I got schooled not only on Angelique Kidjo but also on the Talking Heads’ 1980 album “Remain in Light”. Angelique said that when she moved to Paris in the ’80s and heard the Talking Heads album for the first time (PS her stories of parties in Paris at this time is great), she was amazed at how the sound reminded her of music from her West African roots. She describes how the album has an undeniable beat that mimics west African music. It turns out she was right.
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“In My Dreams” reunites Uchis with Damon Albarn, who enlisted her tough-but-tender voice for his latest Gorillaz album, 2017’s Humanz. Musically, it’s of a piece with Albarn’s loveliest bits of Casio-keyboard surrealism, like “Closet Romantic” from the Trainspotting soundtrack or “On Melancholy Hill” from 2010’s Plastic Beach. But this dream belongs to Uchis, and she’s as masterful here, vocally as conceptually: She glides from catchy oh-oh-ohs to jaw-dropping Minnie Riperton-via-Solange high notes with equal aplomb. When Albarn sneaks in his own vocal toward the end about how we’re happiest when “we d
1. Got to be real - Cheryl Lynn
2. Candy - Cameo
3. I’m coming out - Diana Ross
4. Blame it on the boogie - The Jacksons
5. Last night a DJ saved my life - Indeep
6. The beat goes on - The Whispers
7. Word up - Cameo
8. Critize - Alexander O’Neal
9. Heaven must be missing an angel - Tavares
The first song I discovered on this album was the Led Zeppelin cover of "Whole Lotta Love". It blow me away. I then had to sit and listen to the whole album. When ever I play tracks from this album people always ask me what it is. I think because it is some of the less known Tina jams.
The Jamaicans originally started out as a band known as the Cool Shakes. They cut two tracks for Duke Reid with Treasure Isle Records (known for his love of jazz, blues and soul), and in 1967 at the Island's Festival Song Contest, the band took home 1st place with the super fun, ska/rocksteady pop song Ba Ba Boom, written about the Jamaica Independence Festival.
You may know Amber Mark from her 2017 track Love Me Right. Her "lounge-quality" sound is a perfect blend of instrumentals and lyrics— soft and sweet but with emotional depth similar to Sade 😍. I love Monsoon (feat. Mia Mark) and Lose My Cool from her 2017 album 3:33am. “I want this EP to have a bigger meaning, and I want people to feel even more emotional with this than they did with the previous one,” states Mark in an interview with Pitchfork.
In January, a community based pop-up art show took over a warehouse space in the downtown Los Angeles area bringing together some of the most talented artists, musicians, and activists working for us today. The themes of the show were based around topics of "Justice as a Human Right", "Together We Rise", "No Human Is Illegal and No Human Should Feel Unsafe", "Love, Peace and Empathy", "Manifesting Solutions", and "This Moment in History." With powerful exhibits and moving panels, this was a positive and humbling event that lead those who participated to question their part in today's call to action.
I was lucky enough to DJ at this event and put together a playlist of some of the songs I played.
Can we talk about Loyle Carner? Carner debuted internationally in January 2017 with the drop of Yesterday's Gone which is AMAZING. His unique voice paired with the hip hop yet funk-feel cadence of tracks carry something to get behind. Check him out with fellow Londoner Tom Misch on the track Water Baby, released 2018.
We're also super excited about English singer-songwriter Jorja Smith, who'll be in CA for Coachella this year and is touring in April with Tom Misch. Find her on Spotify, her sound is soulful and reminiscent of Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys and your gal Amy Winehouse.
Kurt Vile’s hazy, introspective folk-rock somehow sounds more effortless with each album. Stripping back some of the layers and length of 2013’s gorgeously textured Wakin On a Pretty Daze, B'lieve I
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Here are DJ Lady Sinclair's top picks from the 2017 solar eclipse yoga event HMD set up the sound system for. Very Epic.
When is the last time you heard some amazing disco, electro-soul and wondered how you slept on it but then discovered that it was a new artist?
Whole album worth a listen