Wednesday, 31 August 2011

iVideo... Lánre - Pen Voyage Chapter 1: Singing For Change (EPK)


UK-based Acoustic Soul singer/songwriter Lánre - who is currently on tour in Toronto after a recently concluded 2-day stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - is gearing up to release her album Pen Voyage Chapter 1: Singing For Change which is due out on September 30 and in preparation for that, she charts her journey through the creation of this album in this short and insightful EPK clip. Check it out UP top!

The first single off of the album is titled "Inspiration" and you can listen to it below...



Keep Tabs on Lanre: Facebook // Twitter // Website

#Peace.Love.SingingForChange

iVideo... Wale + Jeremih + Rick Ross - That Way


One of the stand-out cuts off the MMG compilation album Self Made Vol. 1 finally gets it's visual treatment courtesy of  Dre Films and premiered on BET's 106 & Park. Check out the video UP top for Wale, Jeremih and Rick Ross' "That Way"!!!

#Peace.Love.ThatWay

Sunday, 28 August 2011

iVideo... Bingo Players - Cry (Just A Little)


I recently saw this on TV - well the short 2:22 minute UK version - and I like it quite a lot! It's by Dance/House producers Bingo Players (the two blokes in the video at 0:39 minutes) and it's titled "Cry (Just A Little)" - the video for it has been out since June and the record itself was released in Europe two months prior to that but better late than never right as it's now been re-released on Beatport via 3Beat Records and has only JUST been properly serviced to UK radio/TV and is to be released in the UK on September 18 via AATW! This one is PERFECT for what's left of the Summer so check out the LUSH visuals UP top and come back down here to purchase the MP3!

Purchase: Bingo Players - Cry (Just A Little)

#Peace.Love.CryJustALittle

iVideo... Tony Bennett + Norah Jones - Speak Low (Studio Performance)


The legendary Tony Bennett turns 85 this year and as you do when you turn 85, Mr. Bennett is releasing a brand NEW album titled Duets II - the sequel to his 2006 Grammy Award-winning album Duets: An American Classic which he released in conjunction with his 80th birthday (spot the theme anyone?) - which will feature the likes of Lady Gaga, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, John Mayer and the late great Amy Winehouse amongst others.

I bumped into this video over at NPR's All Songs Considered of the great one and the every so amazing Norah Jones perfoming the 1940's Broadway song "Speak Low" together in-studio. Check out the footage UP top!

Duets II is produced entirely by Phil Ramone and is to be released on September 20. Pre-Order it HERE via iTunes

#Peace.Love.SpeakLow

Friday, 26 August 2011

iVideo... Michael Kiwanuka - I'm Getting Ready


The title track off of Michael Kiwanuka's forthcoming sophomore 3-track EP titled I'm Getting Ready which is due out on September 18 gets a simple yet effective visual representation to tide us over until the EP is released. Check out the video UP top!


#IAmGettingReady

iMusic... Guardian Music x Music Loves Summer x Ultimate World/Folk Playlist


For their current Music Loves Summer campaign, Guardian Music have put together a 6-hour Spotify playlist of 85 of the best World and Folk music songs you can find. From Muddy Waters ("Mannish Boy") to Bob Dylan ("A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall") to Bob Marley & The Wailers ("No Woman No Cry") to Fela Anikulapo-Kuti ("Zombie") to Miriam Makeba ("Pata Pata"), Johnny Cash ("Delia's Gone") and Vybz Kartel ("Clarks"), Guardian Music have curated a very extensive playlist of some really good records in the genres of World and Folk music that is certainly worth checking out at least once. 


#Peace.Love.WorldMusic

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

iVideo... Young The Giant - Cough Syrup (Nokia N8 Summer Sessions)


The eighth in Nokia's series of live acoustic sessions filmed entirely on the Nokia N8 - Nokia N8 Summer Sessions - sees one of our favorite bands at the moment, California-based Alt-Rockers Young The Giant give a beautiful acoustic rendition of their latest UK single "Cough Syrup", check it out UP top!

#LifeIsTooShortToEvenCareAtAll

iVideo... Wretch 32 + Josh Kumra - Don't Go (Nokia N8 Summer Sessions)


Chart Toppers - Tottenham rapper Wretch 32 and Swindon singer/songwriter Josh Kumra recently joined Nokia at a discrete location in London to perform their hit single "Don't Go" for the seventh series of their Nokia N8 Summer Sessions. Check out the session UP top which was filmed entirely on the Nokia N8!

Wretch 32's Black and White album is OUT now and you can purchase it from HERE!

#TogetherWeAreGonnaMakeHistory

iEVENT... BLACK ORPHEUS Rescore w/ Charlie Dark @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre + Afterparty w/ Gilles Peterson x Septemeber 2 ( £5 PROMO Tickets)


Charlie Dark will be creating a live re-score to Marcel Camus' 1959 classic Oscar winning film Black Orpheus. The film is based on the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in a Rio de Janeiro favela during the Carnaval.

Charlie and special guests Adriano Adewale, Tanya Auclair and samba band Bigga Bloco will perform their take on the original bossanova score by Luiz Bonfá, Antônio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto live.

The show is followed by Fallon's after-party, with Gilles Peterson, visuals and a heap of surprises.

The first 20 to email admin(at)visionsoundmusic.com with We Plug Good Music Guestlist as the subject, will get a promo code for a pair of tickets at £5 (normal price £15) by 8pm Friday 26th August.

#Peace.Love.BlackOrpheous

iCOVER... Jay-Z + Kanye West x Respect Magazine x Fall Issue

"Watch The Throne is the most important album in Hip-Hop history. And we can prove it!" - Respect Magazine (Vol. 2, Issue 4)
Respect Magazine's Fall Issue hits news stands on September 6 and although The Throne reportedly aren't doing any press for Watch The Throne, the OG Elliot Wilson (YN) reckons he's still "got something to say about the album everyone is and should be talkin' about..."

This one's definitely a must purchase!

Spotted at 2DB via Rap Radar

#Peace.Love.RESPECT

Monday, 22 August 2011

iARTWORK... Mayer Hawthorne - How Do You Do (Album)


LA-based singer, songwriter, producer and musician Mayer Hawthorne's forthcoming third studio album How Do You Do is due out on October 11 on Universal Republic and for this week's installment of #MayerMonday, Mr. Hawthorne has unveiled the cover artwork for the album. Check out the sleek work UP top!

Spotted at Hypetrak

#Peace.Love.HowDoYouDo

iRemix... Caged Animals - Teflon Heart (Star Slinger Remix)


UK beatsmith Star Slinger does what only Mr. Slinger can do over the forthcoming new single from New York "Psych-Pop" band Caged Animals titled "Teflon Heart". ENJOY it!


Caged Animals' "Teflon Heart" is due out on September 19 via Indie UK label Luck Number. Pre-Order the single - including Star Slinger's dope remix - HERE!

#Peace.Love.StarSlinger

iSingle... Kyla La Grange - Heavy Stone


Slightly dark and intense Indie Rock/Folk singer,songwriter and musician Kyla La Grange returns with a brand new single for the Autumn - her second via independent label Chess Club after the Summer release of "Been Better" - titled "Heavy Stone" with "Lambs" serving as the B-Side to be released on October 17. Check out the compelling new Folk-esque single "Heavy Stone" below...


Watford-raised Kyla (to South African and Zimbabwean parents) is playing a headline gig four days before the release of her new single at Shoreditch's Hoxton Bar & Grill on October 13 and you can get your tickets for that HERE!

Keep Tabs on Kyla La Grange: Facebook // Twitter // Website

#Peace.Love.HeavyStone

Saturday, 20 August 2011

iVideo... Wretch 32 + Daley - Long Way Home (SoulCulture.TV The Co-Sign)

"Pairing up talented artists in mutual nods of appreciation with exclusive live sessions performed for the SoulCulture cameras, Episode 1 launches with North London rapper Wretch 32 and soulful Mancunian singer Daley exclusively performing their reflective collaboration "Long Way Home," from Wretch 32′s brand new album Black and White - released on August 21 via Ministry Of Sound/Levels Ent." - SoulCulture.TV
Keep Tabs on Wretch 32: Facebook // Twitter // Website

Keep Tabs on Daley: Facebook // Twitter // Website

#Peace.Love.TheCoSign 

iINSPIRATION... Jamal Edwards x Google Chrome

"A teenager from London uses the web to turn his hobby into a media empire. This film tracks the rise of Jamal Edwards and the emergence of SB.TV as one of the UK's leading youth broadcasters. From filming his friends in car parks to interviewing some of the world's biggest stars, we see how Jamal used the web to achieve his dreams." - Google Chrome UK
BIG UP to Jamal Edwards and his entire SBTV empire!!!

#TheWebIsWhatYouMakeOfIt

iVideo... Ben Howard - Keep Your Head Up


This looks like it was all kinds of FUN to make - Mickey Smith and Owen Tozer sit at the director's helm for Folk singer/songwriter Ben Howard's brand new video for the song titled "Keep Your Head Up" which is off of Howard's forthcoming album Every Kingdom which is due out on October 3 via Island Records. Check out the really awesome visuals UP top...


Keep Tabs on Ben Howard: Facebook // Twitter // Website

#KeepYourHeadUp

iMusic... The TenSixties - John Was Wrong + Boooom


Every time I'm on Confusion's blog, I find a new band, artist or song that I like - it's such a great music blog that you should bookmark - and well, last night I heard this record over there. They are an Indie/Electro/Rock band by the name of The TenSixties and the record is titled "John Was Wrong" - I loved it so much that I checked out their website for some more tunes and then I found the much gentler, beautifully laced "Boooom" and decided to share these two songs with you! They're both really dope records + "Boooom" just does it for me!

The 1060s - John Was Wrong


The 1060s - Boooom

They have an EP out now titled Alto Voltage Sessions which "John Was Wrong" is taken from and which you can download HERE! "Booom" is from their 2009 EP titled Swine Flu Hype which you can pick up from HERE!

Keep Tabs on The 1060s: Facebook // Twitter // Website

Spotted at Pigeons & Planes

#Peace.Love.The1060s

iVideo... One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful


The debut single that broke pre-order sales records for any Sony Music label act in the history of Sony Music label acts , according to reports - gets it's visual treatment. "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction is released on September 11 via Sony Music UK, check out the visuals up top from the X-Factor 2010 kids.

#PS reports have it that the boys' debut album on Sony Music is being touted as one of the best Pop records the label has ever made - with Ed Sheeran reportedly penning a tune or two for the One Direction album.

#WhatMakesYouBeautiful

Friday, 19 August 2011

iFashion... Mishka Varsity Jackets x Autumn/Winter 2011


Varsity Jackets are so right UP my street this Autumn/Winter and Mishka's new range of varsities for Autumn/Winter 2011 are absolutely lush... Check out some more pictures of the range right after the jump!

iFashion... Nike SB Blazer High x Low End Theory


I don't particularly like these but the I know some of you will PLUS the inspiration behind it is such a classic - NIKE releases new Skateboarding Blazers inspired by the cover art of the classic sophomore album Low End Theory from Legendary Hip-Hop group A Tribe Called Quest. You can get them right now - in store only - from Premier for a limited time! Hit the JUMP for more pictures...

iFilm... American Reunion (American Pie 4) x Teaser Poster


American Reunion, the final episode of the classic Adam Herz-written American Pie franchise - with all the usual suspects, Alyson Hannigan + Sean William Scott + Tara Reid (who is currently prancing about in the UK's Celebrity Big Brother) + Jason Biggs + Chris Klein + Eugene Levy + Eddie Kaye Thomas - is to be released on April 6, 2012! Let the anticipation begin...

#Peace.Love.AmericanPie

iFilm... Drive (Green Band Trailer)


Based on a book by James Sallis, this Ryan Gosling-starring film titled Drive is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and won the Best Director Award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. It already has critics citing it as one of the movies of the year with IMDB giving the film a 9.1 rating. It is released on September 16, 2011 and you can check out the extended green band trailer for the film UP top.

#Peace.Love.Drive

iFilm... Underworld: Awakening (Trailer)

"Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species." - Synopsis
Underworld: Awakening (in 3D) aka Underworld 4 - starring Kate Beckinsale - is directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein and is scheduled for release on Janaury 20, 2012.

#Peace.Love.Underworld

iRemix... David Guetta + Avicii x Laidback Luke - Till Sunshine (Pixel Cheese Bootleg)


When I was posted the original record earlier today - even though I dare not have said it at the time because the original is a BANGER all by itself - I was thinking this would be dope with some vocals. Thankfully young Swedish remix prince Dorian Tomasiak aka Pixel Cheese was thinking the exact same thing so here's what he did - he took the vocals for Laidback Luke's "Till Tonight" and put it over David Guetta and Avicii's "Sunshine" smash and what do we get? Well you gotta hear the amazingness below!


When the DJ drops this one tonight + this weekend, I want you to go APE on the dance floor!!!

Keep Tabs on Pixel Cheese: Facebook // Twitter

#Peace.Love.PixelCheese

iMusic... Wale - Sugar Hill Freestyle


DC Hip-Hop artist Wale aka Ralph Folarin lets loose a new short playful freestyle for the fans over AZ's "Sugar Hill", check it out below and download his latest mixtape Eleven One Eleven if you haven't already. Ambition coming soon and I hope a good portion of his new 1 million twitter followers support the record!




#Peace.Love.Ambition

iMusic... David Guetta + Avicii - Sunshine


While most of you music heads out there have The Weeknd's new mixtape Thursday on repeat right now - I am yet to get to it - I on the other hand have this on LOOP - French producer and DJ David Guetta alongside new kid on the block Avicii and the sublime track is titled "Sunshine" off of Mr. Guetta's strictly instrumental portion of his forthcoming double-disc album Nothing But The Beat due out on August 26! Listen + ENJOY + Get your WEEKEND to a CRACKING start + request this at the club tonight + tomorrow night + for the rest of your Summer party nights!


Download: David Guetta + Avicii - Sunshine

#NothingButTheBeat

Thursday, 18 August 2011

iVideo... Emeli Sande - Heaven (Pinboard Blog Rehearsal Rooms)


The latest edition of UK Alt-Urban music blog Pinboard Blog's seminal visual series Rehearsal Rooms sees none other than the amazingness that is UK Singer/Songwriter Emeli Sande give a very compelling acoustic rendition of her current debut single titled "Heaven". Check it out UP top and make sure you purchase the single which is OUT now via iTunes!

#Peace.Love.Heaven

iVideo... Bon Iver - Holocene


Indie folk band Bon Iver just premiered - on National Geographic - their Nabil Elderkin-directed video for their second single off of their sophomore self-titled album titled "Holocene". These are amazing visuals from director Elderkin capturing the beautiful landscape of Iceland's great outdoors for the already ethereal and lush record from Justin Vernon and his band.

Bon Iver's sophomore album titled Bon Iver is out NOW!

#Peace.Love.Holocene

iSingle... Maverick Sabre - I Need (Radio Rip) + Angel Studios Performance


Premiered on Mistajam's radio show on BBC 1 Xtra last night, "I Need" is the official BRAND NEW second single - and my personal favorite song - from UK singer/songwriter Maverick Sabre off of his forthcoming album to be released on October 24. A stripped-down version of this record was on Mr. Sabre's 2010 mixtape The Travelling Man but the below album cut sounds so much richer. Maverick Sabre also performed this at London's Angel Studios earlier in the year. Check out the massive new single below & watch the dope live performance after the jump...



Wednesday, 17 August 2011

iVideo... Bridget Kelly - Thinking About Forever (Acoustic Version)


Roc Nation's very own Bridget Kelly unleashed this on us a few hours ago and I'm just about to press play on it, I reckon you should too up top! It's an acoustic rendition of her Frank Ocean-penned debut single titled "Thinking About Forever".

#DoYouNotThinkSoFarAhead?

iMusic... Active Child - You Are All I See + Hanging On


I just got off the phone with A&R/Artist Manager/Blogger Lawrence Gichigi and he told me to check out this LA-based "Hymntronic" artist/harpist by the name of Active Child (real name Pat Grossi) whose 10-track debut album You Are All I See is being released next week (August 23) on Vagrant Records. Well needless to say that I did and can I just say that I am completely BLOWN away, I invite you to listen to two songs off of the forthcoming album - the album's title track "You Are All I See" and it's second single "Hanging On" which Cartoon Network's Adultswim featured back in July as part of their Singles Series.


There is a THIRD record - the album's massive first single "Playing House" which is a duet with Tom Krell's lo-fi R&B alter ego How To Dress Well - and it is an excellent record. Listen to it HERE!

Download: Active Child - Hanging On (Right Click + Save As)


Keep Tabs on Active Child: Facebook // Twitter // Website

#YouAreAllISee

iVideo... R.D - Got Me Burnin'


Troy, Martika and Chronz of U.K R&B trio R.D (Ruff Diamondz) return with the official video for their brand new single titled "Got Me Burnin'" which is scheduled for release on September 25, check it out up TOP!

Keep Tabs on the ladies: Facebook // Twitter // Website

#Peace.Love.GotMeBurnin'

iMusic... Styles P + Busta Rhymes + Rick Ross - Harsh


Styles P aka The Ghost comes with some new GOODness for your listening pleasure and he enlists none other than Bussa Buss and Mr. Rozay to feature on this record titled "Harsh" which is the first offering from his forthcoming album titled Master of Ceremonies dropping NEXT MONTH. This record GOES HARD on some real HARSH sh*t! Check it out below and of course get your download on underneath...



#Peace.Love.HARSH

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

iMusic... Citizens - Turns Gold + Echoes

"Citizens are a 4 piece indietronica band influenced by bands likes of Caribou, Bonobo, The Egg, LCD Soundsystem, Sufjan Stevens, DFA 1979, Radiohead and Trentemoller. Over the last year they have supported the likes of Clock Opera, Dutch Uncles and D/R/U/G/S."
I like this band A LOT - can I even say that after listening to two song? Of course I can because two very strong songs from an emerging band are hard to come by these days trust me. What London 4-piece alternative/"indietronica" band Citizens have managed to achieve on "Turns Gold" and it's B-side "Echoes" is quite impressive and has caught my attention - this is Indie goodness at it's finest... "Turns Gold" comes with a darker tone and is laced with heavy drum patterns, rather melanchonic vocals, lush synths and keyboard arrangements while it's B-side "Echoes" is a tad bit brighter and more uptempo - amazing drum patterns on this one and glorious instrumental bridges + isn't there just something compelling about the lead singer's vocals. Listen to both records below



Keep Tabs on Citizens: Facebook // Twitter

#Peace.Love.Citizens

Saturday, 13 August 2011

iMusic... WALE + Magazeen + Black Cobain + Tre - Ocean Drive


I LIKE THIS TUNE right there! Mr. Folarin takes it the "Bashment" route with Magazeen on the hook and it works! Black Cobain and Tre (of UCB) add the extra verses on this smooth Tone P production, listen below...


Look out for Wale's forthcoming single "Chain Music" off of his sophomore album titled Ambition coming soon on Mayback Music Group!


#Peace.Love.OceanDrive

Friday, 12 August 2011

iVideo... Lucy Rose x City Sessions x Film Fifteen


JUST WATCH THIS because words are not nearly enough to describe the effortless amazingness that is Acoustic/Folk singer and songwriter Lucy Rose. The video above is episode fifteen of the City Sessions series (brainchild of Matthew Lawes and Joe Bulmer) and in my opinion, the best yet - a MUST watch!

#Peace.Love.LucyRose

iVideo... Rotimi - How To Love (Lil Wayne Remix)


The first song off of US R&B singer/songwriter Rotimi's forthcoming mixtape While You Wait - a rendition of Lil Wayne's "How To Love" - gets it's visual treatment which you can check out up top. While You Wait is the follow up to Rotimi's debut mixtape The Resume which was released earlier in the year to great response stateside.

Keep Tabs on Rotimi: Facebook // Twitter // Website

#Peace.Love.HowToLove

iVideo... Marina And The Diamonds - Fear And Loathing (Part 1)


Marina Diamandis aka Marina And The Diamonds is BACK and gearing up for the release of her sophomore album titled Electra Heart. The Greek/Welsh singer and songwriter blesses us with the first showing off of the new record and while it is markedly different from the uptempo New Wave on her first album, this is a very strong and compelling showing... Check out the video up top for a song titled "Fear and Loathing" which is supposedly the first of a two-part preview of the forthcoming Electra Heart album with the latter part to be released next Monday (August 15)

#Peace.Love.FearAndLoathing

Thursday, 11 August 2011

iMusic... Friction + McLean - Someone


Shogun Audio label boss and Drum & Bass veteran Friction returns with this absolute killer - Drum & Bass tune titled "Someone" which was released this week (August 8) and sees UK singer/songwriter McLean on absolute TOP form handling vocal duties on this record. Check out the video up top + listen and download the MP3 - this one is a straight BANGER & even if you're not a D&B fan, McLean's vocals alone are just so captivating that you just have to have this record in your life!

Purchase: Friction - Someone EP (iTunes)

#ThereHasGottaBeSomeoneForMe

iMusic... Loick Essien - Whisper (Produced by Stargate)


NEW music from new UK R&B sensation Loick Essien titled "Whisper" produced by Grammy Award-winning production duo Stargate. It's a BIG record from Mr. Essien who recently scored his first UK Top 5 single with "How We Roll" - check out the newness "Whisper" below...


Download: Loick Essien - Whisper (Produced by Stargate)

#BecauseIWantYouToWhisper

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

iVideo... Wale + Rick Ross + Jeremih - That Way (Behind The Scenes)


I was hoping MMG would shoot a video for this here song from Wale, Rick Ross and Jeremih because it is one of the hottest tunes on that MMG Self Made compilation album and thankfully they heard me. Check out the behind-the-scene for the visuals for Wale's "That Way" which should be with us shortly.

#Peace.Love.ThatWay

iVideo... Wale - I'm On One (Freestyle)


MMG's Mr. Folarin and Spiff TV bring us the visuals to Wale's freestyle over DJ Khaled's smash hit "I'm On One". Check it out up top...

#Peace.Love.Ambition

iListen... G.R.E.Ed.S - Rise (London Riots)


UK Spoken Word artist G.R.E.Ed.S comes with some poignant and profound words in his latest spoken word piece titled "Rise" sparked by the recent 4-day riots. Sampling Seun Kuti's "Rise" and taking an excerpt from this West Indian woman who stood up to Hackney looters and rioters on Monday's riot, G.R.E.Ed.S paints a very clear and disturbing picture of a Britain torn apart by disconnected leaders, misguided youths and covert racism. He also has a direct message for the UK government and the country's youths, I implore you to listen below...



#Peace.Love.Standard

iVideo... Wiz Khalifa - No Sleep


Poor quality "leak" of the brand new video from Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa for "No Sleep" off of his latest album Rolling Papers. Look out for cameos from Amber Rose as well as what looks like Mac Miller and Big Sean, check it out up top!

#Peace.Love.NoSleep

iVideo... Oddisee - The Blooming

"Filled with rich landscapes from Belgium's countryside, smokey ambers, old typewriters, watches, clocks, and a father and son, The Blooming portrays life's unfolding through the metaphor of time. Oddisee's original track was last springs soundtrack to the rains and blooming growth of nature. Rich strings, bold piano, wood block, synth, flute, and snares that rest easy in the backdrop drive this instrumental track from Odd Seasons." - Mellow Music Group
ZBS Studios in Belguim provide the visual interpretation to Oddisee's "The Blooming" off of the recently released Odd Seasons instrumental album to great effect. The video was directed, shot and edited by Tomasz Cibulla and Wojciech Drożdż, check it out up top!


#Peace.Love.TheBlooming

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

iMusic... Sugababes + Bigz - Freedom (The ThundaCatz Remix)


UK Flygerian rapper BIGZ jumps on the official remix of the Sugababe's brand new single titled "Freedom". This remix is produced by The ThundaCatz and you can check it out below!



#Peace.Love.Bigz

iCover... Genevieve Nnaji x Y! Magazine x September 2011


Nollywood celebrity actress, star of UK film Mirror Boy and all-round fly woman Genevieve Nnaji is looking all kinds of beautiful on the cover of the latest issue of Nigerian magazine, Y! Magazine tagged 'The Nigerian Dream'. Check out some more pictures of the African Queen from the issue after the jump...

iMusic... Monika Ashley - Amber


This right here is why I do what I do - "Amber" is the deliciously LUSH new single from emerging Pop/Alt-Soul singer/songwriter Monika Ashley from Dallas, Texas with the sublime production coming courtesy of Trevor Trenor at Throwback Productions. IT IS ALL THAT & MORE so check it out below and get your download on underneath...



Download: Monika Ashley - Amber

Keep Tabs on Monika Ashley: Twitter // Tumblr // Youtube

#PrettyGirlsCryToo

Sunday, 7 August 2011

iMusic... Talay Riley + G FrSH - Make You Mine (Remix)


Veteran UK Hip-Hop artist and new Parlophone/EMI signee G FrSH hops on Talay Riley's smash hit "Make You Mine" for the remix. Check it out below...



#Peace.Love.MakeYouMine

iMusic... Johnny Gill + Q Parker (of 112) - Might Cry


R&B veteran Johnny Gill is making a comeback and after releasing the official first single "In The Mood" back in May, the former New Edition and LSG member teams up with Q Parker (formerly of 112) on this new-old Tank-written song titled "Mighty Cry" which is allegedly off of Gill's forthcoming sixth studio album titled Still Winning - his first release in over 15 years. Check it out below...



#Peace.Love.MightyCry

iMusic... Frank Ocean - Best Seller (Tagged)


Usually I don't fux with tags but this is that HOT SAUCE from Frank Ocean so definitely check it out below! When the untagged version surfaces, we'll be sure to let you know + no word on where this'll end up or it is a reference track like this ONE! Whatever the case, HOT SAUCE it is... Listen below



Props to RnBXclusive

Saturday, 6 August 2011

iNaija... Modenine + S.A.S - Badman (Remix)


Veteran UK Hip-Hop duo S.A.S link up with fellow Veteran, Nigerian eMCee Modenine for a remix of the latter's 2009 A1-produced smash hit "Badman". Check it OUT below...



#Peace.Love.Badman

iMusic... Letting Up Despite Great Faults - Teenage Tide


This LA-based Electro/Indie Pop band - Letting Up Despite Great Faults - has a rather long and weird name so let's call them Letting Up for short but also because they don't mind. Their brand NEW EP titled Paper Crush just became available in the US (Old Flame Records) with a UK/EUR release scheduled for a September 26 release via Heist or Hit Records. The lead single off of the 6-track EP is "Teenage Tide" and by God, what a great tune it is??? Listen below...



Keep Tabs on Letting Up: Facebook // Twitter // Website

#Peace.Love

Friday, 5 August 2011

iVideo... Binko Swink - Patient


"Patient" is the forthcoming debut single from emerging London Pop band Binko Swink and it is a GORGEOUS record, I reiterate - it is a GORGEOUS record! From the lush tones to the vocal harmonies to the acoustic instrumentation, everything works on "Patient"! It will be released on September 12 via Adventure Club Records along with the equally sublime B-side "Youngest". Check out the record's accompanying visuals up top!

Keep Tabs on Binko Swink: Facebook // Twitter // Website

#Peace.Love.Patient

iVideo... KOF - Looking At Me


Fast-rising UK rapper, singer and songwriter KOF comes with these really dope visuals for the BIG BAD TUNE titled "Looking At Me" which he released earlier in June. Check it out and get familiar!

"Looking At Me" is still available for FREE download so click HERE to get your download on!

#Peace.Love.LookingAtMe

iVideo...Kirko Bangz + Big Sean + Wale + Bun B - What Yo Name Iz (Remix)


Up and coming Houston rapper Kirko Bangz enlisted the services of Wale, Big Sean and Bun B back in May to bless the remix of his smash record "What Yo Name Iz". Now we've got the accompanying video and the emerging rapper has managed to get the same big names to make an appearance with him. Check out the newly released visuals up top - directed by Mr. Boomtown!

Props to WSHH

#WhatYoNameIz

iPoetry... Carvens Lissaint - Tell Them

"I was one who never spoke unless it improved on silence" - Carvens Lissaint
"What is math? What is logic? There is only God" - Carvens Lissaint 
Too many quotables - I just implore you to listen to Mr. Lissaint and "tell them".

Keep Tabs on Carvens Lissaint: Blog // Facebook

Peace.Love.SpokenWord

iMusic... Kay Young + Shakka - Don't Go (Wretch 32 + Josh Kumra Cover)


Emerging London-based artist/producer Kay Young links up with fellow Londoner and singer/songwriter Shakka to cover/remake Wretch 32's amazing single "Don't Go" which originally features Josh Kumra. Check it out below...


Download: Kay Young + Shakka - Don't Go (Wretch 32 Cover)

#DontGo

Thursday, 4 August 2011

iMusic... Heavy Feet - I Will

"Following HeavyFeet’s debut release on Plant Music in Autumn 2010, the Sawdust & Sultanas EP, the lads return with a second offering, of equal sonic strength. Combining forward thinking heavy house, grown-up garage and well-executed club flavors, HeavyFeet and Plant Music deliver you the rather excellent Intimidating The Neighbors EP." - Plant Music
PRESS PLAY on this right NOW and get your weekend off to an early start!!! BLAST this one LOUD because "I Will" is PURE VIBES from the Manchester-based duo Heavy Feet off of their recently released sophomore EP - Intimidating The Neighbors - on Plant Music!




#Peace.Love.IntimidatingTheNeighbors

iMusic... Luck-One - Can't Get Over You


"Can't Get Over You" is the second single off of fast-rising Portland eMCee Luck-One Conscious' forthcoming mixtape King Of The Mid-West which is scheduled for release on August 30. The Tyler Smith-produced soulful Hip-Hop cut can be listened to and downloaded below...



#ICantGetOverYou

iMusic... Mayer Hawthorne - When The Night Falls (Chromeo Cover)


Retro Soul man Mayer Hawthorne puts it down all over this incredibly soulful cover of Chromeo's electro/funk smash hit "When The Night Falls" which is originally off of their Business Casual album. Nothing better for me to say other than to ask you to listen to it below and of course get your download on underneath...



#WhenTheNightFalls

iMusic... A Cultivator - It's Not Easy


Spenser Sanchez aka A Cultivator is a Buddhist rapper and I know what you're thinking - a "Buddhist rapper"? Yeah my thoughts exactly when I opened the email but something just prompted me to check it out and Mr. Sanchez has some decent records under his belt - my favorite is this soulful Hip-Hop cut titled "It's Not Easy", check it out below.



#PS I wonder why hearing about a Buddhist rapper threw me off when the notion of a Christian or Muslim rapper wouldn't or hasn't...

#IKnowThatItsNotEasy

iMusic... GET PEOPLE - Colour


"Colour" is the beautifully lush pop record now available for FREE download from London-based trio GET PEOPLE off of their recently released debut EP titled Rain Tears via Friends Vs Records. Listen and download below...



Purchase the Rain Tears EP right now on iTunes

#Peace.Love.Colour

iVideo... Eternia x BET's 106 & Park x Follow Friday


Canadian-bred feMCee Eternia shows BET Digital and 106 & Park around her neighborhood in Queens, NY - well one of her neighborhoods as she equally reps Toronto, Canada - as well as dropping a sweet little freestyle for your listening pleasure in the latest episode of BET's Follow Friday series. Check it OUT up top!

#Peace.Love.Eternia