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Gil Scott Heron – Im New Here

Wow, Giles ‘Gil’ Scott Heron is back with his first album since the 1994 release ‘Spirits’ on the TVT record label. From what i’ve heard so far, it’s spectacular, and most definitely the album I am most eagerly anticipating in 2010. The album’s due out early 2010 on XL recordings and is a collection of tracks Gil Scott-Heron has been working on for the past couple of years. Gil Scott is a spoken word, lyrical, poetic, musical and literary genius and this albums going to display his talents in no different way. Scott Heron’s recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. On his influence, Allmusic wrote “Scott-Heron’s unique proto-rap style influenced a generation of hip-hop artists”. If you’re a massive fan of Gil’s from the 70’s, then don’t expect the same powerful voice, and similar production techniques, but the lyrical content is still brilliant, so intensely thought-provoking and still contains the sociopolitical content that has made Gil Scott Heron a hero within the music industry. Enjoy, and let me know what you think! If you want to hear more, then i’ll definitely be posting up the full album, or my favorite tracks from it when i hear the whole of it in the next coming weeks, otherwise, for now, click the picture for ‘Me and The Devil’, the first release from the album, and here’s an extra little sneak peek, http://gilscottheron.net/, where you can hear another track ‘Where Did The Night Go’.

January 7, 2010 Posted by | Hip Hop | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Emika – Drop The Other

Emika, signed to the kennington based trip-hop label Ninjatune is going to be massive on the underground scene in 2010. Her debut single ‘Drop the Other’ comes out on January 18th, and is set be huge. Emika describes herself as “making pop, but with a hard edge, playing different sounds and intensities against each other. I try to stay on the fence, leaving from for the listener to create a sense of what its about. It’s all about tension for me.” As her Myspace page quotes, her music revives “eerie, near-classical piano which collides into glitched-out edits and skittering drum patterns, while speaker-shattering lows rub against Emika’s own hushed, cryptic vocals, the iconoclastic blend marking her an artist that makes a habit of defying expectation. Just when you think you know what you’re hearing, she flips the script: the cinematic sound architecture evokes the deepest techno, but the tempo moves too slow, the beats too jagged; the sub-bass, meanwhile, could shudder the most underground dubstep club, but it’s paired with haunting, syncopated vocal hooks that suggest Aaliyah’s work with Timbaland taken to its darkest extreme.” Check out her Myspace page here http://www.myspace.com/emikamyspace, if you want to find out some more about the lady and her music. But for now, here’s ‘Drop the Other’, and the Scuba Vulpine remix, enjoy.

December 28, 2009 Posted by | Dubstep | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Andreya Triana

A great find for 2009,  the Brighton based Soul / Folk / Acoustic singer and songwriter Andreya Triana is set to release her debut album in 2010,and is produced by the legendary trip hop producer Bonobo. Andreya is signed to the NinjaTune record label, along with Bonobo and Fink who she also co-writes with. Andreya’s been on the music scene for some time and has collaborated with a variety of top-notch artists including Bonobo, Mr Scruff, TM Juke & The Jack Baker Trio, Natural Self, Kidkanevil and Flying Lotus, but 2010 will see the Ninja Tune signee stepping out on her own and releasing her debut album sometime in the spring. The first single from the project, ‘Lost Where I Belong’, is a fantastic slice of chilled out soul, with Andreya’s gorgeous vocal laid over a great track. The song is co-written by yet another Ninja Tune artist, Fink. The single is officialy released on 8th February 2010. (Click the pics to check out ‘Lost Where i Belong’ & my favourite of Andreya’s, ‘The Keeper’, also produced by Bonobo).

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Soul | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment