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WATCH – “Slow Down” with Maverick Sabre & Jorja Smith

February 12th, 2019

U.K.-based singers Jorja Smith and Maverick Sabre are each rising stars in their own right. But put them together and the sonic slow burn only intensifies.

Maverick Sabre releases his first single of 2019, “Slow Down” — the third single off his forthcoming album, When I Wake Up — complete with a wistful video featuring both artists. This R&B ballad is sophisticated and sexy in nature. It’s riddled with riffs that invite you to listen intently. Its brass drums, low bassline and poetic snaps scatter loosely throughout. “Slow down won’t you come around” the singers repeat in between verses — a call-out to past lovers in hopes that they’ll return soon.

Directed by Rashid Babiker, the rainy visual for the song positions Smith and Sabre as ships passing in the night in the most relatable, mundane manner. (Sabre plays a cab driver, Smith is his passenger.) It’s the shared glances in the rear-view mirror that bind them.

Even though Sabre is more likely to experiment with jazz and electronics while Smith loses herself in soft beats laden in profound thought, their collaborations always offer something new and magical. The evolution of their work feels like an intricate dance that’s constantly adding footwork.-NPR

Craig Finn On ‘Blankets,’ Chronicles A Lost Lover’s Search

February 7th, 2019

Over his songwriting career, Craig Finn’s developed a reliably literary style. The thematic throughlines of his catalog demand a close reading and lend themselves to annotations; you could make a map out of mentions from his discography (in fact, it’s been done).

While his Hold Steady characters were wild and wrecked, the concerns have changed on his latest solo releases, 2015’s Faith In The Future and 2017’s We All Want The Same Things. Recorded with Josh Kaufman and Joe Russo and engineered by D. James Goodwin, Finn calls I Need A New War the third part of a trilogy.

“The three albums together look at the same people, but from different angles,” Finn writes. “The characters in the songs on this record, and the last two, are trying to keep up and keep their heads above water.”

I Need A New War grapples with consequence. Characters – often referred to by first name – reckon with the lives they’ve built, reflecting on the circumstances that put them in those positions and places. The tracks, as they frequently do in Finn’s body of work, unfold like short stories, with stray observations and specific details setting the scene. – NPR

Reggae Added To UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List

February 4th, 2019

One of the best-loved musical styles in the world now bears a new distinction. Reggae — the uniquely Jamaican creation born in the late 1960s and made popular globally by artists like Bob Marley and Toots and the Maytals — has been added to a list of global cultural treasures by UNESCO, the cultural and scientific agency of the United Nations.

On Thursday, reggae was “inscripted,” as the UNESCO term goes, to the “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,” joining more than 300 other traditional practices worldwide on the U.N. agency’s list.

“Its contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual,” UNESCO said in a statement. “The basic social functions of the music — as a vehicle for social commentary, a cathartic practice, and a means of praising God — have not changed, and the music continues to act as a voice for all.”

UNESCO enlarges its list annually; dozens of musical, dance and theater styles have already been included, though possibly none so well-known, or commercially popular worldwide, as reggae. – NPR MUSIC

Mass Appeal’s STARTING 5 Tour now FREE w/ RSVP

February 4th, 2019

In partnership with Puma and Monster Energy, Mass Appeal presents the first-ever STARTING 5 North American tour showcasing the latest and greatest from Nas’ Mass Appeal roster of next-gen hip hop stars including Fashawn, Stro, Ezri, Cantrell & 070 Phi. This tour is now free thanks to Puma & Monster Energy!

RSVP now – TIX.TO/STARTING5TOUR

Each artist has designed their own shirt to be sold exclusively during The STARTING 5 Tour.

2/6 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory – Constellation Room
2/7 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues – Voodoo Room
2/8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
2/10 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
2/11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
2/12 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
2/13 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
2/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
2/16 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
2/18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
2/19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Backroom @ Colectivo Café
2/21 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
2/22 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room
2/24 – Toronto, ON – The Rivoli
2/26 – Montréal, QC – Le Belmont
2/28 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
3/1 – New York, NY – S.O.B’s
3/2 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
3/3 – Washington, DC – DC9
3/5 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl

WATCH – Injury Reserve – Jawbreaker (Ft. Rico Nasty & Pro Teens)

January 23rd, 2019

Phoenix, Arizona rap trio Injury Reserve just dropped a video for a new track “Jawbreaker”. The track features Rico Nasty along with fellow Phoenicians PRO TEENS, and the video was directed by Parker Corey of Injury Reserve. With the biggest week in fashion around the corner “Jawbreaker” is their take on the state of things w/ the video almost acting as a Mystery Science Theater-esque commentary while remaining true to the elegance of a high end fashion show. Stay posted on much more to come from the recent Loma Vista Recordings signees in 2019.

WATCH – J-E-T-S (Jimmy Edgar & Machinedrum) ft Mykki Blanco

January 18th, 2019

J-E-T-S is the collaborative project formed in 2012 by electronic wizards Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum. They’re back on Friday with their latest single, a punishing industrial house number called “PLAY” featuring Mykki Blanco, and The FADER has the premiere of the track’s fun and vibrant video. Mykki takes on a number of personas – a security guard, a distracted mother, and a Hot Topic fiend among them – and places them all in a photo booth where he delivers his fierce bars. Check out the Robert Fox-directed clip above. – VIA THE FADER

WATCH – Harriet Brown Takes the “Drivers Seat”

January 18th, 2019

R&B Experimentalist Harriet Brown arrives to take the “Driver’s Seat” ahead of his new album…out next month! On February 1st, L.A producer, musician and songwriter Harriet Brown will unveil his new studio album, Mall Of Fortune via LA based label Innovative Leisure. Ahead of the project’s release, he’s letting slip “Driver’s Seat” — a funk and soul-infused piece of R&B that gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the album.

Judging by this track — as well as comments Brown and his team have made — the rest of Mall Of Fortune promises to be a commentary on paranoia, anxiety, masculinity, and technology, all viewed through the lens of futuristic yet soulful R&B.

Peep the Amanda Kramer-directed visuals for “Driver’s Seat” above.

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