De La Soul has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their first album in 11 years. Confirmed collaborators on the project include David Byrne, 2Chainz, Damon Albarn and Little Dragon with more to come. The pledge scale starts at $5 for a thank you email from the group and goes up to $10,000 for concert tickets and other fan goodies.
Pete Rock is following up his Petestrumentals after 14 years with Petestrumentals 2. “One, Two, A Few More” is the first leak from the album coming out on Mello Music Group’s imprint June 23rd.
Debra Laws is a member of the Laws family of musicians including her siblings Hubert, Ronnie and Eloise. She started singing professionally on her brother Ronnie’s 1977 album Friends And Strangers as a backing vocalist and was heard as a lead singer on Hubert’s “Family.” “Very Special” was her breakout single from her 1981 debut album of the same name. Hubert and Ronnie produced the album and Ronnie sang on “Very Special” with Debra. In 2007 Debra Laws sued Elektra and Warner Music over the use of “Very Special” in Jennifer Lopez’s “All I Have.” K.Michelle put Laws song back in the spotlight again on her 2013 hit song “V.S.O.P.”
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Director AG Rogas took “Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k) from Run The Jewels and made a video showing the never ending struggle between the police and urban communities. Shea Whigham and Keith Stanfield co-star as the police officer and culprit locked in a battle that is relentless and unclear.
Earlier this week Prince sent out a message to LiveNation customers announcing the release of Judith Hill’s debut album, Back In Time. Hill became famous when she sang “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” with Michael Jackson for his This Is It tour. She was also featured in the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom and appeared as a contestant on The Voice. Prince produced Back In Time and it’s available for download from Hill’s Wet Transfer account until March 28th. Download Back In Time here.
Legendary Chicago house producer Cajmere channels his Green Velvet persona and adds his usual bottom-bouncing beats to Carl Craig’s operatic space vision together creating their Unity album. Craig’s esteemed roots as Detroit’s most important second wave techno producer play well with Green Velvet’s humid dancefloor mandate. Unity is available for purchase via Beatport.
“Puzzle” is a jazzy ethereal collaboration between UK electronic artist Lapalux and R&B singer Andreya Triana, also from his turf. Lapalux is the only UK artist on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label and “Puzzle” is from his upcoming sophomore album, Lustmore. If you pre-order the album before its April 7th release date, you get an instant download of “Puzzle.”