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

25 Aug 2016 // 2:10 AM

Ngaiire: Blastoma

Blastoma exemplifies the many ways music helps us explain unspeakable feelings, through a combination of words, sounds, moods and melodies that work on each other, through each other and around each other.

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24 Aug 2016 // 10:00 AM

The Seshen - “Flames & Figures” (Singles Going Steady)

The title track from San Francisco's The Seshen is a lovely mixture of buzzing, spacey soul/pop.

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Hope Against Hope: The Soul Politics of Obama’s Summer Playlists

Words may speak the promise of transcending divisions and borders, but it’s music that delivers.

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23 Aug 2016 // 9:32 AM

Eric Krasno - “Jezebel” (premiere)

On his latest single, "Jezebel", Soulive and Lettuce co-founder Eric Krasno lays out a mellow soul/blues vibe with some slinky, masterful guitar playing and a tale of love gone wrong.

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Betty Davis: The Columbia Years 1968-1969

The Columbia Years 1968-1969 isn't the sound of Betty Davis finding her voice so much as it is the sound of her fighting to get out from under the shadow of then-husband Miles Davis.

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18 Aug 2016 // 10:05 AM

John Newman - “Olé” (Singles Going Steady)

John Newman has crafted a harmless, fun summer single that is undoubtedly pop.

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18 Aug 2016 // 8:10 AM

Adiam - “Fearless” (video) (premiere)

Eritrean-Swedish singer Adiam mashes up R&B, hip-hop, and electronic music into an irresistible, sophisticated, and bound for the charts sound.

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16 Aug 2016 // 9:42 AM

NAO - “Girlfriend” (Singles Going Steady)

NAO's lyrics are expertly crafted and hit right at the core of insecurity.

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Robert Finley - “You Make Me Want To Dance” (audio) (premiere)

“You Make Me Want to Dance” is a slab of dirty, sexy soul, gyrating around a firm funk backbeat in much the same way as most pairs of hips exposed to this song might.

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Van Morrison: It’s Too Late to Stop Now… Vols. II, III, IV and DVD

One of rock music's greatest live albums gets a sequel and shows a legendary singer/songwriter at the peak of his powers.

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Will Downing: Black Pearls

Smooth R&B vocalist Will Downing maintains the utmost consistency on his latest project, covers album Black Pearls.

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‘Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise’ Doesn’t Find the Transcendence Within Perry

In its attempt to worship, Vision of Paradise condescends and exploits.

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Various Artists: Coxsone’s Music 2 - The Sound of Young Jamaica

As with its companion piece, this second volume of early Jamaican music shows just how integral a role jazz and R&B played in shaping what would become the island nation’s dominant form of popular music in the second half of the 20th Century.

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Various Artists: Sherwood at the Controls Volume 2 - 1985-1990

The seminal producer/mixer Adrian Sherwood engages Ministry, KMFDM, and the dude from Spearhead. All without losing touch with his post-punk and reggae roots.

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Andy Stott: Too Many Voices

This is everything but a claustrophobic piece of sonic art. On the contrary, this is Stott at his best, a composer whose futuristic music is well-rooted in today’s world.

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Little Richard: Mono Box - The Complete Specialty and Vee-Jay Albums

Little Richard wasn’t just making music for the baby boomer generation; he was making music for the new millennium.

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25 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Aaron Neville: Apache

Aaron Neville sounds overcome with feeling -- even orgasmic, without having to strain. Like a gentle rain, his voice soothingly cleanses the air.

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Grace Jones: Warm Leatherette (Deluxe Edition)

Though it was her fourth album, Warm Leatherette is really where it all started for the one and only Ms. Jones.

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William Bell: This Is Where I Live

Soul survivor reunites with the label that launched his career and the result is captivating.

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18 Jul 2016 // 2:52 PM

Laura Mvula - “Show Me Love” (Singles Going Steady)

"Show Me Love" is an incantatory, gospel-tinged art-pop hymnal that drifts from moments of deep personal introspection to fissions of out-of-body spiritual awareness.

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