Friday, December 19, 2014
Canadian indie "Arts & Crafts" and "Broadsheet Music: A Year in Review" teamed up to ask artists to contribute music inspired by important news topics of 2014. The project includes an unreleased Broken Social Scene song called "Golden Facelift". About the song the band says "It is a song we as a band all felt strongly about lyrically and musically and we wanted to give it a proper unveiling when the time was right. We feel that chance is now as this year draws to a close. 2014 has not been without its beauty, but it has also been a year of incredible brutality and all of humanity has a great deal to answer for. As songwriters and creative artists we want the world to know Broken Social Scene's aim is to be a voice that will champion underdogs and the idea of goodness on this planet upon which we all take up valuable space."
Broken Social Scene -"Golden Facelift"-mp3
Thursday, December 18, 2014
K Raydio and O.D. One Drop
Minneapolis new school soul vocalist K. Raydio and producer/crate digger O. D. collaborate on One Drop, a follow-up to K Raydio's excellent left-field debut Lucid Dreaming Skylines (a collaboration with producer Psymun [TheStand4rd/Spooky Black]). Initially, K. Raydio had a strong reference to Neo-Soul giants Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. Not a bad way to start, but on One Drop, K. Raydio finds her own lane. She is a thoughtful soul stylist who pays respect to the masters without mimicking their sound.
One Drop finds K . Raydio and O.D. exploring various avenues of modern soul. Lyrically K. Raydio is much more complicated than Lucid Dreaming Skylines, with personal narratives of her background and life weaved throughout. Addressing those called “others” on intro “Initial”, before opening with the cautionary tale on the stunning, heavy “One Drop”. This song is a gorgeous look into the life of a black girl growing up and dealing with racial complexities where society has its own views of those with “One Drop”. The heavier, southern funk of “Underdog” could be on par with legends Denise Lasalle or Chaka Khan. Taking on that J Dilla thump is “The Black Wall”, followed by another stunner with the mid-tempo, organic instrumental “Float (Another Round)”. They make a funky retro reference on the high energy tease of “First Name”. Slowing down with the elegant “goodmorninglove” , a Sunday morning soul serenade. “Miss Turner” scores with its bad mama attitude alone. On the super groovy Neo-Soul jewel “Gossip”, K. Raydio warns “It's that elementary game and I swear I stopped playing years ago, see what others think of me, I didn't care to know” over a feel good thump, thump rattle that spins into a dizzy array. With a left turn mid-song, O.D. makes like Madlib as he breaks it down and keeps your head nodding with a stutter-step, broken beat. Another strong moment is “Endure”, before closing with instrumental “Rearview”.
Producer/artist/engineer Medium Zach (Big Quarters/Mankwe/Greg Grease) allows each song to breathe and add its own colors. The production itself is full of sonic intricacies that have a richness and exploratory quality. K. Raydio songwriting has matured and become stronger and more confident. The soulful, heavy funk of O. D. shows that Minneapolis has a talented and growing diverse producers' field.
K Raydio & O.D. -One Drop-download
Metasota showing a new, rather different Mack side with the ladies on the slow rollin'"Have A Seat" on which he says "panties should slide right off...". Metasota will be at Black Friday Dec. 26th at 7th St. Entry. Metasota's next record RUMDMT arrives Feb. 2015.
Metasota -"Have A Seat"-mp3
Totally Gross National Products keep it moving with new project RONiiA made of up Dark Dark Dark's Nona Marie Invie, Votel/Father You See Queen/Marijuana Deathsquads' Mark McGee, and Fletcher Barnhill. The "Last Words" video was directed by Isaac Gale and David Jensen. -via City Pages
The City of Lawrence, KS native, Los Angeles resident P. Morris brings his definition of the trap sub-genre "Goombawave" with new track. On the dual track Morris said, "This is a two-piece composition that I put together in a raw, truncated form. The first half was inspired by summer and the second reminds me exactly why fall is my season." Coming off tour with FKA twigs, having already worked with Feist and LE1F, make P. Morris one to watch.
P. Morris -"Taxi Girl / Untitled "-mp3