Daft Punk’s chart domination is being challenged by New York-based DJ /Producer Chris Malinchak. Just like Get Lucky’s disco vibe, his soulful house groove So Good To Me is the perfect antidote to the thumping electro beats –by the likes of Will.i.am– riding the charts. Signing to Ministry of Sound, Chris is working his way from the decks to the charts. The song breathes Summer Love. Malinchak cleverly samples two Soul classics in his mellow tune: If This World Were Mine by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell and Soul II Soul’s Back To Life. Listen carefully and see if you can spot Marvin near the end. One for a Summer night.
Belgian producer dj Chillow teams up with his longtime pal Jeffrey Jefferson on the second in his ‘n Chillow series. Jefferson aka Gringo already featured on the first album Reap ‘n Chillow- NY2BE . Jefferson ‘n Chillow – Muddy Grounds is the second album on which Chillow collaborates with fellow artists. Jefferson has a Rap background, but with his band SoulRock Avenue he ventures into singing Neo Soul. This is exactly what the new project is about, creating a mature Hawthorne-like sound. You can preview the first single Muddy Grounds here.
With Daft Punk grabbing all disco-funk attention, and with reason, and Justin working a formal wear revival, we’d like to point to a mysterious 3-song EP: the Tuxedo EP by Tuxedo Funk. Mysterious, as it is unconfirmed who is the brains behind the music. Tuxedo is rumored to be the pairing of Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One. One is a renowned Rap producer from Seattle, known for his solo work and productions for e.g. 50 Cent, and as part of G-Unit. Mayer Hawthorne needs no introduction, scoring again with his most recent single Designer Drug, taken from his third full-length album Where Does This Door Go, due July 16th. The perfectionist of retro Soul and the Hip Hop grandmaster come together to bring a refreshingly cool funkiness. The player below includes all three songs, the uptempo Do It, the throwback synthastic So Good and the ultra smooth Get U Home.
It’s been over a decade since The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. 1998. On Friday, Miss Hill finally released much anticipated new work. The first single release since Miseducation is called Neurotic Society. Hill claims the song isn’t entirely finished but pressure from the record company to meet deadlines pushed for a release. Don’t expect to hear a return to the Doo-wop sounds of Hill’s debut. This Compulsory Mix sounds more Hip Hop, laid over an electronic groove. See if you are into Society.
Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N. (ft Erykah Badu)
Directed by Alan Ferguson
> The Electric Lady (Bad Boy Records)
New music is on the way from British main man of RnB, Omar. It’s a fact the man owns one of the most memorable tracks in the history of contemporary Britt Soul. There’s Nothing Like This never made the Top 10 in the early 1990s, but became an influential classic almost instantly. Beverley Knight included the track in her Britt songbook Soul UK.
On his forthcoming album The Man, released on Freestyle Records, Omar has re-reworked his classic, this time featuring world famous Welsh guitarist Pino Palladino on bass. A completely new arrangement with strings and horns give the track a more live and acoustic feel. Scratch Professer, Maddslinky and Shafiq Husayn have been commissioned to provide remixes of the title track, which is also the album’s lead single. The video, directed by Robin Brunson of Hexstatic, shot with handheld fisheye lenses in an alternating black-and-white and color visual, follows Omar wandering across streets and beaches. A welcome return, long overdue.