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.
Berlin based DJ and producer Wankelmut had a major hit on his hands last year with his remix of Reckoning Song by Asaf Avidan & the Mojos. He had heard the track in the US got inspired to turn it into One Day, and the internet hit it became. End of the year Wankelmut produced his first DJ-Mix entitled Wankelmoods Vol. 1, which includes One Day/Reckoning Song. Now he’s ready to chart again, this time with his own My Head Is A Jungle. The track features Australian singer Emma Louise. Fellow German producer Solee and Danish Kasper Bjoerke both produced exquisite remixes, giving the dance track a more funky, neo-house groove. Worth checking out! The label announces there more remixes to come. Here’s the official video.
Azekel – That Feeling
Directed & edited by Daniel Onyia & David Ansah
> None (Promo Single) (THNDRLGHTN Recordings)
Manchester’s Indie band The 1975 are releasing new music on May 20th. The 1975 are set to release their forthcoming full length album later this year, co-produced by Mike Crossey, who has produced albums by the Arctic Monkeys and Foals. The band formed in 2002 but changed line-up and their name along the way. Healy, originally the drummer stepped in front of the mic to replace the first singer as he left the band. That’s when Daniel, born in Brussels, joined. The current name of the group was adopted only last year. It comes from an inscription in a secondhand book.
The band’s first EP Facedown was released that same year. The debut single, a demo version, The City was picked up by BBC and gave the band their starting ground. But it was Sex, off the EP with the same title, that attracted a larger following. With musical influences ranging from Sigur Rós to Talking Heads and Michael Jackson, the group explore alternative rock coated in a black and white visual, both troughout their art work and videos. Following a 3rd EP Music For Cars, comes IV, the band’s next set, which will include a definitive version of The City. The latest single Chocolate is getting extensive international airplay. Watch the video directly below. More black and white realness after the jump.
While eagerly anticipating BlackSUMMER’snight, the second part of Maxwell’s trilogy, we were pleased to here his voice on Alicia Keys’ latest. Fire We Make, the next single to be taken from Alicia’s Girl On Fire album, now has a video, directed by Chris Robinson. Set in a New Orleans hotel, the heat is on. Keys needs some cooling, not just for the blistering heat. The track does not make me boil, but Maxwell looks and sounds smouldering. The “Urban Hang Suite” teased fans already with a partial track list of SUMMER’s and a snippet of his new song Gods. In wait of a full single release, this video can go on heavy rotation. Bring in bucket of ice before you watch it. Consider yourself warned…