As I’ve said before, an artist gets major points from me when they can take an incredible piece of work and make it their own. Though a solid cover is difficult to find, I love that moment when an artist showcases their creativity and exemplifies what artistic perspective is all about.
For all who have become acquainted with rising R&B showstopper Anais Aida, you know exactly what this post is about. While it is rather risky for an artist to introduce themselves to the world through a series of a cover songs, Anais manages to leave her mark on every song she re-creates.
Some of you are going to read the headline of this post and wonder why it look so much time for Jhene Aiko‘s name to appear somewhere on the site. Since the release of her acclaimed mixtape, sailing soul(s), she has blasted through the music blogsophere in a major way. Admittedly, due my slight hiatus from the internet world, it has taken some time for me to slip into Ms. Aiko’s trancing musical dreamworld.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Goapele has ever been this sexy. Stepping away from beautiful serenity of her musical past, Goapele turns up the heat and asserts her feminine persuasion. If you can’t feel the electricity sparking from the song’s suave production, invest in getting your hearing checked. Goapele’s enticingly sultry vocals add the finishing touch to this late-summer scorcher that’ll surely make you sweat.
Every time I lose myself in the lyrical bliss of Fatima‘s “Mind,” it grips me like quicksand. It’s just something about this track that feels so raw, so real, so truthful. It’s not one of those songs that you just simply like–it’s puts you in a state of realization, that special moment that you are alone with the honesty of your thoughts. From start to finish, the rest of the world fades away and you’re left facing your own reality. If you ask me, it’s the perfect escape.
Zara Mcfarlane hails from London but her talent is sure to bring her stateside. Released as a free download via her Facebook page, “Mama Done” has been on repeat for the past few days. Zara is clearly influenced by the jazz greats and while this is certainly a throwback to the yesteryear’s, it is still modern. The way she croons over the track is as equally stunning as it is infectious. Her debut album Until Tomorrow will be available October 10.
Daley has been called the British Robin Thicke. With all due respect to Mr.Thicke, Daley is an artist all his own. He is original, soulful, and nearly enchanting. His voice is tender, yet strong. His music is full of texture,variety, and the essence of it all-quality. Needless to say, his attention to detail not only shows great promise as a musician but great dexterity as an artist.
With the release of his debut mixtape Those Who Wait Daley has made his presence known. The 10-track LP is quite the listen. So to echo the man himself, wait no longer…
When it comes to artist such as Erykah Badu, rarely do they give in-depth interviews. I’d say mainly because they let their art speak for itself. So hearing Ms. Badu speak on what inspires her music, her evolution as a performance artist, definitions of love, and our current state of humanity for 21 minutes is not only inspiring, but it gives people something to aspire to…a greater plain of living. The interview also features some performance footage – need I say more.
If there was ever any doubt in the power of music, this video will convince even the most cynical. Bettye LaVette is a soul singer personified. Her voice is as tarnished as it is raw. It literally has the power to move mountains. I have watched a few live performances and each one is more gut-wrenching than the last. The video above captures LaVette performing The Who’s classic “Love, Reign o’er Me”
Beyoncé has dropped the video for one of 4‘s most beloved tracks, “1+1.” While the song has garnered acclaim for all the right reasons, the video is highly unlikely to receive the same. The ultra-contrived, and ultra-predictable visual does nothing to further cement King B’s status as the force we all know she is. Simply Put, Beyoncé is capable of far better. Whether it is the budget, the concept, or the visual aspect, this video lacks in all areas. The song is arguably one of Bey’s best recordings of her career; for the video to not deliver is unfortunate. Music videos just aren’t what they once were ( but that’s another post in itself).
If there’s one thing I love about the fall, besides the perfect weather, is the return of artist who has vacated/hibernated/toured. Florence + The Machine is no exception. In 2010 she reigned the music scene with her mammoth debut Lungs. To put things in perspective she went from being an unknown to touring with U2 on the highest grossing concert tour of all time (U2 360° Tour) .
After achieving so much success with Lungs, the anticipation is exceptionally high for its follow-up. “What The Water Gave Me” is the first single from Florence’s second as-yet-to-be titled sophomore LP. Needless to say it delivers to the standard any supporter would expect. The track combines heavy subject matter (suicide, drowning, love loss) with climactic instrumentation which all comes together in quite an amazing way.
Many of the headlines flooding blogs, magazines and Twitter timelines as of late have been the heated discussions of Jay-Z’s controversial claim that Beyoncé is indeed the “second-coming of Michael Jackson.” Since then, the world has gone to war to declare whether this statement is fact or just a sign of marital admiration.To be honest, I’m not here for comparisons—we will never experience an artist who comes anywhere close to the earth-shattering greatness of the dear King of Pop.
Over the entire scope of the current musical landscape, there is only one young woman who reigns over all that attempt to touch the stage. Will she ever surpass the standards that MJ set for the rest of music history? No. Has she been personally appointed by the King to conquer the current generation? Well, just take a look for yourself.
“…I acted as a sort of a bridge, between the older generation and the younger generation, and how to put these two musical styles together, to build a continuum–so there wasn’t so much of a disconnect between the generations.”
Though it isn’t the first time that Lauryn Hill has spoken about her career-defining classic, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, every time she opens up her mouth, pure brilliance follows. Despite it being almost 15 years since the album blessed the planet, it is still refreshing to hear Ms. Hill speak about the inspiration behind the album, its impact on the world, and its personal significance to the genius herself.
After watching the brief clip, it’s quite clear why The Miseducation transcends generations and time, as one of the few album that makes such a timeless and profound statement about the current world in which we live.
This EP is INCREDIBLE. You would only be doing your ears a favor by downloading Nostalgic Nights. Carlitta Durand is no newbie to music which is clearly evident by her bursting talent. Between her lush vocals and entrancing production, one can really get lost in this music. There is so much more to say about this artist, however due to a late night/early morning it will be said in the near future.
This woman will definitely have a presence on Sound On Mars…
I know I have been adamant about proclaiming my stance “music is full of crap artists who are better off working a 9-5,” however I guess I should proclaim another stance, “good music still exists” as my ipod becomes more full of it each and every day. All of which brings me to Emily King. With a golden voice and equally emotive lyrics this woman sails across the boundaries set for a R&B singer. She goes the distance. If she was not on your radar, she should be.
Though its been almost a month since the tragic passing of Amy Winehouse, I still have been incapable of expressing exactly what I want to say about the loss of one the greatest artists in music history. As one of my absolute favorite singers of all-time, I have yet to come to terms with her death—a struggle that is shared by most of her fans.
I can’t get enough of Emile Sandé. I’ve written about it, I’ve verbalized it, I’ve replayed her Youtube videos over and over–her brilliance is addictive. If you have not yet been acquainted, introduce yourself to a voice that kidnaps you from the confines of your mind and releases you to the freedom of your soul. Ms. Sandé was blessed with a special gift of making music that has the ability to speak to us all. Music that you can feel.
Video via Pinboard’s “Rehearsal Room Introduces: Emile Sandé.”