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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!

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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.

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