges: Coming Home

Leon Bridges harkens back to that earlier era of rock history when quiet and sincere could be just as radical as its opposite.

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Various Artists: Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments in Latin Music 1970-77

A newly-reissued compilation from the Latin music explosion of the 1970s with names familiar and obscure.

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Digisaurus - ‘No More Room For Love’ (EP stream)

The Columbus, Ohio band mixes classic disco and funk with more modern sounds to offer a contemporary take on classic pop.

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30 Jun 2015 // 2:20 AM

Miguel: Wildheart

Wildheart is the sound of Miguel fully coming into his own , but we're still left feeling engaged but not thrilled, satisfied with the night out but lacking the impulse to text him back the next day.

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Kalinich and Tiven - ‘Each Soul Has a Voice’ (album stream) (premiere)

The veteran Beach Boys/Alex Chilton collaborators join forces again on their latest album.

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The Revivalists - “Stand Up” (audio) (Premiere)

Funk and Fender Rhodes are out in full force in the latest single by the New Orleans outfit the Revivalists.

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Trevor Hall - “To Zion” (audio) (Premiere)

Singer-songwriter Trevor Hall's new track lovingly blends folk, reggae, and Sanskrit.

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The Orb: Moonbuilding 2703 AD

The Orb sail over the moon on this one, making electronic greatness look easy as ever.

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Busty and the Bass - ‘Glam’ (album) (premiere)

The Canadian nine-piece band Busty and the Bass create an eclectic funk/soul/jazz hybrid on their debut album Glam.

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18 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Robert Glasper: Covered

Covered stands, in the end, as a multi-layered work possessing an air of adventure, while still remaining accessible. It’s a rewarding collection by one of the most significant composers and interpreters in contemporary jazz.

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