Album: "50 Shades of Grey" Soundtrack
Song: "Crazy in Love" (Remix)
Notes: The trailers for 50 Shades of Grey make it look like some kind of parody and no one I know is jazzed on this movie coming out BUT… it does seem to have a rather decent soundtrack. Beyonce remixes herself for this far sultrier version of her breakout hit from 2003, “Crazy In Love.” I had heard this on the trailers and just assumed it was someone covering Bey since it’s so different from the original but nope, the Queen remixes herself, which is rather rare.
Artist: Lion Babe
Album: "Treat Me Like Fire EP"
Songs: "Song: Treat Me Like Fire"
Notes: So this is a revisit of sorts as well. This song originally came out in 2013 but the duo finally put out their debut EP, complete with a whole new video for “Treat Me Like Fire.” Singer Jilian Henry has been compared to Erykah Badu (which is a fair comparison) and she has that kind of raspy, super soulful song that I go weak in the knees for. And I love how producer Lucas Goodman keeps the vinyl static in for the beat he puts together here.
Artist: Danny Brown
Album: The television show, "Fresh Off the Boat"
Song: "Fresh Off the Boat"
Notes: I’m a fan of Eddie Huang, whose memoir, also called “Fresh Off the Boat” has now been turned into an ABC sitcom - which aires on Tuesday nights so be sure to tune in. It seems only right that Huang, who’s a hip-hop fiend. would have a rapper create a theme song for the show. Moreover, I’m mostly used to T.V. shows licensing existing songs for their theme songs but here’s a rare case where you have a new song being cut. It’s not exactly the Cheers Theme but hey, it’s got a gong.
Artist: Leon Bridges
Album: "Coming Home"
Songs: "Coming Home," "Better Man"
Notes: Meet indie-Soul's newest breakout artist, Leon Bridges. The Fort Worth, Texas artist sings love songs in a style reminiscent of Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke, Otis Redding and has gained quite a following on social media through his covers and live shows. If I had to describe it, I'd say that it's bluesy vintage sounds for modern times.
Album: Self Titled
Songs: "Rock of Ages"
Notes: Eska Mtungwazi's gorgeous voice and compelling vocal arrangements found themselves featured on projects by Zero7, Cinematic Orchestra, Michael Olatuja, Bugz in The Attic and Bobby McFerrin. Her latest EP, the follow up to last years' Gatekeeper surely showcases both her songwriting talent and her instrument and introduces UK's best kept secret to everyone else.
Artist: Space Age
Album: "The Theory of..."
Songs: "No Landing"
Notes: North London's Little Simz and her collective SPACE AGE offer a 4 track mixtape, a confluence of futuristic beats, electronica and soul. True to the new now-sound coming out of the UK, this project is a great introduction to a cool new group.