Incredible Polo “Travis”

May 28, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Credit to Mike Zarin from Atlanta for always sharing good music.  Saw him post this on Facebook today.  Never heard of Incredible Polo before, but now he’s on my radar!

Waking Up: Jamie Lidell “What A Shame”

December 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

You can really see Jamie Lidell picking up the new music trends and molding them with his super soul vocals.  Compared to his last two albums, this track is leaps and bounds in a more electronic direction, and I actually didn't like it the first time I heard it.  Jamie's vocals, though, are undeniable.  The tone he carries is amazing, and worth checking out if you've never heard his previous material.  His new self-titled album is set to release in February 2013 on Warp Records.

So yeah, as much as I can talk bad about the pop/dubstep sound, I still woke up with it in my head, and I still enjoy it.  Download for free on Jamie Lidell's website.

Waking Up: Twin Shadow “5 Seconds”

October 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

I always wake up with a song in my head. I spent about a month waking up to Amy Winehouse for some reason. It usually lingers until the afternoon, or until I bombard myself with music to distract me (that doesn't always work). This morning was Twin Shadow. This dude is oozing 80's movie cheese, on some Richard Grieco tip, which works if you're scoring an 80's movie (based in the present OR future), and that's what it seems like he's doing.

This first single, titled "5 Seconds," from his recently released "Confess" album were built for an 80's flick, and all the official videos that are available are revolving around a story that was written by the artist, I believe.  Dig the villains' cool headpieces, though! I can critique this all day, but, at the end if the day, you have to recognize that he totally nailed the sound he was aiming for (a la top gun video montage), and the fact that I've had it in my head all day.  At least now I can visualize those Jason Voorhees looking dudes running through the forest after the guy riding the bike with really fancy shoes on (he's the leader of a gang?).

Easy Star’s “Thrillah”

August 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

Just when you thought that the Easy Star All-Stars couldn't come up with a better idea for a cover album, boom, they hit you with "Easy Star's Thrillah."  This is an amazing reggae version of the Michael Jackson classic, released just a day before MJ would have turned 53 (Rest in Peace, Michael).

One thing about Easy Star cover albums is that they really do their research.  From front to back, they make sure the original album is intact, with respectful renditions that are just too good to be true.  My first experience with the Easy Star All Stars was back in 2006.  I was in Maui, and a friend of mine put on their debut, "Dub Side of The Moon," while we were driving around Kihei.  One of her friends had mentioned it to me at a party the night before, that there was a reggae version of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of The Moon," and I was completely oblivious.  She put this on and from the intro I was hooked.

Definitely was stood out to me was their version of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," which brings an afrobeat vibe to the party.  Lovin it!

Cop the vinyl at a decent price on Easy Star's website.  Go for the Vinyl and T-shirt bundle!

Lianne La Havas “Forget”

May 15, 2012 at 7:44 am

I cannot get enough of this track, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for this UK singer.  The UK’s making the states look bad on the music end, y’all!  Always quality material coming from across the pond, and I can’t hate.  You can find Lianne La Havas music anywhere.  Go check it out on Spotify, or do what I did and buy her vinyl direct from London.  My receipt said “expected delivery date: June 23.” WHAT?!

Her “Lost & Found EP” is available now, and be on the lookout for the Forget EP.