Mike Schiller: That “Funky Drummer” sample is the gift that keeps on giving. “Love Me More” might be the hundred-thousandth-ish song to sample James Brown’s classic ode to his percussionist, but it’s a great track nonetheless thanks to the energetic work of Emeli Sandé, who climbs to the sky with her vocal track. The strings follow her to the stratosphere, and it’s impossible to keep from getting sucked in. This is a track built on a formula, but no formula exists to account for Sandé, and her performance is the kind of vocal that you scream along to, tears in your eyes, heart ready to burst. [8/10]
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Acclaimed family music artist Dan Zanes has long harbored a love for the incomparable music of the legendary Lead Belly. Zanes discovered Lead Belly’s music at the age of seven after acquiring his first library card and checking out a record of his. Now Zanes has turned that life-long affection for the artist into an exciting new project Lead Belly, Baby! which features new versions of Lead Belly’s classic country blues/folk tunes performed by Zanes with a raft of guests, including Chuck D., Billy Bragg, Aloe Blacc, and Valerie June.
Energy & Strength is the brand new release by Philadelphia’s End Christian and is out today via Translation Loss. Although heavy, the music draws from a diverse range of sounds, including the darker reaches of shoegaze and dream pop with dark doses of electronic sounds that float above and beneath ethereal vocals, creating soundscapes that run the gamut from meditative to jarring.
“Space Wizard” is the new video from Low Flying Hawks. Directed by Victoria Franco, the short film perfectly encapsulates the stark but impactful nature of the group’s music. Meditative without being married to lengthy drones, tuneful without landing anywhere near the realm of commerciality, its fierce inventiveness and independent spirit stand in sharp relief to a wave of musical acts more dedicated to staying true to a genre than an individual musical vision.
British indie pop artist Nick Mulvey studied music in Havana, Cuba and then came back to London to focus on ethnomusicology at the University of London. During those years he hooked up with the musicians that would form Portico Quartet. In 2001, he went solo and released his debut, the 2014 Mercury Prize-nominated First Mind. In advance of his second record, Wake Up Now releasing September 8th via Harvest Records, Mulvey released his latest single “Mountain to Move”, an anthemic sing-a-long number that one can imagine huge concert crowds singing right back to him.
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