Hidden Beach Records is about to drop KEITE YOUNG on you August 28. Save that date, because that’s the day the music game is yet again flipped. I’ve pegged him as a cross between Bilal and Van Hunt, so if either of those two names get your toes tappin and your hips moving, check this brotha out. His first single features one of our favorite divas, NDAMBI and is entitled “If We Were Alone” and if you like that after hearing it, trust, you’ll dig the entire album.
During "The Rise and Fall of Keite Young", his debut Hidden Beach CD set for release August 288, the singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist channels the musical passion and adventure of Al Green, Muddy Waters, Sly Stone and the Beatles to artfully create his own singular, dynamic space of storied, gospel-tinged, soul barn-burning and unrelenting live rock and funkified grooves.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Youngs dichotomy is rooted in a large family ruled by spirituality and music. His mother and father both sang and toured in fellow Texan Kirk Franklins group The Family . Young himself sang lead vocal on Let My People Go, Franklin/Familys contribution to 1998s The Prince of Egypt soundtrack, and he joined his parents as a performer during Franklins Nu Nation Tour.
Listen up and bear witness to The Rise and Fall of Keite Young, current emphasis being the rise. As for the fall, don’t hold your breath…
Newly “out”recording artist DONNIE will be on NPR’s News and Notes today getting personal and political with host Farai Chideya. Donnie’s sophomore album “The Daily News” is in stores now and available online at iTunes.com. Check it out and support this brother. He also debuted on the JET Top Albums Chart at 17 and is holding strong at the same number this week.
Our favorite Belgium queens ZAP MAMA will be releasing a new album next month entitled “Supermoon.” The highly anticipated album drops in the States on August 7. And for my Angelino’s you can check out Brazilian Girls, Macy Gray and Zap Mama at the Hollywood Bowl on August 26. I got my tickets, do you have yours? Click here.
KEVIN MICHAEL has a new single with Wyclef out. “It Don’t Make a Difference to Me”is available on iTunes. I hipped you to Kevin Michael a while back. Don’t sleep on him or else you’ll be sorry.
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Soulsinger LEDISI is back with a new single available now entitled, "Alright" out on Verve. Look for the new album "Lost and Found" on August 28.
And finally, following the success of Nina Simone: Remixed & Reimagined, Legacy Recordings continues to expand the jazz paradigm with BILLIE HOLIDAY: REMIXED & REIMAGINED, the second installment of a new series that taps contemporary dance and electronic music’s most sought-after producers/remixers to reinterpret classic recordings for a new generation. The resulting 14-track anthology and the first official remix package to feature selections from Holiday’s landmark Columbia Records catalog is a beguiling manifesto of love, beauty, rhythm and poetry that demonstrates a reverence for the timeless originals and a fearlessness to turn them upside down and inside out. For the uninitiated, the name “Billie Holiday” is synonymous with depth, sophistication and the golden age of 20th Century jazz, blues and swing. Born Eleanora Harris on April 7, 1915, she would later ascend to the summit of the idiom as its quintessential auteur. The richness of Holiday’s musical compositions were rivaled only by her, at turns, bewitchingly frail vocal style and spellbinding throaty croon. Her music remains alive with a wealth of colorful emotions and moods (ranging from innocent, romantic, confident and blissfully existential to melancholic, disillusioned and bittersweet), and her voice still haunts with its dexterity and brutal sincerity.
BILLIE HOLIDAY: REMIXED & REIMAGINED reawakens and reaffirms our fascination with jazz’s most beloved heroine. Roland Richards and Ladybug Mecca energize “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around” with their reinterpretation which recasts the original as a surging “hip-hop meets swing” anthem which just might usher in the next wave of the Rebirth of Cool. “Trav’lin’ All Alone” becomes a sinister urban affair at the hands of veteran hip hop/funk/modern soul mixmasters Nickodemus and Zeb, who inject the vintage swing tune with shuffling percussion and bottom-heavy dub undercurrents. Master DJ/turntablist and sonic manipulator DJ Logic cunningly modernizes “Glad To Be Unhappy” into a cinematic mosaic that weaves the majestic opening and closing orchestration from the original with a chunky terrain of slow-burning soul, funk, ambient and jazz nuances. Billie Holiday: Remixed & Reimagined is a lovingly assembled homage to the First Lady of Jazz’s legacy. More than just a simple remix package, the 14-track set underscores the importance of the original recordings while retooling them for an audience more inclined to a modern club environment.
In stores August 7. I have an advanced copy and let me tell you, instant vintage!
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