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LISTEN – Nicola Cruz via NPR + New Album Siku

January 8th, 2019

ICYMI – Nicola Cruz’s upcoming album Siku is slated for a January 25th release on Buenos Aires label ZZK. This album may sound a bit less adventurous on the club fusion front than its predecessor, but this time he takes on a new partner…jazz. The LP’s title itself is a nod to the alchemy of pairing, referencing an Andean panpipe whose form lends itself to a duet dynamic.

LISTEN HERE + READ MORE VIA NPR –> Ecuadorian musician Nicola Cruz can do no wrong in my book. He’s essentially an alchemist, mixing together sometimes disparate musical elements to create incredibly enjoyable soundscapes. Often, his tracks are exactly the sound I was looking for but didn’t know existed. “Siete” alternates between the sitar and flute for melody, working over a subtly pulsing, vaguely Andean beat.

As usual, a single song represents just the tip of the iceberg — or in this case, a magnificently crafted new album called Siku. I’m apparently not the only one who digs Cruz’s magic: His last album, Prender el Alma, is at 35 million streams. — Felix Contreras

St Vincent nabs THREE Grammy Nominations!

January 8th, 2019

St. Vincent’s MASSEDUCTION (Loma Vista) made a major showing in this mornings announcement of the nominees for the 61st GRAMMY Awards. St. Vincent as a songwriter and the album itself were nominated in a total of three categories:

Best Rock Song for “MASSEDUCTION”
*Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
Best Alternative Music Album for MASSEDUCTION
Best Recording Package for MASSEDUCTION
*Willo Perron, art director

St. Vincent is a previous GRAMMY winner, her 2014 self-titled album having taken Best Alternative Music Album honors. The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will air Sunday, February 10 on CBS!

Protoje Grammy Nomination – Best Reggae Album

January 3rd, 2019

He has been called many things before. Singer, songwriter. Pioneer. A driving force behind important creative shifts in Jamaica. Perpetual student of music. Philosopher, mentor, brother. Miss B son. If there were a thousand ways to describe recording artist Protoje, now there are a thousand and one. Call him GRAMMY-nominated.

The Recording Academy™ recently released its nominees for the 61st GRAMMY Awards® with a pool of five for the “Best Reggae Album” category. Among them is A Matter Of Time, Protoje’s 4th studio album. The response has been a new wave of elation among a generation of music lovers inspired and influenced by the Reggae Revival movement for which the artist has been a leading figure. Protoje himself is delighted by this acknowledgment coming from the prestigious music academy.

“We have been putting in a lot of work in the United States over the past few years,” said the 37-year-old who has devoted almost 10 full years to his craft, ever since his first single “Arguments” was released in April 2009. “While it is not a validation for my entire career, it is still highly appreciated.”

A Matter Of Time has been hailed glowingly by the likes of Billboard as a “remarkable, truly progressive reggae album” and The Independent as “rich, varied and digestible on several levels.” Paper Magazine called it “cinematic and as great a testimony as any to new-age reggae,” while Rolling Stone says the album “balances ambition and tradition.” Indeed, the groundbreaking sound throughout the 10-track album was concocted by producer extraordinaire Winta James of Overstand Entertainment, the very same who was behind “Who Knows,” one of the decade’s loudest reggae anthems.

The nominated album includes certified hits “Blood Money” declared the #1 song of the year by Jamaican media stalwart Mutabaruka), “Bout Noon,” “No Guarantee” (featuring Chronixx) and “Like This.”

LISTEN – Cigarettes After Sex covers Brooks And Dunn

January 3rd, 2019

Cigarettes After Sex have shared “Neon Moon,” a cover of the 1992 hit by country duo Brooks and Dunn. The song is the second batch of new music from CAS this year, following June’s Crush / Sesame Syrup single. There’s always been an odd affinity for country music in the slowed-down syrup world of dream-pop and its sister genres. Something about the sentimental weepiness of country music’s slide-guitar balladry translates incredibly well to reverbed guitars and drowned-in-the-mix drums.” Hear the new song HERE.

– via Paste Magazine

TOKiMONSTA Grammy Nomination – Dance/Electronic Album

December 24th, 2018

After an astonishing recovery and monumental year, TOKiMONSTA is now being recognized for her critically-acclaimed release, Lune Rouge, which has officially been nominated by the Recording Academy for a Grammy Award as 2019’s Electronic Album of the Year.

The nomination is not just an accolade but an astounding achievement for TOKiMONSTA, since she’s not only the first Asian American producer to ever get nominated in the Grammy Electronic category but the first woman to do so. TOKiMONSTA continues to deftly remain between the tastemaker and dance world with each release pushing boundaries and in turn leading to a phenomenal career as one of the top producers in the world. Proving that Lee is well on her way to becoming a household name and is finally getting the recognition she very well deserves.

ICYMI – WATCH – Alborosie + Chronixx “Contradiction”

December 24th, 2018

The new music video for “Contradiction” by international reggae star Alborosie featuring Chronixx is out NOW – WATCH IT HERE!

An energetic roots reggae track used to highlight issues that are apparent in society today, ” ‘Contradiction’ was ultimately a song born from the time we are living in and speaks to the current everyday life, social and political climate.” says Alborosie on the single. The video ends with a snippet of another popular track off the album “Lie.”

Directed by Dameon Gayle, the socially conscious collaboration expertly conveys contradictory situations while two young boys that resemble Alborosie and Chronixx in their younger years travel through their city witnessing violence and crime committed by unexpected figures. In one scene, a father is seen reprimanding his daughter for wearing provocative clothing and in the next scene he is seen picking up a woman wearing a similar outfit.

“Contradiction” is the third single from the studio album, “Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets the Wailers United,” which was released June 29th of this past summer. Enlisting The Wailers United (former members of Bob Marley and The Wailers with the addition of Aston Barrett Jr.) for instrumental backing, the album upholds the tradition of roots- rock-reggae. The album has amassed over ten million streams worldwide to date.

LISTEN UP – Harrison’s KEXP Midnight In A Perfect World Mix

December 23rd, 2018

Harrison is the alias of 23-year-old Toronto-bred producer Harrison Robinson. For the past five years, he’s been pushing a fresh sound influenced by a love for Samurai Champloo, J Dilla, Nujabes, Nintendo, and Parliament. He emerged on the underground beat scene in 2013 with his Analogue Dreams EP before signing to Last Gang Records for the release of his critically-acclaimed, JUNO-nominated 2016 debut album Checkpoint Titanium. This past October he returned with his sophomore album Apricity. The album showcased a masterful fusion of boogie, house, R&B, future funk, synth-pop, disco, chillwave, and more, and also signaled his evolution from sample-based production to full-fledged composition and instrumental arrangements. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World is a perfect example of his eclectic and groovy sound, as he stitches together infectious house, boogie, disco, funk, R&B edits, as well as a few of his own unreleased tracks in a supremely smooth fashion. – KEXP