Archive for the ‘Deep music’ Category

This is my daily inspiration since I’ve found my new love….running. Stic.man from Dead Prez and his RBG Fitclub constantly puts out motivational information and music.

Runner’s High” by Stic of Dead Prez

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Oddisee is one of the most consistently creative producer/music artist in the game. He has been creating music for himself and for others for years and everything sounds good. Even the legendary Jazzy Jeff recognized him and put him on the Musik Lounge. The thing is that this brother was known as a producer but then got equally recognized as an MC. He is 1/3 of an equally dope group called the Diamond District which features two other favorite artists of my yU and X.O.

I remember back in the Myspace days, I was producing and he was already a pretty respected producer. This brother set up a forum where aspiring producers around the world could submit music to be critiqued. And this wasn’t some sort of elitist critique but solid constructive criticism. He never made anyone feel stupid or like they couldn’t do this. I remember he gave me a pretty good critique. When I met him he showed love and didn’t act Hollywood even though this brother has plenty of fans. He was just a humble dude who wanted to make good music. That’s why when I make my hard earned money and he drops an album I actually buy it and listen to it. This is coming at a time when I’m listening to very little hiphop new or old. His music is just refreshing and knowing what it takes to make music like this I know he has done a lot on his end.

Check out more from Oddisee at http://oddiseemusic.blogspot.com/

“You Know Who You Are” ft. Olivier Daysoul (Acoustic Version)

American Greed

Let It Go

Gentrification

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

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”

Gotye I must admit was found through learning about Kimbra who was featured earlier this week. Clearly, I’m a little late as I was excited about him being at the 930 club in DC with Kimbra on the 22nd of March but found out today that it was already sold out. His sound is just a good 80s throwback, at least on “Somebody That I Used to Know” feat Kimbra. I love how he fuses music and art through animation which is why I had to do something different and credit the animators, directors, etc. This artist also shows you that music doesn’t have to be loud to be good and effective.

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) – official video
Gotye – Bronte – official film clip (HD)

Directed and animated by Ari Gibson at Mechanical Apple
Background art by Jason Pamment

Gotye – Hearts A Mess

Production: PictureDRIFT
Direction and Animation: Brendan Cook
Character Design: Duncan Irving
3D Modeling & Animation: Mayumi Kaneko
Character Rigging: Stefan Litterini
Cinematography: Barnaby Norris

Gotye – Making Making Mirrors – a short documentary

This video reminds me of a Ryan Leslie video where he shows how he makes the music. I love these types of videos, especially when they come from true artists that are not just trying to show off but just love what they do.

Yuna’s videos were so mellow and so well shot even though they are free in terms of concept. That’s sometimes a good thing because it let’s the viewer’s mind get creative and go places that THEY want to go. Her energy seems genuine. If you are wondering where she is from…Malaysia. Very beautiful look and beautiful vybe plus the music is positive which is a major plus.

Yuna – “Live Your Life”
Yuna – “Come As You Are”

Here Yuna covers Kanye West’s “Paranoid”. Pretty cool. I like how she laughs in the middle of the song. So organic.

Yuna “Paranoid”

Asa, Asa, Asa. Let’s just say lately that I have had an affinity to Nigerian artist. I’m not Nigerian but my name, Ajani, is Nigerian in background. Asa is just so soulful and she is so in touch with her Nigerian self. These are a few songs that speak to me. They make you sing along. Your vocal chord has no choice in the matter.

Asa – Fire on the Mountain
Asa – 360°

It’s important to see these artists live. You get the real look into who these artists really are and how they express themselves musically. I love how beautifully Asa delivered this song “Bamidele” which means “follow me home”. There is also a lyrical analysis of the song http://www.bellanaija.com/2011/02/09/asas-bamidele-a-narrative-lyrical-analysis/

ASA (asha) – Bamidele [Live in Olympic, Nantes March 29th 2011]

I had to add one more song that’s let less serious and shows more of Asa’s fun side. Great video.

Asa – Be My Man