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New Release Music Tuesday

I’m back this Tuesday and hyped about another great album that has my spirits up and running!  I’m still riding the wave of good Hip-Hop albums that have come out these last two months.  It started with Kid Cudi’s debut release Man on the Moon: The End of Day and then Royce da 5’9 came at us with his poetic release Street Hop.  Next up is Wale to keep the wave going with today’s release of Attention Deficit.

Olubawale Victor Folarin who is better known as Wale (stage name) is a D.C. born lyricist. Wale’s first success came with the  airplay and release of “Rhyme of the Century”, in 2003.  The release of his regional hit landed him a write-up in Source magazine “Unsigned Hype” column.  Wale signed to a local imprint record label called Studio 43, which was owned by a former VP of Roc-a-Fella Records, and benefited from  a multiple of hits in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia.   Many of those records resembled the influential go-go music that was often heard in the D.C. Metro area.  One of those hits  “Dig Dug (Shake It)” allowed him to rise as a notable lyricist within the D.C. region.  Utilizing the Internet and Myspace’s music mechanism Wale became influential in his music success.  In 2007 Mark Ronson felt the heat from Wale’s talent, which allowed him to strike a production deal with Ronson’s Allido imprint.  He went on to release “The 100 Miles and Running” mixtape that summer along with other widely recognized mixtapes along the way.

In June 2009 he released his crowd-pleasing single “Chillin'” featuring Lady Gaga.  Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the single, I have to say the album is searing!  The album is a mix of pop (selling out), hard repping his city and post-backpacker underground music. The album’s quality tracks in a way does leave you with Attention Deficit as you find yourself wanting to skip around from one good song to the other. With Wale’s  lyrical content and the collaboration of some great producing surely brings this album to the forefront.

My top two Picks –

Beautiful Bliss:

Mirro feat. Bun B (Bun B’s verse is nice):

Stayed tune for next week’s pick!
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New Release Tuesday

Another week has gone by and I’ve decided to go back to my mellow side.  Kings of Convenience is an indie folk-pop duo from Bergen, Norway. Consisting of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, the musical group is known for their delightful tunes, placid voices, and intricate and subtle guitar melodies.

Øye and Bøe  have known each other since they met while participating in a geography contest at the age of 10. At sixteen, they played together in the band Skog (“forest”) with two other friends, releasing one EP, Tom Tids Tale, before breaking up and later forming the Kings of Convenience.

The duo then went on to sign with the American label Kindercore after appearing in European festivals during the summer of 1999. While living in London in 2001, they released their debut album Quiet Is the New Loud with Coldplay producer Ken Nelson. The album was very successful and even lent its name to a small movement of musicians in the pop underground (including acoustic contemporaries such as Turin Brakes).

The release of their third studio album Declaration of Independence, is here to offer more of the same atmospheric folk-pop to appease the soul.  The album puts forward free but anecdotic verses as about romance, the band itself, or global politics, depending on your preference.  “Mrs. Cold” one of the two singles uses percussive hand slapping, and is perfectly poised, untruthfully depressing with a ringing lead guitar line repeating like a looped sample.  “Boat Behind”  is a tale about reuniting with a past individual but never belonging to them, which is set over a heavy-hearted violin line.

Enjoy this week’s picks:

Mrs. Cold – Delicate and peaceful song

Boat Behind

To all my readers, please don’t hesitate to leave your feedback in the comments section.  Let’s talk music.  Have a great week!


Money Monday’s

A fresh week and a fresh riddem for you to enjoy.

I’ve gone with the Chemical Brothers ‘Do It Again’ video. It’s a classic Chemical Bros. tune and a top-notch vid to go with it. Since the Brit  electronic duo Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons arrived on the scene in the early 90’s  we’ve come to expect nothing less. ‘Do It Again’ is off The Chemical Brother’s 2007 We Are The Night album CD which went into the UK charts at #1. It also reached #65 in the Billboard 200 and won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. So basically it’s good stuff yeah!


New Release Tuesday

Royce Da 5’9 is back to help resurrect Hip-Hop music, one of my first loves.  His new CD album Street Hop has brought the creativeness and artistry back to this lyrical art form.

Ryan Montgomery also known as Royce Da 5’9 hails from the industrial automotive mecca, Detroit City and started rapping at the age of 18.  His rap style and lyrical approach is mainly influenced by Rass Kass and Redman.  In 1997 his manager introduced him to Eminem and the two formed a working relationship.

Royce Da 5′ 9 signed his first deal in 1998 with the label known as Tommy Boy Records and released his first album for them Rock City.  He left the label soon after and signed with Koch to release Rock City version 2 after his first album was heavily bootlegged.  In 2004, he released his second and most critically acclaimed album to date Death Is Certain.   Since then he has helped ghostwrite many lyrics for artists such as Jay-z, Dr. Dre & Eminem.  In 2005 he released his third solo album Independent’s Day, which did not reach the success his previous albums obtained.   After his release from jail in 2007, stemming from a DUI charge, he hit the studio hard and released material on various mix tapes.

Fast forward to October 20th, 2009 and the release of his 4th solo album Street Hop.  Now this album is fire people!  When I first heard this album I felt like I was 16 again listening to the pure essence of Hip Hop.  Royce Da 5’9 has teamed up with one the best producers in the game, DJ premier to produce engaging and illustrative songs.  The first single “Shake This”, produced by Premo shows raw emotion and talks about his struggles with alcoholism and his incarceration that have plagued him the past couple years.  His second single release labeled “Part of Me”, is an exotic love tale and unmistakably demonstrates his story telling skills.  The album is definitely a trip back to the Mecca of hip hop music.  I really enjoy almost every song on the album, but the cuts that portray the man behind the rapper are unquestionably the more intriguing ones.

If you love Hip-Hop and it’s art form this album is an essential one to have in your 2009 arsenal.

I couldn’t decide on just two tracks this week, so I leave you with one extra pick.

My top 3 songs are:

Shake This – Produced by DJ Premier

Part of Me – This music video is just as creative as the songwriting.  It’s definitely a treat and leaves you with an unexpected ending.

Something 2 Ride 2 – Produced by DJ Premier.  A vintage chill Hip-Hop song

I hope you enjoyed this weeks pick and please feel free to start a dialogue in our comments section!  I would love to talk to our readers and see what feedback they have to offer.



Awakening to a grey, cold, miserable NYC morning is always redeemed by remembering it’s FRIDAY! …and it’s time for TGIFTune!!

Maxwell ‘BLACKsummers’night’

Maxwell released BLACKsummers’night, his fourth studio album, earlier this summer. It’s been 8 years since Maxwell’s last CD was released, Now, which was met with less than favourable reviews. However, BLACKsummers’night, the first installment in a trilogy comeback, achieved universal acclaim and debuted at #1 in the Billboard top 200 chart.

Maxwell keeps true to his R&B and Neo Soul style with traditionalist arrangements. His subtle details provide change from the typical radio plays we’re so used to. They don’t grab; they’re not compressed for maximum brightness. Sometimes one recedes and another momentarily dominates — a horn line might burst through, or a kick drum completes the thought of a bassline. Maxwell adds his vocals to these elements by growing into the spaces above and around them.  Here are Maxwell’s first 2 singles from BLACKsummers’night.

Maxwell  ‘Pretty Wings’

Maxwell ‘Bad Things’

Hope you enjoyed them and have a great weekend!

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New Release Tuesday

We have reached another Tuesday and you know what that means, new music that I review and introduce to our great readers.  Today’s pick is a Canadian singer and actor hailing from Burnaby, British Columbia.  His name is Michael Bublé and I’m really feeling his  music.  He offers that crooner style of singing, similar to the Rat Pack, with a modern twist.

His first singing gigs came at the age of 16 in various nightclubs.  Michael’s first break came when he met David Foster, a multi-Grammy Award winning producer and record executive at a wedding.  Foster became impressed with his voice and agreed to produce his debut album if Michael covered the $500,000 production cost in which he did.

Michael Buble’s self titled  cd debut album was released in 2003 and featured a variety of standards from different eras such as “Fever”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “For Once in My Life”, “Moondance” and “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”.

Since then he went on to release his second and third albums, It’s Time, in 2005 and Call Me Irresponsible, in 2007, which sold 5 million worldwide.

His new album labeled Crazy Love also has Michael singing standards with some additions of modern songs.   His first single off the album, “Haven’t Met You Yet” was released in August and offers a feel good happy vibe.  The album displays a wide range of musical sounds and influences from electric guitars to big band jazz and retro soul and blues.  I’m really feeling this guys voice and his fresh au-courant style to the works of classic singers.

My top two standout album cuts:

“Haven’t Met You Yet” – Yes, I love the single and it’s catchiness!

“You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You”

Enjoy this weeks pick and remember that music is good for the soul!  Don’t hesitate to give us your feedback in the comments section.




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