Featured Songs

Good news music lovers! There’s a plethora of new albums hitting the market for the listening pleasure. Among them the new Verve Remixed, which is hot!

Every track I hear from Imani Coppola’s new project Little Jackie brings a smile to my face. From “Black Barbie,” which I highlighted a couple of weeks ago to the newly released single “The Stoop,” when this album drops…cop that with a quickness. It’s sure to be a summer fav.

I wasn’t hip to Sam Sparro, but apparently I should have been. This guy definitely has a unique style all of his own. Take a listen and tell me if you agree.

Our girl Kim Hill is back and she ain’t playing. She’s got a couple of new songs floating around, one that I am particularly feeling is “Plain Jane” on the Presto compilation, State of the Art.

If you’re in L.A. check for the info on upcoming concerts featuring one half of the duo Floatry and our fav Meshell Ndegeocello.

Verve Remixed 4
Verve Remixed Series
Released: May 27, 2008
Verve Records

On ‘Verve Remixed 4,’ music’s most respected and emulated Remix series once again breaks new ground. More soulful in both repertoire and musical direction, the new album enlists a cutting-edge arsenal of production contributors to re-imagine a luminous array of R&B, soul, latin and jazz standards and rare gems. This compelling rollout features funk, Afrobeat and transcultural tastemakers as well – the beat world’s most influential accompanists pairing off with some of the most memorable and against-the-grain vocal performances ever. The most cohesive offering of the Verve Remix canon, ‘Remixed 4’ illuminates the depth and durability of the Verve legacy for generations to come.

“Cry Me A River” – Truth & Soul Remix – Dinah Washington
“Gimmie Some” – Mike Mangini Remix – Nina Simone
“There Was A Time” – Kenny Dope Remix – James Brown
“California Soul” – Diplo – Marlena Shaw
“Take Care Of Business” – Pilooski Edit – Nina Simone
“Bim Bom” – Psapp Remix – Astrud Gilberto
“Tenderly” – Mocky Remix – Anita O’ Day
“Tea For Two” – Chris Shaw Remix – Sarah Vaughan
“Dilo Como Yo” – (Antibalas Remix) Patato & Totico
“Evil Ways” – Karriem Riggins Remix – Willie Bobo
“Everybody Loves The Sunshine” – 9th Wonder Remix – Roy Ayers
“I Get A Kick Out Of You” – The Cinematic Orchestra – Ella Fitzgerald

The Stoop
Little Jackie
Will Be Released: Jul 8, 2008
S-Curve Records

Blend the old-school R&B sound with a quirky hybrid of hip-hop and pop and you get Little Jackie, the creation of genre-defying singer-songwriter Imani Coppola and programmer Adam Pallin. With a nod to the soulful Motown rhythms of the past and a sneer to many of the social and cultural issues that consume the public today, Coppola has crafted an album of musical sugar and spice, filled with sweet, saccharine-tinged melodies and spicy, bold commentaries.

Coppola had an early brush with fame when a demo she cut a record with Digable Planets producer Michael Mangini during her freshman year at the State University of New York, landing her a record deal with Columbia Records. In 1997, the 19-year-old music composition major’s debut record “Chubacabra” earned radio and MTV buzz with the cheeky, Neneh-Cherry-reminiscent lead single “Legend of a Cowgirl” and her dynamic NYC persona was introduced to mainstream America.

The World Should Revolve Around Me
Black Barbie

Liked You Better
Crying For The Queen
Guys Like When Girls Kiss
Go Hard or Go Home
One Love

Black and Gold
Sam Sparro
Released: May 6, 2008
Island UK

Being hailed as one of the hottest new talents on the international music scene, Sparro is headed for a commercial explosion after eclipsing megastar Madonna on the UK Billboard chart this week.

His debut single, Black and Gold, was tipped by UK music critics to be “the biggest song of 2008″, and clearly they were on the right track, with the electro-pop tune becoming the hottest singles climber when it leap-frogged Madonna to No. 4 on the chart off the back of download sales alone.

Born in Sydney and based in LA since he was a teen, Sparro’s flying start to world success is steeped in his musical pedigree – his grandfather is Ron Falson, a professional Australian trumpet player who once performed with jazz greats Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr, while his father Chris Falson is an accomplished gospel singer.

The 25-year-old groover’s singing talent was first discovered after his family left Sydney for the US, when his voice struck a chord with R&B legend Chaka Khan in the church they both attended.

Fast-forward to last year, when after a fierce bidding war the hot young talent signed to Island records and produced the hit set to propel him to chart stardom.

Black and Gold is about searching for God . . . and imagining what else is going on out there,” Sparro said last month.

If it recent success is anything to go by, it sounds like the big guy must have been listening quite closely.

Black & Gold
Cling Wrap
Miss Rexi

State Of The Art
Will Be Released: Jun 17, 2008
Concrete Grooves

Check out my girl Kim Hill’s joint “Plain Jane” on Presto’s State of the Art compilation. Besides Kimmy Kim, there are slammin joints on this album that you can let play from track 1 to the end.

Presto’s third full-length album, State of the Art, isn’t a condemnation of hip-hop’s current inclinations or an attempt to relive its past, but a celebration of the music’s potential. There’s an immediacy in his productions outmatched only by their breezy dispositions. Jazzy saxophones float into hazy rooms where MPCs and real emcees trade stories over the sounds of a quiet piano player tucked in the corner. And even as no one is discussing the world’s problem, every conversation is completely earnest and in your face.

Conquer Mentally feat. Sadat X, O.C. and Large…
Street Sport feat. Ark of T Weaponz
Pour Another Glass feat. Blu
On feat. LOWD
The Pressure feat. Raashan Ahmad
Higher feat. Mhax Montes
Altered States feat. Wayward Saints
Mass Quality feat. J Theory
What’s What feat. Fatlip and Kim Hill
Feel Me feat. T Weaponz
Part of Greatness feat. CL Smooth
Let It Circulate feat. Dhurti Whoutr
Plain Jane feat. Kim Hill
Go feat. Trek Life
Still Here feat. IN-Q
BONUS TRACK: Conquer Mentally (Large Pro Remix)

L.A. Area Concerts

Meshell Ndegeocello
Sunday, June 29
The Key Club
9039 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
$25 – Tickets

The Floacist
The Soul of Floatry
w/Gina Loring and Luna Angel
Saturday, June 14
9 p.m.
The Temple Bar
1026 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA
$10 in advance
$12 at the door