Kriswontwo’s “Woke” featuring Liv Lykke is ritual expressed with fusion styled jazz. Lykke’s vocals are mapped into a background chorus that’s mystical and non-linear. Kriswontwo’s Ceremoni debut was just released on Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins’s SomeOthaShip Connect.
Szjerdene’s “Adobe” is produced by Lapalux and it’s another single from her upcoming Paragon EP. The London singer had this to say about the song: “‘Abode’ describes an account of an out of body experience where you witness the evolved you. Never a finished product, merely a project. In this current state you realise that you are a ‘Paragon’ of your own virtue.”
“Make Love To My Car” is from Amerigo Gazaway’s B.B.King/UGK mash-up, The Trill Is Gone. The song is a combination of “I Just Wanna Make Love To You” covered by B.B.King and UGK’s “Ride [F*ck]My Car.” The Trill Is Gone comes out October 13th.
Talib Kweli just released his free F*ck The Money album last month and he’s already off to his musical adventure. Last night he performed “Every Ghetto” from his Indie 500 collaboration album with 9th Wonder on The Tonight Show with Rapsody and The Roots. Indie 500 comes out November 6th.
Philadelphia R&B newcomer Guordan Banks, debuts the video for his first single, “Keep You In Mind.” Banks has already worked behind the scenes racking up song credits with the likes of John Legend, 50 Cent and Keyshia Cole. The singer is getting ready for the release of his first solo project, A Song For Everyone via his Bank On It Entertainment.
Angie Stone’s retro-sounding “2 Bad Habits” has the warm feeling of the familiar and it’s a song about being addicted to the one you love. A couple of weeks ago the behind the scenes of the video was made available and today the official version debuts a month before the release of Stone’s new Dream album.
Debbie Deb became an instant queen of freestyle after “When I Hear Music” hit the airwaves and entered the clubs in 1983. Debbie was a teenager living in Miami when she met producer Tony Butler who convinced her to record the song. Freestyle music had emerged in New York and was championed by urban dancers for its electro-infused rhythms and fun lyrics. “When I Hear Music” was popular, being able to have radio exposure, street recognition and thrive in nightclubs. She also scored another freestyle classic with “Lookout Weekend” but the music industry shunned her overweight appearance and refused to use her photo for the Lookout Weekend album cover. She was also replaced by another singer hired by the record company to pretend to be her on the road similar to the Black Box and Martha Wash controversy. Deb left the music industry not long after the success of her album and returned once in the ’90s. As freestyle becomes popular again Deb performs occasionally around the country, usually at throwback events with other stars of the genre like Shannon and Lisa Lisa.