Daily Archives: March 25, 2008

Music Review: Erykah Badu-New Amerykah 4th World War

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Erykah Badu’s Texas-bred urban mystic R&B returns with an album of music lead by its own
momentum eschewing past tendencies to deliver neat songs preferring to go wherever her concepts steer her. New Amerykah is an artistic statement that only heeds convention on the slippery funk synth of the 9th Wonder produced single “Honey.” The rest of the album is an immersion into all of Badu’s muses at once, a musical environment dedicated to moods and ideas not hits or immediate hooks. “New Amerykhan Promise” starts itself with a dark narrator mocking the American dream in the background as Badu sings over Roy Ayers standard soul horn arrangement with a vibe from the grooviest soul cinema this side of Curtis Mayfield.

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Al Green: Lay It Down: May 27th

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The title of Al Green’s Lay It Down truly tells it like it is. Conceived as a collaboration between the soul legend and a handful of gifted young admirers from the worlds of contemporary R&B and hip hop, the album is drawn from a series of inspired sessions that yielded the most high-spirited, funky and often lushly romantic songs of Green’s latter-day career. The album is a refreshingly old school jam, with everyone laying down the music together, face to face, heart to heart, soul to soul.

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Keith Sweat Working On New Album

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R&B veteran Keith Sweat returns May 6 with new album, “Just Me.” His first new studio album since 2002’s “Rebirth,” the Keia/Atco/Rhino release features cameos by Keyshia Cole (“Love Your Better”) and Athena Cage (“Butterscotch”), who was Sweat’s duet partner on the 1996 No. 1 R&B/No. 3 pop hit “Nobody.”
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Does It Offend You, Yeah? & Yo Majesty Tour America

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Brit indie-dance-rock sensation, Does It Offend You, Yeah? is kicking off their first American tour with Tampa, Florida club queens, Yo Majesty, in anticipation of their already acclaimed album, You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into, set for release on April 15 on Almost Gold Recordings.

Riding a tsunami-sized press wave, DIOY,Y? is coasting through the likes of Spin, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Urb, Alternative Pres, Playboy, The New York Times, etc. Together, Yo Majesty and DIOY,Y are tag-teaming club crowds from New York to Los Angeles. Also, stay tuned for Yo Majesty’s highly anticipated album in summer 2008 worldwide on Domino.

Does It Offend You, Yeah? Is a four-piece indie-dance-rock brew-ha-ha. Think DFA 1979 and Justice growing up on Devo, Prodigy and Rage Against The Machine. They sound Dance. They act rock.

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George Michael To Tour The US

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Singer George Michael is to tour the US and Canada for the first time in 17 years, he has announced.

He will open his 25 Live tour in San Diego on 17 June, winding up in Sunrise, Florida, on 3 August.

Michael’s last European tour featured an attack on US President George Bush, who appeared in inflatable form during the protest song Shoot The Dog.
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India.Arie Starts Label

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In partnership with Universal Republic Records, India.Arie is launching a new label, SoulBird Music.

Georgia native Anthony David, a longtime musical colleague of the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, will make his major-label debut when his “Acey Deucey” album arrives in stores June 17 via SoulBird.
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