Archive for March, 2012

Cantoma

Posted: March 23, 2012 in Chill music
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Not much to say about Cantoma or known by his mama as Phil Mison. Honestly, I found his music by listening to my Telepopmusik station on Pandora but didn’t even find out more about the artist until now. The sound is Balearic beat which was popular on the island of Ibiza. See…I learned something just by creating this post. I couldn’t find any live shows so you will have to just listen. I swear it will be one of the most chill music you’ve ever heard. If you like Thievery Corporation then you will love this music. It pretty much takes you to another place. I cook to it, edit photos to it, and drive to it.

Cantoma – Out of Town (Album Sampler)
Marisi – Cantoma
Cantoma – Etoile
Cantoma- Overtime
Cantoma – Cosmopole
Cantoma- Pandajerov

If you are in the DMV (DC, MD, VA) area and are familiar with the soul scene then you know the name Maimouna Yossef or MuMu Fresh. She’s Grammy nominated with the Roots, has added her voice to a number of tracks from established and up and coming artists and is just an amazing person. About a year or so ago, I had the pleasure of photographing her (yeah that’s my main thing) for a promo shoot. I knew her manager and he hired me to update her shots. There are a few perks with photographing artists. One you get to REALLY build with them because you have to talk to them to get the shot. The other is that you get to hear exclusive music that is a year away from being on their album.

Maimouna gives you music from every angle. The angle of a mother, as a daughter, as a woman growing in a beautiful relationship, as a black woman with Native American roots. The list goes on and on. Her music can be spiritual and moving or you can party to it. The common denominator is that er music will always be true to who she is. She adds no filler, and doesn’t compromise her values. That I respect. Plus her music is super dope.

Maimouna Youssef – “I Got A Man” (dir. Brian “B.Kyle” Atkins)
Maimouna Youssef – “An Ode to Monsanto”
Maimouna Youssef – “Gypsy Woman” (Syracuse University, 11/14/08)
Maimouna Youssef: The Realest Thing
Still MuMu Medley

FS

Posted: March 9, 2012 in Rock out music
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I just happened to be perusing a few music blogs and discovered this producer by the name of FS. Now I must admit, a lot of the electronica that I listen to is more mellow so it was refreshing to hear something with a little more edge. FS is a producer from Brooklyn and I can tell that he has an appreciation for hiphop among other things. After listening to a few tracks, I was convinced enough that I wanted to support this project by purchasing it. Will update this post after I give it a thorough listen.

From what I heard though, this music makes you want to fight or at least play a video game where you want to fight or shoot something. Not a violent person, well I could play a good racing game to this music for sure.

FS – iLLest Android
Nicki Minaj – Massive Attack (FS Dubstep Remix)
FS – Get Up Ninja
FS – Dial 999

Robert Glasper. Sounds unfamiliar to you? Well maybe but I bet you’ve heard one of the songs he has worked on with artists such as Bilal, Most Def, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Commong, Maxwell, the late great J-Dilla and more. It’s funny because as much as I love music, I realized that musicians like him get less and less credit when they create the musical landscape. Robert made a good point about jazz. He mentioned how it used to be the young people’s music what they danced to and rebelled to. It was always moving, free flowing and evolving. So when he made his last album, Black Radio with a number of hiphop and R&B features, he said it wasn’t jazz fusion but just JAZZ. Because it’s just jazz. The funny thing about it is that when I was young, I used to go to the local library and rent Miles Davis tapes or cds. (Sorry, I was in the era where I saw the change between the two mediums.)

Anyway, the album is amazing and I haven’t even gotten through the whole thing yet. Please check out a few samples here and then purchase a copy to support this young brotha.

Robert Glasper – Always Shine (Feat. Lupe Fiasco And Bilal) – David Letterman 2-29-12
Robert Glasper Experiment – Afro Blue (Feat. Erykah Badu)
Robert Glasper Experiment Feat Lalah Hathaway Cherish The Day
The Robert Glasper Experiment- Move Love featuring KING

Little Dragon. What can I say about them? They are probably my favorite band all around. They also have the most unique style but it’s soulful too. Yukimi has defined her style and so has the band. When I first heard her voice, I called her the Asian Erykah Badu. I’m sure Erykah would agree with that too. Now when it comes to the band, the music has an 80s vybe but Yukimi brings it together with the soul. She grew up listening to American folk but had love for R&B and you can hear it in the music. My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of seeing Little Dragon and the Black Cat in DC last year and it was an amazing show. People in the room seemed almost hypnotized. The crowd was super diverse. Everyone danced and no one sat around trying to look cool. Only true artistic music can make people shake off their day and just do some crazy dancing like that. I love it and hopefully you will too.

Little Dragon – “Constant Surprises”
Little Dragon – Twice
Little Dragon – After The Rain
SBTRKT feat Yukimi – “Wildfire”


Here with Wildfire, I’m cheating a bit because it isn’t actually Little Dragon but the song is produced by South London producer SBTRKT (pronounced ‘subtract’)

Little Dragon – “Ritual Union”

Found this artist through one of my friends, Eden Hansom, who requested that I check this person out. I did and was amazed by his multi-instrumental talent. Plus the creativity and his voice was pretty on point. Very soulful and he has a lot of control. I swear people in the states don’t realize how big the soul scene is internationally. I saw this when I was on Myspace, which is one of the reasons that I loved that site. There hasn’t been a better place for music artists since then in my opinion. Anyway, I digress. Check out Bernhoft and all his brilliance!

Bernhoft – C’mon Talk
Bernhoft – Choices
Bernhoft – Stay With Me
Bernhoft – So Many Faces | SK* Session

I really hate learning about artists this good from the Grammys. Discovering artists that no one or little have heard of is finding a treasure. You really hate to share until the last moment. Sounds selfish but that’s just how you feel. Esperanza is an amazing all around artist from singer/songwriter to bassist. She sings everything from jazz to soul. Plus how can you resist the amazing FRO she sports. I love it.

Esperanza Spalding & Gretchen Parlato – “Useless Landscape (Inutil Paisagem)”

I found this song and fell in love with it. The original composer is Jobim, a Brazilian legend who was instrumental during the creation of bossanova.

Esperanza Spalding – Black Gold

This song speaks to me. Listen to the conversation between the two kings, you and old, about Africa and what is has and in some cases still offers.

Esperanza Spalding’s Chamber Music Society
Esperanza Spalding – Overjoyed