Daily Archives: February 6, 2018

Starchild Has Toro Y Moi-Directed Video For Ophelia’s Room

Starchild & The New Romantic is the stage alias for Maryland native Bryndon Cook. The pop and R&B artist just shared his Toro Y Moi-directed video for “Ophelia’s Room.” The ethereal song about using a phone to explore feelings about an ex-love shows Starchild holding a landline phone from the ’80s to make his call. “Ophelia’s Room” is from his soon to be released debut album Language. The artist who has worked in Solange’s touring band and collaborated with Dev Hynes in the past used those experiences to embrace his individuality. He explained the feelings behind Language,

“When I wrote these songs, the sunshine of my mind was beginning to set in a dark place. I found myself developing almost a surrogate relationship with my telephone. I would fall asleep at night clutching it, waiting for a call. When we parted, I would become attached to my phone as a conduit to this person I had lost. Melodies came to me all over the world. Quite often, hooks and choruses, which were catchy to me and distracted my mind from the immense, earth-shattering pain I was being railroaded through.”

Language follows his 2016 EP Crucial. The digital release date is February 23rd and physical copies will go on sale March 16th.

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Isaac Hayes’ Shaft, Black Moses & Hot Buttered Soul Being Reissued On Vinyl

Isaac Hayes’ Black Moses, Hot Buttered Soul and Shaft will be remastered and reissued on vinyl February 23rd from Craft Recordings. All three albums are classics from Hayes’ prime period of creativity and established him as a pro-Black soul pioneer. Black Moses will include a reproduction of the original poster of Hayes as Black Moses.

The reissues are a part of the year-long celebration of Stax’s 60th anniversary. Isaac Hayes: The Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976) 4 CD box set was released in 2017 to acknowledge Hayes’ contributions as a songwriter, producer and performer.

Engineer Dave Cooley talks about remastering the albums below. The reissues will be available from Amazon and local retailers.

 

 

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Meshell Ndegeocello: Sometimes It Snows In April

Meshell Ndegeocello shares her love for Prince again with a cover of “Sometimes It Snows In April.” It is one of the reinterpretations of various Black pop songs from her forthcoming Ventriloquism album. She has always played his music live and this version of “Sometimes It Snows In April” sounds appropriately mournful almost two years after his passing.

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Kendrick Lamar & Sza: All The Stars Official Video

Kendrick Lamar and Sza dwell in a world that is celestial and African in the video for “All The Stars.”  The song is from the Black Panther soundtrack curated by Lamar. The music comes out this Friday and the movie that is already sold out in Harlem for the next month, debuts next week.

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Best Buy Will Stop Selling CDs This Year

On July 1st Best Buy will stop selling CDs according to Billboard. The popularity of streaming has made the CD seem more like a historical piece for the average consumer. Germans regularly buy CDs but in the United States sales of the format went down by more than 10 percent. Best Buy will continue to carry vinyl for the next two years. Target is changing its music retail business model by selling CDs on a consignment basis. The company currently has arrangements to pay for unsold products to be sent back to suppliers for credit.  Ironically vinyl and cassette sales increased in 2017.

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