As much as this artist goes against my wish to see the “white guys making soul music” trend go away, this track from new Austin-based artist Max Frost is an absolute gem of a single. Drawing strong comparisons to Gnarls Barkley (not entirely unwarranted), “White Lies” is a hand-clapping finger wag against a shady former lover. Though, you may get too caught up in dancing along to notice.
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Lest you thought this blog was going to get all dub nasty after the events of SnowGlobe, here comes a deliciously retro jam from Terri Walker and Nicole Wray. The two R&B veterans have teamed up to form Lady, and join artists like Lee Fields & The Expressions and El Michels Affair on Truth & Soul Records. Without the production values, you might expect “Money” to be a rare, unearthed soul record from the 50s era from which it owes its sound. Chirpy and full of sass, it’s a throwback tune that’ll earn a few repeat plays.
Recently I became the co-host of a local music radio show on TradioV.com focusing on the local San Francisco and Bay Area music scene with some national content peppered in. We’ll have a band in the studio performing live every week and some other fun segments. Last night we premiered the show with special guests Kingsborough from Santa Rosa, CA. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter if you like what you see! We’ll broadcast every Wednesday at 8pm PST
She may not be an official Killa Bee, and this isn’t exactly a cover, but Ivy Levan is bringing some serious Wu-Tang inspired fire with her yet to be released single “C.R.E.A.M.” Never expected the Wu to get the cabaret treatment, but there’s nothing offensive about how she borrows the classic hip hop adage for this jam. The smoking hot music video doesn’t hurt her case either.
No need to get in an “I’m a survivor” mode to be uplifting. Sometimes you just put a fucking smile on your face and dance! At least, that’s the message of Afrobeat champions The Very Best’s latest anthem, “We OK.” And are they ever! With a little help from K’naan and songwriting assistance from Bruno Mars, it’s like having a hose force feed rainbows into your brain at full speed.
Let’s enjoy it now before it gets co-opted by frat boys! MTMTMK comes out July 17th.