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

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.

Natalia Clavier’s music is the music I go when I want here some electronic soul but don’t want to be distracted by the words (It’s in Spanish). The music has a hiphop/downtempo influence which comes from being on the label created by the amazing Thievery Corporation, who is known for fusing sounds from all around the world. She was born in Buenos Aires but eventually moved to Barcelona, Spain where she musically linked with fellow Argentine, Federico Aubele, who will be featured on here soon. The music is just sexy but not too slow. One day I’m going to figured out all of the words! This is another Emusic find.

Natalia Clavier – “Azul”

Natalia Clavier – “El Arbol”

Natalia Clavier “Dormida” Live in Montreal 2008

I like Kimbra. I like her voice and her style is different. Plus she is classy without being boring. A friend of mine named Elise, put me on to her music and the first video I saw was to “Settle Down”. It was pretty weird but weird works for me. Her little shoulder dance is so cool. Her sound has been compared to a mix between Nina Simone, Florence + the Machine and Bjork. I think that’s a good assessment. Check her out.

Kimbra – “Settle Down”
Kimbra – “Good Intent”
Kimbra – “Two Way Street”