So although I am a terrible blogger, my last posts on here have been about UK based singer Sasha Keable, who is my favorite right now. I first got introduced to Keable with her feature on one of my favorite projects of 2013 - Disclosure’s Settle LP for the track “Voices” which she was a featured artist on. I loved how her voice had so much soul, yet control and power and kind of stanned out for her with her debut EP BlackBook. The EP was crazy – and so is her latest effort Lemongrass and Limeleaves.
Here we see Keable singing the lead single from the EP in the form of “Living Without You” for an acoustic set with Vevo DSCVR and man doesn’t she sound amazing.
If you’re not up on Sasha, please get up on her ASAP.
For years, New Zealand based trio-now duo Electric Wire Hustle has remained a consistent favorite of mine. During SXSW in 2012 I believe, I had the opportunity to stan out while watching them at several showcases as well as at a house party when they had a little jam session. That being said, now the duo is working on putting out the follow up to their projects: their self-titled effort as well as Every Waking Hour both released in 2010. Their new release Love Can Prevail which will be released September 8th, should be a solid release given their new single “Look In The Sky.” The song shows that despite being down one member, they still have what it takes. The song gives all these Marvin Gaye vibes to me from the intro and I love it.
I can’t wait for their upcoming release, but until then – listen to the track below.
Mr. A-Town Stumper himself, Usher Raymond has been jamming lately. I’m one of those people who whenever I hear the drums start on “Good Kisser” I start this weird dance a mix of my earthy hand dance which my friends have named “The Erin Hand Dance” and a body roll. Let’s face it, drums are sexy and that song is a good song. Keeping with the good vibes Usher released his new Pharrell produced and Nicki Minaj featured single “She Came To Give It To You.” The original song is my mom’s jam, and ironically, she’s the one who put me on the song. Now, producer Yam Who? creates an amazingly funky remix of the track with what he refers to as the “Street Hustle Rework.” This remix is easily the perfect soundtrack for Summer parties, I imagine dance battles and lots of shimmys from the pretty ladies. Check out the Remix below – it’s funky I’m telling you.
Today, Miss Janelle Monae released her new visual installment for the title track from her last album The Electric Lady and I could not be more excited. “Electric Lady” is my favorite song from the album because For one, her voice sounds amazing. Secondly, I too am an Electric Lady – like hello, and also lastly, I love the way the vocals sound on the chorus. For the video which features cameos from some lovely women: Estelle, Monica, my boo Esperanza Spalding, Fatima and T-Boz, Monae creates a video centered around a fictional sorority.
Also, can I gush over how good Janelle looks with her hair let out like that or nah? Her style these past few months has been on point to me. She is still sticking with her signature black and whites, but the splash of color with the pink crop top is adorable. Also, the letterman jacket is now on my Fall shopping list.
So, I have not blogged on here since April which is extremely sad. I’ve been all over the place traveling, not traveling, working, not working, just doing way too much that I’ve lost focus of this little here love – but I’m back for the time being. That being said, anyone who knows me knows that I stan out for New Zealand grown singer Kimbra. I went all the way to New York (as if this is not a place I’d love to travel) for my birthday two years ago because I was in love with her album Vows, which I still believe is a necessary listen, and this year I will also be seeing her again for my birthday in San Francisco the first date on her Fall Tour.
Kimbra’s sophomore album, The Golden Echo, is set to be released less than a month away on August 19th and it should be a good one. From the album so far, we have heard the lead single “90′s Music” which sadly, doesn’t really tickle my fancy, as well as “Nobody But You” which you can download on iTunes. We have also heard the much buzzed about collaboration between Kimbra and bassist Thundercat, in the form of “Love in High Places.” Now, we are getting the lyric video which is lovely in it’s on right. Seeing the lyrics flash by on the screen actually made me love the song a little bit more.
Make sure to mark your calendars for Kimbra’s upcoming release - The Golden Echo, which will be released August 19th. You can also pre-order the album on iTunes and cop three tracks from the album as well here.