Cilantro Boombox‘s new single “Love For Money” begins life as a ska song with strong echoes of the English Beat and the Specials and then morphs into a straight-ahead funk tune before injecting some salsa into the mix. With all of those components, you might expect “Love For Money” to be too crammed full of ideas to work, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Cilantro Boombox are masters at blending genres into new combinations that sound organic and natural. “Love For Money” ends up being a hugely fun dance tune that will have you searching for more music from this talented Austin band. Well, you’re in luck as the band has a new album coming in February and “Love For Money” is the first delicious taste.
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Curtis McMurtry has a famous Texas surname and, yes, he the son of legendary Texas singer-songwriter James McMurtry, but Curtis is very much his own man musically. If you can imagine baroque pop translated into Americana, then you’ll get an idea of Curtis McMurtry’s unique contribution to the ever-broadening definition of Americana music. McMurtry has been as influenced by great songwriting craftsmanship as he has by jazz, folk rock, indie pop, and orchestral pop.
Today we are premiering new music from McDougall, “Battle Creek March”. The song is a new take on a piece that the musician first released on his 2010 LP Old New Histories. Built on a gorgeous, cascading banjo figure, the track builds into a fluid but strident trip that marries the power of heavy rock with all the subtlety and restraint of traditional American music.
Sometimes you just need to hear a feel good song to get on by and this week, we need it more than ever. Enter blues/American artist Seth Walker who has a new video for “High Time”, a tune that rollicks joyfully in its New Orleans vibe. Walker laces together NOLA rhythms, some funky piano, and slinky guitar to create this earworm of a song. “High Time” leads off Walker’s recent album Gotta Get Back, and it gets your feet and backfield in motion.
Lance Washington (a.k.a. Lando Chill) lost his father at the tender age of four and it has left a mark on him, one that he needed to address in artistic fashion to help him deal with the pain. Washington grew up in Chicago but moved to Arizona for college, and he took up poetry before diving head-long into music. Those sunny climes of Arizona have worn off on Washington, putting the real “chill” in Chill’s moniker. That and some stellar OG Kush that Chill celebrates in his song “Early in the Morning”.
Chill’s sound is soulful, warm and groovy, his honey-esque flow utterly irresistible and enticing. The video for “Early in the Morning”, which appears on Chill’s 2016 debut album, For Mark, Your Son, was shot in Northern Arizona and features Chill and his girlfriend on a road trip, spending the day in nature with some great herb and each other. This take on the song is a live band version, and it suggests the direction the artist is heading on his upcoming new record planned for this summer via Mello Music Group.