Daily Archives: February 19, 2009

Loer Velocity – “Ball And Chain Dames”


Loer Velocity gives us a track of truth from his Uninfatuated EP, a free collection of songs about the trials and tribulations of love. “Ball And Chain Dames” is a song with a message that we can all relate to: no matter how much you’re into your special someone, sometimes you just need a little “me” time. The musical backdrop of this one flows along smoothly, accentuated by a jazzy electric piano and a funky bass line that set the stage for any love song. However, instead of just telling his girl how much he loves her, Loer explains that even though he’s into her he needs a little space; “Beautiful, don’t take this to be the end of our thrill / ’cause all I’m really trying to say is let me breath a lil, chill.”


Torae & Marco Polo Sign Deal With Duck Down Records To Release Their Collaborative LP Double Barrel

Continuing to add to its growing roster of artists, Duck Down Records welcomes Torae & Marco Polo to the Duck Down Family. The MC/Producer team is prepping a new album entitled “Double Barrel,” which will be entirely produced by Marco Polo and is set to be released this Spring.

Marco Polo has proven to be a dynamic producer in Hip Hop working with Kardinal Offishall, Rakim, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Boot Camp Clik, Heltah Skeltah, Buckshot, Sadat X, and Large Professor. In the Spring of 2007, Marco Polo released his critically acclaimed album, “Port Authority”. Now, less than two years later, he has teamed up with Torae to present “Double Barrel.”


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New Music From Leela James “Let’s Do It Again” – March 24th


Leela James “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”:

Leela James Celebrates the Enduring Power of Soul Music on Shanachie Debut “Let’s Do It Again”

When Leela James decided to call her new album LET’S DO IT AGAIN, it wasn’t necessarily because she happened to record a profoundly soulful version of that Staples Singers classic. There was a deeper meaning involved for her as one of the most acclaimed soul singers of the new generation. It was all about pursuing her vision of music, the kind she sang about on the song simply titled “Music” on her best-selling debut CD, on which she name-checked Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan and wondered “where’s the music gone?” For LET’S DO IT AGAIN, Leela was determined to make music the old-school way, just like they used to do at Stax, Motown and Muscle Shoals, recording live in the studio to capture the spontaneous magic and raw emotion that can only come by recording an in-the-moment performance where the singer feeds off the energy of the musicians. It was a courageous move but Leela was up for the challenge as
she translates classic soul into her own contemporary style with unique interpretations of a wide-ranging set of songs. The results leap out of the speakers, making LET’S DO IT AGAIN an irresistible experience of joyous, organic, funky, soul music that is all too rare these days. Slated for March 24th on Shanachie Entertainment, LET’S DO IT AGAIN, is a triumphant sophomore effort from one of the most electrifying singers on the scene today.

“I love real music,” Leela explains, “meaning I love instruments, I love real musicians playing. I most enjoy performing with my band because I get energy from the crowd and the instruments; it really does something for
me. So the opportunity to go into the studio and combine that live energy with the studio was just a blessing.”